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Pit / Re: Obituary: Eric Ernst
« Last post by Hardy Heinlin on Thu, 24 May 2018 14:38 »
Only 51 ...

Very tragic indeed ...


|-|ardy
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Accessories / Re: BACARS WX/AIS Problem
« Last post by Gary Oliver on Thu, 24 May 2018 11:58 »
Torrence,

Yep, these XML's basically store the BACARS states between reloads.

Deleting them should cause them to be recreated on startup the next time.

Cheers
Gary
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Pit / Obituary: Eric Ernst
« Last post by andrej on Thu, 24 May 2018 09:23 »
Hi all,

today while visiting Avsim.com, I have learned of Eric's passing (http://www.vanemburghsneider.com/obituary/Eric-W.-Ernst/Ramsey-New-Jersey/1791279). Since my FS98 days, I have come to know Eric and his critically acclaimed add-on panels. They were very popular and at that time, one of the best add-ons in the community. For FS2000 he released the 767: Pilot In Command add-on.

This was my first commercial add-on that I purchased and loved ever since. Without hesitation, this was very complex add-on, that gave many of us in the community, first hand experience with the Boeing 767 and exposure to its features. https://www.avsim.com/pages/0301/767pic/pic.html

Few years later, in the FSX days, the LDS767 was released. Which was based on the PIC767. Few years later, I capitalized on this experience in actual LDS767, during the Stevens-VA meet in Frankfurt.

I have had several exchanges with Eric on forums and he was always very kind, gentle, and must had have lots of patience. I was in my early teens back then, and he had always responded in a polite and understandable manner.

Eric was only 51 years old. This is so tragic.

God speed and thank you for everything.
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Accessories / Re: Supplier of Flight Control Springs
« Last post by emerydc8 on Thu, 24 May 2018 05:38 »
I'm afraid you're right, Hardy. I've been thinking that if I could just increase the break-away force for the ailerons it might help a lot. The initial movement in the real airplane is what I notice  most when comparing the two, probably  because once you get the airplane rolling it doesn't take much more aileron input. Now if I could just figure out how to connected some dampers to that aileron crank. :)
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Accessories / Re: Supplier of Flight Control Springs
« Last post by Hardy Heinlin on Thu, 24 May 2018 03:35 »
The problem with these large yokes on small fundaments is that the column arm is so long and the counter arm so short. The ratio between the two lever forces is huge. To get 50 more pounds on the long lever, you need to add 500 pounds to the short lever, or something like that.

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Accessories / Re: Supplier of Flight Control Springs
« Last post by emerydc8 on Thu, 24 May 2018 01:54 »
I finally got some time to check my PFC yoke and look at the springs used for the elevator and ailerons.

As for the elevator, there are six springs per side and I was able to change out four of them (two on each side) with heavier springs and it seemed to help a bit, but I'll still have to get back to that when I find a source of stronger springs. Below is the elevator spring mechanism.



As for the ailerons, the stock spring requires about 10 pounds of yoke force at the outer edge to deflect it to the stop. The spring itself is fairly strong for its size. It's only about 1.5" long and 1/2" wide, but the pull force when moderately extended (as it is with full control in the picture below) is about 30 pounds, as tested with a scale normally used for testing fishing lines. The scale goes up to 50 pounds.

I bought some springs from the hardware store today, but none was even close to pulling 30 pounds and after testing them they were already deformed by just one pull. I'm thinking there is a big difference between run-of-the-mill hardware springs and what I need. I called a few machine shops and they don't make springs. Finding a source of commercial springs might be a challenge.

By the way, the spring PFC uses on the aileron appears to be the same as used on their Boeing-style rudder pedals. I've broken plenty of these already and they are a bit expensive ($20 each?).

Below is the aileron mechanism with the aileron at full stop.



And this is about the same extension of the spring, which takes about 30 pounds of tension.



Finding a spring this size that will do more than 60 pounds is going to be difficult if not impossible. I may have to modify the mechanism to fit a stronger spring. In any case, I don't think regular hardware store springs are going to do it for me.
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Accessories / Re: BACARS WX/AIS Problem
« Last post by torrence on Thu, 24 May 2018 01:07 »
Workaround Question

OK - I see 2 xml files in the Resources subfolder that were generated yesterday when I was running my tests.  Seem to have a bunch of status states set.  Are you suggesting that if I delete these, the next time I run BACARS it will generate a new set without the hang up - as long as I don't go jumping the gun on the SEND again?  Maybe that type of brain surgery I could do. 

Suggestion re a failure mode or 'clear' capability still stands.

Thanks
Torrence
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Accessories / Re: BACARS WX/AIS Problem
« Last post by torrence on Thu, 24 May 2018 00:38 »
Thanks Gary

I think I'll live with it right now or maybe try the full reinstall suggested.  Cut and pasting in someone else's code that I don't understand always feels too close to doing brain surgery on myself  :).

Semi-serious suggestion, though - maybe you should consider making this failure a feature which could be cleared if you get too trigger happy with the SEND button.  After all the real thing must be prone to some types of failures - jams, running out of paper etc.  I don't think PSX currently has any printer-related failures modeled - I believe the relevant power CB is noted as being 'not on the flight deck'.  I went looking just to see if I had inadvertently tripped something and couldn't find anything.

EDIT - By the way what does the Alert/Reset button do in real life?  I don't think I've ever seen it referred to.

Cheers,
Torrence
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Accessories / Re: BACARS WX/AIS Problem
« Last post by Gary Oliver on Wed, 23 May 2018 22:39 »
Ah!

Well spotted, if you send another request before one comes back it gets stuck....

You could delete the two xml files in the bacars folder as a workaround for now, but I’ll try and fix it when I get a spare moment for some coding fun!

Hopefully in the next week or so.

Sorry about that.

Cheers
Gary
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Accessories / Re: BACARS WX/AIS Problem
« Last post by torrence on Wed, 23 May 2018 20:08 »
Thanks for the help, guys.  I was going to try re-install also but wanted to check first.  The problem cropped up right after install of latest 4_0_5 version and was wondering whether there was a glitch in that.  Will see if simple re-install works.  Sounds like it might be a delicate timing issue in the program send-receive-handshake-print loop somewhere.

Cheers,
Torrence
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