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Old Jan 08, 2003, 09:33 PM
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Needing some French Translations-Anyone who speaks french

I am trying to translate a set of plans I have from french to english. The plans are for a Canadair CL-215. I am using Altavista's Babel Fish for the translation but have run into a few snags.

1) "Charge ailaire" Wing Loading?

2) "Autonomie de vol" Flight Time?

3) "volets : limités à 10°" This one has me at a loss. Babel Fish translates "volets" to mean "shutters" What the heck is a shutter on an airplane. I belive it is one of the tail control surfaces, maybe the rudder.

4) "profondeur : +15 -10 mm" Babel Fish translates "profondeur" to mean "depth" what does that mean? Is it the draft of the plane when in water? If so, then why does it give a +/- tolorance?

5) "dérive : +/- 30" This one has me completly stymied. Babel Fish translates "dérive" to "derives" What the heck is/are "derives"?

I am sure I will find more words that I can't translate on the plan. If anyone can help me with this, I would greatly appreciate it.

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Old Jan 08, 2003, 09:53 PM
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1 & 2 are correct.
3 is flaps
4 is elevator
5 is rudder
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Old Jan 09, 2003, 03:16 AM
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Here's an online glossary of modelling terms in french, with explanations. With the aid of bablefish or some elementary french it should be possible to piece together a translation of most things likely to be on the plan.

Good luck!

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Old Jan 09, 2003, 03:54 AM
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HI there!

I second the translation by Pierre Audette. Trust him!!!!

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