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No, it isn't scary at all. I was nervous on my first solo approach out of "the pattern", but otherwise it's not really more difficult than driving, there's just more to pay attention to.

It's such a fun little plane to fly, makes Cessna and Beech craft feel like boat anchors. Diamonds are like the sports cars of private aircraft, they aren't extremely powerful, but they don't need to be, due to being so light and low-drag. They really climb like the business, @1200fpm, and they're 40% more efficient than their nearest competitor.

This one wasn't a former trainer, either. It was built and optioned for private travel from the factory, so it has a leather interior, softer seats, and the full Garmin Synthetic Vision package. So it looks like this:





not this (Cessna 172):




For enjoyment, a stick kicks the poop out of a yoke, too. I looked at it a bit skeptically at first, but after just a few minutes I saw the light. Also the fact a small hopper like this has a fully-integrated autopilot is wild, too. Oh, and there's Flight Guide WiFi integration, that with an iPad allows for new worlds of instrument flexibility. Terrain, weather, traffic, satnav, real-time messaging, and flightpath all at a glance, plus there's somewhat useable internet access for passengers, but it's not quite as good as 3G (but they are working on that) due to bandwidth constraints. I do want to get a turbo-prop twin or small jet later, but for now this completely meets my needs. We can fly from here to NYC, with baby and weekend luggage, in a little over 3 hours, on 35 gallons of fuel. That's Epic. eek.gif Seriously, screw airlines.


No check ins, waiting, delays, aircrew with attitude. If you can afford it a private aircraft is the way to go.

 

I thought there was a turboprop version of the Diamond at some point. Is there an upgrade available (although I think it would kill fuel efficiency).

 

Aircraft like this and the Europa changed the game in a very good way. Putting low wing monoplane performance in the hands of the private pilot at an accessible price. The volkswagons with wings Cessna and Beach have been hawking for far too long really show their age in comparison.

 

 

Oh If anyone needs to scrub the absolute Stupidity that is Thor out of their heads. I would highly recommend Enders Game. Not perfect by far but more than likely the best Sci Fi you'll get this year.


Edited by Hutnicks - 11/12/13 at 2:58pm
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I'm going to see Ender's Game ASAP - I meant to see it last weekend, but my son wanted to go see Thor (he had already seen Ender's Game without me frown.gif )

I never could get the hang of a yoke, but I took to a flight stick right away. A force side-stick (like in the F16 & F22) is even better - leaning back in a reclined seat, with the stick on the right and the throttles on left, both festooned with buttons, and your color HUD up in your face. Roll left, and push into AB as you pull to 7 Gs (while simultaneously marking targets in the HUD with your eye-tracking cursor), then pickle off the launch of 4 AMRAAMs, roll out of the turn, and head home. Our sim was a $55 million version of Wing Commander! tongue.gif
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I'm going to see Ender's Game ASAP - I meant to see it last weekend, but my son wanted to go see Thor (he had already seen Ender's Game without me frown.gif )

I never could get the hang of a yoke, but I took to a flight stick right away. A force side-stick (like in the F16 & F22) is even better - leaning back in a reclined seat, with the stick on the right and the throttles on left, both festooned with buttons, and your color HUD up in your face. Roll left, and push into AB as you pull to 7 Gs (while simultaneously marking targets in the HUD with your eye-tracking cursor), then pickle off the launch of 4 AMRAAMs, roll out of the turn, and head home. Our sim was a $55 million version of Wing Commander! tongue.gif


4 words Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator!

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I have no doubt the TOTL gaming video cards now have more processing power than we had in our entire $55M simulation facility in 1987!
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I have no doubt the TOTL gaming video cards now have more processing power than we had in our entire $55M simulation facility in 1987!


MCFS is just brilliant. Threre are soo many models out there available for free that you can have bags of fun. I took an F104 into a dogfight over Guadalcanal just for giggles once. The Terrain and scenery files available make for an experience unrivaled in simulators (bear in mind I have a long grudge against MS so praise from me is pretty rare). If you want to sharpen navigation skills or try some IFR flying there are scenarios out there for just about any conceivable flight. Theres good reason why most of the sites offering flight planning and routing were shut down on 9/12, the level of accuracy is phenomenal.

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I look back at the millions of dollars in 1985 HW we had running our sim, and then I look at the horsepower available in the average PC today - and I'm simply flabbergasted. We had 4 of the fastest 32 bit mini computers you could buy - each of those machines was rated at ~10 MIPS. I think a current I7 processor is rated at over 15,000 MIPS. The graphics rendering that our $1M+ GE Compuscene IV system could do would be child's play for a $100 Radeon or Nvidia card.
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I look back at the millions of dollars in 1985 HW we had running our sim, and then I look at the horsepower available in the average PC today - and I'm simply flabbergasted. We had 4 of the fastest 32 bit mini computers you could buy - each of those machines was rated at ~10 MIPS. I think a current I7 processor is rated at over 15,000 MIPS. The graphics rendering that our $1M+ GE Compuscene IV system could do would be child's play for a $100 Radeon or Nvidia card.


Well look how out dated the Cray x and y mp series became and in almost record time. Apollo supermicros the DEC microvax. In another 3 years a tablet will have more power on board than any of them ever had.

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Flying isn't scary! It's breathtaking! It's certainly not for the person who has a short attention span and lets their mind wander (eg the typical teenager in the USA) but if you appreciate the details of doing something well (eg Magick!) then it's really fun and very empowering.
 
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In car news, this is the best idea I've seen in many a year. I doubt these Classic Minis will make it over to the States, though.

http://www.autoblog.com/2013/11/13/classic-mini-restored-netherlands/

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Mini will be kicking off production in the Netherlands, a country that hasn't built a Mini-badged machine since 1966. In honor of this event, BMW Group Classic, the team responsible for all the cars in the BMW Museum, as well as being a spare parts and restoration company in its own right, revived a classic 1959 Austin Seven. That particular car, number 983, was one of the first Minis to be built in the Netherlands.

The Netherlands' JJ Molenaar's Car Companies built 4,000 Austin Sevens and Morris Mini-Minors between 1959 and 1966, although we imagine Dutch Mini production will be much bigger when it starts up again in summer 2014. A five-person team from VDL Nedcar, the group handling production of new Minis, took to the job of restoring the diminutive British car from nose to tail.
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Should potential owners be worried about the Lucas voltage regulator? Or would you say all the legendary Lucas electrical issues are more myth than truth?

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It doesn't say they will be building the 1959 version - just that they did the rebuild of the old one as part of the announcement.

But to your question - IMHO, the reputation of the old Lucas electrical systems was well earned. http://www.mez.co.uk/lucas.html
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It doesn't say they will be building the 1959 version - just that they did the rebuild of the old one as part of the announcement.

But to your question - IMHO, the reputation of the old Lucas electrical systems was well earned. http://www.mez.co.uk/lucas.html


And yet for years Lucas was THE supplier to commercial airline manufacturers.

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And yet for years Lucas was THE supplier to commercial airline manufacturers.

Lucas was one of many subcontractors that supplied components to the electrical systems of some aircraft - I think mostly to BAE. Did Lucas also supply to Boeing & McDonnell Douglas?
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Lucas was one of many subcontractors that supplied components to the electrical systems of some aircraft - I think mostly to BAE. Did Lucas also supply to Boeing & McDonnell Douglas?


There ads used to list every major manufacturer.

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