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  1. As it happens, John, I do have another PC (4 years old) that I guess would be pretty good for the job. Its graphics card is broken, but that's not a problem. It's a complete mess though, so I'd need to wipe the hardrive and reinstall windows. I've never wiped a hardrive on a PC, and then reinstalled windows. How do you go about doing that? Cheers, George
  2. Hi all, I need a cheap PC that will act as a server to run the software for my weather station 24/7 (so it can produce a live weather feed, whilst uploading to several different sites). I have no experience in this field whatsoever, so I'm guessing a cheap PC is a good idea? I have an old monitor which I would use to initialise the software and connections etc. and then that would be switched off. So my question - is this the best way to run the software 24/7 and can anybody suggest something to fit the bill? The station will communicate wirelessly to an "envoy" which then connects via USB to
  3. Hi guys, It's been quite a while since I've been around the Hangar, mainly due to my busy study schedule. So hello to everyone again, and I wanted to share the latest gadget I've invested in. It's said that we Brits are obsessed with the weather, so I've invested in a proper station... or to be more specific - the Davis Vantage Vue, designed and manufactured in the USA... Here's the main unit. On the left side, the anemometer and temperature/humidity sensor. Rain bucket in the middle. Solar panel and wind direction on the right. The data transmits every 2.5 secs back to the console wirel
  4. We have a wasp-chart up in the house. The electric tennis racket was used a lot this summer.
  5. I have FIFA 11, but haven't bought FIFA 12. I was never very good at these games, but have managed to win a few games against friends. I tried looking at some videos on youtube for tips, but I think it's partly just down to my complete incompetence with high speed controller work.
  6. WOW. That's seriously hot. My max was 32.2C today, but I think my weather station exaggerates very slightly when it gets in constant sunshine.
  7. With warnings of widespread snow as early as October dominating the Tabloid headlines a few days back, we're currently still trapped in the Autumn heatwave that has been streaming in from North Africa. Gravesend in Kent knocked the old UK October record off the top of the board, as their station maxed out at 29.9C today. The previous record was in 1985, in March (Cambridgeshire) at 29.4C. Wales also trashed their old record, with Hawarden reaching a high of 28.2C, nearly 2 degrees higher than the old Welsh October record! Here is the full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15137832 Enjoy
  8. Benson Observations: 20h00 = 19.3C 21h00 = 16.8C 22h00 = 13.9C 23h00 = 12.5C South Newington: 20h00 = 18.3C 21h00 = 17.3C 22h00 = 14.6C 23h00 = 11.8C
  9. This is also mentioned in the Metoffice factsheets section entitled "Microclimates". An interesting read. http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/media/pdf/f/k/No._14_-_Microclimates.pdf Cheers, George
  10. Hi Guys, According to www.weatheronline.co.uk a frost hollow is described as a low-lying area (e.g. a valley bottom or a smaller hollow) where frosts occurs more frequently than in the surrounding area. This is normally as after a dry, clear and cold night cold air drains down neighbouring slopes into a localized pocket from which it is slow(or unable) to escape. Frost hollows of larger scale (a valley or basin) are also known as cold pools. Cold pools are areas where cold air is trapped under an inversion under calm winter weather conditions. This subject became of interest to me on my last
  11. It looks like they've made it pretty clear on the airquiz website not to simply focus on practice questions, but to spend roughly 10-15% of the time practicing and the rest studying. I managed to start studying today and got through the "Legislation" chapter, plus the whole of the "Rules of the Air" chapter. I'm currently doing the revision questions at the end of each chapter immediately after I've thoroughly read through. I think I'm gonna read through all the chapters first, completing the revision questions in the book and then move onto the PPL Simplifier and to airquiz.com once I'm d
  12. Dear Jack, Thank you so much.. I really could not have hoped for a better reply. I have looked at airquiz.com and at the sample exam paper given - looks very good and a database of questions like that is really what I'm looking for. Do you know if they come directly from the same Exam board that creates the actual PPL exams, i.e. could you get those same questions in the actual exam? Roughly how long would you say you spent studying/practicing for the Airlaw exam (in hours)? I'd really like to finish that one before the summer holiday ends and according to my instructor, it is the most di
  13. Hey guys, This is a question aimed primarily at people who are studying for a JAR PPL and are taking the Air LAW Ground exam or who have already passed it. The main problem I'm having is that the content seems fairly long and difficult and I'm not actually particularly sure where to start. The book I have lays out the course under a series of different headings, such as "Rules of the Air", "ATC Services and Division of Airspace" etc. I then also have a book called the PPL Simplifier, which contains a series of Key Revision notes for each exam and then also a series of mock exam papers. I was
  14. Hey Kieran, Thanks for the reply & thanks for posting the link to your pictures. They're really great. I must remember to do a flight diary like this next time I fly. Cheers, George
  15. Hi all, I have quite a few snaps of the aircraft that I flew on from various trips from the past few years. I'd like to share a few. Anyone else is welcome to share any pics they have of Real-world flights they have been on in the past few years. Starting with the most recent: Monarch Airbus A300-600 (G-MONS). Flight plan: London Gatwick - Tenerife South. August 2011. Monarch Airbus A300-600 (G-MONS). Flight plan: Tenerife South - London Gatwick. August 2011. British Midland BMI Airbus A319. Flight plan: London Heathrow - Berlin Tagel. April 2011. British Midland BMI Embraer ERJ 145
  16. Jack, Thanks for that. Should be helpful for the next lesson, which should take place tomorrow. But since we're forecasted Thundery showers, it will probably be cancelled Cheers, George
  17. Thanks for the help, guys! Re-reading this section in my PPL book now. Next lesson's on friday, so hopefully there'll be some improvement. Cheers, George
  18. Joe, The conversation over the headset sort of went something like this: "Now, George. Where is the pressure to keep the aircraft level?" .. "I'm pulling back to keep it level" ... "OK, so you need to roll the trim lever back" ... "Now I need to push forward on the yoke to keep it level" ... "Ok, well you've pushed a bit too far back, roll forward a little more" ... "Now I'm pulling on the yoke again" ... etc etc etc. :001_th_smiles48: Cheers, George
  19. John, Thanks a lot for that. It's early days, but I'm looking forward to when these simple movements come more naturally. George.
  20. Hi all, A question for anyone here with real-world flying experience. I've just started training for my PPL, with the first lesson being all about level flying. Using trim effectively and flying straight and level. Did anybody else find it quite tricky at first to get the trim adjustments right? I'm flying in a Piper Warrior PA-28 (161) and the controls are fairly gentle, but I found the trim quite a tough one. Kept over turning it or not turning enough. It was quite bumpy aswell which obviously made it more difficult. Is this something that comes with practice? Cheers, George
  21. Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for posting. Notice how he has taken his shirt off in the cut at 3:50. That must have been interesting. - George
  22. Love this, Joe. GREAT addition. Cheers, George
  23. U.S.A! U.S.A! U.S.A! Excellent work, US Armed forces.
  24. Beautiful shot, Mark! Enjoy the prize :001_th_smiles89: Cheers, George
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