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About Andrew Godden

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  1. In the military, when military equipment or property is damaged, there is a process for restitution called "Member to pay!". This mechanic could be paying off this one for an eternity. https://theaviationist.com/2018/10/14/f-16-completely-destroyed-by-another-f-16-after-mechanic-accidentally-fires-cannon-on-the-ground-in-belgium/
  2. Oh dear, and my tax return was deposited into my bank account earlier this week. However, now I have a sense of foreboding for the immediate future.
  3. Oh, I thought we were talking about the validity of your comparative price analysis.....not your opinion.
  4. But as I highlighted, that is not comparing apples with apples so it can't be a valid comparison. If Just Flight offered the Cessna 152 on a one platform licence, you would also expect the price to be significantly less, therefore, the A2A product again, becomes more than just "...an extra fiver...".
  5. To claim “...for an A2A aircraft you only talk an extra fiver...” is totally incorrect. A fallacy with the comparatively cheap price of A2A products is you are not comparing apples with apples. I have previously highlighted this in a similar erroneous comparison with the price of Carenado products. The Just Flight Cessna 152 is a triple platform licence, i.e. FSX, FSX:SE, and P3D. This is NOT the case with A2A products “...for an extra fiver...” as they are a single platform licence ONLY. When you compare the price more appropriately with the closest A2A bundled product, the price of the A2A product very quickly becomes a lot more expensive than just “...an extra fiver...”, and is, more accurately, approximately an extra £20 to £25 (based on currency conversions). Cheers Andrew
  6. And Arnie, if you find the time in your busy weekend you might even be able to get to the Flight Sim show at Cosford.
  7. Marcel, Joe is currently on holidays and travelling overseas. I will discuss it with him on his return in 2 weeks time. Cheers Andrew
  8. Always a brilliant idea when they are there! Glad you enjoyed it David and thanks for the comments.
  9. I haven’t got the software either, but whoa, do I have some fancy pants.
  10. Only five days late, but better than nothing.
  11. Paul, Five years is a very long time in the wilderness. I would have gone stir crazy after five days. Welcome back. Cheers Andrew
  12. Toby, I can assure you the MEBAR Contact form works. Both Joe and I have been a little busy this morning (someone stuck Easter right in the middle of the MEBAR ), but we will sort out this issue for you as soon as possible. Cheers Andrew
  13. Bob, You raise an excellent and very valid question. We have made the obvious slight change to the format for this year's MEBAR in that participant's are given a Target Speed (as ground speed) for Flight Legs rather than the traditional Target Time. We had effectively used this in past events when Flight Legs had "blind" Target Times, but then you were still flying to the cruise speed established in your Test Flight. This year, we felt it was time for a change in order to provide a different element to the event. It also removed the potential for using certain techniques to hit the Target Time as close as possible. I am not suggesting these were inappropriate techniques, but the changes we have made place more emphasis back purely on participant's flight planning and flying skills, which has always been an objective of the MEBAR. A consequence of the change for us in the planning and setup for this year's MEBAR has been detailed research on the performance parameters of entered aircraft. This involved researching real world aircraft performance data, validating it against the respective aircraft in the sim as much as possible, reviewing submitted Test Flight data from previous MEBARs, and finally, using the submitted Test Flight time to identify any gross performance discrepancies. Admittedly, this is not a perfect science and is often limited by the availability of sufficiently detailed and accurate data. It also cannot fully account for the inaccuracy of the modelling in the sim. When formulating the groupings of the Aircraft Categories and then specifically allocating entries to a category, a conservative approach was taken to the benefit of the aircraft (and participant). This also took into consideration the known weather conditions, particularly on the latter Flight Legs, where they are more severe. So, in short, I anticipated there may be some aircraft entries where this process was less optimal. I had suspected and anticipated the Canadair CL-215 specifically, could be one of these aircraft because of the available performance data. As a case in point, my research data suggests the stall speed for the CL-215 is 66 kts. Based on this, allocating it to the TP-IP category with a Target Speed of 135 kts seemed reasonable, considering I made certain assumptions about the cruise settings you used in the Test Flight when I compared your Test Flight cruise speed to the standard cruise speed for the aircraft of 157 kts at 10,000 ft. As I said, I anticipated the Canadair CL-215 may have been allocated to a more conservative Aircraft Category them was optimal. In your knowledge of the weather conditions for subsequent Flight Legs, and if you feel the TP-IP category is overly conservative, which I acknowledge it could be, I am more than happy to reallocate you to the TP-HP Aircraft Category with a Target Speed of 150 kts (ground speed). If this is acceptable to you, could I ask you send advice via the "Contact MEBAR" form on the MEBAR web site so both Joe and I can get your request formally. I hope this rather complex explanation thoroughly answers you question. Cheers Andrew
  14. Again, reading the Rules will provide you your answer. And again the very same Paragraph 7 to be exact! “Seek and you shall find, read and you will understand”.