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  1. Sorry, Fred, :poster_oops: ...too subtle for me. John
  2. Martyn, Tip for flying in the Chicago area.... If there are so many runways you can't tell which is your's, it's O'Hare. If the runway's too short, it's Midway. If there's no runway, it's Meigs. :rofl John
  3. Cab fare from O'Hare to Midway will be about a million bucks, and go via South Bend Indiana with a middle eastern cab driver who speaks 3.5 words of English, but with a bad accent. He will, however be fluent in the exchange rate of Pounds Sterling and Euros to US dollars, only microseconds behind any change in bank rates. The number of visas, drivers's licenses and green cards in his posession will be zero, except those that are forgeries, which he will gladly sell in any quantity you care to name. John
  4. There are no hills like that near Midway. John
  5. Nice aircraft, nice shots. I've always liked that plane. That flight brings back memories. Your destination is about 40 miles from where I lived and had my career (and learned to fly), before relocating to sunny Florida. John
  6. Camera is a rather dated Sony Mavica, but is set to 640 X 480. It does have a 16X digital zoom, at the expense of quality. This is the model that can use either a memory stick or a 1.4MB floppy (really!!). It's old, but serviceable. It is capable of about 1.3 MP, but since I knew I'd be posting, set it down to a lower resolution. John
  7. I thought some of you may be interested in seeing this. Though summer wildfires are an annual ordeal in the US, Florida doesn't get center stage too often. Mostly the fires are a major problem in the West. This year is an exception and Florida is having the worst year since 1998. Our summer rains don't usually begin until mid-June, so we have a month of the fire season remaining. Ocala airport has been pressed into service as a temporary tanker base for some of the aircraft fighting the wildfires rampant in Florida. There are something around 240 active fires. One particularly large one is about 100 miles north, having begun in Georgia and spread south into FL. Authorities are trying to keep it from crossing I-10, a major E-W freeway in the north part of the state. These tankers are flying in support of that effort. Ocala was chosen because it is relatively close, but mainly because it has a 5000+ foot runway, an ILS, a VOR on the field and has relatively little traffic, and a large ramp area that's not used much (unless Travolta's 707 is parked there). The smoke from the fires can be severe. We had visibility less than a half mile for a few hours a couple of days ago, and the nearest fires are over forty miles from us. Thus the ILS here was probably an important factor in choosing KOCF. The US Forest Service has set up a mobile facility for mixing and loading the retardant chemical. These may be once in a lifetime photo op for me, as this hasn't been this severe here in nine years, and it's just chance that my local airport was selected as a base. So far the Lockheed K3's are the only type I've seen, but will keep my ear to the ground for others if they appear. These are all 640 X 480 shots, some at extreme zoom, and are short on artistic content or editing. Downwind leg Connecting a hose. I couldn't tell if this was from the retardant mixing station of from the fuel tanker. Mixing tanks and portable pumps Good size reference. These are big aircraft. Mixing retardant The pumpkin, a water holding tank. Pre-staged skids of retardant Gulag view 00 arriving One loading, one arriving
  8. I would be interested, however have never done a multi-player session. Have joined VATSIM and have been reading up on it, but haven't downloaded Squawkbox or any other required software. If I'm understanding you correctly, this will not be done under Vatsim, correct? What do I need? If this is an impediment to anyone/everyone else enjoying this, I'll sit it out with no bruised feelings. John
  9. Someone (Churchill?) once said that Britain and the US are two people separated by a common language.
  10. Tell me more... I'm having similar symptoms and the PC seems warmer than I recall in the past. At times FS9 is just barely usable and I often have to "throttle back" on the traffic setting. Do you access the BIOS by interrupting the boot process? I know there's some hot-key info on a screen that shows up briefly during a cold boot, but have never had any reason to explore it. John
  11. Very cool, Dave. I enjoyed it all. Sounds like a busy, busy day. John
  12. Very well done, Dave. Though I don't have any first-hand experience with it, I remember reading an article that said taxiing real-world turboprops involves going in and out of beta range to control ground speed, saving wear and tear on the brakes. Anyway, that was a very entertaining posting. Going to look at the rest now. John
  13. Fred, I enjoyed that a lot, though maybe not as much as you. Thanks for a great trip. I understand they will be beefing up the security at Juneau soon, as they're worried about a terrorist attack against the high-value dogsled factory and the nearby blubber works. As for the young lady flashing you, they don't mess with people up there who are hardy enough to disrobe in that weather, however briefly. Besides which, most everyone goes armed. After the famous Ididerod dogsled race was won by a woman two years running, there was a T-shirt making the rounds which said, "Alaska - home of beautiful dogs and fast women!" John
  14. allardjd

