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#265366 My other hobby (II)...

Posted by Sailjunkie on 16 September 2021 - 01:09 PM

A little early to start PN members to start saying goodbye. Thought that would start in the last week of September. So l'll go with mine. Even if PN is "continued" somewhere else, l don't think l'll be there. With my current health issues, l don't get to go on photo outings anymore. And the whole 21 years l was into photography, l was always wanting to buy more gear and hated that part of it. Now since l don't have an interest in photography and have no desire to buy, buy, buy, it's a good feeling. lt's been an enjoyable 7+ years on PN and met many great folks here. This could be my last post so l say goodbye everyone.


Bill, it has been fun orbiting PN with you.  All of the best to in your future endeavours.  :)

#265356 My other hobby (II)...

Posted by Sailjunkie on 12 September 2021 - 01:21 PM

Goodbye Planateers... the past 11 years of participation on this forum has been a real pleasure.

Met some wonderful people while here and they will be missed for sure.


How I feel is depicted by yesterday's weather at Nurnburg Airport (EDDN), Germany... see link: https://youtu.be/EdfCl9j7J6s



Herman :(




I feel the same way.  Your "flights" have taken PN members to many parts of the world, and they were always enjoyable.  I will miss them greatly, and I'm sure that I'm not alone.  :(  :(


Meanwhile, this really isn't "goodbye".  It's more like:  "Until we meet again"!  :D




Posted by Sailjunkie on 03 September 2021 - 12:30 PM

I must admit that I'm stumped. 


If Darrell has lost interest in PN, that happens all of the time.  No worries.  However, I fail to understand why he would be reluctant to pass along/transfer/sell his interest in the site to people who are interested in continuing?  I won't speculate further. 

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Posted by Sailjunkie on 02 September 2021 - 01:07 PM

Just as an update, I reached out to Vertical Scope, since they are local and they said this was right up there ally.

So, so much for impossible to port or upgrade!

History preserved, new skin, modern and efficient look. 

I am researching the cost.

As I said, another forum I frequent did this, they had the same issue and the new site has the same feel and is pretty slick.  The transition was seamless, all history preserved.


Art, I would be very interesting in learning what you eventually find out. 


I was always happy to contribute towards the operation of PN, and I would be happy to help keep it running if the cost isn't ridiculous.  If we REALLY like PN, this would be our chance to REALLY show it.  ;)


I haven't posted any images since we learned about PN's likely demise a couple of years ago.  I guess I figured "...what's the point..."?  I have a hunch that I'm not the only one who feels this way.  If we can migrate PN to a new platform, I'd be happy to start sharing again.  I haven't stopped shooting!  B)

#265332 That time of year again-weather

Posted by Sailjunkie on 31 August 2021 - 12:55 PM

We've hardly had any Summer this year...



Herman, that is what normally what happens in Western Canada.  Unfortunately, not this year.  The Prairie Provinces are experiencing what Environment Canada describes as "Exceptional Drought Conditions", while the southern West Coast is experiencing Stage 4 drought conditions.  We finally got some rain this month, but still not nearly enough to bring the many wildfires under control. 

#265300 Finally watched "Miracle on 34th Street".

Posted by Sailjunkie on 02 August 2021 - 12:32 PM



That is an old Xmas classic.  There have several re-makes, too.  :)

#265293 My other hobby (II)...

Posted by Sailjunkie on 16 July 2021 - 11:58 AM

Very informative series, Herman.  So, when are you going to try for your Airbus type certification?  :lol:  ;)

#265279 The Detroit pizza was good!

Posted by Sailjunkie on 10 July 2021 - 12:09 PM

Looks yummy, Bill.


It's interesting that they baked the pizza in squares.  Most Canadian pizza joints bake them in circles.  However, my late Italian mother-in-law (and most of the ladies in Angela's family) bake pizza in squares, just like that.  Home-made toppings are something else!  :)  :)

#265267 Visit to a nearby nature area

Posted by Sailjunkie on 07 July 2021 - 11:59 AM

Yes we're getting much rain here too. lt reminds me of 2007 when much of the USA got dumped on with so much rain.


