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    Xyon's Avatar

    Flight 15 - I Wear My Sunglasses at Night...

    Congratulations, mate. Been reading with interest (and mild jealousy) since you started.

    Mind if I ask you, about how much do you think learning has cost you so far? Lessons, licence etc?
    Posted 10-03-2014 at 07:14 AM by Xyon Xyon is offline
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    Scav's Avatar

    Flight 15 - I Wear My Sunglasses at Night...

    Yay, now I've got that song stuck in my head!
    Posted 10-01-2014 at 12:23 PM by Scav Scav is offline
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    n122vu's Avatar

    Flight 13 - Turn, turn, turn

    Thanks. I know the shirt tail tradition will be part of the 'ceremony' but I'll have to ask my instructor about the bucket of water.

    The Byrds - that's pretty good, Scav. Added to the list of potentials
    Posted 09-21-2014 at 12:49 PM by n122vu n122vu is offline
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    Fabri91's Avatar

    Flight 13 - Turn, turn, turn

    I hope you too have the "bucket of water" tradition after your first flight!
    Posted 09-20-2014 at 08:21 PM by Fabri91 Fabri91 is offline
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    Scav's Avatar

    Flight 13 - Turn, turn, turn

    The Byrds, for the title of this blog, right?
    Posted 09-20-2014 at 02:36 PM by Scav Scav is offline
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    My adventures with Oribter so far part IV

    The default Deltaglider is what I've been using.
    Posted 08-19-2014 at 09:03 AM by Sparky Sparky is offline
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    PhantomCruiser's Avatar

    My adventures with Oribter so far part IV

    Which ship are you using? Not all ships will auto-refuel.
    Posted 08-19-2014 at 08:30 AM by PhantomCruiser PhantomCruiser is offline
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    PhantomCruiser's Avatar

    My adventures with Oribter so far.

    One of the benefits of using a craft with an excellent autopilot; you can watch what it does and mimic that in a different craft.
    Posted 08-19-2014 at 03:41 AM by PhantomCruiser PhantomCruiser is offline
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    garyw's Avatar

    My adventures with Oribter so far part III

    One long blog post is easier to read than three blog posts just an hour apart. If they had been days or weeks then it makes more sense.
    Posted 08-17-2014 at 10:42 PM by garyw garyw is offline
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    My adventures with Oribter so far part III

    I was going too but I thought it might be too long
    Posted 08-17-2014 at 09:30 PM by Sparky Sparky is offline
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    My adventures with Oribter so far part III

    Just a friendly suggestion:

    If you are going to make three blog posts within one hour of each other, try to combine them into just one.

    Thanks.
    Posted 08-17-2014 at 03:41 PM by thepenguin thepenguin is offline
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    MaverickSawyer's Avatar

    Flight 10 - The IFR conditions are simulated, but the failures are real

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    Originally Posted by Scav View Comment
    2. A cursory look at the schematics tell me the location of the alternator doesn't constitute hours of blue language involved in the removal and replacement of that component. The alternator on my Honda required the displacement of an axle from the driver's side hub before it could be removed/replaced.
    YES. GOD, YES. I HATE swapping that thing out. WOund up cranking the wheel all the way left and pulling the wheel well liners last time, and STILL had to remove the lower bracket for the alternator mount. Came out with only a few choice curses and a busted knuckle.

    1990 Honda Civic, btw.
    Posted 08-17-2014 at 06:34 AM by MaverickSawyer MaverickSawyer is offline
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    Flight 10 - The IFR conditions are simulated, but the failures are real

    LOL thanks, mojoey, I'll wear it like a badge of honor. And I agree, a heads-up would have been nice. It's not really a 'replacement date' I don't think, as much as it is, after the next 100 hrs, this engine will be replaced. Whether that's a manufacturer's recommendation/requirement or just an arbitrary decision made by the company, I can't say.

