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Flightsimulatorclub "Aviators Eindhoven" is een club van enthousiaste luchtvaartliefhebbers die door middel van flightsimulation software op een personal computer het vliegen met verschillende toestellen zo realistisch mogelijk beoefent. Onze leden gebruiken Microsoft Flightsimulator 2004, Microsoft Flightsimulator X en Lockheed Martin Prepar3D.

Tijdens onze maandelijkse bijeenkomsten, iedere tweede zaterdag van de maand in het Novotel te Eindhoven (vlakbij Eindhoven Airport), bouwen we ons eigen LAN en vliegen dan samen in het netwerk naar verschillende bestemmingen. De vluchten worden begeleidt door Air Traffic Control. Er wordt voornamelijk gevlogen met verkeersvliegtuigen zoals de Boeing 737 of de Airbus A320. Het vliegen met deze toestellen gebeurt volgens zogenaamde IFR-rules (Instrument Flight Rules). Ook worden vluchten gemaakt met kleinere toestellen zoals de Cessna 172, Beechkraft King Air of de oude vertrouwde DC3. Deze vluchten zijn 'visual' dat wil zeggen er wordt gevlogen op zicht, zoals zichtbare herkenningspunten in het landschap als bruggen, snelwegen, kerktorens en dergelijke. Dit gebeurt dan volgens de VFR-rules (Visual Flight Rules) ook weer begeleidt door Air Traffic Control.

Het voordeel van vliegen in clubverband is vooral dat tijdens de bijeenkomsten kennis wordt gedeeld zodat iedere deelnemer, ongeacht zijn kennis over de luchtvaart of bepaalde toestellen, op termijn in staat is te vliegen zoals in de echte wereld. Een tweede belangrijk punt is dat de bijeenkomsten altijd in een gezellige ongedwongen sfeer plaatsvinden.

Bent u geïnteresseerd in onze activiteiten en wilt u meer weten? Neem dan contact met ons op en kom eens langs tijdens onze maandelijkse bijeenkomsten. U kunt zich dan zelf een beeld vormen.

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Checking the weather for a short afternoon flight showed visibility of more than 10 sm and clear skies locally, with a barely moving front off to the west. The forecast showed nothing unusual, although clouds and limited visibility were expected to arrive with nightfall several hours after my anticipated landing time. The temperature/dew point spread was narrow, but around the Great Lakes, we often had high humidity content at lower altitudes as moisture blew in off the water. Seeing ground-level dewpoints only a few degrees away from temperatures wasn’t concerning. Overall, the weather looked great for a local sightseeing flight in the late afternoon.


Bad Bushings

Found damage on shock absorber assembly. Damage caused from the top boss contacting the shaft shock absorber shaft. The bushing was discovered missing on three aircraft at the same flight school. The manufacturer was notified of damage, affected parts replaced and the aircraft was returned to service. The quality/airworthiness department is currently reviewing work orders in an effort to isolate aircraft affected by this missing bushing. All three aircraft with missing bushings had between 1300 and 1400 hours total time.


Local Phenomena

Checking the weather for a short afternoon flight showed visibility of more than 10 sm and clear skies locally, with a barely moving front off to the west. The forecast showed nothing unusual, although clouds and limited visibility were expected to arrive with nightfall several hours after my anticipated landing time. The temperature/dew point spread was narrow, but around the Great Lakes, we often had high humidity content at lower altitudes as moisture blew in off the water. Seeing ground-level dewpoints only a few degrees away from temperatures wasn’t concerning. Overall, the weather looked great for a local sightseeing flight in the late afternoon.


NTSB Reports

As the airplane was vectored to avoid “cells” and “areas of heavy precipitation,” the controller queried the pilot about his inability to maintain assigned headings. The pilot reported that his autopilot “had kicked off” and that “the winds are really weird up here.” At about 1310, the airplane slowed to about 70 knots groundspeed on a northeasterly heading before it began an accelerating 90-degree right turn to the south. By 1313, the controller again asked, “...appears you've turned back to the northwest and...are you going to turn back eastbound?” The pilot replied, “I don't know what's going on up here. I'm working on instruments…acting really goofy here.” Shortly thereafter, the airplane turned and descended from a northerly heading sharply to its right. The radar track tightened to the right as the target rapidly descended, then disappeared at about 1315 in an area that depicted heavy precipitation.


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