Bill, perhaps we should swap weather.  Much of western Canada has been under extreme heat advisories since late June.  Southwest British Columbia (BC) hasn't had measurable rain since the start of June.  There probably won't be much improvement before the end of next month.  :(

#265261 Does B&W work for this one?

Posted by Sailjunkie on 05 July 2021 - 12:18 PM

Bill, I agree with Herman.  Colour really does justice to the image.  :)

#265260 Visit to a nearby nature area

Posted by Sailjunkie on 05 July 2021 - 12:16 PM

Nice series, Herman.  :)

#265241 Angel

Posted by Sailjunkie on 01 July 2021 - 12:55 PM

Nice series, Bill.  I really like the B & W version.  :)

#265236 My other hobby (II)...

Posted by Sailjunkie on 28 June 2021 - 12:54 PM

I just looked at the Active Sky web site.  Unfortunately, it appears that a lot of this software is Windows only.  Is that correct?  :huh:

#265235 My other hobby (II)...

Posted by Sailjunkie on 28 June 2021 - 12:50 PM



My personal procedure in setting up a particular flight...


1. Using the internet, I look up the website: www.flightaware.com  FlightAware offers a "live" overview of all flights worldwide.


2. I the look up the different aircraft types (displayed are aircraft currently flying at the time of accessing the FlightAware website)



3. I opt for the Airbus A319 on this occasion. The overview provided shows all those A319's currently in the air.



4. Taking the flight duration into account, I opt for the flight DLH1710 (Lufthansa) from Munich (EDDM), Germany to Dubrovnik (LDDU), Croatia. The flight is currently en-route and flying at an altitude of 11,280 meters / 37,000ft (FL370)DDHCNz0.png



As the departure gate was not provided via FlightAware, I simply insert the flight details in Google. As you can see the departure gate is H38 / Terminal 2




Next step is to visit www.simbrief.com



After logging in, I go to the "DISPATCH" section



After selecting, "create new flight", I get the following form wich I partially complete. One of the suggested routes that is needed is mentioned in code below. During this process a snapshot is taken from my weather engine (Activesky) so as to determine the runways in use (subject to change)





The suggested routing " TURB6E TURBU Y107 BAKOR M984 NAXAV N606 PEVAL ZDA SPL L607 NERRA NERA8A " is then copy / pasted into a program on my PC called Pro ATC/X 



Note that the 6 character "TURB6E" and "NERA8A" are what they technically call SID's & STAR's (SID = Standard Instrumental Departure and STAR = Standard Terminal Arrival Route) and are not calculated as part of the actual routing at this stage (auto discarded by Pro ATC/X)



Overview of our flight



The route is also copied into the on-line weather program on my PC named Active Sky. This program is linked to the internet and weather updates are received / processed every 5 minutes.



Partial view of the weather briefing expected along the route



The route details are also inserted into anothe program Aerosoft Company Route Editor so that it is displayed in the on-board computers of the aircraft. This save a lot of time in having to do manual route inserts.



With the above now sorted out, it's time to deliver some "juice" to our aircraft using anothe PC program "Aerosoft Fuel Planner".  Based on the amount of passengers, cargo, taxiing, altitude, wind, reserves, etc, we see that we require approx. 7.9 tons of fuel for this flight.




To be continued/.  :)


Very informative, Herman.  


This sounds more like a strong passion than a mere "hobby".  I wouldn't be surprised if you hear from some airline recruiters in the near future.  :)

#265232 My other hobby (II)...

Posted by Sailjunkie on 27 June 2021 - 12:57 PM


Yup.  Oops!


I really have to wonder about all of those plane spotters.  Discovery TV's Mythbusters once proved that the jet wash from a Boeing 747 could blow over a school bus.  I was half expecting to see photographers flying through the air.  :lol:  :lol: