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Old 06-14-2010, 06:44 AM
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[QUOTE][I have...well without giving an actual total, I'm guessing close to 18,000 hours on Microsoft Flight Sim 9./QUOTE]

Holy crap...

That is a lifetime of commerical flying.

How old are you?
(Surely in your 60s....?)
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Old 06-14-2010, 07:58 AM
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is there any airlines pilots here??
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Where to start? The Italians or the Germans?
[QUOTE=NorseWagon;4118458]
[I have...well without giving an actual total, I'm guessing close to 18,000 hours on Microsoft Flight Sim 9./QUOTE]

Holy crap...

That is a lifetime of commerical flying.

How old are you?
(Surely in your 60s....?)
Well as ashamed to admit it as I am... I totaled up my hours last night and it came to 12,760. Even worse? I'm only 20 years old. I was home schooled for most of my life ( only about 3 hours a day) so I pretty much just spent the rest either on flight simulator or 'jr drag racing'....
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[QUOTE][is there any airlines pilots here?? /QUOTE]

Yup, there is a few of us here...NIA based B-757 pilot

I totaled up my hours last night and it came to 12,760. Even worse? I'm only 20 years old.
Man, you need to get out more, escaape from virtual reality and smell the roses. The opposite sex is also out there and once you get going in that direction, no more time for sitting inside playing with MS Flight Simulator.

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Where to start? The Italians or the Germans?
[quote=NorseWagon;4118700]
[is there any airlines pilots here?? /QUOTE]

Man, you need to get out more, escaape from virtual reality and smell the roses. The opposite sex is also out there and once you get going in that direction, no more time for sitting inside playing with MS Flight Simulator.

Good luck
Haha oh I've done the whole GF BF thing, and it sucks. May not seem like it but I'm too self centered I spend more of my time ripping our race cars into tiny pieces than on MSFS anymore so its a start!!
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Old 08-30-2010, 02:39 AM
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the von where about in aus you did your training ??
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Old 08-31-2010, 12:57 AM
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wish you a good luck passing your check
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Thanks, learning the ins and outs of a 152 is not my idea of fun though. lol. I wish my checkride was in a more interesting plane, or even one that was younger than me lol.
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Old 08-31-2010, 01:44 AM
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or even one that was younger than me lol.
That's overratted my friend. I like my airplanes aged like a fine wine
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That's overratted my friend. I like my airplanes aged like a fine wine
haha the cessna i fly has like 9900 hours on the airframe O_O
Its been aged and ridden HARD! but i guess i would be more keen to like it if it had some sort of testicular fortitude. 110hp FTL
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Old 10-31-2010, 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by FLYNAVY View Post
That's overratted my friend. I like my airplanes aged like a fine wine
Hornets don't age like fine wines... G-limits and then the boneyard are the aging process for the plastic jets (and aluminium ones, too!).

Though, for the Hornet, g-limits don't work well, so they usually skip that part. 3G breaks aren't all that much fun... and take up a lot of airspace!!

New jets are nice... my first squadron had 5 brand new jets from the production line (4 with sequential BUNOs). They didn't break and we rarely lost a sortie. On the boat we went 299 sorties in a row without losing one to a down jet. My second squadron wasn't so fortunate and, of course, my RAG time was the worst for old, broken jets.

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Originally Posted by skiahh View Post
Hornets don't age like fine wines... G-limits and then the boneyard are the aging process for the plastic jets (and aluminium ones, too!).

Though, for the Hornet, g-limits don't work well, so they usually skip that part. 3G breaks aren't all that much fun... and take up a lot of airspace!!

New jets are nice... my first squadron had 5 brand new jets from the production line (4 with sequential BUNOs). They didn't break and we rarely lost a sortie. On the boat we went 299 sorties in a row without losing one to a down jet. My second squadron wasn't so fortunate and, of course, my RAG time was the worst for old, broken jets.
I won't lie that mx is a battle for us, but we also have the oldest Hornets in the inventory here (@ the FRS/RAG) so that is certainly a factor. If you google (or are aware of) "center barrel replacement" you can see what is currently being done to bump up the life of these birds....pretty cool stuff going on at the depot anyway. As for G limits, we really don't use any (beyond the limiter) except for the FLE-red jets, and those typically dont fly dynamic flights. Double bubble only on the yellow birds, which pretty much makes the G-limiter agree with FLE/lifetime restrictions. With the MAW commanding General looking out over the flight line, SH breaks aren't really that "cool" to do here anyway.....350 into the break w/ the 10% rule works just fine and yields a pretty consistent abeam distance.

