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  1. Old Comment
    MaverickSawyer's Avatar

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

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    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 online now
  2. Old Comment
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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
  3. Old Comment
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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
  4. Old Comment
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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
  6. Old Comment
    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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    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
  8. Old Comment
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    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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    One Step Closer

    Gyah! Can't unsee!
    Posted 08-08-2014 at 05:56 AM by MaverickSawyer MaverickSawyer is online now
  10. Old Comment
    n122vu's Avatar

    One Step Closer

    Oy, no more mid-70's orange carpet and leather or loose foam on the top of the panel!

    Posted 08-06-2014 at 06:09 PM by n122vu n122vu is offline
    Updated 08-06-2014 at 06:22 PM by n122vu
  11. Old Comment
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    One Step Closer

    No more tacky carpeting and fading leather panel? For Shame!
    Posted 08-06-2014 at 04:57 PM by mojoey mojoey is offline
  12. Old Comment
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    One Step Closer

    Oh, forgot to mention. I also learned yesterday that at the next 100-hour inspection, 34Q is getting a new engine. And, in addition, while it's down for the inspection/engine replacement, they'll be installing a shiny new Garmin GNS 430W. And to top it all off, they're redoing the interior. I'm excited, and grateful that they're able and willing to invest money in the plane. Very thankful indeed.
    Posted 08-06-2014 at 03:32 PM by n122vu n122vu is offline
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    One Step Closer

    Found out from my instructor this evening that this isn't exactly the correct certificate I need. I need a 'Third Class Medical with Student Pilot Certificate.' No worries, though. He said we can fix it when we go to the FSDO, at no charge.

    Worked on landings tonight. 8 more in the books, 6 knot crosswinds. 2 forward slips and two go-arounds. Great weather for flying and an all around good flight. Getting more and more comfortable with it each flight. Next lesson is Saturday at 0930 local.
    Posted 08-06-2014 at 01:19 AM by n122vu n122vu is offline
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    One Step Closer

    Keep at it!

    If it's any consolation, I've been grounded for two months due to exams and horrible weather, but this week-end might put an end to the drought.
    Posted 08-05-2014 at 10:59 PM by Fabri91 Fabri91 is offline
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    Posted 07-10-2014 at 03:41 PM by thepenguin thepenguin is offline
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    Xeno... NUTS!

    I've heard about the development of this game long ago, but it was your post what convinced me to aquire this game and try it.

    What I like about it:

    1) Yes, it reminds original UFO greatly.
    2) Real life weapons and aircrafts! I was always wondering why they had to invent these weird-looking thick-barreled assault rifles with some weird caliber in original UFO.
    3) UFO fomations, air combat control - this is just cool.
    4) Death toll counter, events - something what makes the atmosphere deeper and scarier.
    5) Different layouts for missions in different parts of the worlds. Civilians in turbans in missions at Middle East, yay!
    6) Armed locals! One American redneck... farmer helped my guys greatly by sneaking behind alien's back and shoting him down with his shotgun.
    7) Description of scientific research results. They tried to explain many things which weren't very convincing the way they were explained (or weren't explained at all) in UFO. Funny too, mocking engineering squad and stuff. Soviet engineer, he-he-he.

    What I don't like:

    1) No sectoids! I dunno, I like little grey men. They're canonical aliens and any alien invasion force without them looks wrong.
    2) Automated research of some articles, automated selling, automated upgrades (yes, I like it all being manual!)
    3) Unlimited flares. Now, I see logic behind the decision of making them unlimited, I'm throwing these in dozens during night missions. I just don't like it.
    4) Weird design of UFOs. It's not saucers anymore, it's weird saucers. I liked round design more.
    5) Nothing connected with Terror from the Deep. I always hoped they will combine two games together, but they didn't. It's partially done in XCOM: Enemy Within, but still not what I wanted.

    I'm sure I've missed some points, but in the whole - I like the game!

    The funny moment here is that although I bought it on Steam I can't download it from there because of some weird reason. So, while I'm waiting for techsupport answer I'm playing the version pirated from torrents.
    Posted 07-05-2014 at 12:25 PM by PeterRoss PeterRoss is offline
  17. Old Comment
    n122vu's Avatar

    Flight 7 - Doin' some work.

    FYI, for reference, the trees I mentioned can be seen here, bottom of the photo, just right of center:
    Posted 07-05-2014 at 03:09 AM by n122vu n122vu is offline
  18. Old Comment
    n122vu's Avatar

    Flight 7 - Doin' some work.

    That is an excellent article! A few lightbulbs were coming on in my own head as I read it.

    Thanks so much for sharing it!
    Posted 07-01-2014 at 07:03 PM by n122vu n122vu is offline
  19. Old Comment
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    Flight 7 - Doin' some work.

    Woohoo!

    Haven't done anything remotely crosswind-related ever (only been up twice; the first time was in a Warrior and I was 19 and bulletproof; the second time I was a little older, different aircraft, more than a decade later, and had a more sensitive stomach given the weather) but I'm glad you got through it all.

    I found this article helped me do some chair flying in my head a while back. It's an older article from a different time, but I found it too good not to share.
    Posted 07-01-2014 at 03:30 AM by Scav Scav is offline
  20. Old Comment

    ENB Series tips and tricks

    Thanks for your tips, I will try. ENB seems like a great add-on and I use it on a stellar journey with the USS Enterprise because it gives excellent cinematic effects.
    Greetings.
    Posted 06-30-2014 at 05:58 AM by Matias Saibene Matias Saibene is offline

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