More Comms work

Another evening of experiments and testing.  I now have a rough “fold back” happening in the Skyhawk so that pilot and instructor can talk on open mics, then by activating a push to talk (from either cockpit) both mics transmit to the other sims via TeamTalk.


Now we have pilot and instructor in the Skyhawk, pilot in the Arrow, and the Laptop upstairs in the ManCave…

TeamTalk v5 is an awesome, light weight VOIP/Conferencing package which works really well, and has features which really work for my sims!

BearWare – Home of TeamTalk

Comms system check

Nathan and I spent some time this afternoon repairing, configuring and testing headsets and helmets in the Arrow and Skyhawk sims. The Skyhawk pilots helmet needed a bit of rewiring and re-soldering, but is now working well.   Sadly my GA headset adapter didn’t work, only providing a “buzz” when the mic was touched. Swapped the headset and adapter out with my old faithful PC headset and it all worked beautifully.

Final testing was successful, with Skyhawk pilot and instructor as well as the Arrow pilot all being able to communicate well.  Nathan and I went flying and tested the system in “action” 🙂


The helmet also got some TLC and a clean, and had the visor cover removed.  Without the cover it looks a bit like an Alpha, so maybe it will stay like that… not sure

Back in the Arrow

After all the recent work on the man cave and 737 it was nice to spend the evening back in the Arrow for a night IFR cross country.  I took off from Gisbourne at dusk, and flew down to Napier, battling strong headwinds all the way.  A quick refuel and a drink, and off to Ohakea.  More strong winds, cloud and bad turbulence made it a challenging flight!  DME arc on to the ILS, which wasn’t working, so it turned into a VOR/DME approach….

A great challenging flight!

Man Cave Mods

This afternoon, while taking a break sitting in the upstairs lounge it occurred to me that I had the lounge oriented wrong!   Sitting in my comfy chair where it is currently you won’t be able to see what’s happening in the 737 cockpit.  So, new plan is to switch the room around 180º, meaning that sitting back in my seat I’ll be able to see what’s going on, and also see anyone coming up the stairs 🙂  Win-Win!

After this pondering Nathan and I installed some more wall linings on the Western wall, and some cat-proofing of the window…  Job well done!

We also added new chairs for visitors, the computer desk and temporary pilot seat.. all part of another $1 win on trademe!

 

 

A *much* nicer view from the Skipper’s chair!

Around the World in 80 Days

This sounds like a lot of fun… but because I am ‘me’.. I am thinking of doing the trip by sea, mostly, and then mixing some other sims in along the way 🙂

From the Aerosoft Forum:
Join us in a aviation version of the famous journey made by Phileas Fogg, traveling around the world in 80 days. We leave on October 2nd and arrive on December 21st. Check out the rules and when you like to join create your own dairy topic.

Aerosoft “Around the World in 80 Days” Club

737 Decisions and a nice flight to Innsbruck

I have been pondering what software path to go down for the 737 build;  Freeware gauges, and Eric Marciano’s Easy FMC, or Wilco/Feelthere 737 PIC.

I posted on facebook asking about Easy FMC, and got a useful response pointing out that it doesn’t have up-to-date SID’s and STAR’s as it is all based on the FS scenery installed.  That started me thinking about the concessions I will have to make for either path, and which would be more acceptable..  a real conundrum!

Tonight, while thinking about all of this I flew the Wilco 737 from Heathrow to Innsbruck.   During the flight it became quite clear that there would be less concessions using the Wilco panel and FMC, and I started thinking how I could drive the critical bits.   I also discovered that PIC has a cockpit setup tool, allowing me to configure the cockpit options how I like them, and also to define keyboard shortcuts for many of the functions.  More investigation is required to map out what can be done and how, and what gaps it will leave.

Company traffic leaving Heathrow in miserable weather!

Heading into the Alps, South of Munich

Cloudy approach to Innsbruck RWY26

Rotorua

The combination of real weather and quality scenery makes the fightsim experience something quite special!

Nathan and I flew the Arrow from Galatea to Rotorua, and the combination of scenery and weather made for a spectacular arrival.

From Rotorua we flew up to Tauranga, meandering aimlessly around NZ again 😉

737 Seat Design

Last night I did a little experiment with Slicer for Fusion….  One simple Pilot seat, ready to experiment with laser cutting!

 

Update:  Re-imported into Fusion 360, tidied up some of the joins, and finessed the fit and positioning.   Then added seat pan top, backboard and base bulkheads (additional bits shown in grey)

Next step is to design the back cover (from the original IPECO seat) and armrests!

737 Linings

Started hanging some of the fibreglass liners for the 737.  Unfortunately I don’t have quite enough height to fit it all in at the correct height, so the upper window line will be about 10mm too low.  Which will be perfectly acceptable.


A bit of cutting and sanding of the window frames to make them fit and it’ll look pretty smart!

Sadly, I don’t have the forward part of the fibreglass, but as it is different to the classic anyway I will do my own.  I have Nigel’s cockpit to take measurements and photos of, and there may even be some -200 panels at work that are ok to use.

 

…and what it should look like when done 😉