Gotta say, I think I was somewhere around grade school the last time there were new Prowlers rolling off the lines

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I won't lie that mx is a battle for us, but we also have the oldest Hornets in the inventory here (@ the FRS/RAG) so that is certainly a factor. If you google (or are aware of) "center barrel replacement" you can see what is currently being done to bump up the life of these birds....pretty cool stuff going on at the depot anyway. As for G limits, we really don't use any (beyond the limiter) except for the FLE-red jets, and those typically dont fly dynamic flights. Double bubble only on the yellow birds, which pretty much makes the G-limiter agree with FLE/lifetime restrictions. With the MAW commanding General looking out over the flight line, SH breaks aren't really that "cool" to do here anyway.....350 into the break w/ the 10% rule works just fine and yields a pretty consistent abeam distance.

Gotta say, I think I was somewhere around grade school the last time there were new Prowlers rolling off the lines
So I'm guessing most of your Hornets are upgraded A models? Surely theres a old A+ model in there somewhere.

What do you think about that F-35 coming in within a few years?
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So I'm guessing most of your Hornets are upgraded A models? Surely theres a old A+ model in there somewhere.

What do you think about that F-35 coming in within a few years?
We have a small handfull of A+'s (no A++ though), but primarily C/D jets, mostly earlier block.

F-35 should be a pretty amazing advance in technology....have flown the demo simulator a couple of times, and I was quite impressed, both in terms of the capabilities of the aircraft, as well as with the interface between the jet and pilot. I'm not counting on seeing it until maybe the end of my career, though if rumors are accurate, my community (legacy Hornet) may be the first to get it. That being said, I will probably without much question, transition to Super Hornets well before that becomes a reality.
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We have a small handfull of A+'s (no A++ though), but primarily C/D jets, mostly earlier block.

F-35 should be a pretty amazing advance in technology....have flown the demo simulator a couple of times, and I was quite impressed, both in terms of the capabilities of the aircraft, as well as with the interface between the jet and pilot. I'm not counting on seeing it until maybe the end of my career, though if rumors are accurate, my community (legacy Hornet) may be the first to get it. That being said, I will probably without much question, transition to Super Hornets well before that becomes a reality.
How do you feel about its capabilities as a stealth combat fighter?

Honestly speaking, I don't think the F-35 is the right choice for the Navy, not that it isn't a good jet, but rather it doesn't fit what they're missing. With all this talk of sea-skimming anti-ship missiles, I think a long range stealth capable interceptor like the F-14 is really whats needed. The Navy, had (for 30 years) a low and high mix like the AF has (Falcon/Lightning and Raptor/Eagle), and I think we already have enough of the low-fighters with the legacy Hornet (even though I think the SH is all of what the original Hornet should have been).
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Originally Posted by 02Drunkenup View Post
How do you feel about its capabilities as a stealth combat fighter?

Honestly speaking, I don't think the F-35 is the right choice for the Navy, not that it isn't a good jet, but rather it doesn't fit what they're missing. With all this talk of sea-skimming anti-ship missiles, I think a long range stealth capable interceptor like the F-14 is really whats needed. The Navy, had (for 30 years) a low and high mix like the AF has (Falcon/Lightning and Raptor/Eagle), and I think we already have enough of the low-fighters with the legacy Hornet (even though I think the SH is all of what the original Hornet should have been).
Just kind of depends on what kind war we are looking to fight. If you look at current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Hornet (and SH) is exactly what naval air needs. Good CAS platforms, wide range of ordnance that we can carry, ability to fight our way in, put warheads down range, and fight our way back out in the air to air regime. Yes, it is a jack of all trades and master of none, at least in the sense that older legacy platforms were (ie Intruder as a bomb truck, and Tomcats as fleet air defense).....but, it is still pretty damned good at all of the above, and definitely not outdated in its capabilities. The most commonly publicized shortcoming is its lack of fuel, and I won't argue with that. If I put the throttles in the corner in max blower, I can run myself dry with 2 external tanks in very short order compared to the Tomcat or Phantom. That being said, we aren't fighting a whole lot of dedicated air to air these days in current conflicts. What we are doing is a lot of support of ground forces, and I'd agree that stealth is not really what we need in that realm. Gun runs, low and fast "show of force" passes, and the disciplined use of precision guided weapons are what we are really being called upon for. Yeah there are some anti-ship weapons out there, but again, that is more a threat for another kind of war. Tomcats were designed to knock out long range Russian bombers headed to devastate our carrier battle groups, and there just isn't that threat in today's wars. Not saying it couldn't again be a factor in the future, but its pretty hard to predict that. I'd say that the F-22 and JSF programs are our best guess as to what might be needed down the road in the next few decades. Then again, I'm not a policy maker, and I don't pretend to know what the big picture thinkers in Washington and elsewhere have in mind. Taken at face value, I'd say they are basically replacing that Eagle/Viper mix, and adding a few extra capabilities at the same time.
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