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Reply #1875 - Mar 13th, 2020 at 2:35pm
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Okay, I have a question for you simmers...

Whats the difference between the corona virus and the 737 MAX?



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Reply #1876 - Mar 25th, 2020 at 4:24pm
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Lou, are you flying at all now (GA) or strictly a 'yachtie'?
  

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Reply #1877 - Mar 30th, 2020 at 7:52pm
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Hi Jay,

Just finished a three leg cruise right before Christmas. Wonderful two month tour of the Med, Africa and South America.  On Viking Ocean cruises two of the ships have state-of-the-art planetariums and high end telescopes. When I sail on those ships I am considered the Viking Resident Astronomer (VRA).  Along with presenting programs in the planetarium, on clear nights I go top deck and give tours of the night sky.  I've done enrichment talks on ships since I retired from the airlines.  I did several tours in the South Pacific in French Polynesia, it was wonderful. I've been doing talks only on Viking for four years now and really enjoy the gig.  Of course I bring my Captain Sim 757 along and demonstrate how the plane flies.  The ship has a fantastic 16 X 32 foot LED screen with a resolution of 1080p, and Bose surround sound so you really think you're in the cockpit.  Passengers love it!

Now with the nasty virus there won't be any cruising for a while - if ever!  Some of the companies will not survive.  That goes for the airlines too.

So I sold my small plane and airport and just fly the sim to keep in practice.

Stay well out there every one, be safe!  Kiss

Lou
  

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Reply #1878 - Apr 7th, 2020 at 1:49pm
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Aileron Balance Panel on the Boeing 707

https://imgur.com/a/f4ol5yA


The Boeing 707 was the last plane made without boosted controls.  Only the rudder on the 707 was hydraulically powered.  The balance panel aided the pilot in moving the ailerons and the elevator as well.

Here is a cool page with explanations of aircraft flight controls.

https://docplayer.net/39382857-Control-surfaces-rudder-ailerons-elevator-trailin...
  

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Reply #1879 - May 4th, 2020 at 5:20pm
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This link will take you to an interesting re-visiting of the Egypt Air 990 crash many years ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIzTB_oCVlo&feature=youtu.be

Over the past decades there have been many re-visits of NTSB findings which show how money and influence tend to blame the pilot.  But after further investigations are done, it shows other reasons for the event. 

For example, Boeing had troubles with rudder actuators for many years which caused numerous crashes, but they never admitted these problems. 

Actuator problems affected the 737, 727 & 747.  Without admitting any problems, the rudder actuators were quietly replaced after the deadly crash of a USAir 737 over Pittsburgh, PA.  Now of course we see the problem they are having with the 737 MAX. 
  

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Reply #1880 - May 4th, 2020 at 7:09pm
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LOU wrote on Apr 7th, 2020 at 1:49pm:
Aileron Balance Panel on the Boeing 707

https://imgur.com/a/f4ol5yA


The Boeing 707 was the last plane made without boosted controls.  Only the rudder on the 707 was hydraulically powered.  The balance panel aided the pilot in moving the ailerons and the elevator as well.

Here is a cool page with explanations of aircraft flight controls.

https://docplayer.net/39382857-Control-surfaces-rudder-ailerons-elevator-trailin...   


The last plane? What about the MD-80s -90, 717? More planes with only a boosted rudder and elevator! (Only in the down direction)
  
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Reply #1881 - May 4th, 2020 at 7:58pm
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Interesting. Even though it says "the last plane made without boosted controls",  I read it as "the last Boeing plane made without boosted controls". Undecided
  

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Reply #1882 - May 5th, 2020 at 2:40pm
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Yes, Alex is correct.  The Douglas planes were still cable and push-rod.  Can't remember about the Convair 880/990 I think they were servo tabs with spoiler assist for roll and I'm guessing the DC-8 was the same. 

But I only flew Boeing planes. 

Yes, the 717 is made by Boeing, but it's really a DC-9.  I guess you could even say the 727 was a bit of a hybrid in that with loss of hydraulic power the plane would go to manual reversion (servo tabs).  Flying the 727 in manual reversion was not fun.  You only had roll and pitch and it was very slow.

The idea of the balance panel was a pretty good design for the time.  The 707 was very nice to fly but you needed a bit of arm strength to make it happen.  Even with the boosted rudder in the 707 during engine out training you could see the pilots leg start to shake if they didn't crank in the rudder trim.

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