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  1. Short answer - no! You MAY if you want to and have money to burn, but you don't have to. John
  2. Interesting hardware. Thanks for posting. The relays for the warning panel look like overkill. It really doesn't require a relay to operate a lamp or LED, just a simple low-power transistor, which would have saved a ton of space in the aircraft. Understand it's older technology, but so are transistors now. They've been around for quite a lot longer than the Tornado has. Of course a lot of military hardware is designed on a cost plus basis, so if a contractor/vendor can justify a more costly approach he gets paid accordingly. Does that relay rack go inside the warning display bo
  3. I hope they don't re-hire Josh Howard, the Baghdad Bob of MS-(F)Light. John
  4. Yes, I'd like to see your progress on this, including photos if you can. That Arduino stuff is really magic and there are all kinds of add-on shields and sensors and actuators available that are made to work with it. You're only limited by your ingenuity with this stuff, and of course your budget. Most of it is pretty cheap, however. How are you tying your real world devices back to FS? John
  5. Another - $6.99 on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Qunqi-L293D-Shield-Arduino-Duemilanove/dp/B014KN2898/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=arduino+servo+shield+12v+output&qid=1565135208&s=gateway&sr=8-3 Pretty sure the best answer is an Arduino motor or servo driver shield plugged into the top of your Arduino with an add-on 12 V power supply. Be sure the board you get has input pins for a remote power supply of >= 12V. I saw one that was only good for 10V and 600 mA, so not all of them will work. You should probably tie the Ardino and external power supply negatives together, though
  6. This Arduino shield looks like it can do the same thing, but is intended for lower current loads than the one above - probably fine for what you have in mind. Note that it's pretty cheap - $7.95 USD. You'd still need a 12 V power supply from somewhere other than the Arduino board. https://www.amazon.com/DEVMO-Shield-Expansion-Arduino-Duemilanove/dp/B07S39BCZ6/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?crid=2A0NEUMTA9EZW&keywords=arduino+motor+shield&qid=1565134812&s=gateway&sprefix=arduino+motor+shield%2Caps%2C163&sr=8-2-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExUlMzVUFaQzYxN
  7. This looks like it should do it. You'll need the MegaMoto Shield for your Arduino, an external 12V power supply and some Arduino code. The Arduino uses the PWM pin(s) to control the shield which controls the output from the 12V to the load(s). I don't think it would matter that your load is not a motor. https://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=434078.0 Post #6 says this... - - - - - - - - - - - - - Hello, maybe it's a bit "overpowered" but a very easy-to-use solution for your problem: MegaMoto Motor Shield http://www.robotpower.com/products/MegaMoto_info
  8. I pulled together a comparison with the best data I could find. I'm pretty sure thrust does not necessarily equate to noise levels in a linear fashion but it's all I had. Decibel levels are logarithmic, further muddying the waters; twice the sound energy is not perceived as twice as loud. I suspect exhaust plumbing/duct configuration across different AC might be a factor too. By this, the Thunderbirds 4-ship should be the loudest by a fair margin, Having only experienced the first three in the table personally, at different times and probably with various levels of progressive heari
  9. 8/2-5/19 Bundle Updates The monthly update of the Airport Diagram bundle files has been completed. Bundle downloads are available here... https://mutleyshangar.com/forum/index.php?/topic/23067-airport-diagram-download-center/ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Update Details - - - - - - Angola - 1 added FNMA Malange - Malange, Angola Argentina - 1 added SAZO Necochea - Necochea, Argentina Australia - Northern Territory - 1 updated YPDN Darwin Intl - Darwin, Northern Territory - Australia (updated)(was 2 plates; now 1) Australia -
  11. I think the difference is probably rule-based. Some US military pilots were disciplined some time ago for busting minimums on a sports stadium flyover that looked pretty modest. I think the brass hats keep the demo teams on a fairly short leash. I've seen the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds any number of times and also single ship demos of F-15 and F-14 (back in the day) and A-10, maybe some others I don't remember. Of all of them, the F-14 put on the best show but, a) it was about 1982, I think, so different rules, and b) it was a clear, cloudless day with no ceiling. Most of the othe
  12. In something more conventional... power-off stall, let a wing drop as it stalls, but keep the stick far enough back to not let the nose drop and break the stall - maybe a little power on the outboard engine. In something like that, who knows? John
  13. Not sure I'd have included the P-80 and the F-104, but the C-130 should certainly be in a list of Lockheed's finest. It doesn't qualify as one of Kelley's Heroes, however, since he wasn't the designer and wasn't associated with it. He once wrote a letter to the President of Lockheed virtually begging him not to produce the C-130 because he feared it would bankrupt the company. Kelley was a smart guy, but like everyone else. he wasn't incapable of being wrong. By the way, saw a F-104 in flight this week, probably out of the warbird museum at Titusville FL (KTIX), near where we were.
