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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 the PC. Thank you for the help and Merry Christmas! George
  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 wirelessly... The console displays just about every parameter you can think of. Daily / Monthly / Yearly maximum & minimums of each variable are all stored. It also attempts to forecast the weather (quite accurately) for the next 24 hours. I've also bought a logger which is connected to the PC, so I'm working on setting up a live weather feed too. I don't have any videos of mine in action, but here's someone else's on youtube... I bought mine from http://www.weathershop.co.uk/ - great for any weather gadgets .. there's loads of other stations there too. Thanks for looking. Hope you like it George
  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 the rest of the sunshine while it lasts - rain is already pouring into Scotland, Northen Ireland and Northern England as we speak! Cheers, George
  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 flying lesson, which took place at 8:30am on 19th August after a cold, clear and still night. The airfield (White Waltham, Maidenhead) is located in a slight frost hollow, and the temperature difference between where I live in North Surrey and there was unbelievable. It had been a cold night, and according to my thermometer, the minimum temperature where I lived was 7.3C. It was pretty chilly when I left the house at 8am (12C according to the car theremometer, which is normally a little high), but then when I arrived at the airfield 30 mins later, it was much colder. According to their weather station, it was still 7C and the minimum that night was 4.7C. One of the most well-known frost hollows in the UK is RAF Benson in Oxfordshire. Any members who live close to here will perhaps be able to confirm this. According to the Metoffice, tonight is supposed to be clear across the south, so if you're interested, you might like to keep an eye on the Metoffice observations. Here are a few things to note: 1. Benson's temperature observations are likely to fall fairly rapidly after the Sun goes down: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/se/benson_latest_weather.html 2. High Wycombe is 150m higher ABSL than Benson. Even though it is located at higher ground, on a clear night, the min. temperature is normally much higher than Benson: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/se/high_wycombe_latest_weather.html 3. South Newington is another example. Watch the temperatures plummet in a clear night sky: http://www.meteogroup.co.uk/uk/home/weather/world-weather/weather-stations/obsid/99166.html (notice in the table of observations, the low temperatures observed on the night of 18th-19th August) Just something that some may be interested in. I'm sorry if you don't find this as interesting as I do. Sod's law is that the pattern won't emerge tonight, I'm only going by the forecast. Cheers, George
  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 done. Thanks very much for your help, Jack :001_th_smiles89: I'll be in touch if there's anything else I need your help with. George
  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 difficult exam. Congratulations on passing your airlaw (and at 20% over the pass mark too!) - good luck with the meteorology too (that's definitely one I'm looking forward to studying). Best Regards, George
  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 going to work through the headings in the book, plus looking at the key revision notes, and then try and work through the practice questions. There are also ground school lectures, but these are fairly expensive, and I don't have an endless budget to complete the PPL. I wanted to know what approach others took to their study for this exam, and how did you start? I'm only 17, so self-study (without being lectured) is something I'm learning to do at the moment, and is obviously something that you need to be able to do if you want to have a chance getting through University. Cheers, George
  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. Flight plan: Berlin Tagel - London Heathrow. April 2011. British Airways Boeing 737-436 (G-DOCG). Flight plan: Bordeaux - London Gatwick. July 2010. British Airways Boeing 737-436 (G-DOCO). Flight plan: Faro - London Gatwick. July 2009. British Airways Boeing 737-436 (G-DOCZ). Flight plan: London Gatwick - Naples, Italy. July 2008. British Airways Boeing 737-436 (G-DOCF). Flight plan: Naples, Italy - London Gatwick. July 2008. Cheers, George
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