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Episode #110 "Dave's New Modem"

Posted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 6:00 pm
by advector
It bugs me that the automobile company CEOs' aircraft were called "private jets." They are public jets. They belong to the stockholders, and they are very good investments. The stockholders are happy to own them and to make them available to the CEOs. The aircraft pay for themselves in spades.

Re: Episode #110 "Dave's New Modem"

Posted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 12:58 am
by kbob
Jack,

Don't fret about the right hand/left hand on the stick problem. I had flown Cherokees and Skyhawks for 15+ years with a few hours in one of West Valley Flying Club's J-3s before buying into a partnership on an ex-RAF primary trainer (Scottish Aviation Bulldog), which has a single throttle located in the center console in the manner of the Brits. Once I gave in to flying "left handed" it became second nature after a couple of hours and as you noted it makes it much easier to tune the radio, lean the mixture, operate the GPS, etc. with the right hand.

Thanks for getting this episode up so quickly-hope that earns you a Leinie or two from Jeb and Dave!

kbob

Re: Episode #110 "Dave's New Modem"

Posted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 12:31 pm
by champguy
Right hand/Left hand, I'm dyslexic and get that stuff mixed up all the time anyway. Good thing a Champ flies hands off. Just keep your feet on the pedals. You don't want to mix them up.

Re: Episode #110 "Dave's New Modem"

Posted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 11:15 pm
by n370GL
good WX site to start

http://www.avweather.com/

Re: Episode #110 "Dave's New Modem"

Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 2:20 pm
by PilotBrad
Jack, don't forget about the flight planning tool you get free with your EAA membership... http://www.aeroplanner.com

Re: Episode #110 "Dave's New Modem"

Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 8:02 pm
by PilotBillFromTexas
I never could get that to work.

Re: Episode #110 "Dave's New Modem"

Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 9:12 pm
by champguy
The EAA Flight Planner is the only one I have found simple enough for me to use. For longer trips I use it to get a route sheet with airports, distances, and check the airspace.
I have had good experiences calling the new Flight Service folks, but all I'm looking for is VFR weather enroute which they seem to be able to handle.

Re: Episode #110 "Dave's New Modem"

Posted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 5:19 pm
by StevenPam
Jack,

I guess I got in kinda late here because a couple of others have already commented on this, but...

I had to laugh a little when you were talking about all the weird things about the Gobosh: High RPM settings, friction nut and sprung throttle, left-handed stick, etc. As I have mentioned previously elsewhere, I am currently in the process of doing my primary training in a Fly Synthesis Storch - in large part thanks to the efforts of the aviation podsphere (most particularly yourselves, Will Hawkins, and Jason Miller). The Storch seems to have much in common with your Gobosh - all the things you mentioned, at least (though only one throttle!).

Your 150/152, with its strange yoke thing; sluggish, low-revving, avgas-sipping engine; and huge, high cowling, would feel equally foreign to me (although it's certainly on my agenda to go there one day).

Cheers,
Steven

Re: Episode #110 "Dave's New Modem"

Posted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 8:50 pm
by PilotBillFromTexas
champguy wrote:The EAA Flight Planner is the only one I have found simple enough for me to use.


I used the new AOPA flight planner and I thought that it was pretty good. It just seems pretty slick overall.

The EAA flight planner won't let me log on and I am happy enough with aopa's product whereby it's not worth my time to screw with the EAA tool.

Re: Episode #110 "Dave's New Modem"

Posted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:28 pm
by jimg
Jack, Dave, Jeb, and friends,

When we met at Airventure 2007, the first thing I mentioned was that we
(meaning you) had to do something about Dave's audio quality -- rather
the quality of his Internet audio connection (his audio is just fine). And
at that point (around episode 40) we were already experiencing the fades
from that notorious connection. Well it's only been sixteen months, but
on episode 110 Dave sounds so much better -- what a notable improvement
and it makes the listening so much more enjoyable. Let's hope it doesn't
return to the previous status quo -- sometimes ISPs load up their
facilities to the max before upgrading them.

Thanks Dave for finally figuring out the problem and getting it gone.

Now if only the FAA could solve its technology problems in just sixteen months!

Jim