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Wayne Conrad 989233

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  1. It looks like an IFR departure, maybe cancel enroute. Kenosa is forecast to be windy as heck, modified VFR.

     

    Rather than the suggested IFR route:

     

    BULLY V216 SQUIB

     

    I'm planning on filing:

     

    V216 PETTY V7 TALOR, 8000

     

    For two reasons: First, a /U or /A aircraft can't navigate direct BULLY. Second, it's tidier if the route ends in a feeder or IAF for an instrument approach.

  2. A USB headset (or a non-USB headset with a second sound card) is the only choice for me. The reason for either USB or a second sound card is so that ATC can be routed to my ears and airplane sounds to my speakers. That makes much easier to hear ATC than if both come through the speakers.

     

    Also, a hand-held mic. will add some delay to your readbacks.

  3. I have been delighted with the quality of Heinz's Planes. The panels are good, and the flight dynamics seem friendly (although I'm not a pilot, so I can't tell you how real). The panels for all of his planes that I've bought are wide-screen friendly and good in both 2D and 3D. The latest of his planes that I'm flying is the Twin Beech (Beech 18 ), and it's very nice. Highly recommended. It's not just Heinz's planes that are great. Heinz himself is a good guy and supports his planes very well.

     

    As well as his Twin-Beech, I fly his Comanche, Clipper and Tri-Pacer. They're all outstanding planes.

  4. Don gave a fabulous answer to the five T's. I use the order they're more traditionally taught in (Turn Time Twist Throttle Talk), but I agree with Don that the exact order of the first two T's isn't crucial. I only want to add that I find the five T's useful during cruise as well as enroute. Crossing a VOR, Turn. Time (record time of p[Mod - Happy Thoughts]age, which I will use to estimate the time of the next fix, and also to see if I'm running early or late, make sure the wind is treating me alright in terms of gas). Twist. Throttle (if I have been given a "climb/descend after" instruction, for example). And Talk, which would be pretty rare when enroute, and only comes up if non-radar, or reporting in the hold at a clearance limit.

     

    The five T's. They're not just for breakfast anymore.

  5. Which approach to which airport? That will help us to know whether DME was required for the approach. If required, then the inability to tune your NAV2's DME prohibits you from flying the approach. If not required, then you can fly the approach using crossing fixes. It's more work, as you indicated, but still gets the job done. By the way, when you have the time for it, try to use both DME and VOR to identify fixes on an approach. This will help you to stay ahead of the plane, identify navaid or equipment failures or mistuned radios, and makes fixes easier to identify. For example, some pilots (I'm one of them) find it easier to notice a needle swinging than a DME number clicking. The needle swings, check the DME to see that it jives, fix is identified, do the five T's, repeat.

     

    Some DME readouts have a switch to flip it between reading VOR 1 and VOR 2. Is yours one of those?

  6. Welcome to Phoenix! You're here for the best time of year. You're going to love it.

     

    Next summer, you'll be saying, "What have I done?" But don't worry. Winter comes again, and you'll say, "Ahhh. Yeah. This is why I came here. I remember."

  7. Oh, I knew you knew better, Gary. I apologize if you thought I was warning you personally. I wasn't.

     

    I read that NASA has some modified bizjets that they use for practicing shuttle approaches. I don't know if they are modified just with software, or what. 20 degrees! I wonder if spoilers would be enough.

     

    Students of aeronautics will notice that the glide slope is actually shallower for a heavier shuttle (18 degrees heavy, 20 degrees light). It might seem backwards, but it's a fact that that every glider pilot knows, and every powered pilot ought to. The higher your wing loading, the better your glide ratio. But that better glide ratio occurs at a higher airspeed. So when the shuttle is coming in heavy, it comes in very fast, and on a shallower glideslope. When it comes in light, in comes in slower, and on a steeper glideslope. It's the same thing for light plane pilots. If you go engine out max gross, your best glide speed is faster than if you go engine out lightly loaded. In the Piper Clipper I fly in X-Plane, its best glide speed at max gross is 80 mph; lightly loaded, it's 70 mph. It's worth knowing the difference.

  8. I have to say something about controllers who have trouble logging off. It's this.

     

    We notice.

     

    I've been flying, sometimes, into some podunk field in the middle of nowhere, and there's hardly any traffic. There I am in my slower-than-highway-traffic bug smasher, and it's getting late, and I know from the controller's yawns that he would rather go to bed, and why doesn't the guy log off? But there he is, giving me altimeter settings, and doing not much else until he gives me a approach clearance, and then clears me to land, then to taxi, bids me good night, and then announces that center is closing.

     

    I've got to tell you. It's a guilty pleasure to find out that you were the only reason that guy was staying up and on the frequency. That's so much above and beyond the call of duty for you to extend a session for just one pilot. But we do notice. Thank you.

  9. Hi Alex! Good to see you. Thanks for the key. At least I can turn it off now. What an incredible destroyer of illusion it is to make a turn and find my plane has been pooping a giant jumprope...

     

    Now to find the function so I can permanently unmap it.

  10. There is some key that turns on a jumprope that shows your plane's flight path in the sky.

     

    I'd love to map that function to no key at all, because it's a useless function to me, and I'm always accidentally turning it on. Does anyone know,

     

    (1) What that key is, by default, and

    (2) What is the name of that function is settings/joystick options/keys?

  11. The problem comes and goes for me even when I keep the same version of xsquawkbox. It has all the the signs and symptoms of an uninitialized variable, race condition, interaction with other software, or one of those other non-deterministic conditions that drive programmers absolutely bat-poop crazy. I doubt it has anything to do with a specific version of xsquawkbox.

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