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14th Aug 2022, 10:58
Replies: 3
Views: 760
Posted By Discorde

60 years ago . . .

The monthly magazine 'Air Pictorial' was compulsory reading for plane spotters in the 1960s. Here is a link to a scan of the September 1962 issue (https://www.steemrok.com/airpic/6209/sep62.html)...
12th Aug 2022, 08:40
Replies: 242
Views: 71,400
Posted By Discorde

It would be an interesting exercise to find out...

It would be an interesting exercise to find out how many aircraft around the world were flying with mis-set altimeters at any one time. Crews failing to change from QNH to STD climbing through TA or...
11th Aug 2022, 16:46
Replies: 242
Views: 71,400
Posted By Discorde

And before too long altimetry will be via GPS,...

And before too long altimetry will be via GPS, which will solve the problems of mis-setting. Transition levels consigned to history! Pressure altimetry (via data link with automatic adjustments to ...
11th Aug 2022, 16:28
Replies: 242
Views: 71,400
Posted By Discorde

Suggested 4000 pages ago: Tech solution: ATC...

Suggested 4000 pages ago:

Tech solution: ATC data base automatically transmits current local QNH to aircraft ADCs via data link - no humans involved! (Except to check for disparity between...
9th Aug 2022, 10:40
Replies: 19
Views: 1,391
Posted By Discorde

Reference the above list: all tail-draggers! 1960...

Reference the above list: all tail-draggers! 1960 was the first year the gov't allowed imports from the US so hundreds of spam can nosewheel types soon appeared (including Tri-Pacers and Comanches).
9th Aug 2022, 10:06
Replies: 19
Views: 1,391
Posted By Discorde

The series continued into the G-AGY_ sequence...

The series continued into the G-AGY_ sequence (Civil Aircraft Markings 1960):
...
Forum: Jet Blast
28th Jul 2022, 14:18
Replies: 27
Views: 4,134
Posted By Discorde

. . . and as criminal gang leader 'Nervous'...

. . . and as criminal gang leader 'Nervous' O'Toole in the Peter Sellers comedy film 'The Wrong Arm of the Law'.
15th Jul 2022, 22:19
Replies: 242
Views: 71,400
Posted By Discorde

Here's the kit: ...

Here's the kit:
https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune.org-vbulletin/1803x816/altim_set_v4_3258d4df71ed9b3e6752bba73d18b4bead0aae8c.jpg
14th Jul 2022, 18:22
Replies: 242
Views: 71,400
Posted By Discorde

Tech solution: ATC data base automatically...

Tech solution: ATC data base automatically transmits current local QNH to aircraft ADCs via data link - no humans involved! (Except to check for disparity between received QNH and expected QNH.)
28th Jun 2022, 11:14
Replies: 64
Views: 13,484
Posted By Discorde

Yes, far too complicated and over-engineered...

Yes, far too complicated and over-engineered (apart from T3 wings, which began to develop cracks after a few years of service). For example, gauges which showed how much pressure was being applied to...
27th Jun 2022, 16:37
Replies: 64
Views: 13,484
Posted By Discorde

Post #59 Wow! Takes me back 45 years!...

Post #59

Wow! Takes me back 45 years! Excellent link. Couple of points:

- at the bottom of each HSI is the 'drift shutter'; when switched right the caption was blank and in heading mode the...
24th Jun 2022, 18:25
Replies: 1
Views: 628
Posted By Discorde

Joan Hughes videos

Some of us old-timers had the privilege of doing our flying instructor courses with the inestimable Joan Hughes. A remarkable lady, too modest to boast about her illustrious career in aviation. First...
20th Jun 2022, 15:10
Replies: 64
Views: 13,484
Posted By Discorde

@ Tubby Linton and WHBM From memory,...

@ Tubby Linton and WHBM



From memory, this switch determined whose heading/track select control (P1 or P2) was controlling the autopilot and flight director. In track mode the drift (sensed by...
19th Jun 2022, 15:48
Replies: 64
Views: 13,484
Posted By Discorde

I stand corrected! Thanks for your input. D

I stand corrected! Thanks for your input.

D
19th Jun 2022, 11:24
Replies: 64
Views: 13,484
Posted By Discorde

It was 'PT which had its tail torn off by the...

It was 'PT which had its tail torn off by the Ambassador and was scrapped. 'PI was repaired and returned to service. Both were parked at Hatton Cross for a while. In summer '68 my student vac job was...
Forum: Jet Blast
8th Jun 2022, 15:27
Replies: 43
Views: 4,000
Posted By Discorde

In his 1890 book ‘The Railways of England’ (now...

In his 1890 book ‘The Railways of England’ (now available in Kindle format) author W M Acworth compares the two braking systems. The higher air pressure differential of the Westinghouse allows...
1st Jun 2022, 15:16
Replies: 61
Views: 25,456
Posted By Discorde

There are apocryphal reports of VC10 flight crew...

There are apocryphal reports of VC10 flight crew (two pilots & F/E) all sleeping until woken by the Mach clacker (overspeed warning) triggered by the aircraft accelerating as weight reduced as fuel...
30th May 2022, 23:56
Replies: 9
Views: 2,172
Posted By Discorde

Did many hours instructing at Booker in the...

Did many hours instructing at Booker in the 1970s. By and large pilots were happy with the glider and powered aircraft opposing circuit directions.

