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  1. David_FFC

    Pro Pilot 99 on Windows 10

    Hello, d - is that on a desktop? If so, are you using a Voodoo card ? I have PP99 installed on our first laptop - good to use for quick things, no Voodoo though. Our desktop is pretty much just for me and the kids/grandkids, with some driving games in addition to PP99. Flew it w/ one of the grandkids last month. Win XP, 1.8gHz, 4MB, Voodoo II. Practiced several Cat III approaches to ATL's main airport. I seriously doubt I'll get an IFR ticket, but have been studying for several years w/ Sporty's DVD lessons. At least I could take the written someday and pass it. Dave H.
  2. David_FFC

    Pro Pilot 99 on Windows XP

    Still here - haven't even lurked for awhile, but a little voice said to check in. Hi, Jerry - how many hours on N2PRISE ? I never saw "Star Trek: Enterprise" when it first came out, nor saw reruns. So, watching via Netflix. I'm about 1/2-way through Season 4. Next on list is to watch all of Voyager. I've started...seen first 6 episodes of 1st season. ******************************************************** I still have a desktop with Win XP and good drivers for PP99. Using a Logitech stick for many years. This desktop does not have a game port, so CH Products Yoke and pedals have been INOP for quite some time. I may resurrect my 200 mHz Win 98 desktop - it has a game port. The Hard Drive on it had some problems many years ago, so that's why I bought a new desktop, 1.8 mHz, Win XP, and had to search for Voodoo 2 drivers for XP, and found them. Well, a couple of years ago I bought a HD enclosure to check out that HD, and it looks good, basically. Need to tweak a couple of things, and may be able to get the 200mHz desktop going again. Frame rates were really good, in the 20's, with a working Voodoo 2. OR....I may just buy a USB CH Yoke & Pedals for the Win XP machine. Getting grandkids in the pre-teen and young teen years, who are interested a little in flying. Also have a SIerra Driving training program, called Driver's Ed 99, which uses the Voodoo 2...not as much difference with-without it as compared to PP99, with and without it. ***************************************************************** No real flying for several years due to pain medicine...feet problems shortly after FFC to Destin flight. Would like to fly to AR and NE. Takes too long to drive. Waiting for a "Driver's License-Only" requirement in lieu of 3rd class medical...OR, go LSA, but I don't think local airports rent LSA's. OR, learn to fly gliders! Always wanted to do that anyway. Cheers, ya'll Dave H. Still near FFC.
  3. David_FFC

    Alaska trip in a Cessna 182.

    Oops. I knew that. Honest.Further, again for those that might not know, 1 "minute" of a latitude degree is equal to 1 nautical mile (1 nm), and regardless of longitude. Therefore, if you want to get a quick estimate of the distance between points, you can use "latitude minutes" for a nautical miles ruler. These minutes are always the same distance apart from each other, 1 nm, regardless of map location. This is NOT true for "longitude minutes", whose length changes from north to south. One longitude minute at the equator is much longer than one at the US/Canada border. One minute just a few inches from the north pole would be much smaller than an inch . In fact, one of your own feet would be stepping on 90 degrees of longitude quite easily!Cheers, DH
  4. David_FFC

    Alaska trip in a Cessna 182.

