[jhb_airlines] Re: FSX Official Add-On Acceleration

  • From: "Peter Dodds" <pdodds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2007 13:57 +0000 (GMT Standard Time)

> but this guy split seven
> neat cuts right next to each other to give the stone a faceted 
> appearance.
I had a wooden narrowboat for 16 years and the chap who did some work on
it was a really pleasnat guy and loved to talk and demonstrate the skills
of the old boatbuilders. The boat was caulked with oakum - the caulking
irons and mallet are beautiful objects in themselves - the mallet is such
a specialised shape, one wonders why.  He used to talk to me whilst
caulking the seams and his party trick was to feed the oakum into the
seam, tapping it gently into place them doubling back and feeding in
another row until the seam was "full", then hitting the caulking iron
harder to consolidate the oakum in the seam thus rendering the boat
watertight.  He could do an entire run without ever looking at the point
at which the mallet was striking, so skilled was he at weighing the mass,
inertia and trajectory unconsciously within his mind.

Flint making must be a similar skill.

I was really chuffed recently when on approach into Southend, I remarked
to my passenger, another PPL, that although the approach looked good, we
had 4 reds on the PAPIs. He agreed, so I reduced the descent rate for a
moment to get 2 reds & 2 whites. I was convinced that we were too high
then.  After landing he checked in Pooleys to find that the Southend
PAPIs are set at 3.5 degrees. So my brain instinctively could identify a
difference of half a degree in an approach slope.  I must have learned
/something/ about flying! <g>

These examples illustrate the sort of intuition that no time and motion
system can ever capture, and why I hate so many of the modern  world's
practices.  They have to do a risk assessment now for the British Legion
to march to church on the 11th November. They should just close the road.
The selfish B's who demand to drive past these old soldiers during their
memories should be sent to rot in the trenches!

I have now become a Grumpy Old Man - official.

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