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Dec 3rd 2008 1:22PM Hi Kent,
I'm one of those folks who will miss some of the round gauges, but it's not because I'm a luddite. :-)
When you posted your flickr photos of the new digital instrumentation I was surprised by the omission of an analog airspeed indicator. When "flying" x-plane I find steam-gauge airspeed indicators to be much easier to read than tape indicators; I've noticed that I can more easily sense airspeed from an analog gauge than a tape.
When digital speedometers in cars were the new thing a number of years ago, some folks remarked that analog gauges were better because drivers could get an idea of their speed peripherally without having to actually look directly at the gauge and read off the speed figure. I find tape airspeed indicators to be hard to read for the much the same reason: all airspeeds look pretty-much identical on a tape, so tape gauges don't provide the same peripheral/visual speed cue that one easily gets from a steam gauge.
Perhaps this isn't as much of an issue in a real airplane because there are other visual, aural, and kinetic speed cues that one doesn't necessarily get from a simulator. I'm curious to know if real pilots find airspeed tapes as comparatively hard to read as (some of) us sim drivers.
Sep 29th 2008 12:13PM Frat boys Andrew & Dan crawled up the stairs, not Mark & Bill.
Aug 11th 2008 1:38AM I'm not sure who is more idiotic: those who demand that breastfeeding women cover up when in public, or breastfeeding women who steadfastly refuse to do so on "human rights" grounds.
What is it about feeding that transforms a bared breast from "indecent exposure" to a "human right"? (Or vice-versa?)
Why don't we encourage all women to publicly expose their breasts for all to see? Interestingly, exposed breasts without suckling babies are much more likely to get their bearers ("bare"-ers :-) arrested.
I don't get it. Exposure is either indecent, or it's not. Which is it?
Jul 16th 2008 1:46AM Wow, Kent, you are outdoing yourself. Fantastic multimedia experience you've assembled here. You're stirring in me a wanderlust for places I'd never before considered visiting.
Jul 8th 2008 10:04PM Oh, by the way, did you ever find out what was wrong with the airplane? Inquiring geeks want to know. :-)
Jul 8th 2008 9:59PM Thanks for taking us along on your bike tour. Loved the video!
Jun 26th 2008 1:26PM Great story! Nice pix, too.
Jun 20th 2008 5:08AM Kent said:
"The 757 has great climb performance ..."