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BillH
01-14-2007, 11:00 PM
Well I've been around here for a very long time, and never posted a pic of myself before, so, here we go. I'm flying a Diamond DA40 FP. VERY nice airplane! Flying along coast of Naples, Florida.
http://home.comcast.net/~billh308/me2.jpg

BillH
01-14-2007, 11:08 PM
And here is one reason why the airplane is nice
http://home.comcast.net/~billh308/Da40G1000-2.jpg

dp
01-14-2007, 11:25 PM
I like mine better, but I'd like it more if I still had it :)

http://thevirtualbarandgrill.com/gallery/flying01

CCWKen
01-15-2007, 12:01 AM
No wonder the Chinese were buying up all the scrap aluminum. They're making planes with it! :D The avionics are pretty cool though.

BillH
01-15-2007, 12:15 AM
No wonder the Chinese were buying up all the scrap aluminum. They're making planes with it! :D The avionics are pretty cool though.
That airplane was made in Canada, interesting enough, the Chinese ARE opening a plant to make that very model... It is all composite, very nice, I'd buy one over a cessna for sure! better mileage, goes a little faster

Fasttrack
01-15-2007, 12:18 AM
Cool! Would you all believe i've never flown in an airplane before? Come to think of it i guess i haven't ever flown - period -

Now my goal is to break tripple digets, speed wise, on a vehicle i build myself before breaking it in a premade vehicle (i.e. car or airplane)

BillH
01-15-2007, 12:38 AM
DP, you had a coupe eh? Thats cool. I heard those had a pretty narrow CG range to them. You know, I still have this damn Grin on my face and I can't seam to get rid of it...
Fasstrack, theres no excuse for that, march on down to your nearest airport, go to a FBO and ask for an introductory flight, should cost yah anywhere from 55$ on up to 100$

Evan
01-15-2007, 01:45 AM
Glass cockpit is nice until the power goes off. My Cessna 140 was all non electric (except the spark plugs and radio). That included vacuum powered turn and bank, DG and artificial horizon. They had radium dials too. It's pretty suprising how much radiation they emit. :eek:

A.K. Boomer
01-15-2007, 02:34 AM
Well I've been around here for a very long time, and never posted a pic of myself before, so, here we go. I'm flying a Diamond DA40 FP. VERY nice airplane! Flying along coast of Naples, Florida.
http://home.comcast.net/~billh308/me2.jpg


Dude -- you look high...

BillH
01-15-2007, 09:46 AM
Glass cockpit is nice until the power goes off. My Cessna 140 was all non electric (except the spark plugs and radio). That included vacuum powered turn and bank, DG and artificial horizon. They had radium dials too. It's pretty suprising how much radiation they emit. :eek:
Even the backup artificial horizon is electric powered.... No vacum powered anything on it.

BillH
01-15-2007, 09:47 AM
Dude -- you look high...
A natural high of excitement.

topct
01-15-2007, 10:22 AM
And here is one reason why the airplane is nice
http://home.comcast.net/~billh308/Da40G1000-2.jpg

This picture looks so much like it came out of Microsoft Flight simulator. Is that in the new version or from an add-on? :D

A.K. Boomer
01-15-2007, 10:47 AM
I know theres a special permit to be instrument rated but do you have to have a special instrument permit for these "type" of instruments?

BillH
01-15-2007, 10:56 AM
I know theres a special permit to be instrument rated but do you have to have a special instrument permit for these "type" of instruments?
No, although they offer a 1200$ course on them, you could also buy the 220$ book set on it, or I imagine, download the manual off the Garmin web page :)
Im sure some one out there offers a payware airplane for microsoft flight sim that uses the garmin g1000 trainer if they have it, like they do for the GPS 530.
TopCt, my photos in my opinion rather suck. I had a choice, take serious photographs that look professional, or some quick and dirty ones to maximize my time flying. No brainer :)

A.K. Boomer
01-15-2007, 11:10 AM
I have a friend with a super viking bellonka (sp?), its a cool plane, he takes me flying once and awhile, he knows his plane very well and has tested the limits close to the point of failure (the main wing struts are spruece and he cracked one and had to send the plane back to get fixed)

Today i become a pilot for the first time in my life, its my twin engine harbor frieght RC, i stayed up late fine tuning everything for optimum performance including de-burring the entire plane and sharpening the props (thats how i layed open a finger while drunk last night) Im at altitude so i sharpend the props to grab a little more air since the electric motors dont take a hit performance wise, got a nice big fluffy snow field, the battery pack is on the charger right now...

my only other piloting experience was when i spent a month and built a glider, (one of those intricate balsa toothpick planes)
me and a buddy took it to the top of a cliff to launch, he had the plane and i had the controller -- his only job was to turn the switch to the on position and then throw the plane --- he got to the top and just threw the plane, we both watched in horror as the plane arc'd upward and then imediatly stalled and took a nose dive into a boulder:(

I hope today goes better...

