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verticallimit
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Posted -  13-06-2011  :  02:35:54
I'm now an MD-80 flight instructor Cool

Today we have closed our town festival. I took my mobile MD-80 cockpit with me over to the festival site Thursday. This day was setup and testing, and this went so well that I opened up for the audience. I had decided that the audience had to make a landing round at Tacoma airport in Seatle, here are many visual landmarks that can guide the student around and the runway is wonderfully long. This trip takes around 20 minutes all inclusive.



People were very positive surprised when they stepped into the very old caravan (the same age as the first MD-80 from the year 1979) I was suddenly very busy and the crowd stood and waited for their turn. I would like to keep a detailed log of each flight, but gave up I was to busy.



The success was great and people came back again to get a ride. I do not know how many hundred times I've said "nose up, nose down, slightly to the left, slightly to the right, in the last 4 days but it is many.



The audience was far from approx. 7 years and up to the retirement age, but mostly children. Several beginners, I successfully talked into a nice landing.



At times, the caravan packed with people. Cockpit capacity was over 100% so it was not everybody who wanted a ride that got it.

My open times were as follows:

Thursday: 18.00 - 22.00
Friday: 16.30 - 23,30
Saturday: 11.00 - 00.30
Sunday: 11:00 - 14.00


Of course, all the flights for free.

I do not have the exact number of flights, but I guess it must be around 70 trips.

Several peoble wanted me to come with the cockpit for other events such as: concert, RC flight events, flea market, children's birthdays. 

It's been really fun, busy and instructive.

(Find the caravan)

This has been the ultimate test of the half-finished cokpitet and I had only minor insignificant crashes.

Unfortunately I do not have many pictures or video from my event, I sat mostly with my back to the audience and I just did not have the time.

I'm considering whether I should have a companion with me on the next trip so we can share the tasks and give a little theory of flight before they fly, then there will be more time for flights.


Med venlig hilsen / Best regards

Claus

 

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verticallimit
Chief Engineer


589 Posts
Posted - 01-10-2011 : 20:37:43
My cockpit on new events.

Open house events at Herning Motor Flying Club was held on 21/8 and 24/9 I did not take many pictures, so this one time, a bit more text.



It's fun to see the simulator on a real airfield, between the right hardware. The first open house was well attended and I was busy in the simulator. Except for a single "ground" power failure I had no technical problems.


Subsequently, it is very fun to compare the town festival and this open house event. On the town festival it is mostly children who are enjoying themselves with a little flying entertainment.



At the open house event, here comes mostly adults who have more knowledge of flying, and some with pilot license.

This gives different questions and demands for me and my simulator. For example, there was a great demand for the readout of engine data, since these were not "animated" in the simulator.

So I decided that before the next event to Herning Motor Flying Club, I had to install an additional monitor with engine and fuel data. These data can be used, but is still not 100% accurate / reliable.


Here some aerobatic flying



It's not an MD, but it should be mentioned that the pilot here has been an DC-9/MD-80 pilot.





The 24 / 9, I was again moving the simulator to Herning Motor Flying Club.




PANIC ... PANIC ... Computer crashes and of course computer no. "4" which reproduces the cockpit window look with the center line passes through, definitely the main screen, maybee now all flights should be instrument / ILS flight !!
Fortunately, I came in good time to offer a ride to those who were on the airfeild for the traditional Saturday morning coffee.

And luckily I had an extra VGA cable in the caravan, so with this I could connect screen "4" to computer "8". Computer 8 was then reprogrammed to animate screen "4" and screen no. "8" was taken completely out of service. The problem I resolved after 45 minutes.

After that the day went really good with lots of good flights and landings.

However, I was not the only one with problems, unfortunately failed one ignition system on the aerobatic plane for the air show, so it was unfortunately canceled.




The weather was good, and many visitors got real flights around the Herning area in the Herning Motor Flying Club aeroplanes.

