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Phil Croucher

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  1. Hmm.... so nobody at all gets to see it? (It's alright - you can rant as much as you want! :))

     

    The ipad is not that good a platform at all for that kind of thing, but it is convenient, assuming you're using one. The limitations you mention are more a function of what Apple will allow rather than what Adobe can do.

     

    I use the ipad for proofreading (saves ink cartridges) but I still have to use a separate notepad. It's not perfect, but it's the best tablet available. In any case, whatever you're using, an ebook is not a replacement for the printed page, in the same way as a microwave is not a complete replacement for an oven - it has its own benefits (mainly convenience) and limitations which must be lived with. Until things are perfect I will have to improvise, overcome and adapt, especially when there are people around who will spend more to get a photocopy of a book rather than buy the book itself (present company excluded, of course), so I need the copy protection. Go figure. :)

     

    BTW, Lulu saves me a LOT of work - I simply don't have the time to encrypt every file with an alternative system before I send them out to people myself.

     

    Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy the book!

     

    Phil


  2. A lot depends on whether you are going for the CPL(H) (9 exams) or the ATPL(H) (14 exams). Doing the ATP straight off involves only about 10% extra work, but you have to get the IR within 3 years otherwise the exams revert to a CPL(H), then you have to do the IR subjects to get them back (the only difference between the two licences is the IR).

     

    The IR must be done in a twin, which adds to the cost, and there are really only 3 schools in the game, who are so far ahead of the rest of the pack the others aren't worth bothering with, although a new one has just started called Starspeed, near Kemble (this doesn't necessarily mean that the other schools are bad, just that they don't have the market share!) However, we recommend Helicopter Services near London (www.helicoperservices.co.uk) who are cleared to do just about everything, including instructor ratings - they are a one-stop shop, in other words. The other two are Bristows and Bond helicopters in the Gloucester area. Bond tend to keep a low profile, but they do a good job if you can get their interest.

     

    For the exams, you need to be aware that many schools offering "helicopter" training are actually working under the interim system, which means the temporary arrangement instituted when JAA first started whereby helicopter pilots took aeroplane exams and had them credited over, meanwhile trying to read Wagtendonk in a corner. We are still the only school with helicopter-specific training (full details at www.captonline.com).

     

    All distance learning must be supplemented with 10% of classroom time (i.e. about 2 weeks), and we have an arrangement with Bristows in Florida to do it there, but we also have video conferencing, so you don't need to travel anywhere, except to get the medical. There are plans to do the classroom stuff with Canadian in Quebec/Penticton but that is some way off yet, as we are heavily involved in doing their (Canadian) ATP program.

     

    As mentioned, the initial medical must be done in UK, but if you have a JAA medical from another JAA country it can be transferred by filling in a form.

     

    Please feel free to come back with any questions

     

    Phil


  3. The township system - there is a very old DOS program that does some conversions. If you don't have an old DOS PDA (the HP range I'm thinking) you can get DOS emulators. It was very useful when there wasn't an internet connection around. Maybe someone can remember the name - i'll try

     

    phil


  4. You make a valid point - the iphone uses a micro sim so you can't swap it between phones. Before going anywhere near a strange neighbourhood redirect the calls from your iphone to the new one that can handle it. LG do a great dual sim phone called the LG 200 which is basic, but works fine for that purpose. I regularly walk about with 3 numbers on me!

     

    Check out Truphone for a great sim that works anywhere and gives you local calls.

     

    Phil


  5. Which app has the topo maps?

     

    There's a great one called camscanner which takes a photo of a document and OCRs it if needed. Great for receipts etc in the field.

     

    I wouldn't be without ny HP 15C emulator, and there's a spirit level app as well that's wuite useful.

     

    Air Nav Pro (GPS) works great, and there's a shuttle landing sim that's great fun.

     

    Phil


  6. Of the 2 you mention, the iphone is the most convenient for people new to the millenium :), also with the most software. Get one of the juice boxes as well which are a case with a battery inside. The Android phones are fast in general (I tried the HTC desire) but the Android system feels just like that .... an Android. Obviously written by programmers for programmers. Also, the Android phones really do need recharging more. My iphone lasts for days without WiFi and 3G turned on. Don't even think of Windows. The only other real alternative might be the Nokia E90 - it's an oldie but a goodie, and you can fax from that at least!

     

    Phil

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