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Old Nov 02, 2010, 01:34 PM
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Are you guys Mech Engineers?
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Old Nov 02, 2010, 01:49 PM
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crazyracer,

Nope, but I enjoy engineering. I'm in the medical field.
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Old Nov 02, 2010, 01:54 PM
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crazyracer:

I'm an aeronautical engineer. Correction: FLIGHT TEST ENGINEER.

And, I have a Post Versalog (must weigh 3 pounds!). Slide rules - what a human invention! Using physical addition and subtraction as analogs for multiplication and division, but unable to add or subtract. Explain that to your kids!

I also have a slide rule devoted to aeronautics: Mach number for ranges of altitudes and airspeeds, true versus calibrated versus equivalent airspeed, all kinds of useless stuff.

I'm full of useless stuff.

Yours, Greg
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Old Nov 02, 2010, 02:33 PM
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I may sound like a quiet the nerd right now, but your slide rules sound like a lot of fun. What company do you work for? I've been working on and off at General Atomics ASI while going to school. They build unmanned birds.

Just an update as well, I ordered high start capable of 500ft launches (so they claim). It should be here saturday morning, just in time for the frost to thaw from Friday's predicted snow snowers. I can't wait to get back to cali!
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Old Nov 02, 2010, 04:03 PM
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Something the new generation of techies will never get to do with their mice or their Wii's,,,, scratch your back!
The Pickett Log-log duplex deci-trig was is superb for that task, still!
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Old Nov 02, 2010, 04:30 PM
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crazyracer:

What's a nerd?

I cut my flight test teeth at Northrop, back when they were still the small company, making little airplanes. A couple of decades as a civil servant, at Edwards and Kirtland, testing fighters and bombers respectively. Then some time as Tech Director for some Joint Tests at various places. A couple of stints in industry (including UAVs at Honeywell), and now a contractor supporting WSMR.

You got any openings at General Atomics? I would LOVE to get back in the airplane business.

The Post Versa-Log is great for intimidating junior engineers - just wave it around wildly, they all back right up.

Yours, Greg
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Old Nov 02, 2010, 09:45 PM
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Sparky Paul: What do you mean "even though it used RPN". It's BECAUSE it used RPN. Still using a 42C at work. Wish I had another one.
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Old Nov 02, 2010, 10:02 PM
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Got the PM, and many thanks.

Yours, Greg
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Old Nov 02, 2010, 10:24 PM
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I go to college at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. I've already contacted the local "Slo flyers" club. They referred me to the Pismo Beach Soaring Society for some slope flying gurus. I'm looking forward to getting this bird out to Cali, I have a feeling the conditions will be much better.
Do yourself a favor and contact PBSS. You can get on their group mailing list at http://www.pbss.org/
It is a great bunch of guys that fly thermal an slope regularly. You will find experts that love to help out new flyers. Tell 'em I sent you.

-andy (former PBSS pilot)
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Old Nov 02, 2010, 10:52 PM
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Old Nov 02, 2010, 10:55 PM
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crazyracer:

The PBSS stuff is terrific, like Andy says. I've never had the chance more than once, but what a kick.

If you're near Poway now, check out the local hand-launch club. If you haven't seen discus launch ("DLG") it'll knock you socks off!

And shoe: will you be showing up at the Blue Skies in Eloy this weekend? Us New Mexicans will be rolling in around noon on Friday.

Yours, Greg
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Old Nov 02, 2010, 11:20 PM
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The PBSS stuff is terrific, like Andy says. I've never had the chance more than once, but what a kick.

If you're near Poway now, check out the local hand-launch club. If you haven't seen discus launch ("DLG") it'll knock you socks off!

And shoe: will you be showing up at the Blue Skies in Eloy this weekend? Us New Mexicans will be rolling in around noon on Friday.

Yours, Greg
This whole mess came about months ago when I was working in Poway. Almost daily I'd see this guy and sometimes a friend fling these gliders up into the air during lunch. I couldn't believe how quick he snapped them up there. I was an intern with a window office! (I won't have an office like that for another 15 years). I will definitely be looking into more DLG related stuff when I get back to Poway in June.
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Old Nov 02, 2010, 11:39 PM
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Wow, busy thread!! Re the shim: the increased angle of attack is helpful to slow down the elevator responses, and I also find it easier to core light lift. I have occasionally moved the shim to the trailing edge to speed up the responsiveness on the slope, and increase the glide speed without adding ballast. Like I said, fly it, play with it, until the model is completely familiar to you regardless of conditions.

Thornburg's books and articles are everything one could possibly want to know about soaring, slope or thermal. The Ol' Buzzard has educated many, many fliers over the years!
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Hey CrazyRacer,

Are you using the black tape to repair holes in the monokote? You can use monokote to repair holes in monokote.

You must have been working off of Scripps Poway Parkway in Poway. I have a feeling I know who you were seeing flying hand launch gliders at lunch.
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Old Nov 03, 2010, 03:25 AM
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The only good slide rule is a round one!
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