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Building Ideal Flight with Steve's favourite programming language

Delphi Object Pascal; easily build very large and very complex programs.

Steve Waite: Delphi Object Pascal graphics processing functions

Steve Waite: Delphi Object Pascal global navigation functions

Steve Waite: Delphi Object Pascal creating part of Ideal Flight's complicated heuristic route builder code on the scratchpad

Windows desktop programs are vast, Ideal Flight is composed of over 201,000 lines of computer code. Ideal Flight is a very complex program that employs almost every computer programming technique.

Delphi Object Pascal makes it hard to build-in code errors, very complex programs like Ideal Flight work reliably.

Steve Waite: Delphi Object Pascal New Dell 9980XE snd 9900X systems dwarfing an older 3960X Aurora in between

Steve Waite: Delphi Object Pascal Dell 4k 43inch Multi input monitor on the Humanscale suspension arm

Equipment: 9980XE, 9900X, 3960X, 960X, 43"UHD, 27"QHD, 3x24"HD, 7TB NAS.

Steve got married to Sue

Steve Waite: Married Sue & Steve

Sue is smarter than most of us. Sue has worked in a scientific role at hospital, has teaching qualifications, has succeeded in the fierce competitive world of recruitment, created her own Microsoft Office classes and taught them at college and at work, has held top secretarial roles in major banks and law firms. Sue compiled all the legal documentation for Ideal Flight.

Sue has ridden several motorcycles and has cycled hills and many miles. Sue has always been very fit, has regularly run 13 to 15 miles in an afternoon, has been to the Hornli Hut on the Matterhorn out of season, has climbed complex mountaineering routes. Sue has climbed many hills including several of Scotland's Munroe's and mountains in Austria.


Hifi rega rp10/Aphelion, Devialet 440 monoblocks, Spendor D9 & REL G1 (out of shot)

Devialet, rega, Spendor and REL supplied by Harrow Audio.

Hifi special build speaker cables and Spendor D9 - speaker technology in a new league

The speakers are connected with hand assembled cables, made from carefully selected and arranged, multiple sections of OFC (Oxygen free Copper) obtained by special order. These cables are carefully designed and built as twins, and perform in the system with enhanced equality. Mains cables are hand assembled using the best quality Arctic OFC, the Devialet comes with quality mains cables supplied. The rp10 has a carefully applied light hand polish to the belt pulley, to help ensure it is totally silent in operation, as the rubber belts arrive and leave the pulley circumference. This rega deck also features the latest Aphelion MC, and the rigid feet modification, and sits on a custom isolated soundboard. The Aphelion moving coil cartridge extracts unmatched detail from the vinyl. This latest rega moving coil features the world's smallest generator, half the mass of other designs. Its vital profile diamond stylus is specially mounted on a Boron cantilever with a hole cut into the Boron rod, and the diamond inserted at 90 degrees and rotated to fix firmly into place. Speakers are arranged 2.1 with a Spendor stereo pair and REL sub bass driver. The 700w class A/B active REL G1 sub adds lower registers commensurate with the class act Spendor D9 floor-standers. The Spendor D9s are hung off the very special Devialet 440 monoblocks, the technology leading class A/D 440watt per channel computer controlled amplifier with the lowest distortion levels recorded on domestic hifi. Be prepared to relearn how good modern Hi fi can sound.

Steve's favourite sports; rock climbing and mountaineering

Climb the Matterhorn unaided; an outdoor challenge.

There are no easy routes up the Matterhorn. The Hornli ridge (left edge, main aspect is the North face) is the easiest route up this alpine peak, but it is the hardest of the "easy routes" in the Alps. This extremely complex route has over 4000 feet of very difficult to very severe rock climbing. Holds are covered in ice and so cold that fingers stick instantly to them.

Steve Waite: Matterhorn Self instructed; Steve has climbed the Matterhorn unguided

On our walk back down to Tasch I took this photo of the North face, the East face is in shadow on the left.

Steve Waite: Matterhorn Summit On the Matterhorn summit with Gordon

Fixed ropes were avoided. Near the top we departed the Hornli route as I led out across the North face. We climbed the final North face ice cliff to the summit apex.

Steve Waite: Free Solo Steve - Pembrokeshire Headland - Free Solo (XS)

Steve has climbed very hard Scottish winter routes, sea cliffs, and big mountain rock climbing routes, including the Matterhorn summit unguided.

Many climbs have been done solo, without aid, ropes, or any kind of safety equipment. During peaks of climbing fitness, as many as seven or more routes were being enchained in a session. Climbing with Gordon, free solo, we often exceeded 5000ft of moderate to severe climbing and downclimbing in around four hours.

Steve's favourite motorcycle and some riding tips

Motorcycle technology has lots of secrets and cleverness just like aircraft engineering.

