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19th Dec 2019, 19:00
Replies: 11
Views: 2,865
Posted By First_Principal

Offset control locks, and VH-CAN

I flew VH-CAN in a later guise. Although I've handled the locks many times, and can picture them in my mind, annoyingly I don't recall enough detail to remember if the rudder lock was offset. I'm...
3rd Oct 2019, 20:30
Replies: 18
Views: 1,772
Posted By First_Principal

Mind you, the pilots of yesteryear had it worse...

Mind you, the pilots of yesteryear had it worse in their Link trainers (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Link_Trainer) - not even an attempt at scenery :}
3rd Oct 2019, 05:57
Replies: 290
Views: 366,784
Posted By First_Principal

In a different country but nevertheless it may be...

In a different country but nevertheless it may be of some interest...

Some years ago I was involved in an operation that offered rides to the general public in a WW2 C-47. Many of the people...
3rd Oct 2019, 05:24
Replies: 18
Views: 1,772
Posted By First_Principal

More than ten years ago now I made a full-size...

More than ten years ago now I made a full-size FTD that was a facsimile of a 172 cockpit (since this was the most common training a/c, and we had one or more on line). It utilised M$ FS2004 as the...
20th Sep 2019, 04:18
Replies: 14
Views: 2,048
Posted By First_Principal

You found that ticket? :)

You found that ticket? :)
16th Jun 2019, 05:29
Replies: 3
Views: 3,898
Posted By First_Principal

Dreadful news. I realise it's always the bad...

Dreadful news.

I realise it's always the bad news that one remembers but after Fielding (2010) and Paraparaumu (2008?) I'd hoped never to read of this happening again.

I'm _not_ speculating...
3rd Jun 2019, 20:44
Replies: 93
Views: 15,606
Posted By First_Principal

Excellent, a significant relief to any unwilling...

Excellent, a significant relief to any unwilling neighbours, well done :ok:
29th Apr 2019, 05:55
Replies: 16
Views: 7,766
Posted By First_Principal

Ah, that additional info (C172) was useful, here...

Ah, that additional info (C172) was useful, here was me thinking the A-4 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_A-4_Skyhawk) was making a comeback!

FP.
29th Apr 2019, 05:42
Replies: 4
Views: 1,151
Posted By First_Principal

Oh yes, mine has a power-steer pump as well (not...

Oh yes, mine has a power-steer pump as well (not that it's working, due to a mishap with a hose... :-)

Agree that it seems unusual. I would have a good look around for any random levers/valves...
29th Apr 2019, 05:33
Replies: 18
Views: 4,895
Posted By First_Principal

On the subject of books related to this subject I...

On the subject of books related to this subject I can recommend "Ski-plane adventure" (ISBN:0589003283) by [Wing Commander] Harry Wigley.

Beginning from the 1920's the author then goes into quite...
28th Apr 2019, 01:00
Replies: 4
Views: 1,151
Posted By First_Principal

FWIW I'm fairly sure my 4000 has just the one...

FWIW I'm fairly sure my 4000 has just the one pump, and that this is similar to the 5000?

If the 5030 is a 5k derivative then you may be right in terms of what you think but I do have some parts...
25th Apr 2019, 10:40
Replies: 21
Views: 4,725
Posted By First_Principal

Interesting. Just for the sake of giving some...

Interesting. Just for the sake of giving some international perspective - I think it was '84 when I started and the rate was (converted to GBP) approx £22.50 per hour for a Tomahawk or Tiger. I was...
25th Apr 2019, 10:16
Replies: 12
Views: 3,297
Posted By First_Principal

Exactly, hence my puzzlement/enquiry. ...

Exactly, hence my puzzlement/enquiry.

Somewhere I'm fairly sure I saw a short clip of a LiFePO4 battery being shot without much effect - guess you could say they're almost bulletproof :E
24th Apr 2019, 04:11
Replies: 12
Views: 3,297
Posted By First_Principal

Battery type?

I see the report states the battery is a "Deltran 330 Lithium-ion Phosphate battery", and goes on to note some issues with the battery that occurred since the operator ran it flat.

I'm struggling...
27th Mar 2019, 09:22
Replies: 21
Views: 3,174
Posted By First_Principal

B2N2 tops all the suggestions so far :D ...

B2N2 tops all the suggestions so far :D

However, FWIW, we used my old Fordson Major for the bigger machine(s), and a quadbike for anything smaller.

Noting Shoestring's post - I did try a...
12th Mar 2019, 08:32
Replies: 5,125
Views: 10,401,563
Posted By First_Principal

A layman's explanation of MCAS

In reference what people are discussing here it's fundamentally straightforward, albeit perhaps not easily explained without a piece of paper - let me see if I can provide a suitable analogy:

If...
12th Mar 2019, 00:04
Replies: 29
Views: 6,370
Posted By First_Principal

I'm not sure I'd necessarily take as correct, nor...

I'm not sure I'd necessarily take as correct, nor 'official', something that appears on a social media posting.

It's also fairly soon after the event, and the supposed data may not have been...
11th Mar 2019, 23:00
Replies: 5,125
Views: 10,401,563
Posted By First_Principal

Crew experience?

I see a number of comments relating to crew hours. In particular it has been said that the FO had '200 hours'. IF this is is total time, and it's correct, then by normal training methodology the FO...
26th Nov 2018, 23:24
Replies: 22
Views: 3,843
Posted By First_Principal

To anyone interested enough to follow this up...

To anyone interested enough to follow this up here's (https://www.tailwheelersjournal.com/2012/to-war-in-a-stringbag/) a review of Charles' book, 'War in a Stringbag'. Sounds like a good read, a...
6th Nov 2018, 03:12
Replies: 2,100
Views: 1,177,272
Posted By First_Principal

This link...

This link (https://web.archive.org/web/20030427083626/http:/www.avweb.com/news/safety/183038-1.html) was posted by @Centaurus on one of the Pacific forums.

Perhaps more than any dispassionate...
31st Oct 2018, 04:52
Replies: 66
Views: 10,855
Posted By First_Principal

This turned out to be a more interesting thread...

This turned out to be a more interesting thread than I initially thought because it caused me to look back at my logbook and see that my initial twin flight was 0.5 at around 60hrs (in a BE76) and...
4th May 2018, 07:55
Replies: 30
Views: 6,774
Posted By First_Principal

Good for you, I hope you've got your ducks in a...

Good for you, I hope you've got your ducks in a row and you don't have the problems that PB has with his strip (https://www.pprune.org/private-flying/607677-here-we-friggin-go.html), particularly if...
18th Apr 2018, 20:52
Replies: 10
Views: 1,518
Posted By First_Principal

@Squawk7700 While I agree that a picture can...

@Squawk7700 While I agree that a picture can paint a thousand words (and that you're doing a good job with your camera campaign) sometimes there are things that only words can tell you...

@no_one...
11th Apr 2018, 23:21
Replies: 36
Views: 10,409
Posted By First_Principal

PB, I'd be very careful what you post here...

PB,

I'd be very careful what you post here in a public forum. No doubt every genuine aviator wishes you well in this, and will want to know what happens, but obviously the forum is also available...
3rd Apr 2018, 10:28
Replies: 554
Views: 149,411
Posted By First_Principal

Just some general points FYI: LF (500KHz)...

Just some general points FYI:


LF (500KHz) will travel further as a ground wave, and be less affected by 'things in the way', than MF (7.5MHz). VLF goes even further (and is what is used for...
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