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    Enjo's Avatar

    SainSmart InstaBots Upright Rover Kit

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    Still trying to make my robot stand still, he shaking like Elvis right now and no track to follow to understand why and how to correct that.
    Posted 09-12-2015 at 04:58 AM by Enjo Enjo is offline
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    Flights 33 & 34 Cross-country - Working out the Kinks

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    (in unison with the rest) It's an entirely different kind of flying.
    Posted 09-05-2015 at 11:10 PM by Scav Scav is offline
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    Flights 33 & 34 Cross-country - Working out the Kinks

    (in unison with the rest) It's an entirely different kind of flying.
    Posted 09-05-2015 at 11:03 PM by n122vu n122vu is offline
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    Flights 33 & 34 Cross-country - Working out the Kinks

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    And multi-engine just to be sure.
    Absolutely! Because after all, it's an entirely different kind of flying, altogether.
    Posted 09-05-2015 at 08:02 PM by Scav Scav is offline
  5. Old Comment
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    Flights 33 & 34 Cross-country - Working out the Kinks

    And multi-engine just to be sure. So, maybe in a year or two after I get those ratings...
    Posted 09-05-2015 at 12:54 PM by n122vu n122vu is offline
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    Flights 33 & 34 Cross-country - Working out the Kinks

    With the slide canopy, not so much of an issue. 2VU and I are not tall and I think we're still young enough that creative maneuvering won't cause a regrettable situation.

    With density altitude, though, yes. I could see issues either getting over the Rockies or slugging our way through southern Arizona, New Mexico and west Texas / southern Colorado at lower cruising altitudes with the thermals.

    Nah, if we're going to commute with that many people in one plane (plus luggage) and we had the means, it'd better be something that has the goolies to fly high, and that means complex.
    Posted 09-04-2015 at 11:59 AM by Scav Scav is offline
    Updated 09-05-2015 at 08:03 PM by Scav
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    Flights 33 & 34 Cross-country - Working out the Kinks

    Ooh, that reminds me. We should find N122VU's last owner and see what they want for the old girl. That'd be fun. A hellish nightmare trying to fit three guys into a Grumman Tiger, but fun nonetheless :D
    Posted 09-04-2015 at 05:52 AM by mojoey mojoey is offline
    Updated 09-04-2015 at 05:55 AM by mojoey
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    Flights 33 & 34 Cross-country - Working out the Kinks

    I can just see it. By the time we get to Blythe the aircraft is already grumbling like that camel in Spies Like Us.
    Posted 09-03-2015 at 11:42 PM by Scav Scav is offline
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    Flights 33 & 34 Cross-country - Working out the Kinks

    As long as we don't all have to pack into a single 172, I'd absolutely be down for it.
    Posted 09-03-2015 at 10:31 PM by mojoey mojoey is offline
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    Flights 33 & 34 Cross-country - Working out the Kinks

    You're going to win the O-F long distance XC award, Mojo, by a longshot if we do.
    Posted 09-03-2015 at 07:06 PM by Scav Scav is offline
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    Flights 33 & 34 Cross-country - Working out the Kinks

    2vu is getting his license, Scav is getting his license, I'm getting my license eventually. Do I smell a group flight to Oshkosh in the future?
    Posted 09-03-2015 at 04:26 PM by mojoey mojoey is offline
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    Flights 33 & 34 Cross-country - Working out the Kinks

    Absolutely! It was this one.

    Here's how I had it set up during my flight.


    The curled corners of my nav log occurred post-flight after I placed it in my bag, a result of what leads to my only complaint - it folds up so the clips are on the outside. I guess this is good in that it prevents it from inadvertently folding between your legs during flight, but as a consequence, quickly folding it up and placing it in a flight bag results in exactly this issue. Several reviewers on Sportys.com mentioned this as a detriment and reduced their overall rating accordingly.

    There are foam pads underneath at the top and bottom of both sides of the desk that prevent it from slipping off your lap. I was skeptical even after reading the good reviews but they really do work quite well.
    Posted 09-02-2015 at 07:47 PM by n122vu n122vu is offline
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    Flights 33 & 34 Cross-country - Working out the Kinks

    Sweet.

