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For business (yes, it involves aircraft business this time) I will drop by Miami for a few days somewhere in January. Any PS1 madmen out there who would like to meet up?


Jeroen
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No, but if you need an assistant I am happy for you to fly me over there as well... :P
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Location: KTPA
Jeroen:

I live in Tampa......would be happy to meet up.....lmk what dates and if I'm not in Atlanta (market) I would be happy to meet with you.

Carl
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I was just there last week... bad timing. Maybe next trip.
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Will /Chicago /USA
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I'm leaving for Miami this Sunday 16th and return on Thursday 20th. But the planning still is not fixed so it is hard to predict if I would have any time off.
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Jeroen Hoppenbrouwers wrote
I'm leaving for Miami this Sunday 16th and return on Thursday 20th. But the planning still is not fixed so it is hard to predict if I would have any time off.


Looks like the Miami weather is cooling off. (grins) High today is 80F (27C), but somewhat cooler the rest of this week. I'm sure it will warm back up by the 16th!

I hope you get some time off to enjoy the warm ocean breezes. I've always found that even a few days in warm climates gives one much more energy to face the rest of winter. It's remarkable how that breaks up the severity of winter weather.

I had to travel quite a lot during my career. So many interesting cities were only seen from the back seat of a taxi...it must be even worse for airline crews.
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Phil Bunch
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Last time I went far away (in 2003) I found myself on the Sydney coast in the basement of a machine factory for three weeks... something tells me that this trip will be the same. :-)
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Hoppie hums some Beach Boys tune.
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Oh, you're in California :-)
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Actually it rained more than enough to remind me of home, and heavy rain on wet asphalt is the same everywhere... I've seen quite a few planes today and we more than likely will burn some avgas and Jet-A this week. In the mean time I continue interfacing my MCDU to actual ARINC 429 wires. Silly work trips...
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Oh, I'll be back to Miami this July-August, it seems.
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Jeroen Hoppenbrouwers wrote
Oh, I'll be back to Miami this July-August, it seems.


Mid-winter is a much better season to visit that part of the US!

Humidity beyond comprehension, along with the temperatures.

Some find the desert southwest (Arizona, etc) easier to handle even though the temperatures are higher - the humidity is much lower in the desert. Still, when I visited a friend in Phoenix one summer, the *low* temperature was 95 F (35 C), only accomplished late at night.

...by far the hottest place I've personally visited was Singapore, due to its combination of very high humidity and temperature. It's only about 60 miles from the equator. Not only hotter than any location I had experienced, but hotter than I could have imagined. Yet it was an exceptionally beautiful city to visit, with flowering trees and bushes everywhere.

I'm sure your trip will be most enjoyable. Everything is of course air conditioned!
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Phil Bunch
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I wonder whether hangars are air conditioned. Or aircraft parked.
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no sir no A/C just huge fans that are loud.. be thankful you are not going to TX its really hot here at moment pool is like a bath and I have 35,000 gals of water in it.

I would extend an invitation to visit and fly... but I just have parts no fun in that.. Unless you want to go for a drink, I'll get ya drunk have you dance on tables, get you arrested then your reputation will be secure for years to come :-))
« Last edit by the mad hatter on Wed, 15 Jun 2011 14:55:28 +0000. »
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the mad hatter wrote
... I'll get ya drunk have you dance on tables, get you arrested ...


Ho-hum :roll:
Been there, done that.
I'm sure Hoppie wanted to do something new on this trip.
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No way Shiv, I wasn't drunk and not really arrested, and besides, it was in Coventry.
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Coventry!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now your 'reputation is secure" as an Englishman in TX I fully understand.
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I'm going in at the deep end. July 25 out, August 15 back to the low lands. I'll bring my SCUBA mask.
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Well, the temperature and humidity weren't too bad anyway. And in between business, I also saw enough of Miami, Miami Beach, and the Far West extending to the Everglades (West of SW 137th Ave) to be comfortable with it.

So I can now formally announce that I will be relocating permanently to Miami in about six weeks, to join a company which dovetails very well with my experience: www.avionica.com.

It took me 15 years to get this far, and all because I once wanted to buy an ATC simulator box, found out it would only run on Windows 95 which I did not have, and then decided to pick up the box next to it, some 747 simulator, that looked interesting and also had ATC anyway. And most importantly, it ran on DOS. No frills.

