Friday Photo: steam gauges or glass?

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The view: At AirVenture on July 27, 2018

The pilot: Unknown

The airplane: WWI fighter replica

The mission: Keeping up with friends on social media

The memory: I happened upon this scene during the afternoon airshow. Pretty sure this young lady had permission to sit in the aircraft, but she was obviously more interested in the digital realm than her immediate surroundings. At least she was at the event!

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4 Comments

  • Steam gauge, I hate seeing that term used in reference to aircraft instruments. There’s no damn steam on any aircraft I know of except maybe an early DC-3. None the less, a cute picture of little girl sitting in what looks like Jenny.

    Now I feel better…

  • I learned instrument flying in the back seat of Canadian Car and Foundry produced Harvard Mk IIs and IVs.

    Much prefer the Dynon Skyview now gracing my RV… (;>0)

    (Although, I couldn’t break completely with the past; the health of my engine is via round gauges…!) (;>0)

  • I’m pretty much a steam guy. After have flown all the steam and glass from a Lucsombe to a modern airliner with glass, I’ll take the steam with a few exceptions.

    First, I need a GOOD IFR GPS-Map. That’s 50% of the work.
    Second, I need a GOOD autopilot. That’s the other 50%.

    The cost for maintaining glass for a GA plane is ridiculously high for the unit and the backups. And when the primary unit fails you don’t loose just one thing. With my GA glass stuff, it has failed several times more than the steam at a cost more that all the steam since the Wright Brothers. Aspen, Garmin, Sandel, Oracle, Avidyne….. all have MAJOR issues of reliability. I have NEVER had all my steam gauges fail at once, and most last over 20 years or more, so I’m staying with steam, plus my map and AP.

    Besides, with glass, you need to read numbers. With steam, you look at needle positions. MUCH easier.

  • IFiphone. Note she was head down, and not S.A. I can’t say it’s an automation vs anything photo. Just one of a girl not in this world (mentally, anyhow).

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