I have begun to look at a lot of other aviation blogs, and there are some pretty nifty ones out there. Many times they are thinking about an area I had never considered, and they bring their very own unique point of view.
One of the blogs I stumbled upon was the Plastic Pilot blog. In the first one I saw the post was about the Garmin G1000, a unit I have never used, let alone seen. You see I am what is called a "Dinosaur" in aviation. I got my pilot's license way back in 1960 when glass cockpits had not even been imagined, let alone invented.
Most of the aircraft I have flown over the years have what we affectionately call "steam gauges", which are simply non-electronic mechanical devices that display essential flight information like altitude, air speed and so on. As a matter of fact when I got my instrument rating there were still ranges around - that's right - the old A and N morse code signals transmitted and where you fly until the two signals blend into a solid tone. Then you had to fly along the leg for a little while to see whether the signal was getting stronger or weaker. This is how you could determine if you were going toward or away from the radio beacon.
Add to that a lot of the old radios were what we called "coffee grinders", and life was a bit more difficult than flipping a switch and seeing large displays showing more things than a normal human can even use!
Ah, those were the days - those were the days!
Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!
They're beeping and they're flashing. They're flashing and they're beeping! I cant stand it anymore, they're blinking and they're flashing.
— Buck Murdock, in the 1982 movie 'Airplane II, The Sequel.'