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    Re: The travelling Vostok, who wants it?

    Finally took Vlad flying today! It was a beautiful day for it, albeit a little bumpy. Here's our ride, a Diamond DA20-A1 Katana, an all glass and carbon fibre two-seater powered by an 80hp Rotax 912, turning a constant speed prop through a 2.27:1 gearbox. Flying this compared to the typical Cessna 172 is like driving a sports car compared to a full-sized pickup truck:

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    Here we are doing our pre-flight routine. I'm using an electronic checklist app that I wrote for the Palm Tungsten organizer strapped to my knee:

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    Approaching a wind farm that's about 10km NE of my place:

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    Back on the ground post-flight, hanging out on the intstrument panel:

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    After finishing all the usual paperwork, I went and sat in our flight school's newest acquisition, a Diamond DA-40 Diamond Star. This is basically the four seat version of the Katana with a glass panel:

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    Vlad says he prefers round dials with hands.

    The first person who can tell me what heading I was flying towards the wind farm (within 5 degrees) can have Vlad next.
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    Re: The travelling Vostok, who wants it?

    Are we geussing this heading or figuring out from the intstruments? I like it.

    Excellent posting Stefan. You must be one busy dude keeping up with everything, abviously a type-A personality.
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    Re: The travelling Vostok, who wants it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bloodtkr View Post
    Are we geussing this heading or figuring out from the intstruments? I like it.
    Any way you want. There are plenty of clues.
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    Re: The travelling Vostok, who wants it?

    Is heading 060 a good guess?

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    Re: The travelling Vostok, who wants it?

    That was quick! Which clue did you use?

    So, if you want Vlad, PM me your mailing address.
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    Re: The travelling Vostok, who wants it?

    Quote Originally Posted by svorkoetter View Post
    That was quick! Which clue did you use?

    So, if you want Vlad, PM me your mailing address.


    You had written down some headings on the third last picture, also I could just see that the heading indicator was pointing <090 and figured it was resting on the 060 mark (in that first picture with the wind farm) that you had written down.

    Sending you a PM now

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    Re: The travelling Vostok, who wants it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bloodtkr View Post
    You must be one busy dude keeping up with everything, obviously a type-A personality.
    I find myself with way more things that I want to do than I have time to do. And for some reason, I like writing about them all too. Keeps me busy (and out of trouble). I'm always somewhat surprised that not everyone has as many interests, although I have often encountered (on-line) people who share two or more of mine.
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    Re: The travelling Vostok, who wants it?

    Quote Originally Posted by GuessWho View Post
    You had written down some headings on the third last picture
    The headings listed under the compass? That's just the compass correction card that indicates what the magnetic compass actually reads when the plane is pointed to 000, 030, 060, etc. It's part of the plane, and gets updated during the annual inspection.

    also I could just see that the heading indicator was pointing <090 and figured it was resting on the 060 mark (in that first picture with the wind farm) that you had written down.
    Yes, that was the best clue! Other clues are the direction of shadows on the ground (or even the shadow of the watch on my wrist) given the time of day (a benefit of photographing a watch), and the direction the wind turbines were pointing given the wind direction at that time (which can be looked up on-line).
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    Re: The travelling Vostok, who wants it?

    Quote Originally Posted by svorkoetter View Post
    The headings listed under the compass? That's just the compass correction card that indicates what the magnetic compass actually reads when the plane is pointed to 000, 030, 060, etc. It's part of the plane, and gets updated during the annual inspection.
    Ooops, then my guess was more of a guess than I thought!
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    Re: The travelling Vostok, who wants it?

    Quote Originally Posted by svorkoetter View Post
    I find myself with way more things that I want to do than I have time to do. And for some reason, I like writing about them all too. Keeps me busy (and out of trouble). I'm always somewhat surprised that not everyone has as many interests, although I have often encountered (on-line) people who share two or more of mine.
    I too have many interests including watches of course, fountain pens(thanks to WUS member Seele), playing piano, unicycling, motorcycling, shooting and reloading ammo, photography and looking to buy my first pro-street 1967 Chevy II Nova .
    I smoke the occasional pipe in vintage pipes from England, Ireland, Italy, Turkey and the US. I sell vintage tobacco as well. I like cigars too.
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