    That's the one! Just NW of Greenville. My son-in-law's parents live about 10 miles NE of Greenville. On Google earth adjacent to the north of the tower, I saw what looks like a BMX / go-cart / 4-wheeler dirt track. We went there on Sunday, and that tower's cables connect at ten different places vertically. I'm guessing that's every 100 ft, making it 1000 ft. It has strobes only - no red lights.And there is indeed several dirt tracks by the tower. For $10 per motorbike, $15 per 4-wheeler, you can ride around three different track areas all day long.The tower does not look tall enough to be 1600 AGL, as indicated on the sectional, but it does say UC, which can mean "not verified" as well as "under construction". It appears to be completed. I'd guess it's close to 1000 ft. I'm basing my eyeball guess on my recollection of 3 TV towers put up in the 60's on the north side of Omaha, NE that are almost 1400 ft, including the antennae, which my memory tells me look a little taller than the Greenville tower.In fact, I just found this.The first link shows a graphic of the "newer" KETV Omaha tower, verifying my recollection that the 3 towers are about 1400 ft tall. http://www.ketv.com/station/3726517/detail.htmlThis link is an FAQ about their newer tower. http://www.ketv.com/station/3687852/detail.htmlAfter the Greenville tower, the next tallest towers in that same lat/lon grid section are just to the north of Newnan, a couple of miles from where my Army son used to live. Those could be just as nasty, at around 1050 AGL. I flew over his house once with an instructor, but we stayed 1000 ft above those towers (that would be 3050 MSL). Add to that the ATL Class B's floor is 5000 MSL at the towers, and just a couple of miles to the north it's only 4000 MSL - not much vertical room to play with there at all. It's best to just steer clear, where a couple of miles west the floor is way up to 8000 MSL, of which I'm sure you're very familiar.And finally, there are two others, 1000 and 1100 AGL by Warm Springs and Manchester. Together, these three towers are the reasons the MEF's in those areas are 2-6. FOR THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW, but I bet most flight simmer's do, on the sectional flying charts there are 30x30 degree lat/long squares. In each square is a very noticeable three to two-digit number, with the right-most one smaller. A 26 would be 2,600 ft - 124 would be 12,400 ft. This Maximum Elevation Figure (MEF) is an MSL height of the tallest object in the square, rounded up to the nearest 100 ft, plus 100 for towers and 300 for hilltops/mountaintops to obtain the MEF. Therefore, flying at an MEF is supposed to ensure you will not hit anything attached to the ground, as long as your altimeter is not off by 101 ft or more in the wrong direction. A tower at 2399 ft MSL is rounded to 2400, plus 100 gives 2500 ft MSL. That only leaves room for an altimeter error of 101 ft. Yikes!Cheers, Dave HFayetteville, GA
  5. David_FFC

    Alaska trip in a Cessna 182.

