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  1. 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
  2. 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 a
  3. When you go by air (commercial airline, that is), have time to spare. John
  4. Dave, Very nicely done and presented. Ahem, however.... Hawaii is the USA, you know. :mrhappy: John
  5. What a great leg...or legs! Great aircraft, scenery, screenshots, dialogue - all of it. Welcome to the US. John
  6. Mut, One of Murphy's Laws says, "Work flows to the competent man until he submerges." Hope you have a snorkel and periscope. We'll try to behave and allow you some peace. John
  7. KATL's runways and KMCO's runways are all on the same heading.
  8. KATL Atlanta Hartsfield has five parallel runways, all lying at 094/274 degrees. They're numbered... 9R/27L 9L/27R 8R/26L 8L/26R 10/28 KMCO at Orlando has four and uses the same scheme, just ofsetting the numbering of one pair by 10 degrees. The new airpatch could also use a "center" designator, so would only need two triads of runway numbers.
  9. Very cool. After all those aluminum tubes full of seats, this is a nice change. Well done. John
  10. When flying the US legs (including Hawaii), these links may be useful for flight planning... You guys probably already know all about these. SIDS, STARS, approach procedures, airport diagrams (as PDFs): http://www.naco.faa.gov/index.asp?xml=naco/online/d_tpp Weather, (if you fly with real world weather turned on) including terminal forecasts, winds aloft, METARs, WX maps, etc: http://aviationweather.gov/ Maybe this will help someone a little at some point. John
  11. Thanks, Joe. I'm touched. Very classy, very well done, VERY much appreciated. John
  12. Mut, Yes, we came home Friday evening and are indeed back on the big wire. I actually took these shots of the simulated BA over a week ago, but didn't have time to do anything with them before we left. The resort only had dial-up, so I sat on them until returning home. Then came the accident, the day after we got back, which motivated me to get my act together and post these. I did see a clip of amateur video that caught the beginning of the accident. It shows the main formation of four already grouped up and travelling pretty fast from left to right in the
  13. Outstanding, David. I especially like the morning shot with the looonnnnggg shadows. Beautiful aircraft. Very nice flight and photo log. Did I understand correctly that you do not use GPS? Neither did Amelia, but she didn't have floats. John
  14. I’ve just gotten a new S3 Viking and what better place to try it out than Pensacola NAS? I’d just started up and was getting ready to taxi when who should happen by? An F-18 in Blue Angels colors! Then another…and another…six in all. They taxied to the active and took off in sequence. They stayed in the pattern and were doing T & Gs, though AI Smooth gave them a lot of go-arounds. You don’t run into these guys just anywhere… Lead is rolling… Couldn’t resist following along… Gear coming out. It wasn’t up long… Those are his squ
  15. This is part of the sectional showing the restricted area. I've added arrows pointing to the RA and the note. I had the altitude wrong. I thought it was 15,000. This says 14,000.
  16. I like the route. It hits most of what most considered worth doing. Speed and efficiency rank dead last in the order of things we ought to be concerned about. Also, I like the idea of opening the bids for a route say a day or two before it is to be flown then everyone who's interested submitting a proposed aircraft, scenerio etc. to Mutley. When he has all the bids in hand, then he can decide who has the most interesting or appropriate proposal. Some of the "bids" I've seen so far read a little like ultimatums. All this far-ahead staking out of legs seems chaotic and I think Mut is getting pa
  17. This happened a few days ago. Ironic, as I'd just mentioned this cable and the associated restricted area in the post on potential US destinations on the round-the-world challenge. That RA is clearly depicted on the sectionals and anyone from the area should be well aware of it. The quote is from a local news web site and that's all they give you without a paid subscription. Bad week for airplanes in the US - If what happened at VA Tech is any indication there should soon be an outcry to outlaw airplanes lest more people die needlessly. John
  18. Martyn, Very, very nice. I really enjoyed it. I'll bet you did too. Is the fuel quantity on the FMC in hundreds of pounds? John
  19. From what I saw on TV yesterday it wasn't a collision. They had completed a manuever that had separated them and were rejoining from all over the compass. This guy was heading toward, but not close to the others when he went down. It has the smell of an engine failure or some other malfunction, but no one knows for sure yet. John
  20. A Blue Angel pilot was killed yesterday in a crash during an airshow. It doesn't appear there were any other casualties. http://my.earthlink.net/article/top?gui ... 2571400708 John
  21. Joe, I loved your choice of aircraft. One of the true classics. Great photos and I have to say your imaginative way to salvage the flight after a PC issue was top-notch. I think you got Mut in hot water with his better half, however. Still when duty calls, you've got to go. Nice job to all concerned on this team effort. John
  22. Simi, Great flight and photos. I've got to get one of those. The only thing better than a radial engine is four of them. John
  23. You guys are GOOD! That was a great, imaginative sequence. Well done. John
  24. I like mulletman's map - it looks like it was designed by the guy who hopes to be selling us fuel though. It's a good concept and Mut can tweak the details as necessary to hit the places that ought to be visited. As for airport types, you can find anything, from KATL-like behemoths with four parallel runways to 1500 foot grass strips. Lots of both, and everything in between. Strips are scarcer in the West than the East, except right along the Pacific, where there are also plenty. I know of one place with two water runways and one asphalt. No ILS, though. :-) John
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