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    You guys have been with me my entire aviation career and I consider all of you family. Last October, I had an off-airport landing that turned into a write off of the aircraft, a twin-engine Cessna. It was 3:30 in the morning, 200 ft. ceilings, and foggy. I had already gone missed at my destination and continued onto an alternate which was reporting 500 ft ceilings and ½ mile vis, plenty for an LPV… or so I thought. I got about a two to two and a half mile final and saw some lights that turned out to be a house instead of the airport environment. Through a series of bad decisions and fatigue induced thinking, I descended far too low and impacted the ground 1 mile west of the runway. I immediately gave it full power and climbed out and then saw the actual runway and landed and got the airplane in the hanger. Long story short, the FAA started an investigation, and that leads us to yesterday. I was mailed the certified letter, etc. that leads to investigation, gave statements, and put the ride off to yesterday as I wanted to use the new company airplane for it, that didn’t end up happening and I borrowed a different airplane. I got there, we went through all the sign-in procedures and the airworthiness guys went out to ramp the airplane. I went into the briefing room and the examiner (inspector?) briefed me, told me what parts of the ACS we needed to cover, commercial mins, etc. He also told me what his plan was, and all the general check ride stuff a DPE covers i.e. failure, pass, continuation. We got in the airplane, went through the checklists, and he said he was going to create the accident flight as close as possible, so two approaches, one at a different airport and then another approach back into the FSDO airport. We took off, I flew a ILS into the first airport with a missed approach and a hold with the AP, flew back to the original airport and hand flew the GPS approach to a full stop landing, maybe 0.6 in the air. He was a cool examiner and it was one of the most stress-free check rides I have had. All in all, it wasn’t an airplane failure or bad flying that caused the entire action, it was a failure between the yoke and the seatback and I have learned a lot from the episode, including going to recurrent training every year whether the insurance requires it or not. I’ve also learned to be more of a manager and less of an employee for the company I work with. Our FSDO guys are very professional, objective and caring. I know this bucks the trend of “If the FAA isn’t happy blah blah blah” but I have had nothing but good experiences with them and I appreciate their objectivity and lack of placing blame throughout the entire process. Relevant METARS, the accident was at 0802UTC KEOK 010655Z AUTO 05005KT 2SM BR OVC003 14/14 A3014 RMK AO2 KEOK 010715Z AUTO VRB04KT 2SM BR OVC003 14/14 A3015 RMK AO2 KEOK 010755Z AUTO 03003KT 1SM BR OVC003 14/14 A3015 RMK AO2 KEOK 010815Z AUTO 03005KT 1/2SM BR OVC002 14/14 A3015 RMK AO2 KEOK 010835Z AUTO 03003KT 1/2SM BR OVC002 14/14 A3015 RMK AO2 I am not saying this to make my head bigger, its to add context that this can happen to anyone. I am a 3000+ hr pilot with 1000+ hrs in twin Cessnas and 500 hrs flying last year. 30 seconds of lackadaisical attitude and I could have ruined my career.
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    Brings back memories of the "trusty" Yugo. The first car to have a heated rear window; solely for the purpose of keeping your hands warm while you pushed it.
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    Want to stop drunk drivers from killing sober drivers, ban sober drivers from driving, after all isn't that how gun control works.
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    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. Might have a bug hit them in the face and then they would need emergency care. 7. Motorcycles don't have air conditioning. 8. They can't afford one because they spent 10 years in college trying to get a degree in Humanities, Social Studies or Gender Studies for which no jobs are available. 9. They are allergic to fresh air. 10. Their pajamas get caught on the exhaust pipes. 11. They might get their hands dirty checking the oil. 12. The handle bars have buttons and levers and cannot be controlled by touch-screen. 13. You have to shift manually and use something called a clutch. 14. It's too hard to take selfies while riding. 15. They don't come with training wheels like their bicycles did. 16. Motorcycles don't have power steering or power brakes. 17. Their nose ring interferes with the face shield. 18. They would have to use leg muscle to back up. 19. When they stop, a light breeze might blow exhaust in their face. 20. It could rain on them and expose them to non-soft water. 21. It might scare their therapy dog, and then the dog would need therapy. 22. Can't get the motorcycle down the basement stairs of their parent's home.