    Hi, Jerry - I lasted looked here and your site about 10 days ago. I didn't notice the Alaska link, but I was looking quickly. Those shots with the mountains to either side of them are fantastic. I felt I learned something about mtn flying just from looking at them.I'm glad Wendell found a home for the 182. I'm trying to justify the cost of a plane like his, vs renting. If I flew 5 hrs/mo, in 12 years (age 65) that would be 720 hrs. At $120/hr (which will only go up, but so will fuel costs), that's $86,400. If I owned, those same hours at just 8 gals/hr, at $4/gal is $23,000 - plus monthly payments for an $86,400 plane, plus insurance, plus inspections, monthly parking, hmmm.... but it would be my plane. I'd fly more, but that means more fuel costs. I don't know how re-sellable a 20-yr old plane I get today would be in 15 years. But it would be my plane, and I could fly whenever. Alas, I can't afford 5 hrs/month either way, except for one flight to Florida a couple of weeks ago.Which brings me to an interesting "license to learn" trip from FFC to DTS, Destin ,FL on 11-12 Aug. Our daughter-in-law (now residing in Ft Walton) drove up here for a friend's wedding (I initially typed "weeding"), and my wife rode with her back to FL to babysit for the next week. This looked like a great opportunity to fly there and pick her up at the end of the week. 2 hours of flying 1-way beats driving 5 hrs. And you're flying!They only live 5 miles from Eglin AFB (VPS), but I found out, even though it is a joint civilian airport, only commercial flights can land there, unless you fill out a few forms and happen to be a 20+ yr military retiree - then you can land there, just like Terry did at Elmendorf AFB.Well, Destin is just a short hop across the bay, and Linda and Son/wife/kids were going to be boating not far from Destin anyway that afternoon.I used PP99 and Google Earth to check out the area. VERY helpful. As you near the area, crossing over into FL, you cannot avoid MOA's, and then there are 2 restricted areas either side of the "North-South Eglin Corridor" that you MUST get permission to fly into. As it is, you don't really need to go into them if you just stay in the corrodor - you MUST talk to Eglin Approach to even be allowed in the corridor. 3500 is the preferred altitude.That was easy enough, though. It's just like flying into a class C airport, where you need to contact approach before getting into class C. No tower at DTS, though! Considering all the traffic they get, I don't know why. There's potential for lots of traffic between VPS and DTS. You fly to a point called White Point, NE of DTS, tell VPS you have DTS in sight (pretty murky that day, though), switch to CTAF, make announcements, then head for DTS to either overfly the 14/32 field at 1500 to get to the west side, turn clockwise and descend to 1000 to get on a left mid-field downwind for 32, or, fly to the field descending to 1000 to get on the east side, left mid-field downwind to 14. I did 32, at at the end of the downwind, heading 140, there was a banner-towing plane around 800, flying westbound over the base-leg area. Never heard him on CTAF. I overflew him, did base, final, landed. 2 hours, 200nm, mostly at 8500 and 120 kts. I knew thunderstorms were going to be a problem going back after just 1 1/2 hours on the ground, as the area behaved badly all week. I saw a few 9000-11000 buildups in southern AL I had to deviate a little for, and knew they were going to be taller than that when I returned.They were indeed there, so we never left that day. The tstms parked themselves over the northern part of that corridor for several hours.I didn't have my nighttime landing current. I also hadn't flown at night since getting my license. The weather at DTS looked good enough the whole time, but radar showed another picture. Get-home-itis is very real. Fortunately, any tstms along my path is an easy no-go.However, leaving just after sunrise the next day, Sunday, lots of scattered 1300, clear at 5500, clouds below until Dothan, AL, then clear until the last 15 miles. The home field was clear when we took off, but some low stratus came in from the east shortly thereafter. The TAF didn't forecast it, and the visible satellite pix were too dark at 11Z to show them. And IR pix don't show low clouds well at all. We overflew the airports at 5500 to see that the clouds extended pretty far east and north, turned back south a few miles to where it was clear, descended, got under the clouds, stayed under, legally of course, and with the GPS's help easliy found FFC and landed.Here the get-home-itis really appeared. In the air, only 12 miles from home base, low clouds but not low enough to keep one away flying VFR. I wouldn't have wanted to do that much more than 15-20 miles, though. Visibility was acceptable, but could have been better. This is not a "never again" story, but I learned:1) Check more airports' surface observations before takeoff - all directions. The low stratus coming into the ATL area from SC usually doesn't occur in the summer, but it did that day.2) Beware get-home-itis! Don't be afraid to go and land at an airport 30 miles from home whose weather is good, to wait it out. My problem was, I knew it wasn't going to improve anytime soon once the stratus arrived. The plane was due back at a certain time, but they understand if weather detains you. We were only 12 miles away where the clouds started.3) Check all tallest points along your route! I knew the terrain - I thought. However, I found out later there was a tall tower somewhat near where we descended (in clear air, of course), that I hadn't noticed before. I had always flown over that area at 4500 MSL or higher, and erroneously thought I'd never need to know about anything under 2000 AGL. Wrong! I thought the tallest towers to the north of where we were going were the only tall ones over 1000 AGL. I later drove to it - the map says 1600 AGL unconfirmed, but it doesn't look quite that tall. But it's at least 1000 AGL.So, 4.5 flying hours later, at $148 /hr in a real nice Diamond DA40 (plenty of HP for the HOT weather in GA and FL and two people and full fuel, plus 21 lb suitcase), the admission was worth the price. It'll be awhile before I can afford a long trip again, though.Dave H.Fayetteville, GA
  6. David_FFC

    Annual check up....Who's there?