 

(Computer 4 had problems with the bios setup, and the PC is working again)


Med venlig hilsen / Best regards

Claus

 

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verticallimit
Chief Engineer


589 Posts
Posted - 14-04-2012 : 13:00:24

Here a few pictures of the year's first event with my cockpit ”out of thehangar”.

 

A simulator nicely placed


A company having booked flights to all their employees in the local flying club, so they could get out to fly Cessna. The flying club asked me if I was interested to entertain on the ground with my simulator. So I sayed yes. The event started at 14.00 and ended at 18.00. Then I had flown 13 trips based from KSEA.

 


A BONUS: When the event was over the instructorn asked if I was interested in flying the borrowed Cessna back with me as the ”captain”, who could say no to this. So I was allowed to fly the Cessna from Herning to Randers and then to Viborg.

Super great to fly a real aircraft, I should have some help from the instructor with my landings. 

It became a really good day 

 


Med venlig hilsen / Best regards

Claus

 

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sisoffi
Mr


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Posted - 15-04-2012 : 11:00:31
wonderful klaus.

Post the pictures where you are in the Real Cessna commands...

 Simone 


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verticallimit
Chief Engineer


589 Posts
Posted - 15-04-2012 : 12:48:15


quote:
sisoffi wrote:
wonderful klaus.

Post the pictures where you are in the Real Cessna commands...

 Simone 


 

Sorry, I have not taken pictures from Cessna ride, otherwise they were put in here. If I later come to a similar trip, so I can ask the instructor to take a few pictures.

The weather was not super, some mist and cloud cover for about 1500 feet. A little bit o f turbulence, which makes it much more fun to fly in the real world.



 


Med venlig hilsen / Best regards

Claus

 

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verticallimit
Chief Engineer


589 Posts
Posted - 28-05-2012 : 23:55:35
The cockpit leaves the hangar and comes out on "tour" thise next months.

June the 2nd the simulator comes out to the flight club's open house and from June 8 to 10 for the local town festival. Here comes 2 of my friends, that will help me to traine many new simulator pilots in the simulator.

Then the next scheduled trip will be on 1 September, again a trip to the flight club's open house.

Again it is free tours to the public  Cool

I'll will see if I can get some pictures taken during the "tour".


Med venlig hilsen / Best regards

Claus

 

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verticallimit
Chief Engineer


589 Posts
Posted - 12-06-2012 : 17:40:02
A four-day event at Sinding town festival, is now completed.


Thursday the simulator was placed in the square and the simulator was tested, then I flew 6 trips with guests from 18.00 to 21.00
Friday was the simulator started and the guests were given a tour. I made 28 trips from 18:00 to 01:00
On saturday there came two more from the MD-80 team to help out, so we was total 3 instructors to fly whit guests this day.
Unfortunately the weather was cold and clammy, so it was not as busy as at last year's festival.
Despite the bad weather, we flew 52 trips from 11:30 to 01:00
Sunday was the last day and a short day, with cleanup at the end, but 10 trips was flown from 11.30 to 16.00


So a total 96 flights in 4 days, thats pretty good Thumbs-up

 



Med venlig hilsen / Best regards

Claus

 

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crashdog
Software Engineer


249 Posts
Posted - 12-06-2012 : 22:23:15
well done Claus ! Thumbs-up

 Cheers,
Gery
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verticallimit
Chief Engineer


589 Posts
Posted - 06-09-2012 : 22:36:53
The first September, the simulator was active at the open house at Herning Flying Club.
It was the fourth time the simulator was here, so a new flight have to be found. After watching the program "Extreme airports" on the Danish television, I got the idea for a new landing round about Eagle Vail, Colorado, USA.
Description of television program: "Unpredictable weather, tough terrain, high-rise mountains and short runways with sheer drops are just some of the challenges faced by the staff at the world's most dangerous airports."
It requires a bit more of the pilot to avoid the terrain and it's ends into a somewhat short approach. It turned out to be a good challenge, there was plenty of work tasks for the pilots who also were allowed to fly down through the valley with mountains on both sides. EGPWS became well demonstrated when we use the system to assist us to a safe flight (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ground_proximity_warning_system)
The real weather in Herning was really nice and the open house event was well attended. Fortunately brought the "cabin crew" a barbecue sausage out to the cockpit to me, because I actually had no time for a break, there was constantly a student in the seat, it became 15 trips from 12.00 to 16.00 o'clock
A thanks to all my "students" for a nice and pleasant day.



