[Vwdiesel] Metrics for beginners ---- ( The Mixups and disasters )
H . Hagar.
h_hagar at prcn.org
Fri Jul 1 00:38:04 EDT 2005
Loren ask NASA how many millions and millions of your tax dollars they
lost due directly to a Metric mix-up ?
Look up the Gimli glider ---a Boeing 757 (?) landing at Gimli with a total flameout
due to a Metric problem --and a Captains STUPID decision to fly without a Honeywell monitor system.
A total flameout means APU as well as the two engines.. That means NO Hydraylics for
power steering brakes and flaps.
As luck had it---- it was daylight and the James Hansen type racing team was on the
The Co-Pilot had been trained at Gimli ----that saved the Captains ass. Not to say the
The racing team cleared the runway ---and all worked out. In the Accidents reports
from ICAO the metric mix-up killed people are legion. --------- I do NOT need a calculator
to figure out fuel load in metrics-----but IMP ? ----crazy. A liter is 1 Kg Water
a liter Fuel is 0.8 Kg----now why would I need a calculator ? -----1000 liter fuel ? ---
simple 800 Kg. -----
Most of my American friends could not tell me how many OZ in a Gallon. or Pints or anything.
and get it right. Take the case of twist-drills ------nuff said. .-------When I went to school
in the Limy land ? ---and I traveled on those gorgeous double Decker buses ?
I never learned if I got right change. Crazy damned system --EH ? ---a Pound a quid
a ---ah what the hell they were really honest in those days. And the Bobbies ---were
the charmers of the world. And Fish and Chips were the best in the world. -----believe me.
I looked hard --BUT I never found out why the Fish and Chips in London was the best ?
ALWAYS wrapped in old news.
Ah jah they had a coin called a BOB ? ----- a BOB ?
If you guys get the idea that Hagar lived a charmed life ? ---well He thinks so.
Sure was a LOT of FUN. ------ And I hope for you young whippersnappers that you are
If I am asked how many liters in a Cubic meter of fuel ? no problemo------but
try A cubic Yard and pints ? ----EH ? or OZ ? try it . it is never an even number.
It does take some getting used to ? EH? --the Yard crew becoming the meter crew ?
And hows about a foot in the door ----NO ? ah ok.
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