    That lapdesk you purchased -- have you got a link? I'm probably shorter than you and need a booster seat in order to see above the glareshield of an Archer, much less a Skyhawk and I may need something like that in the future.
    Posted 09-02-2015 at 05:18 PM by Scav Scav is offline
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    July 28, 2015 - A Day I Will Never Forget

    Yeah I'm sort of in the same boat. It's either this FBO or the Airport Authority. The next closest airport is KBMG, ~60 min drive to the North, their rates for a 172 are comparable, but theirs are C172S/P models that are more than 20 years newer.
    Posted 08-05-2015 at 03:04 PM by n122vu n122vu is offline
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    July 28, 2015 - A Day I Will Never Forget

    Our FBO has pretty much come out and said that they don't care for their renters or most of the piston planes based on the field. TZR gets a lot of corporate jet traffic. I've seen a line guy stop in mid-refueling a local piston plane to go kiss the boots of a biz jet that had just landed. The local guy had to wait almost 45 mins to get is top off finished. We have no self serve pump.

    That being said, our rental prices are still $75 to $100 cheaper then the next closest FBO (excluding clubs. No clubs at TZR though) So I just deal with the less than stellar service and keep the driving to a min. TZR is really close to home and its where my work flies out of.

    I'm in talks to go in on a Mooney M20 with some other pilots but so far no one can really pull the trigger. Still haven't found the right airframe for the right price.
    Posted 08-05-2015 at 02:43 PM by zerofay32 zerofay32 is offline
    Updated 08-05-2015 at 02:45 PM by zerofay32
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    July 28, 2015 - A Day I Will Never Forget

    Yeah it stinks. Not to sound too entitlement-minded, but I almost feel it would be good business for them to give myself and the other 4 pilots left over from last year some sort of discount on the rate. We're their bread and butter, and the whole reason they could afford the upgrades in the first place. I'm ok with the delays, it's part of flying. It's been the whole way they've handled it that has left the bad taste in my mouth. Days or weeks with no communication about the status of work, downtimes, etc. It's piss-poor customer service. Having the experience and background both in the service industry and in IT that I have, good customer service is something that matters to me and I expect it from a professionally-run business. This FBO, from an administrative standpoint, is run by the business office of a locally owned and operated company with a global presence and a recognized name. They know how vital communicating with customers and suppliers is, so I hold them to a pretty high standard.

    I may rent 34Q for personal flying and maintaining currency once I get my PPL, but for any further ratings I'll likely go to the other FBO and learn in their Warrior.
    Posted 08-05-2015 at 02:26 PM by n122vu n122vu is offline
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    July 28, 2015 - A Day I Will Never Forget

    You're still ahead of me, even at $125. Our most expensive 172 is an old C.A.P. plane, decent avionics, still only a garmin 155 (but it works most of the time), higher horsepower engine, long range fuel tanks, and it's $125. Still... can't beat getting a 430 at that per/hr price.

    But it always hurts when the FBO decides to raise the rates.
    Posted 08-05-2015 at 02:13 PM by zerofay32 zerofay32 is offline
  18. Old Comment
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    July 28, 2015 - A Day I Will Never Forget

    Thanks Artlav! It's not too bad. More difficult is the physical tiredness from another lesson Monday evening, will be posting about it later this week. In short I was introduced to soft field landings, first time I've done any maneuver involving full elevator deflection in about 8 months, and I could tell afterward.

    Oh, and apparently since the upgrades are complete, 34Q is worth more, now she's $125/hr wet
    Posted 08-05-2015 at 11:00 AM by n122vu n122vu is offline
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    July 28, 2015 - A Day I Will Never Forget

    Congratulations!
    How is the emotional fallout a week later?

    I've been contemplating getting a pilot license for a while, if only it wasn't so over-regulated around here. With the nearest "private-grade" airport being 300 km away there isn't that much point to outweight the complications.
    Posted 08-05-2015 at 08:48 AM by Artlav Artlav is offline
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    July 28, 2015 - A Day I Will Never Forget

    Congratulations! Here I could only dream of such a wet rate..198 €/h at the nearest club, incidentally at the same airport where the Aermacchi M-346 jet trainers are assembled.
    Posted 08-04-2015 at 02:03 PM by Fabri91 Fabri91 is offline

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