    Scav - Indeed, he said they'd be able to replace the alternator in no time, just a matter of ordering it and waiting on it to arrive, which he estimated to be a day at the most. Still, that's at least one day that other students are missing a lesson, and of course, so his he. He has a full-time job as a commercial/corporate pilot, but still, income is income.

    Yes, wasn't worried about an engine-out situation, but in the moment, my senses and awareness were heightened, and I could have sworn the engine was running rougher than before (maybe it wasn't, maybe it was - perhaps the alternator actually seized?).
    Posted 08-16-2014 at 11:10 PM by n122vu n122vu is offline
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    Flight 10 - The IFR conditions are simulated, but the failures are real

    The weird thing to me is, why isn't there a "Oh, this is all the stuff that's nearing it's replacement date/Already Hit the replacement date, but we're squeezing every last hour out of it we can/Stuff that's already failed, but is working now...ish" list for the aircraft? Cos that would have pointed out a less than able Alternator, and would have saved you a mini heart attack when your radio went south. Or at least your instructor saying "Hey, just a heads up, the Alternator's been a little iffy lately." And figuring out a way to handle it before it became a problem in the air.

    That being said though, congrats on not flipping out and creating a nice geographical feature in someone's field

    I hereby award you the Didn't Die Award, for not dying, obviously
    Posted 08-16-2014 at 10:10 PM by mojoey mojoey is offline
    Updated 08-16-2014 at 10:14 PM by mojoey
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    Flight 10 - The IFR conditions are simulated, but the failures are real

    Hehe. I had a similar situation happen to me years ago as well. Only it wasn't in an aircraft, it was in a Honda and it was late at night. The alternator DID actually 'almost' fail at one point (on a highway off-ramp about a mile from home) but it found it within itself to give me enough juice to limp home.

    At least:

    1. The Lycoming powerplant pulling you through the sky has, as you know, these neato mags that rely on a moving prop (and an on-switch) to provide spark to the plugs, and
    2. A cursory look at the schematics tell me the location of the alternator doesn't constitute hours of blue language involved in the removal and replacement of that component. The alternator on my Honda required the displacement of an axle from the driver's side hub before it could be removed/replaced.

    Finally:

    It's amazing how our brains work differently in crisis situations. I can recall an incident where I was involved with 30 other people in an icy bridge incident a few winters ago. Myself and at least one other driver ended up doing the tango over the bridge because someone had piled it in on the other side of the bridge and someone panicked. Between fishtailing left and right (both of us), and reversing directions (pointing the bright side of the car the wrong way) at least once, the amazing thing was not one vehicle struck either each other or the bridge guards and we all righted ourselves and went our separate ways with (I can only assume) no laundry issues. I'm glad to see this incident has made you think, and hasn't deterred you.
    Posted 08-16-2014 at 04:44 PM by Scav Scav is offline
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    terminating after critical error. see orbiter.log

    oh for me the "Orbiter.exe has stopped working" error is more common
    Posted 08-14-2014 at 02:21 PM by Abdallah Abdallah is offline
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    n122vu's Avatar

    Red Tape. Beautiful, Wonderful, Red Tape

    Headed to the FSDO tomorrow to get my Student Pilot Certificate. That'll be one more thing checked off the list. And, I'll be able to solo when the time comes, so I'll be fully ready for the Medical Flight Test (which I still have to get authorization for).
    Posted 08-11-2014 at 01:41 PM by n122vu n122vu is offline
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    IronRain's Avatar

    Red Tape. Beautiful, Wonderful, Red Tape

    Never let these things stop you indeed! Stupid bureaucracy. Lets just say it's good for your safety

    Posted 08-11-2014 at 10:42 AM by IronRain IronRain is offline
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    n122vu's Avatar

    One Step Closer

    Indeed. Luckily my eyes are up and out most of the time for VFR flight, so I rarely notice it.
    Posted 08-08-2014 at 12:12 PM by n122vu n122vu is offline
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    MaverickSawyer's Avatar

    One Step Closer

    Gyah! Can't unsee!
    Posted 08-08-2014 at 05:56 AM by MaverickSawyer MaverickSawyer is offline

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