Posted 30 August 2011 - 01:49 PM
My name is Jamie. I've been an MCSE and MCP since 1999 when we still used Windows NT4....
I am also an A & P Mechanic and Avionics Technician, holding an FCC General Radiotelephone License, from back in the days when I worked for EASTERN AIRLINES. I managed the Electronic Controls Shop, and the Gyroscope Shop in Miami, FL till the airline ceased operations in January 1991. We had computers that ran testing procedures on many aircraft controlling devices, in my shops, and lots of us were playing around with Commodore 64's on the side. We built most of the test equipment in our shops at Eastern Airlines, including the computer driven test stands that helped us run lengthy tests on things like Autopilots, Generator Control Panels, and Bus Protection Panels, etc, etc..............
Computers were a lot different and slower back then.
I remember one floppy drive that was really FLOPPY. It was about 8 inches in diameter, and naked too. There was No jacket or covering on it. It ran a test on one of our older autopilots from the B727, or DC-9 days.
I'm in Palm Beach county Florida, where it's hot and humid most of the year. Winter is my favorite time here, because it's a little cooler.
I own a couple of old airplanes: 1968 LAKE AMPHIBIAN LA-4 180 TURBO, and a 1969 Mooney M20E Chaparral. They keep me busy.