  14. 7/2-5/19 Bundle Updates The monthly update of the Airport Diagram bundle files has been completed. Bundle downloads are available here... https://mutleyshangar.com/forum/index.php?/topic/23067-airport-diagram-download-center/ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Update Details - - - - - - Algeria - 1 added; 1 updated - DAAD Bou Saada - Bou Saada, Algeria - DAAT Aguenar - Tamanrasset, Algeria (updated) Argentina - 3 added - SA42 Santa Maria - Santa Maria, Argentina - SATK Alferez Armando Rodriguez - Alferez Armando Rodriguez, Argentina
  15. Interesting insight into recent actions by MS on some non-FS products. I can't say whether this has any bearing on the future flight simulator but it does seem to illustrate the company's view of digital customers in general.... https://gizmodo.com/ebooks-purchased-from-microsoft-will-be-deleted-this-mo-1836005672 Caveat emptor! John
  16. Yeah, I knew the JU-52 isn't any more magnetic than any other aircraft, despite another of it's nicknames - Iron Annie. She just looks like it. Pretty amazing that there was actually an earlier single-engine version of it. Anyway, not enviable duty on one of those, whether sweeping mines or the more traditional trash-hauling. John
  17. Auntie Ju ought to have been able to set off magnetic mines all by herself, probably from an altitude of 500', without needing all that magnetic crap. It's not like she needed more drag or anything to make her slower or uglier. John
  18. Well, they've done one thing right already. Josh Howard, the Baghdad Bob of the MS Flight team, is no longer with them. John
  19. No worries, Andrew. I've only been afflicted by one of those three things, but will keep you in mind if one more befalls me. John
  20. It is encouraging, but I still remember that MS cretin Josh Howard lying about all the things MS F-Lite was going to be in the early days of promoting that, before turning like a snake. I'm willing to stay open minded about this and see what develops. They are saying some "right" things, but they did before too. John
  21. Who knew? Wellingtons were used as minesweepers. Interesting article with some photos. In one case a Wellington, which had a famously strong structure, survived a 10 g acceleration from a mine detonated while flying below the 35' safety minimum and was determined upon subsequent inspection to be undamaged. https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2019/06/17/how-fords-flathead-v-8-helped-save-lives-as-an-aerial-minesweeper-during-world-war-ii/ John
  22. Here's a new and rather long magazine article, well written even though it does not mention some known and relevant facts. It's worth the read partly because it does a fairly decent job of tying together in layman's language some of the details of the unprecedented satellite "tracking" that was used to determine the flight path. It fails to mention the predicted appearance of the flotsam on Reunion Island by an Australian oceanographer shortly after the flight and 18 months before the flaperon was found there. It also ignores the political leanings of the captain and the fact that he'd
  23. Found a great YouTube video of a guy who built a device to capture drones. Not cheap and not something you could do in your own shop unless you're pretty well equipped. I think the has > $250 just in pipe fittings but it's kind of neat to watch if not exactly practical for everyone.
  24. HARLEY DAVIDSON SPEAKS TO "DECLINING BIKE SALES" Apparently the Baby-Boomers all have motorcycles. Generation X is only buying a few, and the next generation isn't buying any at all. A recent study was done to find out why Millennial's don't ride motorcycles: 1. Pants won't pull up far enough for them to straddle the seat. 2. Can't get their phone to their ear with a helmet on. 3. Can't use 2 hands to eat while driving. 4. They don't get a trophy and a recognition plaque just for buying one. 5. Don't have enough muscle to hold the bike up when stopped. 6.
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