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derekliston last won the day on March 8 2019

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About derekliston

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  • Birthday 02/08/1947

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    Zenith CH701
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  1. Where are you based. I am in Warwick and have a heap of 1/8 and 5/32 clecos and a pair of pliers that I probably don’t need anymore. No 3/32 though!
  2. My view on this is simplistic. A hotel room is always going to be cheaper than a funeral!
  3. A friend of mine, Phil Pierce, flies from Dunkeswell. I, in a previous existence before moving downunder lived within sight of White Waltham, but flew from Booker.
  4. It can happen to the best, even when trying their best. I can’t quote dates, but a lot of years ago a BOAC/BA crew managed to make a fuel tank selection which at the time was legitimate, but shut down all four engines in a VC10.
  5. I (we) have flown Ryanair a couple of times down to Dordogne when holidaying in the UK. I actually don’t mind them and personally rate them higher than Jetstar. Yes it is like an airborne shop but you don’t have to buy anything. I don’t like that you can pay extra to jump the queue, but they do that at the London Eye also. Interesting that they had us lined up to board before the plane had even arrived. Also amusing is the trumpet fanfare and announcement “ Another on time arrival by Ryanair” which I figure must activate together with the thrust reverser and sounds even if it is late!!!!
  6. No, Skyview has a back-up battery and I’m reasonably sure I can get down without it. Always have google maps, altitude might be a problem but not too much outside controlled airspace.
  7. Ten inch Skyview with dual radios in my CH701. Just working on the KISS principle!
  8. Absolutely gives me the chills when I see people leaning on the propellor for a photograph, particularly when it is a hot engine and the pilot has just doe his first solo or just gained his licence or whatever!
  9. Just an , I hope interesting aside. Back when I was a 16yr old apprentice (1963) I had the opportunity to explore two RAF transports at Edinburgh Turnhouse airport. One was an Armstrong-Whitworth Argosy, the other was one of the first RAF C130s. I will not forget noticing that every single hydraulic fitting on the Argosy was lockwired and electrically bonded. The C130 by comparison didn’t have a lockwire or a bonding strip to be seen. All of the unions were, I found out later, Parker flareless couplings, which, I am glad to say was also the norm on B707 and B747 at BOAC when I joined in 1968.
  10. As we always say we should not prejudge but I sincerely hope this is not another instance of failure to select take-off flap. Description of accident has a lot of similarity to a couple which have featured on Air-crash Investigations. ( Please don’t shoot me for speculating!)
  11. Pretty sure I am right although it was a long time ago! I also remember BOAC management refusing additional training for us engineers when the 747 arrived. We were told it was just like a bigger 707 which of course it wasn’t!
  12. Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that on the B707 the only powered controls were the rudder and the stabiliser trim jack. I seem to recall (bloody long time since I worked on them so I could be wrong!) that the controls, aileron and elevator operated with servo tabs?
  13. I think I am correct in saying that the first airliner with fully hydraulic controls and no manual reversion was the Vickers VC10. It actually had (I think!) eleven self-contained hydraulic actuators, two on each aileron, four on the elevators and three on the rudder. Each one had it’s own hydraulic system so there was a lot of redundancy built in. Because it was fully hydraulic with no manual reversion there was no natural feel in the controls and so it had a device called a feel simulator which also had dual self-contained hydraulic systems. For the era in which it was built it really was a technological marvel even if it was not a commercial success. I was lucky enough to fly down from London to Nairobi on an East African Airways Super VC10 in 1973. Due to the tail mounted engines it had a remarkably quiet cabin.
  14. It will be a long time before I consent to fly on a Max8. I always avoided airlines that operated DC10/MD11s I will do the same with these even if it means driving rather than flying! (Might have to buy an amphibious car!!!)
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