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  1. Hmmm, looked at it a few times and would have taken it to be Turtles ??? Don't want to split hairs, just first impressions.
  2. I believe he flew the F-102. That is a pretty good level of qualification.
  3. Jaydee, In the first sentence, substitute the word Democrats with Republicans and the word Trump with Obama and it is a case of Deja etc., etc.
  4. Certainly a DC-9 but that is not an AC version, is it? It has been a LONG time but the fin # and some of the equipment does not look familiar.
  5. I guess I should know that one as it is one of mine scanned from the original slide, that I posted Oct 9th 2016.
  6. My only time on Airbus's hardware was a few years on the 340, (enjoyed it a lot once I got the hang of it BTW), but there was a small whiff of Deja Vu, or perhaps, "I say old boy...haven't we met?" to quote a recent thread. The CF-101B Voodoo, if anyone remembers that machine, had a feature called Control Stick Steering. In essence it was an autopilot mode where you input commands from the control column. The aircraft would maintain its flightpath as is, until you changed it by input from the CC. The CC stayed in a neutral detent until changed which required about a 2 pound input to break it out of the detent. When you let go of the CC the aircraft would continue as pointed, (nose up/down, bank angle, unless it ran into limits, eg. such as decreasing airspeed whereupon it would lower the nose to avoid stall/pitchup and so on. It would also prevent you from yanking and banking too hard which gave you some protection from the dreaded pitch up. It did not however have any integration with thrust, that was up to you. This aircraft entered service in the USAF in 1959. Anyway, the thought is that some of the principles of FEP were explored a fair time ago. Airbus certainly implemented the concept in a far more sophisticated manner which I think most would agree has been well justified by the results.
  7. Looking at the windshield I. Would go for an Me-109.
  8. Fabulous mic, Neil McDonald and Rex Murphy, step aside, you can't keep up. You might need to keep an ear open for gents in black suits with wires in their ears knocking on your door after that post. Such stuff might attract attention. (Just kidding, I hope). Anyone taking bets on the incumbent finishing his term, and I am not suggesting an unlawful act. If he does anything near an impeachable action I think he will be on thin ice. I'd think that McConnell and Ryan would rather deal with President Pence than the mercurial and unpredictable incumbent.
  9. As I remember relamping was a maintenance function, and for a good reason. Gent I flew with one trip decided to relamp the switch that was part of the VOR box on the glareshield edge. He got the switch released and out OK but the lamp/bulb itself was not so easy. He got his thumbnail in the edge and the bulb shot out and went into the switch socket. In an instant the flight deck was full of smoke and this was not too long before departure. Luckily for him the AME who showed up saved his, (and mine I suppose, as I should have told him not to do it), bacon. We had opened the windows to get rid of the smoke but as he came in he sniffed the air and said, "Been changing light bulbs have we ?". He robbed an adjacent aircraft, replaced the entire box and we made it out sked with a big sigh of relief. We owed that man.
  10. The time zone change from Europe to Hawaii is another strike against the desireability of this option. We meet friends from Ireland each year in Maui and getting over the time zone change on each end is a pain. We are there for a month so it is more easily justified for them but if you are looking at less time it takes a bit of the fun out of it.
  11. A spare wheel assembly in HNL? The thing that grounded our aircraft in HNL was a switch in the overhead panel that would not stay latched in after our contracted maintenance gent changed a bulb in it. It controlled an engine bleed. It was a no go item if it was inop, and the switch was inop. The switch was of a type that was used for several different systems on a B-767 overhead panel so you might think that a spare might be available. After a lot of back and forth with Maintenance in YUL it was established that there was not a replacement part to be had on Oahu but that even if there had been there was no way to get anyone on Christmas day who was qualified to do the job and sign it off. The flight was cancelled and our passengers luckily were transferred to a Canadian DC-10 going to YYC on the adjacent gate which fortunately had space. We ended up back at the L/O hotel where we were lucky enough to get rooms and dead headed out on Boxing day. Not what any of us really wanted.
  12. Certainly none for departure. Perhaps I should apologise for stating the obvious but I can tell you from hard experience that the Hawaii stations do not have a lot of spare parts.
  13. I think you really want to have to go that far on a vacation as it is a fair chunk of your budget going on airfare. From what I read that is a factor that makes Hawaii a very price sensitive route.
  14. The RCAF had a similar incident with a CF-5 around Edmonton I believe. Unfortunately the pilot sustained some serious head injuries from the bailout.
  15. Friend of mine was departing YYT with a very slippery ramp in a B-727. The pushback tractor removed the towbar and he sat there helpless as a passenger as the aircraft weather vaned into wind with nothing he could do about it. Had the tractor reconnected and back to the bridge to try later. The B-727 could be a little light on the nosewheel I guess but discretion was the better option at that point. Another instance that I was involved in was in YUL in DC-9 days. Very slippery ramp after freezing rain. The first gent to try to taxi found that idle thrust was too much for the braking action and before he went off the taxi strip he shut both engines down, ( fortunately APU running, and called for a tow back in). The rest of us on the gates listening to this heaved a collective sigh of relief and announced that we were not going, with quiet thanks to the gent who was the lead dog.
  16. Interesting read with a couple of phrases that I can relate to. eg, (a heckler's veto is not free speech)
  17. The E-Bay of upgrades. Seems like everyone could use a sniping app.
  18. nonsensical rant from the podium Seems to be becoming an epidemic these days and not confined to any one group as far as I can tell.
  19. Alternative Facts! We have truly arrived in the age of Orwell's Newspeak With a sprinkling of Alice in Wonderland: “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.” “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
  20. Then there is the less sophisticated de-icing system. Photographed through the window of the airport restaurant at breakfast before the first flight of day. A bucket of de-icer fluid and a coffee cup. In fairness, it was followed by what looked like a hand held garden canister weed sprayer and a hand held nozzle over the wings and tail structure. Guess this is what part of "paying your dues" is before you get to the big time. PS. Company Logo cloned out for privacy purposes.
  21. Not sure I totally agree with that as a policy. If the aircraft is on your licence, surely you are expected to be basically capable in reasonable* circumstances. (Better that the Wily Old Commander does not suffer any incapacitation during those hundred hours.) * Obviously circumstances such as engine out, Cat II/III, overweight landings, howling cross winds, marginal runways etc. etc. I would think the WOC would elect to do those himself, (and should IMHO, if things go pear shaped the F/O should not have to carry any can.)
  22. Who is the innocent party here? I always thought that in the event of a ground incident it was to your advantage to be the one with the parking brake set. Always assuming that you were where you were supposed to be, of course.
  23. I always wanted to post on the Pilot's bulletin board, in time for April 1, that TC said they had discovered that a couple of ranges had not been de-commissioned and on the next Sim ride pilots would be expected to demonstrate their ability to perform a lost orientation. Probably would not have worked, but I could always dream about the few that might have been old enough to have fallen for it, even if only for a couple of seconds.
  24. PoS, piece of string, on the nose. The most accurate yaw indicator on every T-33 that I flew. Works well on sailplanes too. Sorry, couldn't resist. Probably about the same vintage as the mentioned Radio Range.
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