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  1. Chewey

    Just cause we have a bunch of airplane lovers

    Yeah, some guys down't even want to go down that road because they can't remember what is secret an what isn't. It's easier to just not say anything sometimes. That's a wild looking Helo, I haven't seen it before
  2. Chewey

    Just cause we have a bunch of airplane lovers

    Yeah, that technology has been around for awhile. I flew an airplane in pilot training in 2000 that we could change the altitude by dialing in what we wanted and hitting 'go'. It's awfully nice. It takes some of the pilotage away from you though. Flying is a perishable skill. The less you do it, the worse you are at it. The pieces you are looking at are antennas for the AAR-47 system. If you look up that system on google, there's plenty of unclassified data on it out there. There are 2 ways of operating it. One is in automatic where it will send a signal to the ALE-47 to punch flares whenever it detects a threat, or you can put it in manual and it will alert you so you can decide whether or not to dispense the flares. That data is unclassified, but when you get into too much more than that, the classification level rises. That's a J model C-130 (or C-130J). You can tell because of the 6 bladed props. It's a great plane. It looks like a Herc, but it flies higher, faster and farther than previous versions. Rather than the same airframe with upgraded components, Lockheed largely started over when they designed it. It's a nice machine.
  3. Chewey

    Just cause we have a bunch of airplane lovers

    I saw my first A380 last week at LAX. They are certainly monstrous. The Herc is certainly not a sensitive girl. She requires some manhandling to get her to get what you want her to do sometimes! The biggest difference in reason why is because the Herc has hydraulic assisted cables to control the control surfaces (ailerons/elevators/rudder) where the A380 and other new aircraft are fly by wire. The fly by wire systems are just like using a joystick on your computer...the joystick determines the position of the input and sends an electrical signal to the computer which sends a command to the control surface to move. Since there is no mechanical connection to the control surface there's no feedback pressure on the stick. Some systems have artificial feedback built in to the control stick, but not all. I like the idea of the feedback...but then again that's all I've ever known.
  4. Chewey

    Just cause we have a bunch of airplane lovers

    That's where personal preference and technique come in. I'm comfortable flying wing down so in my mind setting that about a mile out and maintaining it through the flare til touchdown feels more stable because I'm not making a major change at the last minute. Other folks don't consider it a major change and just another step to the landing, no different than a flaring. I never dinged guys for doing it that way, but we did have a discussion on why it was thei preferred technique and I always made my students try both. Nope. The B-52 is one of the few tat does that. That's because its wingspan is so long that if it landed wing down it would scrape the engine pods on the ground. that's why they can dial in a certain amount of crab into the gear. Not sure if I'm done deploying or not. The only folks who know they won't deploy again are the folks that retire or get out! That video shows what we call an assault landing. It's used for getting into very short fields with an enemy threat close. So you come down at a steep glideslope and stop as quick as possible. A C-130 should never land on its nosewheel because it's not built strong enough for that. The reason an airplane goes more nose down in an approach is either to descend quicker or because it is has extended it's trailing edge flaps more. A C-130 descends just a little nosedown with 50% flaps, but with 100% flaps extended, it comes down much more nosedown. For that reason, guys like to land the C-130 with 50% flaps vs 100% (plus it's not as much of a flare with a 50 % flap landing). The Herc is a great plane. I've flown the EC-130H Compass Call and AC-130H Spectre Gunship. I grew up with C-130s flying overhead into the local Air National Guard base so it has been pretty cool to get to spend my career in them.
  5. Chewey

    Indoor Storage Cost?

    $360/mo here. That gets you a 15x50 with electricity. I pay about 100 for a 12x30 outdoor spot parked on gravel for my enclosed trailer (I keep the boat in my backyard).
  6. Chewey

