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  1. Chair fly with a classmate acting as instructor/atc/distractions/other planes in the pattern where they make conflicts- like they normally occur. Keep practicing/chairflying, but not at your own pace- have a classmate check/push you around. Wash, rinse, repeat. Distractions and performance challenges happen- you have to recocognize and accomodate without losing a step.
  2. I think the salient speed and a truer aimpoint is DC-10s, BAE46s and 747 drop retardant at effective speeds. The MAFFS may not work at that high a speed. What speed does the C-130 use?
  3. I would assume the $14k/hr operating cost is a bit steep. I would think 2-3 MAFFS tanks would fit even if they drain fwd most to aft most. Are the pumps utility hydraulic or electric?
  4. They are honest taildraggers with decent crosswind capes, 20 knots doable. The gear will wear outer half of tires, so you can get used to flipping on rim. I like Desser retreads, harder compound. There are upgraded tailwheels and steering links that work great. Current RV-6 owner, have had S1S, Luscombe, Kitfiox, SuperCubs. RV is about as easy as it gets, great visibility. Edit, it is a solid SELLERS market right now. There are some models with either small or big vertical tails and rudders. I have a small tail RV-6, it is rudder limited in slip/crosswinds as much any RV, and it'
  5. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-47323045 Good video. Thousands of people cheered a flypast honouring 10 airmen who died when their plane crashed in a park 75 years ago. The US bomber came down in Endcliffe Park, Sheffield on 22 February 1944, killing everyone on board. A campaign for a flypast started after a chance meeting between BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker and Tony Foulds, who tends a park memorial. A tearful Mr Foulds was given a rousing round of applause as the planes flew over. He said: "This is unbelievable." Relatives of the aircrew and thousands of peo
  6. If you are an Android tightwad, check Avare. Free. My GRT EFIS bluetooths to their android remote app for non-Garmin installed hardware integration. ADSB-IN easily pipes to installed and portable devices a dozen ways. Fltplan.com is great freeware on iOS, Garmin just announced buying them. FF is the gold standard based on popularity, if you up for are paying, it works. The newest Retina screens are great in daylight, previously the Samsung Androids has several best direct daylight viewing.
  7. Samsung Note3. Avare longtime user on Android. IOS- I use Fltplan. Both free. Both work. Easy to never sweat needing a paper chart or plate. One addition- all platforms display ADSB-in data differently. Different portable hardware may also generate different traffic. Wx seems fine on most all apps, but traffic is just plain odd. Stratus, Stratux, DualAv and Skyradar all seem to have traffic quirks. I pipe my in-data to a GRT EFIS via USB and that works great. As good as the Garmin Hardware users, I'd say. Foreflight and a Stratus seem to still be best for a portable tra
  8. Always a light moment when taxiing in near view of the tower and announcing that we had our tickets...
  9. Sure, but I can't see the return on investment as either quick nor assured. Omega is only so big for a reason, not because they are King Kong in a cornered market. IL-78 belongs on the north ramp at OAKN... Failed fire bomber conversion turned to a bootleg attempt? http://www.aero-news.net/index.cfm?do=main.textpost&id=0d65bee9-c866-4086-ac8d-17a9ea880f43
  10. It sounded like current off the shelf design would be incorporated. He was a long-time KC-10 type. I was a mx officer on them way back and have just a little knowledge of how the boom and other spares work. I did not think he would get support to tap into or build mirrors of the current systems. If it isn't the same FBW boom, how would the USAF approve its use without new testing? That's what turned me off.
  11. A buddy had worked up an LLC to get Israeli AIA to refit mothballed DC-10-30 freighters at Victorville, CA several years back. The fuel tanks looked easiest, the boom and drouges a bit more interesting. If Omega Air tankers outfit only its present size, I doubt new refits would pay out fast enough, but thinner aviation ventures abound.
  12. In barnstorming rides we call the escort/$ taker/fuel runner, etc, " Scootering", ala the start of, "The Great Waldo Pepper". Turns more folks faster, safely, less extra work for the pilot. Think a hot pit team.
  13. Since starting as a USAF mx officer in 1995 I've had a Pitts S1S, Luscombe 8E, Kitfox 4, Clone of a 135hp SuperCub and now a RV-6. 12 yrs active total, C-9As and C-17s, then AFRC C-17s with part 121 cargo. Gave my AFRC O-5 pledge pin back 5 years early this past Feb as at 23 total they'd pegged the funmeter. More time for GA! Just turned 14 hours of driving into 4.5 of flying. North of Louisville to South of Atlanta, round trip. 180mph at 9 GPH, and mine is a slower one. I've had the same $35k out of pocket in planes, only did a note for a while on the Pitts. I help with the mx, so
  14. PilotsofAmerica forum might be of more help. Pulling carb heat on a windmilling engine yields only a few seconds of heat. Ram air is bypassing the air filter, flowing over dead exhaust pipes that are only a few hundred degrees and cooling instead of 1000 degrees, then to the carb box A high wing, fuel gravity-fed engine windmilling, with an intact oil system, is likely doing so from pilot error or fuel contamination. The checklist is stepping you through finding a really big, but simple mistake or committing to a proper forced landing.
