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Old 09-26-2007, 10:59 AM   #11
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Did your boss explain how a constant speed system works? Or did you already know? I find them fascinating... kinda like a CVT in an automobile. They're really efficient.

What kind of airspeed were you guys getting in cruise?
Yep, I know how the prop system works. There'* a lot of aircraft expertise in my family, my oldest brother is the Director of Heavy Maintainance at Westjet Airlines in Calgary, they have 67 Boeing 737s of the 600 to 800 variety. He'* also qualified to issue air worthiness cetificates for commercial aircraft. My brother in-law is a Team Leader for the Millwrights at Air Canada Technical Services (ACTS).

We were flying at around 100 to 110 knots at altitudes of 3,500 to 4,500 feet. Most of the areas we were flying in are controlled airspace.

This is the second time I've flown with him, last time was in the fall 2 years ago. You can see pictures here;

It'* not a cheap hobby though, the plane holds 204 litres of fuel at about $1.60 Litre here. That'* good for about 4.5 hours flying depending on conditions and load.

When I was in Calgary in August, my brother and I were offered a flight on a B-25 bomber. You could pick your position (rear gunner, bombardier, etc), but at $500 for a one hour flight we passed...but let me tell you, the sound of those radial engines is something else.

Back to our visit to Gatineau above, one of the mechanica was telling us that they had a Lancaster bomber fly with the Spitfire and Mustang in formation over the airfield, that must have been incredible to see, apperantly they do it annually.

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Awesome! You definitely have aviation knowledge that runs in the family. That B-25 flight would have been incredible, but $500 is a little steep. I know a guy down here that got to spend a little time at the controls of a B-25, and I need to contact him to see if he could hook me up with some cockpit time.

And it is an expensive hobby... our 100LL is a bit cheaper, but not by much. $4.55/US gallon the last time I checked at the airport I hope I have the funds to do it recreationally someday, instead of as career training.
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