    Well, here I am - I saw this thread going on two weeks ago, now. 'Bout time I replied. I finally got a picture of my grandson in a Diamond DA-20 (we didn't fly that day - it was staged to simulate the day we flew back in Feb). I'll get that here tomorrow.Well, our last child (of 5) is graduating high school on Fri, 26th May.She's been learning English riding the last 8-10 years, and works part-time at a vet clinic. But, she thinks she's tired of that, and wants to work at Office Depot or elsewhere for more money. But, her people skills need improving - I bet she comes back to the animals. Anyway, her grades are pretty good, but she really isn't college material. We're been trying to find some good tech schools having anything to do with animals - kind of hard.My Army son Dan has been back from Baghdad since just after Christmas. He showed us a video his unit put together of them getting rid of IED's, set to the tune of some heavy metal head banger music - it goes together quite nicely. He did his defusing from 8Pm to 4am Mon-Sat. Makes any of my problems kind of vanish, you know? When he got back after a tour like that I knew he'd get impatient with people who took their time, plodding along, etc. Sure enough - I saw him a couple of times with a very exasperated look on his face that said "don't these people know what they're doing?" Couldn't blame him one bit - he didn't put up with his kid's stuff either (8 and 5 yr-old's). He is pretty much a real softie with his almost 1-yr old daughter, though. She was born just before he left in July.He was supposed to go to Afghanistan later this year, for a about a year - but instead he's got orders to that hardship area called Ft. Walton Beach, FL for 2 years to be an EOD instructor. That'll give me an excuse to fly to the gulf now.Well, that's the latest from Fayetteville, GA. I think I've written a little less than long-winded Dan P. I bet I can beat you Dan, though, without much effort.Dave H.
  7. David_FFC

    Notice the changes?

    Brother Luis, your mind indeed works in mysterious ways.But that was rather humerous. Some of the best jokes are those where you do not see the punchline coming.Cheers - DH
  8. David_FFC

    Short Final for Feb. 27, 2007

    Yeah, I know - I've been planning on staging a re-enactment photo - I think we can get together this Sat. His first ride indeed needs to be documented!Cheers, Dave H.Fayetteville, GA
  9. David_FFC

    Short Final for Feb. 27, 2007

    "Back to basics, as usual. If the crosswind is pushing you on base leg, fly a little wider pattern on downwind, more than the usual 1/2-mile offset from the runway."You're right, of course - that's exactly what I had to do - the 2nd attempt I did not do this just to see how close I could come to making a good approach by adjusting other things instead - closer, but no cigar. I was planning on going around on the first attempt anyway so my grandson could experience another pseudo-takeoff, but not because of a botched approach. But that's how it turned out.Thanks - Dave H.
  10. David_FFC

    Short Final for Feb. 27, 2007

    Whenever a pilot in a small plane has a passenger who has never, or seldom, flown in a small plane, and the engine quits, the passenger usually says/thinks "we're gonna die!!!", whilst the pilot says/thinks "I wonder how much this is gonna cost me?"I've taken up two adult passengers separately in the past year (a friend who'd never been in a small plane, and youngest son-25, and told them this before we took off (as well as all the other pre-takeoff briefing items), just to let them know I'm not planning to panic should the engine quit.I've finally taken a grandson (almost 8) up in Feb for 30 min (1/2 of which was taking 3 attempts to land - oh, well - I wasn't ready to quit flying after just 15 min anyway). Best compliment I've had to date, on a "takeoff", was as we had already lifted off and passing over the other end of the runway, he said "have we taken off yet?" Keep in mind he sat low in the seat and couldn't see over the panel! But the winds were brisk (almost direct crosswind at 8 G16), and it really wasn't that smooth of a takeoff, but he was just taking it in stride. The winds made for the 2 go-arounds. I knew it wasn't going to be standard pattern, but still I was just way too high and close the first time, and just too close the 2nd. 3rd time I stretched everything out and we landed all right. He was so nonchalant about the whole thing, but was impressed at how quickly we got to a couple of landmarks he knew. We flew over a local small racetrack, and I tipped the wings a little and asked him if he saw any cars, and he said "nope - nobody racing today."He sat in front of all the circuit breakers and fuel/pressure gauges, and he thought all the breakers were pretty neat. I told him what they were, pulled one out, and asked him what do you think we do when one pops out? He said "I push it back in!" I said, "well, not right away - I need to know which one it is first, and then maybe you can."What did I learn (or was reminded of)?1) The crosswind limit matches what's in the book (well, already knew this from another windy day, but it was good practice.)2) Easy to get distracted when talking to the passenger (hmmm... already knew this too). Not that there was much to do, but still ...3) I got just a little more nervous than I thought I would with grandson #1 being on board - it wasn't him, he was great - it was just a mental thing. So, verify mental status before flight.4) The pattern was flown clockwise on RWY 13, with winds from 190-220. So, when doing downwind we were being blown towards the runway. Was very aware, on base to final, to be very careful when rolling right to be on final, to not use much, if any, right rudder to keep on centerline. This is cross-controlling, meaning the plane could easily keep rolling right, and roll over and head to the ground. So, how do you keep on centerline if you can't use rudder? Well, just don't use rudder while rolling. Make sure the plane's not quite to centerline yet when you roll out on final, then level the wings, then you'll get blown into position, then use all the rudder you want to line it up. Crossed the centerline and drifting away from it? Well, take out the right rudder and roll right which moves the plane back to the right, but add a little left rudder to keep the longitudinal axis pointed in line with the runway, otherwise the plane's heading will go to the right of the runway. Keep just enough right roll (right aileron) to cancel the drift, land on just the right wheel first if you have to, then gently level wings but keep some right aileron in upon touchdown (you know you have to if when leveling the wings out just before touchdown the plane starts drifting left again - not good for the gear to land like that - increased side load). I didn't have to. Adjust to taste.5) Grandson didn't mind going around twice - and he looked just smashing in a headset.Cheers,Dave H.Fayetteville, GA
  11. David_FFC