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    So if you want to go to an airport that isn't remotely near where you're staying I'd recommend Ryanair.
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    Buster Pork Chop and his unfeasibly large testicles.....! (Viz readers will get this!!)
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    "Why is it a plane full of Flight Simmers actually DO know more than the bloody Captain?"
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    I see Rasputin. Rasp = a very coarse abrading tool Putin = well, you know! By the way, Sir Elton wants his coat back.
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    Okay. Probably best to draw a line under Alan's efforts before before folks get too anal about the comments above and take offence. I am still going to give it to Alan for his service description above. Over to you Alan!
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    for the model by Milton Shupe, available on sim-outhouse jk9053 jk9038 jk9057
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    Welcome to Trans-Gender Airways Can I say that?
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    A man was sitting on the edge of the bed, watching his wife, who was looking at herself in the mirror. Since her birthday was not far off, he asked what she’d like as a gift. “I’d like to be eight again,” she replied. On the morning of her birthday, he rose early, made her a nice big bowl of Coco Pops, and then took her to Adventure World theme park. What a day! He put her on every ride in the park; the Death Slide, the Wall of Fear, the Screaming Roller Coaster, everything there was. Five hours later they staggered out of the theme park. Her head was reeling and her stomach felt upside down. He then took her to a McDonald’s where he ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a chocolate shake. Then it was off to a movie, with popcorn, a soda pop, and her favorite candy, M&Ms. What a fabulous adventure! Finally she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed, exhausted. He leaned over his wife with a big smile and lovingly asked, "Well dear, what was it like being eight again?" Her eyes slowly opened and her expression suddenly changed. "I meant my dress size, you idiot!!!!" The moral of the story: Even when a man is listening, he is probably gonna get it wrong.
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    I thought getting older would take longer. A wise man once said nothing. Respect your elders; they graduated from school without the internet. I've decided I’m not old; I’m 25 plus shipping and handling. Why do I have to press "1" for English? Did America move? Behind every angry woman stands a man who has absolutely no idea what he did wrong. Instead of "single" as a marital status I prefer "independently owned and operated". Vegetarian: ancient tribal name for the village idiot who can't hunt, fish or light fires! I look at people and sometimes think..."really? That's the sperm that won?" In my defense I was left unsupervised. My decision-making skills closely resemble those of a squirrel when crossing the road. Some things are just better left unsaid. And I usually realize it right after I say them. Camping: where you spend a small fortune to live like a homeless person. If my body is ever found on a jogging trail just know that I was murdered somewhere else and dumped there.
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    I think my favorite team has to be The Blue Angels.....twin engined fighter jets and very agile. While I have seen Fat Albert perform, it did not do a JATO. I first saw the Blues at Finningley (UK) on a VERY overcast day many years ago. I saw them again at Indianapolis about 9 years ago on a very sunny and very clear day. Brilliant! I saw the Thunderbirds at Waddington and must admit that I was not impressed at all. As for the Red Arrows.....they are up there with the very top teams and continue to do so. (How about some red Eurofighters???!!) I still remember the red Gnat days..... My BIGGEST regret of missing an airshow was the one at Finningley many years ago when the Russian Knights were there.....Oh well....I guess that is what YouTube is for! Martin
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    https://kotaku.com/enormous-flight-simulator-installed-in-tokyo-hotel-1836238095 Brings a new meaning to "We're going down Captain"
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    Kelly’s Heroes: Lockheed’s five finest airplanes
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    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
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    If they've solved the problem of autogen grinding the sim to a halt (TrueEarth London anyone?), it might at least prompt L-M to up their game a bit . . . The promo looks pretty slick & smooth, but the cynic in me says it's been carefully crafted to only show the good bits.
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    Theresa May's leaving party went pretty much as expected.
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    An Ozzie paint for the AN-2 by AT Simulations/Sibwings jk0432 jk0419
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    "Sir, I've told you before: Godot is not on this flight!"
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    Mmm...another Mary Millington fan, hey.
