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  • Originally posted by RB211 View Post
    Sat in the 777 full motion sim today for the first time. Like it more than the 747.
    Why? Are the avionics different and better?

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    • Originally posted by Tungsten dipper View Post

      Why? Are the avionics different and better?
      If it doesn't have the ground-magnet that the 737's have that'll be a massive bonus. Heaven forbid you should permit the pilots that you've spent so long training to work out if the plane is pointing up at too steep an angle! A quick Google shows that the 777s might though. *Ladies and gentlemen, this is your Captain speaking. If you look out of the left window you'll see the first officer and I waving at you from that little yellow life raft*

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      • Fixed my dial indicator. Got it out the other day, set it all up and found it read zero for every position. Quick check inside and the pinion gear wasn't meshed with the rack on the plunger. Obviously it's a year out of warranty but it's not been dropped or otherwise abused. Spoke to Chronos (UK distributor) and they put me in touch with Dasqua who, over a series of emails, explained how to fix it. Turns out that you have to get to the screws underneath the dial which when loosened allow you to rotate the entire front plate relative to the body - which brings the gear into mesh with the rack. A touch of fiddling to get it correctly preloaded before meshing (otherwise it reads -1 revs) and it's sorted.

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        • Originally posted by Tungsten dipper View Post

          Why? Are the avionics different and better?
          Much better. Has an electronic checklist, so no more QRH's. The electronic checklist automatically checks off things based on airplane configuration and what switches are flipped. It's 1990's technology vs 1980's technology.

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          • Originally posted by Cenedd View Post

            If it doesn't have the ground-magnet that the 737's have that'll be a massive bonus. Heaven forbid you should permit the pilots that you've spent so long training to work out if the plane is pointing up at too steep an angle! A quick Google shows that the 777s might though. *Ladies and gentlemen, this is your Captain speaking. If you look out of the left window you'll see the first officer and I waving at you from that little yellow life raft*
            Blame South West for the 737. No, the 777 does not have MCAS, although it is Fly By Wire. Even if it did, you'd flip those stab trim cut out switches and leave them out. Granted the 777 has a backup stab trim lever system that is far superior to that stupid 1950's era trim wheel.

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            • "Elecronic checklist" hhmmmm Since it has now been proven that software geeks (already known) and managers can work on their computers not in the office perhaps those on avionics control systems should move their place of work to the actual aircraft they are working on in flight. Senior managers also to be seated in coach. Might focus their minds on getting it right.

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              • Originally posted by Baz View Post
                "Elecronic checklist" hhmmmm Since it has now been proven that software geeks (already known) and managers can work on their computers not in the office perhaps those on avionics control systems should move their place of work to the actual aircraft they are working on in flight. Senior managers also to be seated in coach. Might focus their minds on getting it right.
                The ECL(Electronic check list) is a wonderful thing. I do not want to fly anything else that doesn't have it. I sat in the 787 simulator and played around with the displays. That thing was incredible, but I felt like I was sitting in front of a desktop computer with 10 touchscreen LCD's around me. It brings new meaning to the term, "Glass Cockpit"

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                • Originally posted by RB211 View Post

                  The ECL(Electronic check list) is a wonderful thing. I do not want to fly anything else that doesn't have it. I sat in the 787 simulator and played around with the displays. That thing was incredible, but I felt like I was sitting in front of a desktop computer with 10 touchscreen LCD's around me. It brings new meaning to the term, "Glass Cockpit"
                  For years we have had the technology to launch and land a drone from half way around the world, and dot some bad guy's 'i" during the flight. It seems just a matter of scale to me to go from a drone to a remote piloted passenger plane. It would save the airline's talent in the event of accident. Of course I really don't have a dog in that race since I haven't flown for over 30 years and would only fly again if I absolutely had to.
                  Tom - Spotsylvania, VA

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                  • Originally posted by flathead4 View Post

                    For years we have had the technology to launch and land a drone from half way around the world, and dot some bad guy's 'i" during the flight. It seems just a matter of scale to me to go from a drone to a remote piloted passenger plane. It would save the airline's talent in the event of accident. Of course I really don't have a dog in that race since I haven't flown for over 30 years and would only fly again if I absolutely had to.
                    I'll retire as a pilot, don't think my 6 year old son would be able to.

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                    • Removed a beehive from a floor joist space. Over 80lbs of honey. What a damn mess. Click image for larger version

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                      • Originally posted by Tungsten dipper View Post

                        Upset? NEVER! Especially about bees; one of God's greatest gifts! Challenger is a good person for helping bees.
                        No bees, no crop pollination (for the most part), no food.
                        No farmers, no food either.

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                        • Click image for larger version  Name:	image_10830.jpg Views:	3 Size:	5.24 MB ID:	1884750 Today I took a hive out of wall in a garage. It swarmed while I was removing it but I was able to get three virgin queens. The cells that look like peanuts are queen cells which are also known as "swarm cells". Click image for larger version  Name:	IMG_20200704_100234.jpg Views:	0 Size:	3.90 MB ID:	1884749
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                          • I wish I lived closer I would love to help with a cut-out.

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                            • Originally posted by Tungsten dipper View Post
                              I wish I lived closer I would love to help with a cut-out.
                              Yes, most are pretty satisfying. And all are high profit. VERY high profit. The ones with tons of honey are damn difficult and time consuming, messy and, in general, irritating. Gotta take the good with the bad.

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                              • Originally posted by challenger View Post

                                Yes, most are pretty satisfying. And all are high profit. VERY high profit. The ones with tons of honey are damn difficult and time consuming, messy and, in general, irritating. Gotta take the good with the bad.
                                You know, it doesn't bother me at all if you make a killing saving bees. It's so important for nature and humanity. Keep up the good work dude, and I hope the jobs keep rolling in.

                                Not today, but yesterday, I finally had success at parting off. The difference wasn't me, but instead having a real machine and a real blade. For whatever reason the 10" Rockwell just doesn't like to part. It cuts a huge taper, and likes to bind up. The Lagun 1440 with a brand new T shaped hollow ground parting blade from Shars worked perfectly. Flat, smooth, on demension and with a good surface finish. Even got comfortable with power feed very quickly. Flood coolant is wonderful for parting as well.

                                Also got an MWNLR tool and a WNMG 432 insert. Cuts really nice. Seemed happiest at about 150 thou DOC and 12-14 thou feed. Which is a bout 6 times more material than I could ever remove on the Rockwell. So nice having a real machine.

                                I also tried out Tokar777's (on instagram) method of making shim washers. You groove down to just under the shaft diameter move over and groove the next, and so on. After cutting grooves for every spacer you need, then come in from the end with a drill. When the drill break through to the root diameter, the washer breaks off and leaves almost no burr. It's a really efficient method and I'll be using it a lot.

                                Lastly, I crashed an indicator pretty hard. I was focusing on too many things at once without a dry run and I jammed the indicator stalk between the carriage and the headstock. It jammed hard enough to elastically deform the rod such that the gear popped out or something. It still works but the needle is clocked wrong. No a huge deal but frustrating. I like haveing ways that extend past the headstock for just this reason.
                                21" Royersford Excelsior CamelBack Drillpress Restoration
                                1943 Sidney 16x54 Lathe Restoration

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