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Everything posted by E6BAV8R

  1. Good luck convincing people to do that that know nothing other than their chosen career path for their entire lives, supporting their families, to walk into a medical office, admit they have a mental health issue, and lose their jobs and income with nothing else to fall back on. Not to mention the fact that, even if you do go get help and take medication to have it under control, you'll likely lose your medical, anyway. So just because some people do it everyday means it is good enough? In your opinion, everything is good the way it works now? Essentially saying "Well the help is there - they just have to go out and get it"? How do you provide logical reasoning to someone that may not be logical or realize they have a problem?
  2. So you're asking someone with a potentially severe mental health issue to 1) notice that they have a problem, 2) willing to tell someone about it, and 3) be willing to under-go treatment? Absolutely they will. They are going to stamp Denied on your application and tell the airline not to hire you because you admitted to having a mental health issue. Do you think a pilot is going to get a job anywhere if they admit to every potential employer they have mental issues? Do you think any employer wants that kind of liability?
  3. How? Because you happen to be in a field that asks about mental health? And it doesn't change the fact that mental health is largely shunned in this country. I've been a pilot for 16 years. Not once have I been asked about mental health. I also don't own a gun, though, so I guess you could add that to your "invalidated argument" list.
  4. For example, the FAA Medical Certificate evaluations are getting heavy on "sleep apnea". While not admitting you snore isn't grounds for immediate removal, you essentially get reviewed by the FAA Medical and have to then go pay, out of your own pocket, thousands of dollars for a sleep study review and diagnosis, submitting those results to the FAA Medical Office; and potentially having your medical certificate revoked. Do you think many pilots are going to admit they snore?
  5. Sure. But why would anyone admit to having a mental disorder if they aren't required to? You are more often punished for doing so in this country.
  6. When is the last time you filled out any form of an application, registration, or anything of the sort that asked about mental illness? Have you ever had a mental health evaluation? Not only that, if someone is diagnosed as having some form of mental disability, it is often grounds for immediate denial of many things. Rather than offer some form of treatment program to keep their job, they are very often punished for self disclosing.
  7. Cool shots. I get to see that plane come in quite frequently from my office. Should plan a time to see the A380 come in. It arrives in the late afternoon and leaves in the evening. It's ginormous!
  8. Annnnnd this is where the thread turns into shameless plugging by people pushing their own VAs....
  9. Thanks Steve - I'll check them out. They look great! I like the more minimalistic, elegant paints myself. Atlas Air is still one of my favorite liveries, along with Polar and Titan. Any plans for a "dirty" version of one of your cargo paints?
  10. Great shots, Chris! I'm about to start Miami to Provo, UT (KPVU) myself. Going to give that Polar livery you used a go!
  11. Been playing catch-up with the 777 updates and all the new integration and your thread was very helpful! Thanks!
  12. This. I have yet to be asked to increase my descent rate to something that I couldn't accomplish without extending the gear, but ATC would definitely get an "unable" if my only other option was to extend the gear at 20,000 feet to achieve my descent target. Then again, I'm practically always above Vlo while descending through 20,000 feet anyway. Jets typically don't 'go down and slow down' at the same time very well at all.
  13. The Avsim link isn't working for people anymore? It seems to be working for me when I try to download it from the library.
  14. No, but I wasn't specifically referring to a 737. There are jets where you either 1) aren't able to do so in overspeed or 2) don't have speed brakes.
  15. Not to the extent you are referring to. Sure, we may use the gear if we receive a last minute change due to ATC or weather and we have to immediately rush re-configuration to satisfy a new altitude change (to where changing prop settings or speed brakes won't be enough), but if you are having those issues when are in the middle of descent from cruise and brushing up against a 250/270 Knot limit, than something has gone rather wrong. I don't know anyone that has ever had to get as drastic for drag as extending the landing gear all the way out on a STAR. On another note, the landing gear is allowed to be extended into high mach speeds because it is used as a sole and last resort for drag in high overspeed situations, as you obviously can't be extending flaps or speed brakes at high mach - landing gear is the only option for drag at those speeds (and yes, you'll blow the gear doors off).
  16. A 4.5 stable OC on a Haswell chip is not "modest" - it is very good.
  17. Cool pics! I've flown into the Taos airport a handful of times. Flying over the massive ravine on final when landing to the north is one of the best parts!
  18. You can typically search Googke for the airport ICAO code + the word 'Jeppesen' and find charts that way for airports outside the US and CAN. I would use FltPlan.com for Canada charts. It isn't a big deal to have outdated charts for flight sim since the nav database and frequencies inside FS are so old (and therefore charts that are years old are still correct for FS) and/or typically never change even with updated AFCADs. I have access to a JeppView so that is how I get all my global charts but that even presents its' issues (brand new charts can be incorrect from the years old FS nav database).
  19. Not sure what you mean - recommended by whom? It is up to you if you want head movement / shake on. All those are customizable, including the frequency and severity of the shaking. I use EZDok with the NGX and T7 and haven't had any issues.
  20. Eh? Why not just use EZCA than? It works fine.
  21. Interesting. For starters, my bet is that is that there is a relay on the MOBO popping. How old is your MOBO, or components in the PC, for that matter? Are there any charred or black marks anywhere on the MOBO? Can you keep the PC open and on your desk when it is running, or a place where you can instantly look at it when it happens again, to see what it is doing? I had a MOBO that was a few years old and died in the same fashion - I just turned it on one day and heard a pop and I shut the PC down. I opened the PC up to troubleshoot it for when I turned it on again and when it powered on there was a bright orange glow coming from a relay and, of course, it started smoking the hotter it got. The MOBO was fried. There is nothing on the CPU cooler fan to "pop". It is just an electric fan with a wire that is being powered by the PSU. Another thing to note is that relay's, when "popped", will most likely burn out and not function any longer. If you have heard multiple "pops" than you've likely blown more than one. It isn't like a circuit breaker or fuse that can be reset. Other than a MOBO or PSU, I can't think of any component that could electrically pop, burn and still continue to function. Most components on a PC either work or they don't.
  22. I believe my first jet flight was about when I was 10 in the mid-90s and it was in a Southwest 737-200, The closest I have come so far to flying a jet is a Level-D simulator, and the closest real airplane is a King Air 200 thus far.
  23. I've never used Simbrief so I don't know what it does, but I used FSBuild before I purchased PFPX. PFPX is very heavy into ETOPS and real world planning and it does everything by the book (even as a real world pilot I gasped at the huge amount of flight planning customizations and capabilities). There is a ton of ETOPS stuff that I will probably never get into beyond the basics, as I'm not a huge ETOPS guy. You're correct that PFPX pretty much does what you can find elsewhere in some form or fashion. However, there is no other program that does it all in one program and also integrates with TOPCAT. You can customize every single aspect of each and individual aircraft, incorporate NATS, weather, select SIDs and STARs easily (based off direction), etc. To accomplish my flight planning prior to PFPX I'd have to use FSBuild, Active Sky, TOPCAT, browse the internet to find real world routes and weather charts, and a Scratchpad to write everything down and incorporate it all together. PFPX does everything all with a few button clicks. I took your position before it came out as to why it would be worth the money but I saw the efficiency of it and I was getting tired of using a bunch of different programs to do everything, so I purchased it and I'm glad I did. It's a very nice program and I don't regret purchasing it.
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