Well, today I'm back to the 100 MHz CPU, but DOS has been replaced by Linux. I love working on plain hardware with no "user interface" except a single blinking LED. Ok, it uses a low orbit satellite constellation to get onto the internet, but it feels like a 1990s dialup modem. And most importantly, it looks surprisingly like the ACARS system I dreamed up many moons ago. Because much of it was, believe it or not, inspired by my dreams when I developed the PS1.3a Broker. Call that full circle?

Next stop: Miami, 0.5 nm South of KTMB.


Jeroen

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Hey, welcome to the USA! Congrats on the new job. Come say Hi the next time you're in Chicago.
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Will /Chicago /USA
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Hoppie, heartiest congratulations on the new job!
Here's wishing you much pleasure and satisfaction with it.

Cheers,
Shiv
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Congratulations Hoppie!
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Congratulations on your new job and your exotic new location! Down that way, I've always wanted to vacation in Key West in particular, but never found the opportunity.

It should prove to be quite an exciting adventure in so many ways. It's great that you're able to move into an aviation-related job - I'm sure that your natural enthusiasm for things aviation will combine with your knowledge of things computational and that this move will bring much success to yourself and your new employer - let us know how it's going from time to time.

I predict (grins) that it won't be long until you have your PPL and are flying the big jets around, etc!

First thing to do is to throw away all your winter clothes, coats, boots, etc - at most you might need an unlined light jacket for the coldest evenings. It's easy to fall in love with tropical weather, especially in these modern times when literally everything is air conditioned in the southern US.

Do you have an estimated move date?
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Phil Bunch
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Hoppie,

Welcome to that States, you may suffer from accent divide for a while I know I did, the food is very different as well, and to eat healthy is expensive, the banking system sucks, so do not close your home bank accounts,(in fact ask your bank for a credit card in USD) your credit score is the most important thing here and it takes a while to build like three years plus and everything you do here is based upon that number, insurance costs, credit-cards etc etc, financially you will be treated like a child here in the US letters of introduction from your home bank have no effect regardless, I trust your employer is going to co sign a lease for so you have somewhere to live (again the credit score thing) as you have had no credit you can not lease or buy property..Well you can but you have to buy down the lease by putting a lot of cash upfront... so you may have to do what we did and take out EEC loan based in dollars in short moving here is a nightmare for a while

Do not forget now you are working here, I assume you have the green card , now your income is taxable worldwide regardless. everything over 70k until it expires in either 5 or 10 years they may have gotton you the H1B1 and if this is the case (h1b1) then your employer owns you, with the green card you have more flexibility.

Now may I be so bold as to make a suggestion... ask your employer if you can be 1099 rather than W2 once you find the difference between the two it is huge :-) ... You can claim the cost of your cockpit directly to your 1099 for a period of 5 years 6 at a push... then throw in your PPL ME CPL IR ME CFI then your flying then become directly relatable to your sim build (you just have to prove the intent) and again a 1099 benefit .. Never be W2'd in the states if you can help it as it limits you. In short you are paid Gross on a 1099 and Nett with a W2 the 1099 allows for much larger deductions that are business related if you have to do a W2 then it maybe harder to claim these things under schedule C of your 1040 (I learnt all of this the hard-way) :-( AS you know most most pilots talk about few things in the office "Money"more "Money" "Woman" and Airline Management but mostly money did I mention that? :-)

Where you are located is warm TX is hot. Key West is just a really cool place loved it there.

If you want to learn to fly whist you are here I'll sit in the right seat with you and guide you through the US process, and effect an introduction to a regional after you have your CPL/ME/IR this will kill all desire to fly professionally at 18 dollars an hour flying 9 legs a day oh and you will be seat locked this what the new hire regional pilots are earning then lets say you have 3000 hours regional experience well you are still stuck because you have no PIC time :-) Just fly for fun buy a 150 for 12K and have a blast

bloody hell that was a rant was it not

Bernard

Edit: However all the above aside once you are established and settled the States is a great place to reside life is very easy here compared to Europe
« Last edit by the mad hatter on Thu, 18 Aug 2011 17:04:03 +0000. »

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