Med venlig hilsen / Best regards

Claus

 

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verticallimit
Chief Engineer


589 Posts
Posted - 07-09-2013 : 21:52:52
A multi-ethnic day in the simulator.


For the very first time to simulator training new "captains" in the residential triangle in Holstebro.

The weather was at its best with beautiful sunshine and a nice temperature.
There were so many who wanted to fly, so there had to be a minimum age of at least 10 years and we have to do a drawing between the interested children.



By choosing start up directly out on the runway and remove the taxi driving, I could get performed approx. 50% more flights. It became around 23 free flights and as many good landings with "captains" with Danish and ethnic background behind the control stick.
A really nice day where the caravan and was filled to bursting point, and where the instructor was very busy with both instructing and, not least, to answer questions from the "passengers".


It can not be entirely ruled out that the simulator on a other event to be setup in the triangle in Holstebro and fly again.

Thank you all for a lovely day.



Med venlig hilsen / Best regards

Claus

 

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verticallimit
Chief Engineer


589 Posts
Posted - 05-05-2014 : 16:44:20
MD-Team day in the simulator.

LINK


Med venlig hilsen / Best regards

Claus

 

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verticallimit
Chief Engineer


589 Posts
Posted - 10-08-2014 : 21:05:09
A submarine simulator .....
Yes, that was some ideas that we had about a rapid transformation of the MD-80 aircraft simulator at the Stauning airshow.
The weather turned out from his ruthless side and gave much rain, heavy winds and strong gusts of wind, something  you have not seen in many months in Denmark. Really to bad.

Already on Thursday came the MD-80 team into trouble when there was a problem with transportation back and forth to the show. All three members in the MD-80 team had really been looking forward to this event and with a great effort from Jacob and Jesper from the team, the transport problems became resolved.
The next hurdle was the weather forecast with high winds and gusts of over 20 meters per second on Saturday afternoon and evening, not exactly the best weather, to get the MD-80 simulator home when an MD-80 has a maximum cross wind limit of 15.4 m / s during takeoff and landing ......... Sorry, I mean, not the best weather, to move a caravan in.
The decision was to drive to Stauning airport and the deside before the trip home, if the simulator has to be left and then to be picked another calm day.

Unfortunately, a large part of the audience was scared away on this Saturday. Due to the bad weather. So in the morning we had a low flow of new "pilots" in the simulator. We could see that many of the audience stood in shelter over at the terminal building, so something had to be done. After a better placing of signs and help from the staff in the terminal building, we manage to get a good flow of new "MD-80 pilots" through the simulator. There was sometimes a queue to try a ride.
We had 23 flights, and the MD team got a really good day, with many visitors, who brought good mood on a gray rainy day.
Some good weather partly gave the organizers the opportunity to get some of the planes in the air, so we did, after all, see a little airshow.
Ohh yes ... As for the trip home. Although there was high winds, I took an decision that we could drive the simulator trailer slowly home in the "hangar" and it succeeds without blowing the simulator off the road, so I think the simulator will be placed at Stauning airshow / KZ Rally again in 2015.
The dehumidifier has been running the last twenty-four hours in the sim-caravan, so now the carpet is actually getting dry.

A thank you to you all for a really good day, the MD team / Mobile MD-80 Cockpit.

 




Med venlig hilsen / Best regards

Claus

 

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