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Reply #1860 - Aug 19th, 2019 at 4:54pm
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Hi you all!

I've be at sea again presenting my talks on Viking Ocean ships. Not a bad gig for an old retired airline pilot. I use the CS 757 on my Predator laptop. Using P3D with graphics pretty much maxed out the plane is a joy to fly. Even using the stock scenery that comes with P3D I'm able to show a lot of the cities that the ship stops at and give passengers a really good idea of how the plane flies.

JayG, it's all your fault that this thread got started!  Tongue

I have a few more stories to share in the future. I'll be sailing this fall and will use the sim to show new passengers how great the CS planes look and fly.

Everybody stay well, and keep flying.

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Reply #1861 - Sep 2nd, 2019 at 1:39am
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I just did the pre-flight Lou, you are the PIC of the most popular thread in internet history!  Smiley
  

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Reply #1862 - Sep 26th, 2019 at 5:55pm
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Folks,
I was just thinking about a captain I flew with a long time ago.  Being part of the crew was the best part of being an airline pilot.  Since the safety of the flight relied on our working together as a unit we were always alert to any thing that could endanger the flight.  Having fun was an important part of the atmosphere in the cockpit.  That doesn't mean inattention to flying the plane, but a bit of humor kept the place a fun place to work in. 

One time while flying with this captain he would ask if we (the whole crew - cabin and cockpit) wanted to play "nose wheel roulette."  Sure, how do you play the game?  Now remember this is a long time before jet-ways, we used stairs to board the plane.  He would produce a piece of chalk and each one of us would make a line on the nose wheel tire and put our name along the line.  The bet would be a quarter - no big deal. We would fly to the next station on our route and as we taxied up to the gate, who's name was on the bottom would win!  Sounds okay.  Well it turns out the captain always won.  We were all wondering how could that be? 

Well, on one of the legs when we landed and taxied up to the gate I saw the ramp signal man watching very closely to the nose wheel as we taxied up to the gate.  It turns out our beloved captain would call ahead to the next airport and since he knew almost everybody, he would alert the ramp man to stop us on the captain's name.  Well, I told the rest of the crew what I saw and thought was happening.  I said we should see if we could play "double or nothing" on the next leg.  We all smiled when I told them my plan.  Since I was the flight engineer I was the last one to board the plane after I checked the final fuel.  I went and rubbed his name so it could not be read.  Since we were now betting double or nothing he was very eager to make the bet.  As we taxied into the gate area I could see the signal man looking very hard at the nose wheel.  When we stopped, it was on one of our names. 

We got him!
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Reply #1863 - Oct 14th, 2019 at 3:24pm
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WOW!  Shocked

700,000 views.

Thanks to you all for visiting the Captain Sim site and Lou Stories.

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Reply #1864 - Oct 15th, 2019 at 1:22am
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I always read your stories Lou. I find them very interesting, and often funny.
It is an insite to the life of pilots, and shows their human side. As a passenger, we have no idea of the type of things pilots get up to, like marking the tyres of the aircraft with chalk, and then betting on whose name it stopped on at the gate.

Please keep the stories coming!  Smiley Grin Wink
  

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Reply #1865 - Dec 28th, 2019 at 4:15pm
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The other day a person asked me how many landings would you expect to get out of a tire on the 757?  That is a very good question since aircraft tires are a lot different from your average car tire.

Most car tires are 4 ply and inflated to somewhere in the mid 30 psi with air.  The tires on the 757 are either 28 or 32 ply and inflated to 200 psi with dry nitrogen.  Why dry nitrogen you ask?  Well, air contains moisture, and at altitude the water would freeze into a lump at one place in the wheel. If you were to land in a cold place, the wheel would still be frozen and the unbalance in the wheel could destroy the tire on landing. 

As for the number of landings out of a set of tires, that depends on the pilots and their landing skill.  These wheels are fairly heavy and don't spin-up instantly on touchdown.  Really smooth landings actually do more to shorten the tire life since the wheel tends to slide on the runway and take longer to spin-up causing a part of the tire to melt due to the friction. That's why you see all the black marks in the touchdown zone of the runway. Our manual would actually teach a solid touchdown to cause the wheel to spin-up faster and lessen the wear on the tire.  Getting the wheel to spin-up faster increased the coefficient of friction of the tire on the pavement giving you better control on the roll out.  That is why the plane's anti-skid system really tries hard to avoid getting the wheel to stop turning.  If the wheel stops spinning, the coefficient of friction goes to zero.

I seem to remember around 200 landings on a set of main wheels before the tire was removed and sent for re-capping.  If the tire was too worn, that would make it less able to be re-capped.
  

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Reply #1866 - Dec 30th, 2019 at 3:32am
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A nice bit of info there Lou, thanks. To be honest, I never thought that the tyres would last that long, but now I know. Grin
  

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Reply #1867 - Dec 31st, 2019 at 4:42pm
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Haven't checked in here for quite a long time. Glad to see Lou and Mark are still present and the stories from Lou are still coming.