    Just cause we have a bunch of airplane lovers

    Heavy crosswinds are a pain for sure, especially as they get close to the max for your particular airplane. What those pilots are doing is called landing in a crab. Flying with your nose into the wind while tracking side ways is called crabbing (for what are hopefully obvious reasons). As a C-130 pilot, our planes don't like landing in a crab because of the sideways stress on the gear like Hatem mentioned. What we do is fly in a crab towards the runway and kick it out as we get close. Depending on the pilot and their technique it can be after they are over the runway or further out. I prefer to do it further out (about a mile or so) so I could be stable as I get close to the runway. If you watch this guy, he comes in with his left wing low because the wind is from his left to his right. Starting at about the 0:32 mark you can see him kick the nose around to the right and put his left wing down a bit. He's essentially in a turn to counteract the wind, but he applies right rudder to keep the plane pointed straight down the runway. He touches down on his left mains first, then gives up on the landing and gets lazy and lets the nose and right mains down at the same time. You'll see he then adds a lot of left aileron to counteract the wind. All in all not a good job handling the wind. Ideally, after touching down on the left mains, the right mains would be next and then he would lower the nose to the ground. He added too much aileron as the wings should be level (held that way with the ailerons) and the nose should track straight down the runway which is controlled with the rudder. Looking from the outside, the only difference you should see in a crosswind landing in a C-130 and a calm day is that the planes touches down on the upwind gear first, then the downwind gear. Add to the level of difficulty the fact that when it is windy, it is typically gusty, so you are constantly adjusting to the winds instead of them just being a steady state correction. It is definitely a skill. Try doing all of this while flying in bad visibility also! Other airplanes are meant to be landed in a crab like the examples y'all showed. You just let the airplane touch down in a crab and once on the ground put in the same crosswind controls (steer into the wind and use the rudder to track straight down the runway). Fun stuff!
  7. Chewey

    Just ordered my first drone

    I know what you mean...I'd love to see my boat cruising from a perspective outside of the boat, but I'm not sure I want someone driving it without me on it! So this is a great way to get that perspective
  8. Chewey

    Just ordered my first drone

    Nice job. Something to try would be reducing the gain on the yaw axis (the left stick). It looked smooth in the transitions fore/aft & left/right, but a little jerky on the left/right pan. If you reduce the gain, then the stick isn't as sensitive which makes it sooo much easier to be smooth. The P3P has that ability, so I assume the Mavic does as well. I really wanna get mine out with me on the boat and make my own video like this!
  9. Chewey

    Venture trailer parts

    I had a bearing seize on me once do to water intrusion through a small slit in the zerk fitting cover that I didn't notice. It heated up during the ride home and when I park it, the bearing welded itself together apparently cause when I went to move it a few hours later, I heard a pop and the wheel fell off! If you found a *piece* of the outer bearing, it sounds like you had a bearing failure. May want to swap out the inner bearing and seal on that wheel just to be safe.
  10. Chewey

    Just ordered my first drone

    Ha, yeah, no matter how big they get, they're still your kid, right? Looking forward to seeing the footage. I haven't upgraded from my P3P so I'm not sure how the follow me works on the Mavic, but it's a really cool feature. I like the automation that they have built into these things, but I also love the challenge of hand flying and the satisfaction of getting it right all by myself.
  11. Chewey

    Just ordered my first drone

    You're right, the reduced battery time is because he was flying the snot out of it and using more energy. 26 minutes is what you get with very little maneuvering. It's kinda like the EPA mileage estimate on a car...it's best case and you'll rarely achieve it during normal ops. Not sure why it wouldn't move forward any more. Probably something with the 'return to home' feature. Did it move in any other direction...just not forward? Glad it stopped within grabbing distance for ya!
  12. Chewey

    Madeira Beach

    Here's another resource to show beach status in plain English: https://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/current-beach-conditions Hope conditions are good for your visit!
  13. Chewey

    Madeira Beach

    I've seen signs for Tierra Verde Boat Rentals https://tvboatrentals.com/ but don't have any experience with them. If you are around that area, tie up at Sea Critters Cafe or next door at The Wharf down in Pass-a-grill for some great food. I like the Jambalaya and my wife likes the lobster rolls. We usually anchor over at Shell Key for swimming and let the kids play on the beach. Have fun. Hope the red tide isn't too bad. We haven't been out over there for about a month, but heard it was making its way north.
  14. Chewey

    LED Lighting -Potential interference of VHF

    The garage door and other industries have known this for years. Wonder why it took so long for the marine industry (or at least in this case the USCG) to catch on. The technology is better than it was, but it's still going through some growing pains (like this). Hopefully all the kinks will get worked out soon and going to buy a simple light bulb won't involve as much research as buying a new TV!