BillH
01-15-2007, 11:24 AM
I have a friend with a super viking bellonka (sp?), its a cool plane, he takes me flying once and awhile, he knows his plane very well and has tested the limits close to the point of failure (the main wing struts are spruece and he cracked one and had to send the plane back to get fixed)

Today i become a pilot for the first time in my life, its my twin engine harbor frieght RC, i stayed up late fine tuning everything for optimum performance including de-burring the entire plane and sharpening the props (thats how i layed open a finger while drunk last night) Im at altitude so i sharpend the props to grab a little more air since the electric motors dont take a hit performance wise, got a nice big fluffy snow field, the battery pack is on the charger right now...

my only other piloting experience was when i spent a month and built a glider, (one of those intricate balsa toothpick planes)
me and a buddy took it to the top of a cliff to launch, he had the plane and i had the controller -- his only job was to turn the switch to the on position and then throw the plane --- he got to the top and just threw the plane, we both watched in horror as the plane arc'd upward and then imediatly stalled and took a nose dive into a boulder:(

I hope today goes better...

R/C is tricky, remember this, when the airplane is comming towards you, the ailerons and rudder are reversed! So easy way to remember this, move the stick to the wing that is dipping down when comming towards you. Good luck

A.K. Boomer
01-15-2007, 11:35 AM
That advice will work for this plane because its a twin and thats how there getting things done with only two channels, I have no aileron or rudder control, you can tweek them for stable flight, this plane climbs with power on and dives with power off and steers by fireing individual engines,,, I know, I know -- i would love to have the real thing (like my glider was) but what do you want for 19 bucks!

Milacron of PM
01-15-2007, 11:52 AM
Seems the 'post a picture of yourself' concept isn't taking hold just yet ;)


http://photos13.flickr.com/18116981_c65324670c.jpg

John Stevenson
01-15-2007, 11:59 AM
Somehow Don I imagined you with less hair and shorter.:rolleyes:

Bill,
In the pic of the flight instruments are you flying inverted ?:confused:
The view shows land to the left but the screen shows it to the right.
Do these things have reverse ?
If not it would be a good idea as I've never heard of one reversing into a mountain :p

.

BillH
01-15-2007, 12:33 PM
Somehow Don I imagined you with less hair and shorter.:rolleyes:

Bill,
In the pic of the flight instruments are you flying inverted ?:confused:
The view shows land to the left but the screen shows it to the right.
Do these things have reverse ?
If not it would be a good idea as I've never heard of one reversing into a mountain :p

.
LOL. Yeh, well flying over water and water is blue... Nah, all standard, brown is land. Damn I want to go back up again and fly some more.

Wirecutter
01-15-2007, 01:05 PM
Seems the 'post a picture of yourself' concept isn't taking hold just yet ;)


http://photos13.flickr.com/18116981_c65324670c.jpg

I can't believe that this guy testified before the US Congress looking like that. Hmm. On the other hand, why not?

-Mark

Alistair Hosie
01-15-2007, 01:26 PM
That's not our Gert is it John??:DAlistair

Steve Stas
01-15-2007, 01:33 PM
Well, I'm a ludite--here's me over my neighborhood. Most sophisticated electrical device in the airplane is the magneto.
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p221/sstas/stearmanoverPA.jpg

Steve Stas
01-15-2007, 01:40 PM
I pasted the wrong link here's the picture. Like old machines, like old airplanes

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p221/sstas/stearmanoverPA.jpg

Your Old Dog
01-15-2007, 03:22 PM
BillH, congratulations on the flight !

And, thanks for the ride............. :

http://www.raymondswan.com/dp/me2also.jpg

BadDog
01-15-2007, 04:06 PM
Nice pics, nice plane. I remember sights like that as I worked on my private ticket out of WPB. Lots of time over the coast, watching sharks and swimmers play. :D And IIRC, I did my cross country to Naples(?). Small airstrip right on the beach, landed 90 right off the water, wonderful... But I didn't get so fortunate in plane choice since I spent almost all my time in a C152.

BillH
01-15-2007, 04:41 PM
YOD, LoL, kinda spooky

Alistair Hosie
01-15-2007, 04:43 PM
Salvador dogie:DAlistair

IOWOLF
01-15-2007, 04:49 PM
Salivador Doggie?

LES A W HARRIS
01-15-2007, 05:03 PM
Bill we posted our pics a month or so ago. there were 49, you made 50 so the next collage has to be 64, so there is a few extras, Grandsons, dogs cats to make up the number.

HSMERS.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e97/CURVIC9/07%20SHOPSTUFF/collage1.jpg

BillH
01-15-2007, 05:31 PM
Thats great! I remember that thread now, but haven't seen the collage