Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Enough is enough.

My sincere apologies to everyone that visits my blog but I'm disabling comments until further notice, possibly until the L-39 is finished. I simply don't have the time or energy to put up with any more abuse and insults from certain posters. I believe in free speech and so I refuse to delete comments but I'm truly fed up with the bile being thrown at me lately in my own 'house'. To everyone that's been very cool and left some great comments and questions, thank you very very much, I *really* appreciate your support.

If you want to get in touch with me or have a question etc then please contact me through my youtube email.

I will still post updates on the plane whenever I can, but for now my blog will be a passive medium only I'm afraid.

Thanks for your understanding. I'm sorry it had to come to this.

Happy flying.


Thursday, February 5, 2009

Back seat drivers...

Yup, you can be one. Here's a shot of the rear cockpit so far.

Click to enlarge as usual.

In case you're wondering about the orange panel on the centre console its technical name is the "Trainee Instrument Fault Simulator Panel", but a better description I think would be "Panel of Misery". ;)

The switches and levers on it let a rear seat instructor fail just about every single instrument in the front cockpit, in several combinations, including all electrical power, while everything in the rear pit continues to work normally. It's fantastic for partial panel or IFR training in Shared Cockpit. Most of the instruments in the L-39 are electrically driven and if you flip every failure switch at the same time then the only remaining reliable instruments in the front are, and I kid you not, the fuel quantity indicator and the slip ball. That's it. :)

Flip all those on someone at night or in cloud and you're going to be in for a lot of verbal abuse.

I should also mention that despite not having a huge 'step up' for the rear cockpit, visibility from the back seat of the L-39 is really good, and on a standard three degree approach you can easily maintain sight of the runway threshold and centreline until the very end of the flare.