    Short Final for 30 October

    While returning from a cross country into Ellington Field... Tower: Warrior 123, enter right downwind for 35L. Warrior 123: Roger, downwind 35L Tower: Warrior 123, wind calm, cleared for 22 if you like. Warrior 123: Roger. Cleared for 22. (Short pause) Warrior 123: Tower, am i cleared for 22? Because ther is a truck in the middle of the runway... Tower: Warrior 123, go around. Warrior 123: [While applying power and retracting flaps] Could you get him to move over, because I don't think I can get around him. Tower: GO AROUND! GO AROUND! GO AROUND! What can I say? Sometimes the little devil on my shoulder wins. Dave H.Fayetteville, GA(Blimey! Can't believe I got to post one these before anyone else!)
  12. David_FFC

    Short Final for 25 September 2006

    Whew - finally got in here. I was in a holding pattern, and squawking 7600 !!!Cheers from FFC !Dave H.
  13. David_FFC

    Short Final for 31 July 2006

    Looks like another fun time at KOSH, Jerry!Perhaps it's time to add the red cup and camera to your "Before Engine Start" checklist. Those guys are indeed taking a lot of punishment.Cheers, Dave H.
  14. HA! Pretty good ! Congratulations. You sure had Doc going.Okay - let's see if we can figure out who Flyright (Flybert? Nah.) is.1) Member only since 30 Dec.2) Apparently prefers another sim to PP99, and maybe always has - "...or consider using a more advanced simulator." I can't remember who it was that is always extolling the virtues of MS FS over PP99, but this possibly isn't that person either, because "...some simulators are
  15. David_FFC

    Not going anywhere? How about a ROLL CALL?

    Jerry -I can take off any day - Wed-Thu-Fri.>How far do you live from KFFC? I have home, work, and cell>phone numbers for you. I will call whichever number you want>to be sure we can coordinate our timing at KFFC on the day I>come down.About 6 miles - 12 minute drive. Call my home 1st, cell 2nd. I only have the cell on when I'm in the car.Maybe we can squeeze in a look at the Diamonds, and perhaps a quick tour of the National Weather Service Office (which technically houses the Weather Forecast Office and the River Forecast Center)? It's just a 2 minute walk up from the FBO. Since I'm one of the SKYWARN volunteers it's pretty easy to get permission to get in.The ATL TRACON is down the road a couple of miles - can't get into that, though, at least not nearly as easily. I'll give them a call, though, to see what the possibility is. I've tried to get a tour there a couple of times before for the Atlanta chapter of the American Meteorological Society (group I'm with), but the timing wasn't right.I know 3 folks at the ARTCC (2 wx guys and a controller), but that's several miles away, but I'll check on that too. I might have better luck there.I realize you probably don't have any time for all this extra stuff, but thought I'd mention it anyway. Have you or you son been to an ARTCC ?I've been to the ARTCC in Kansas City many, many years ago. Down at one end of the aisles was a 3M overhead projector displaying something on the wall, and looked like it might be important, being so prominently displayed. As we got closer we could see that it read, "Bowling Trophies are in."Dave H.