Reto Stöckli

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Quarantäne mit Familie, aber wie?

Liebe Kindes- und Erwachsenenschutzbehörde. Wir haben für unseren Sohn vom Kantonsärztlichen Dienst des Kantons Bern eine 10-tägige Quarantäne verordnet bekommen, mit der Bitte “Wenn sie mit weiteren Familienangehörigen zusammenleben, müssen sie sich von diesen isolieren” Wie sie sich vorstellen können, gestaltet sich dies mit einer 5-köpfigen Familie in einer Wohnung nicht so einfach. Wir sind …

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Thermal Insulation using Sheep Wool

There are all-natural thermal insulation materials out there. The Swiss company Fisolan AG is specialized in turning sheep wool into thermal insulation blankets ready to be used to insulate buildings … or commercial aircraft. Unlike glass wool the sheep wool blankets can be handled without health protection measures. So that is how the Cockpit looked …

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From old make new …

The COVID-19 lockdown during spring with good weather was the start of a major refurbishing action of all cockpit interior parts. This included removing 2-3 layers of paint by sanding, filling and remodeling broken parts, sanding again, filling scratches, sanding again, painting with primer and with the RAL 7011 (gray) and 9001 (beige) Boeing colors …

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4 Apple Varieties on a Single Tree

Planting season has also started (see last post on porcino season). Thanks to Peter Coendet’s professional connection to Glauser’s Bio Baumschule in Noflen (BE) we planted an organically grown apple tree with four varieties of apples on a single tree. Three of them (from left to right Ariwa, Topaz, Opal, Julia is missing) are seen …

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Porcino Season has startend!

In a place not far away culinaric treasures of nature are growing, waiting to be picked … Best enjoyed with other treasures oft nature, such as the Kuonen Muscat wine from Salgesch …

Pitot probes and AOA Vanes mounted … Cockpit Minibar to be designed!

Thanks to Nick from the Airline Pilot’s Historical Society the Lufthansa B737-300 shell was outfitted with 4 Pitot Probes and 2 Angle of Attack vanes! Looks professional although these probes will never be used again. Now to something more serious: I’ve found the perfect location for the Cockpit Minibar: just right to the jump seat …

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Forward Overhead Panel finished

This required quite some wiring and night shifts … and the rather important backlighting required some thinking and handcrafting as well. Result: almost ready to perform a regular startup procedure according to the checklist.

On the Importance of proper Home Office Furniture & Clothing

Thanks to my colleague Jim Doyle from Desert Air Spares in California, two really neat Boeing 737 Ipeco J-Rail cockpit seats in working condition including headrests have arrived today. They are going to be refurbished and placed in the cockpit shell. But before that they play an important role to better suit body and soul …

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Circuit Breakers and Overhead Panel

Circuit Breakers are mounted, an original Boeing fire extinguisher was delivered by Nick from Airline Pilot’s Historical Society and the forward overhead panel with components from OpenCockpits is in the works …

XPIOCARDS is now XPCOCKPIT

We have moved our X-Plane Home Cockpit code repository from sourceforge to github. And it has a new name: xpcockpit. It consists of four components: XPServer, the X-Plane Plugin acting as a dataref provider to external clients XPClient, a sample client to try out our famous dataref subscription method XPUSB, the interface to USB-driven H/W …

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