Friday, September 27, 2019

Knobster 3D printed case

I use touch screens on my home flight simulator.  It just makes it much more configurable and easy to manage, however doing things like twist the knob on a 530 is difficult using a touch screen.  Enter the knobster!  I use a product called AirManager for the touch panel, and it supports a device called the knobster.  I built my own knobster following the instructions here:

Here is the 3D printed case file which took me forever to find: and I used a service called Sculpteo to have it printed since I don't have a 3D printer.  Awesome!

Friday, September 6, 2019

Aircraft coastal corrosion map

People from other parts of the country sometimes ask about corrosion in California since we're right on the ocean.  Non issue! Excepting a few airports right next to the ocean like KHAF, Bay Area airports are about as good as it gets. We have a very moderate, desert climate and sea air is a non issue. basically you've got temperate dry climate as soon as you're a few miles from the ocean, even in proximity to the bay, as the above map shows.