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  1. Back in the Cockpit

    I flew the sim for the 1st time in about a year. (FS2004, aka FS9, aka A Century of Flight) I have recently retired and moved to Florida, so I wanted to explore the area from the air. The program took forever to load on my ancient pc, but eventually I took off from Ocala in a Cherokee 6. Instead of my normal CH yoke, I had plugged in my Logitech joystick. I soon learned that I had forgotten the functions of multiple buttons (and even keyboard controls!) Throttle and stick. I turned east and soon ...
  2. Goodbye Old Friend

    N8439T 6/30/92 - 12/05/19

    This was an article I never wanted to write. Last week I was forced to sell my airplane after 27 years of ownership and something like 1400 hours in the pilot's seat. Unfortunately, running a flightsim fan site is no way to get rich and the past couple of years have been especially tough.

    As a new pilot in 1991 I quickly got tired of renting and started looking for a plane of my own. The FBO at KOWD actually included an aircraft broker who ...
  3. Why Flightsimming Is Better Than Real Flying

    Here's why flightsimming is better than real flying:

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    While I admire those developers who create planes that require a real preflight inspection and keep track of the aircraft maintenance, there are days when I'd gladly give up that realism when at the airport, and just jump in the plane and go as you can do with a flightsim plane.

    Winter seems to have come early this year, and that's a good foot of wet heavy snow that has ...
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  4. JD-Slow-Thumbs, Found A Big Wind Tunnel

    I think I found a wind-tunnel, a big wind-tunnel.
    I was trying to figure out how to setup and document a KF-airfoil experiment tied to the front of my car without something breaking lose and breaking my windshield. Then I thought about indoor skydiving. Looked on Google-Maps for any indoor skydiving places near me in Los Angeles. Decided to investigate the iFLY Ontario. I talked to one of the managers and one of the instructors and instead of shutting me down they seemed receptive to ...
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  5. JD-Slow-Thumbs, Introduction

    Hi, I am JD-Slow-Thumbs,
    As a kid I was always fascinated with airplanes and wanted to be an astronaut when I grew up. I joined the USAF and served for four years. Occasionally I dabbled in Flight sims. Later I got into R/C airplanes, first fixed-wing ParkFlyers, and then foam board micros, and R/C flight sims of course. I am spending more of my time in flight simulators, FSX currently, and getting pretty good at reading charts and hopping from one VOR beacon to another. Now I am working ...
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