Re: Questions for you glass-panel folks
- From: Roger <GetValidAddress@xxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 06 Mar 2008 23:33:45 -0500
On Thu, 6 Mar 2008 11:40:03 -0500, "Darkwing"
Ah, my old Ohio Scientific C2-8P. A one MHz 6502, 48K of dynamic ram
"Bertie the Bunyip" <bertie_the_bunyip@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
On 5 Mar, 17:05, "Jay Honeck" <jjhon...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
2. Assuming that it is, has the FAA considering a new, simplified
for obtaining an IR in a glass cockpit?
Until there is zero possibility of things going tango-uniform, and you
ending up using the backup steam gauges, I seriously doubt the FAA will
reduce the requirements.
Simplifying doesn't necessarily mean a reduction in requirements. Rather,
am wondering if they will change the required tests to more accurately
reflect the reality of flying a glass cockpit plane.
If I'm remembering correctly, the lion's share of the written test covered
VOR and NDB interpretation. After flying the G1000, it seems that testing
student on his ability to chase needles on a VOR would be like requiring
new computer programmers to learn Cobol. The skill set that the FAA is
testing doesn't seem to fit the reality of flying the new technology.
I suppose the same thing happened when the old A/N radio ranges were
supplanted by the VORs?
This is depressing beyond words. Another advocate for dumming
The first computer I owned was a nightmare, it had no hard drive, you had to
load all the operating system with disks everytime you booted it up, most of
the commands were done in DOS. That pales in comparison to a new computer
with WinXP, but I wouldn't go back to what I used to have to do just because
it worked well at the time but I have always liked new technology, it keeps
(16K X1 at 30 some bucks a chip) and dual 8" floppy drives. Cost me 4
Grand WITHOUT a monitor or keyboard. Those I had to find on my own.
You booted it by entering Go 800 (I think) and then typing in the
address for the disk drive as well as the track and sector to start
(IIRC) That was 1979 or 80.
Today I can build up two multi core, state of the art machines with
big time graphics cards, 4 Gig of at least DDR2-800 RAM, and a
Terabyte of HD space and my OS on a 10,000 RPM Raptor. I think I could
even include the 22" wide screen monitors and do it for less than that
My first HD cost a $100 a megabyte. Tonight I installed a heavy duty
750 Gig HD that cost 26 cents a Gigabyte. IOW a 10 Meg drive cost me
a thousand bucks in the early 80's and I just picked up a WD RE
version of the 750 Gig for $200. Were I to settle for the SE version
and shop around I could get it for around $140. Actually there were
one Terabyte drives available for about $240 or 24 cents a Gig.
A little over a year ago I paid near $300 for 2 Gigs of DDR-2 800 (PC
6400) RAM. Now I can get the same stuff (make and model) for less
than $100. Actually 4 Gigs is around $140. Check NewEgg. <sigh>
One thing to remember about the new technology. When it comes to
small planes that tech is still a small fraction of what's out there.
Roger Halstead (K8RI & ARRL life member)
(N833R, S# CD-2 Worlds oldest Debonair)
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