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by msawhill
Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Episodes
Topic: Episode #454 - The Correlation Causation
Replies: 4
Views: 844

Re: Episode #454 - The Correlation Causation

I agree with Davis B.: to maximize speed in unstable air, pull back on the yoke in a thermal, and push forward in the downdrafts between thermals. This is a well-established principle in the world of cross-country glider flying, based on some aerodynamics work by the late, great Paul Macready. Matthew
by msawhill
Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:00 am
Forum: Episodes
Topic: #328
Replies: 8
Views: 4745

Re: #328

Long live the Tri-Champ! Jack, you really touched a nerve. I'm a dedicated tail wheel pilot. I learned to fly powered aircraft in a Cessna 140, and my first solo flight in a tricycle gear aircraft was in a 172 on the trip to my IFR check ride. More than 75% of my time is in tail wheel aircraft, and ...
by msawhill
Wed Feb 13, 2013 4:55 pm
Forum: Listener Mail
Topic: Callback #397 - is about UAVs
Replies: 2
Views: 2037

Re: Callback #397 - is about UAVs

Interesting read. It's certainly not difficult to spot the trend in these reports. I'm interested to see what (if any) downstream repercussions there are for UAV owners, operators, and builders as a result of violating an ATC clearance in normal airspace. When a GA pilot busts a clearance, ATC provi...
by msawhill
Fri Jun 22, 2012 5:35 pm
Forum: Episodes
Topic: Episode #290 "Out Past Pahrump"
Replies: 6
Views: 2693

Re: Episode #290 "Out Past Pahrump"

I can't believe you didn't make the title "Eleventeen by Seventeen"!

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by msawhill
Thu May 31, 2012 10:23 am
Forum: Episodes
Topic: Ep# 287
Replies: 6
Views: 2378

Re: Ep# 287

I don't disagree with concerns about a drone's capacity to see and avoid other aircraft, but higher on my list is the danger drones pose to people on the ground. I'd like to see how a faltering UAV decides where to set down based on the risk to human life. Our benevolent friends at the FAA gave us 9...
by msawhill
Wed May 02, 2012 8:51 pm
Forum: Episodes
Topic: Episode #277 "Guaranteed Late Arrival"
Replies: 5
Views: 2041

Re: Episode #277 "Guaranteed Late Arrival"

The discussion about time to solo piqued my interest and provoked some thought. I think one of the bigger factors impacting time-to-solo is aircraft complexity: My training aircraft was a C140 with only the basic instruments and controls, so my pre-solo time was very focused on basic airmanship and ...
by msawhill
Sat Dec 03, 2011 12:23 am
Forum: Episodes
Topic: Episode #263 "The Middle People"
Replies: 5
Views: 2459

Re: Episode #263 "The Middle People"

I was in Vegas this week for a convention, and I had a weird airline experience of my own on the flight home: a nearly empty flight. Since 911, I've generally found that airlines find ways to cancel all flights that aren't more than 99% booked. Given the additional charges for checked baggage, I'm g...
by msawhill
Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:40 pm
Forum: Episodes
Topic: Ep# 262
Replies: 17
Views: 5173

Re: Ep# 262

Maybe Jepp will throw in free web access to charts as part of my 430W data subscription.

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by msawhill
Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:42 pm
Forum: Episodes
Topic: Episode #256 "16-Bit Podcast"
Replies: 8
Views: 2493

Tapping altimeters

Jack, give yourself a pat on the back: you were spot on with your suggestion that the Taylorcraft pilot mentioned in Episode #256 was tapping his altimeter to shake out the friction in his altimeter. Engineers call this friction "hysteresis plus deadband", but pilots of old gliders (old gl...
by msawhill
Mon Nov 29, 2010 8:27 pm
Forum: Listener Mail
Topic: Okay, now I get it...
Replies: 14
Views: 4307

My 2 cents

Glider flying should get a plug here as well. For most of us, gliders can't get you to Grandma's house any time of the year on a moments notice, but 100% of the learning in a glider is applicable to power flying, and it often costs significantly less. At my local club, dues are $25/month, and rental...

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