  15. Chances are you have run a tank dry or have a fuel selector knocked out of detent if no indications existed prior. Pitch to best glide, change tanks, boost pump as appropriate, check mag switch/s in case you were already in an error chain and only had one on or have a bad switch. All immediate and reflexive. Carb ice at cruise should have an obvious onset. You fly a 172-P with fuel selector on both and gravity feed available unless fuel-injected. If you did not turn off the fuel, shear your fuel line, run out of gas or have a Harrison Ford carb disassemble- the engine did no
  16. I used to dig the oddball Mackall/Luzon days and nights. Funniest was fighting a Q3 for slinging civilians into Proplayer Stadium in Miami at halftime of a Dolphins game. AMC called asking on a Friday, HALO the SOCOM team. Met a brunch of nice retirees at Opa Locka. RA on the Goodyear blimp, see ourselves on the jumbotrons, carrying a CHS local news crew. Smiles all around. Find out Monday someone big at AMC said we were Q3 for the civvies/retirees they tasked. Took a few hours to quash. VSP '07, with a smile.
  17. I get the attitude, but I've seen jets tear up runways just by backing on then-Los Cruces, NM on a hot day. Crew brought a new C-17 back to Germany with OEF Grapefruit rock damage and see MX try and say the crew erred- they did not. I've done demos, slung folks n boats n stuff, played in the dirt, mostly in the rules- it did get silllier every year because as stuff happens the new pages stack up and none are removed. Chit happens, surprises are rare, hopefully learned from and repeats avoided. Have likely 5 digits of static airshow visits in 20 years, by all means, go- but che
  18. At least in "my" AMC/AFRC heavies years, the Giant Report and a check of CFR are the items OGV or others would check if an OG or higher waiver were needed before pursuing and inking. Items like signs too tall or close for some aircraft, existing waivers that may have expired or just acknowledging that the USAF has not eyeballed the field can come into play, better beforehand. Even Oshkosh can feel like a shoehorn in and out of parking with a C-17 on a towbar. Making sure there are no fees at a joint use or civilian field also makes the list, but not in this context of an airsho
  19. Weight bearing, including taxiways and parking are thought 1- is the field current in the ASRR/Giant Report? Second- crash/fire/rescue- waiverable, but mandatory to consider.
  20. Chang, where are you applying? Need to get you on the special lists... Just try and fix any little part you can for big blue, those that saw a tipped balance to out do not need your advice. ps, 50ish FSDOs, 50ish interpretations. You know those pesky bureaucrats...
  21. Huggy, I will NOT buy new parts yet, you gotta have a transponder in my plane and for ADSB-out, but you know that. Folks will be selling their early-adopted ADSB-out kits for newer avionics by the time I bite. Freeflight Rangr straps onto mode 3A/C for $2k. Down in 1 yr from a $4k solution. Before installation. I have ILS but no IFR WAAS, for now. The install price and hidden costs of matching avionics to aircraft is going to be as much a stopping point as any shop backlogs. I will not do it anytime soon, just avoid mode C rings after 1 Jan 2020 IF I chose to wait. I would pay $110
  22. More likely to be out only with a kill switch and a few checklists with an added on/off choice. You'll wind up missing the "In" unless they do more than add an out transceiver, transponder coupler and antenna. Maybe another IFR WAAS GPS feed if the feds get sticky or DoD won't give tron access to what you now have. Interstingly, the FAA is looking at requiring a beacon in all aircraft, Gliders first, there is a TSO but no hardware vendor meeting the spec. ADSB out is only going to be a mandate for planes with electrical charging systems, and not in ALL airspace. Still mk1 sense and a
  23. Floor of Gamecock Delta MOA is 10k msl and both the MOA and nearby IR and VRs are north of Moncks Corner, except IR18. As CAP-10 pointed out below- I never flew that one- guess liveATC.net bears a listen. 5 miles south of KMKS and you to the outer ring of CHS class Charlie. If either went right in under the point of impact is question 1. Glad the ejection worked. Used to fly GA and Mil there.
  24. Mongo just pawn in game of Jive translations. Bravo, thanks!
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