Lou, I see you are still cruising and giving on board seminars at sea. On Viking Ocean Cruises no less! Boy, you know how to work the system!!  Grin

We moved to PHX in July of 2015 and in 2017 my wife was diagnosed with lung cancer. She passed away this past February. My simming has been greatly reduced and I find myself flying the FSX default jets when I do play the game. A few years back I bought the CS 757 and L1011 but couldn't figure out how to fly them well enough.

Lou, I'd love to join you on one of your cruises and sit in on your seminars, but I'm afraid cruising is all but out of reach now, and Viking is surely not a viable option for me. BTW, Lou, did you attend the TWA reunion at the new JFK TWA Hotel a couple months ago? I have a couple long time TWA friends that went and they sent me a bunch of pics. Would love to see that Connie up close!

Happy New Year all!

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Reply #1868 - Jan 2nd, 2020 at 4:03pm
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Bruce,  very sad to read about your wife... so very sorry.

As you say in your note, yes I've been very busy working on Viking Ocean Cruises. In 2019, my wife and I spent over eight months on Viking ships.  We did a "round" the world from Miami to London - 128 days.  It was fantastic!  Then in July and August, we did the Alaska Inside Passage on the Viking Orion. On this ship there is a multi-million dollar planetarium and telescopes.  I am the Viking Resident Astronomer and get to play with all the toys!  Cool Then in November & December we worked an almost two month cruise that started in Venice, IT and ended in Chile.

Of course, I still present talks on flying where I use the Captain Sim 757 and do a flight from one city to another, along the cruise route, where the ship's passengers are in the cockpit with me as I enter the plane at one of the gates and start the plane from "cold & dark," load the computer and do a flight in real time.  The passengers love being in the cockpit and see everything I do to make the flight.  I present the flying in a theater on a fantastic wall of 1080P LED's.  This is a really fantastic way to enjoy the flying on this high resolution 25 X 14 foot wall.  It would be really great if you could find a way to take a cruise with us on Viking.  My next cruise is from Hong Kong to Mumbai in March.

On another note, during the world cruise, we were able to meet up with Mark and his wife in Geelong, Australia.  They were able to join us for lunch on the ship and Mark & I were able to play with the simulator and do some flying of the CS planes.

Get back into flying and keep busy.  Keep in touch with us here on the CS forum.

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Reply #1869 - Jan 3rd, 2020 at 9:50pm
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Lou, what you have done with the cruise thing is astonishing! You built a whole new career for your self, and your wife gets to join you. Just incredible! My hat's off to you! That you could meet with Mark and his wife is ultra cool!! That must have been great fun!

I may try the CS 757 again, but I don't know how to do C&D starts and program the FMC, etc. If I can fly it using just the auto pilot and the default FSX GPS flight plan tracking, then that's what I'll do. We'll see. Am having a hard time getting myself to do much of anything nowadays.

One thing I'm still good at is making Manhattans and I shall toast you tonight! Cheers!

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Reply #1870 - Jan 4th, 2020 at 4:36pm
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Bruce,  I had a really nice Manhattan with a slice of orange last night... yum!

Go on the CS site and have a look at the 757 tutorial that I did.  It will get you started from C&D and help with loading the computer.  You don't need the computer to just fly around, you can still use the VOR's to navigate. You can use the autopilot and VOR's using heading or NAV and take a few short cross countries to get used to the plane.  The CS 757 flies really nice.  I have several different joy sticks, but the KBsim stick really is a smooth controller.

If your having trouble with the computer I'll try to make a quick tutorial to get you up and running. Then you'll be able to do some auto lands.

Tonight, I may have a smooth gin martini with olives!  Cool

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Reply #1871 - Jan 4th, 2020 at 4:37pm
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Bruce, go back to page 124 about the middle of the pages and you'll see us on the ship.

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Reply #1872 - Jan 4th, 2020 at 6:09pm
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Lou -

Those pictures are excellent! I'm envious!

I played with the CS 757 yesterday for about 4 hours and gave up. I finally got the default GPS loaded, after reading one of Mark's posts on how to do it, but then something broke the auto pilot. By then it was well into cocktail hour and I quit and uninstalled it. I'll look at your tutorial and see if I can figure it out, but first I have to re-install the AC.

Right now it's about 65deg here and I'm heading out on my motorcycle for a couple hours. After that I have some house cleaning to do. I probably won't crank up the sim till tomorrow. But then there's the two NFC playoff games to watch. Hmmm, what's a mother to do?  Undecided

Cheers!

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Reply #1873 - Jan 6th, 2020 at 5:11pm
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Bruce, send me you e-mail and I'll send you info on the FMC
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Reply #1874 - Jan 7th, 2020 at 5:00pm
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Okay, Lou, message sent!

Thanks!

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