    Spitfire Edit

    It looks very much like natural lighting to me. The sun is low at his 7 or 8 o'clock and the whole starboard side is in shadow. The top of the left wing is well lighted as it would be. The ground still has good lighting, though if there were any trees visible, they'd be casting long shadows. Looks great from this side of the ocean, Mut. I think you nailed it. :good I presume he got the guy who did this to him before setting out for home? John
  15. allardjd

    Aussie Etiquette

    Europeans heighten threat levels (Reuters: London, May 2, 2007, 0905 GMT) The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent terrorist threats and have raised their security level from "Miffed" to "Peeved." Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to "Irritated" or even "A Bit Cross." Londoners have not been "A Bit Cross" since the blitz began in 1940 and tea supplies all but ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from "Tiresome" to "A Bloody Nuisance." The last time the British issued "A Bloody Nuisance" warning level was during the great fire of 1666. NOTE: I cut this out of an article a friend sent. It had much less flattering paragraphs about several other European entities that I feared might be offensive, so I left them out. I hope no one is bothered by this part. I read it as a testament to Britain's general unflappability. John
  16. Well, it's obvious the Mut hasn't lost his touch. Is that a PC-12? John
  17. Phil, Very nice shots. I note with interest the "barber poles" on the ramp at Warsaw. I'm sure no one has ever clipped a wingtip on one, or pushed back into one of them. :?: :!: :?: That looks like a really bad idea. Well, if you're going to run into Poles, I guess that's the most likely place. :mrhappy: John
  18. That was very nice. You should have sold tickets! I'd have paid for that ride. John
  19. allardjd

    CH Products

    Dave, I have the yoke and pedals, but not the throttle quadrant. The yoke has three levers on the top right, used for throttles, prop and mixture, normally. The two buttons on the face (same as the ones on the quadrant, I think) default to gear and flaps. They're spring loaded to center; one push down and you get the first notch of flaps, another press, another notch; same going up. When setting up the configuration there's a repeat-rate slider for keys and momentary switches. I tried to reassign buttons and screwed it up. E-mailed CH and got some great technical help. They have a program called Control Manager that comes on the CD with the hardware. It's magic, and I think you can re-assign anything to anything. I doubt you'll need their help, but if you do you'll find them to be a class act. Can't help you on where to buy, as we're continents apart. Shipping and tax and all that will be quite different for us. I bought mine several years ago anyway. :-) Yes, the yoke clips to the desk or table. It has a pair of clamps with big thumbscrew knobs. It's pretty solid once attached. Both yoke axes are spring loaded to center, and the springs are pretty stiff. There's a kind of trim wheel thing on the left that does something with the spring tension, but I don't use it. The elevator trim rocker switch on the top of the left yoke handle works just fine. The fore and aft range on the yoke is about 3.5 inches from stop to stop. Hope some of this is helpful. I'm sure you'll hear more from the others. John
  20. A sad, sad thing.... :sadblinky: The domed building just north is the planetarium. Just to the left of that is the aquarium, both big public attractions. John
  21. Agree! :wink: The sealed bids via e-mail idea is very good and the preference order is far better than first come-first served. Everyone has one blue chip, one red chip, one white chip. Blue trumps red; red trumps white. This will work admirably. I also liked the original concept from the early stages of submitting bids during a window of time and then awarding the next leg to the most interesting bid. The wheels fell off that pretty early and it isn't practical here with the route pre-planned. The down side here is Mut and Dave get to do all the work and we get to have all the fun. John
  22. The news here today is full of an iPod scandal. It seems some students have been caught using hacked iPods as cheat-sheets during college entrance exams. Some schools are entirely banning any kind of music playback devices. Whenever someone comes along with something really innovative and useful it seems there's always someone else right behind them trying to find a way to use it for something nefarious. Young guys like Joe Ellwood and Dave Gorman give me some encouragement that there are a lot of the good type out there too. It's the punks who seem to get all the press. John
  23. When you go by air (commercial airline, that is), have time to spare. John
  24. Dave, Very nicely done and presented. Ahem, however.... Hawaii is the USA, you know. :mrhappy: John
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