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    Hi Joe! I love REX Environment Force. There are so many possibilities to find the right settings. But,for someone like me,it also offers an Auto Mode. Once set,it is always there and gives you amazing results. As Dolf said,I don't want to miss it. Cheers, DocScott
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    a new paint for the Bf109G from Flight Replicas: jk0312 jk0315 jk0320
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    Ladies and Gentlemen, very glad to be back in what is my 4th MEBAR. As always me and some VA co-members are joining with some repainted aircraft. Last year we were an all Comanche bunch. This year we're spread out a bit on types, me in a P-51 like in my 1st and 2nd year. So without further wait, I give you my mount, painted by our VA housepainter Thorsten.
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    Turning final at the end of another great rally. Thanks guys, and look forward to seeing you all next time
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    Dear all, I'm the third member of AMA - Andras Meridian Airline and after MEBAR 2018 for me it's the second time I'm participating in the MEBAR. Thanks again for all the organizational work that' s behind such an event! As Toby already mentioned, other than last year we are using various aircrafts for this year's event. While my sim fellows preferred a Mustang, with respect to the extended range of the legs I decided to select an Aero Commander 690B Turbo Commander. Thorsten, the performing artist of our small virtual airline provided me with some nice nose art for the Turbo Commander. Wish you happy landings Gernot
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    Leg 3 LGKA to LGMT Waiting to depart above the pea soup Terry in the clouds Gordon getting along Mal underway approaching Mytilene Peter safely home Mal arriving home All safe another enjoyable flight - better with the company and flying together.
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    I flew my Test Flight just now and thought I would share what I did and what I saw! So the flight is straight forward, Southampton to London Gatwick in a straight line at 4,500 ft. Planning is still very important as we want to be in exactly the right direction and altitude when we overfly Southampton. I know to most of you this is just old hat but may give anyone new more confidence Don't forget to set your sim for clear weather (not real world as I did originally!) I'm flying the RealAir Beech B60 Duke in P3D with Orbx TrueEarth scenery. So here we go... Taxying to the active, nice clear weather today: Away with no problem, heading north(ish): My first waypoint ahead turn left at Winchester, I'm still climbing: First turn! Heading south near Romsey, level at 4,500ft: Almost west abeam the airfield, I'll be looking to intercept the 078 radial around about Totton: Making the turn now: Cockpit view: Established on 078 @ 4500, about 27.5 inches on the manifold - we're set up! Getting ready with the timer! Start timer, the SAM VOR is just below the aileron my port wing: Pompy (Portsmouth) in the distance: Petersfield, not far from the Midhurst (MID) VOR: Here's Dunsfold, which means we're not that far away: Setting up the outside camera with Gatwick looming ahead: Approaching 08, timer ready for action: About half way down the runway and the timer is stopped 15:47 not bad! (It took longer to write this report!) I turn towards Shoreham Airfield to park as neither Gatwick or Southampton are really GA friendly: All done. Good luck everyone in the Rally, I hope you enjoyed my post. Cheers Joe
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    Domingos, Just to be sure, the route for the MEBARs are always created using standard default installs of FS9, FSX, and P3D. In the case of P3D, it is created using P3D Ver 3 and then checked against the current version of P3D Ver 4 which is a specific build on my main flight sim computer. So, I can confirm all airports, VORs, and NDBs should exist unless participants have add on scenery which alters or removes default install scenery. As Brian has correctly indicated, the PRV NDB is co-located with Aktion Airport (LGPZ), and Z11W is Komotini Airport. The following are the geographic coordinates for the PRV NDB and Z11W airport: PRV NDB - N38° 55' 00.00", E20° 46' 00.00"; and Z11W - N41° 5' 51.00", E25° 19' 09.00". Cheers Andrew
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    Have not been around of late due to eye operation, but can see to fly again at last. X-Plane new Epic E1000/G1000 CU
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    jk8996 jk8997 jk9006
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    Thank Alan. It is a simulation game, worst case I'll get some police and CAA guys beta test the app :-)
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    I think that since I got dissed for repeating a word from four posts back, you should too. That is my opinion.
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