A post-Covid visit wasn’t as relaxed as the...
30th May 2022, 15:20
Replies: 44
Views: 7,945
Posted By Discorde

IIRC one of the BOAC Argonauts sadly ended up as...

IIRC one of the BOAC Argonauts sadly ended up as the fire service practice aircraft at LHR, parked just south of 28R about two thirds of the way along.
Forum: Jet Blast
30th May 2022, 11:32
Replies: 111
Views: 9,945
Posted By Discorde

Part of the spelling problem arises from...

Part of the spelling problem arises from non-phonetic pronunciation in English words.

Of the major European languages, two are notable for their non-phonetic spelling: French, and to a lesser...
Forum: Jet Blast
20th May 2022, 11:01
Replies: 43
Views: 4,000
Posted By Discorde

The perennial battle: entrepreneurs intent on...

The perennial battle: entrepreneurs intent on making profits and maximising shareholder dividends versus government officials trying to improve safety. Three dreadful accidents were the catalysts for...
20th May 2022, 10:25
Replies: 77
Views: 15,157
Posted By Discorde

Two more inspirational aviation books: ...

Two more inspirational aviation books:

Charles Lindbergh - 'Spirit of St Louis' (description of his 1927 solo NY to Paris Le Bourget flight - launched me on a career in aviation)

Sir Gordon...
Forum: Jet Blast
20th May 2022, 10:11
Replies: 12,012
Views: 1,168,251
Posted By Discorde

Oops! 50% wrong already! Won't buy a lottery...

Oops! 50% wrong already! Won't buy a lottery ticket this week.
15th May 2022, 20:02
Replies: 60
Views: 9,614
Posted By Discorde

'MZ was an oddball. An Advanced -9 (so...

'MZ was an oddball. An Advanced -9 (so non-sparkling performance) with placards in French (AEROFREIN for speedbrake, VOLETS for flaps &c). No performance computer, no area nav capability so direct...
15th May 2022, 12:47
Replies: 60
Views: 9,614
Posted By Discorde

On the loos-at-the-back aircraft, if the pilots...

On the loos-at-the-back aircraft, if the pilots needed to go back to use these facilities they would have to run the gauntlet of pax comments such as 'who's flying the plane?'. As you can imagine,...
12th May 2022, 18:27
Replies: 81
Views: 36,212
Posted By Discorde

If I'm taking a passenger with me in a light...

If I'm taking a passenger with me in a light aircraft and they're sitting in the copilot's seat I brief them on the operation of the radio transmit switch: the rationale is that if I become...
Forum: Jet Blast
10th May 2022, 10:53
Replies: 61
Views: 6,840
Posted By Discorde

It's annoying that many apps are not consistent...

It's annoying that many apps are not consistent in their approach to significant figures. For example, the mileage countdown on Google maps is typically 2.2, 2.1, 2, 1.9, 1.8 &c. Our maths teacher...
Forum: Jet Blast
8th May 2022, 20:35
Replies: 61
Views: 6,840
Posted By Discorde

See post #5 for a simpler explanation.

See post #5 for a simpler explanation.
Forum: Tech Log
8th May 2022, 18:20
Replies: 11
Views: 1,655
Posted By Discorde

The necessary MCAS training input could have been...

The necessary MCAS training input could have been very simple (and cheap): promulgation of an operational notice along the lines of:

The Max version of the B737 incorporates a modification to the...
Forum: Jet Blast
8th May 2022, 13:37
Replies: 61
Views: 6,840
Posted By Discorde

The Mathematics of Music...

The Mathematics of Music (https://www.steemrok.com/mvm/mvm2018.html#mvmeng)
Forum: Jet Blast
5th May 2022, 17:40
Replies: 18
Views: 2,054
Posted By Discorde

Billions or Milliards?

Listening to news bulletins on the radio it's sometimes difficult to distinguish between the spoken words millions and billions. The problem doesn't arise in French and German, both of which use...
Forum: Tech Log
1st May 2022, 15:37
Replies: 11
Views: 1,655
Posted By Discorde

Insufficient information?

On other threads it has been mentioned (many times) that the primary trigger for the B737 Max MCAS debacle was cost-driven avoidance of extra pilot training for this system.

It brought to mind...
27th Apr 2022, 16:56
Replies: 17
Views: 3,773
Posted By Discorde

How about new-build DC-3s for the nostalgia...

How about new-build DC-3s for the nostalgia market at air shows &c. Not to mention freighting in non-sophisticated environments. Powered by new-build radials? Plus a few e-DC-3s for aviation...
22nd Apr 2022, 14:57
Replies: 92
Views: 8,786
Posted By Discorde

Another RAF 1960s safety mag was 'Air Clues',...

Another RAF 1960s safety mag was 'Air Clues', which featured cartoon characters 'Bloggs'* (clumsy JP trainee pilot) and his long-suffering instructor. Typical sequence:

Instructor: OK, Bloggs,...
Forum: Jet Blast
22nd Apr 2022, 12:20
Replies: 12,012
Views: 1,168,251
Posted By Discorde

A new game for PPRuNers on this thread: Predict...

A new game for PPRuNers on this thread: Predict Boris's date of resignation and who will succeed him. My entry:

11 May, Jeremy Hunt
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