Kawasaki ZX900R-C2 Ninja ZX9R - Road

The world's first true production racing SuperBike, since certain modern engineering aspects had become available for the first time on a road legal machine:

  • Mass centralised chassis configuration, fuel under seat
  • Totally adjustable suspension, no need to replace with upmarket components
  • Oversize headstock with 46mm forks, adjustable rising rate rear link
  • Proper racing motorcycle cornering capability - on the road
  • Capable of exceeding 185 mph if carefully run-in

Mistakenly underrated in its time due to incorrect suspension adjustments defined in the manual, and rear rebound damping always required careful setting generally falling between clicks. The rear link setting, for heavyweight riders, required easing off slightly to achive balance. Engineered very precisely; sub millimetre changes in fork height will be detected by the rider.

Properly set-up, this litre class machine could be flicked around like a moped.

Steve Waite: ZX900R-C2 ZX9R-C2: After turn-in, this machine will sit in an arc without further rider input

Steve Waite: ZX9R-C2 ZX9R-C2: Knee down without excessive hang-off

Steve Waite: ZX9R-C2 ZX9R-C2: Perfect stability even with rider sat up to observe traffic

Specially prepared Kawasaki ZX9R-C2 motorcycle. Cornering capability and safety is available only with expert calibrated suspension settings and meticulous preparation. Even with more recent SuperBike machines, do not attempt to lean a motorcycle much beyond 40 degrees.

Motorcycle performance and safety

Steve says: I've found out a lot of useful stuff about motorcycles. If you are interested in motorcycles, please read on...

When cornering:

  • Always counter-steer into each corner, once turned in, try to allow the motorcycle to sit in a natural arc
  • As the bike leans over, move just off centre on to one cheek, and sit straight and parallel with the bike, this allows the bike to stand up more in a corner
  • Point your inside elbow toward the inside of your knee
  • Stand on the outside foot peg, with the heel of your boot up against the peg
  • Place the ball of your inside foot on the peg, keep your toes back
  • Do not point your inside knee at the road, just allow your leg to hang away
  • Don't push your luck if you cannot get your knee down, something is wrong
  • A bike must be set up just right to lean far enough and could wash out on either end if not
  • If you have short thighs, and thin knee-sliders, you will have to lean a lot more

When braking:

  • Use the front brake for all it's worth, at first pull progressively and smoothly, then as the weight is transferring, increase the braking force
  • If you are stopping quickly, the rear wheel is about to leave the road, trying to use the rear brake at the same time may cause you problems
  • Leave the rear brake for special manoeuvres
  • When braking, do not sit off to one side in anticipation of the next corner
  • Stay in a dead straight line as you brake
  • Finish your braking in a dead straight line, do not try to brake up to the apex
  • With track racing it's all about "progressively coming off the brakes into the apex area", but this technique is not for the road or road racing
  • Change down gear without "blipping the throttle", otherwise you will upset your braking force and slop weight around front and rear
  • Once the engine is spinning quite slowly, change down then, you will find you need not blip to match engine revs, release the clutch carefully so as not to slow the back wheel suddenly
  • Recent SuperBikes come equipped with slipper clutches to allow the clutch to take up the final rev difference smoothly to prevent rear slides

Changing suspension settings:

  • Softening any suspension settings too much can result in the rider being thrown from the motorcycle, err on the stiff side when trying damping settings, set off carefully after making any adjustments
  • Shortening the fork height by moving the forks up through the headstock can result in unstable handling, the trail can easily become too short, and over a bump the front wheel may want to turn to face the rear, weight will move over the front wheel, leaving the rear suspension feeling too hard, further encouraging unwanted weight transfer to the front
  • Adjusting the front preload will also alter the fork height by moving the top of the spring within the fork, this does not alter the chassis in the same way as positioning the fork legs in the headstock, but it will effectively alter the balance of weight between front and rear, and can prove to be a very useful adjustment
  • Since sag has been set at the factory with the strength and length of the rear spring, adjusting the rear preload to change "sag" may be a bad mistake, on a monoshock and rising rate link design this can have undesirable effects, adjusting the rear preload can alter the position within the link and change the effective spring rate adversely

If you fall off the bike:

  • Always wear fully protective motorcycle clothing
  • Make sure you are protected as best as you can afford
  • Even in a small get-off you will find yourself leaning on something heavily, it will hurt
  • Make sure you are double protected on these points, the palms of the hands, knees, forearms, elbows, back, bottom
  • If you fall off, don't try to hold the bike up on your knee, do not keep hold of the bike
  • Avoid landing on your elbow and shoulder, you could brake a collar bone, instead keep your arm in and curl the shoulder into your chest, you should then roll onto your back and slide along from there
  • As you slide along the road, try to point your limbs away from you in the direction you are coming from, and try to keep them off of the ground
  • As you slide along the road, don't try to get up until you really have come to rest
  • Don't move until you are sure you have no injuries, moving a broken limb could result in a ruptured artery


  • Avoid hanging around with cars travelling at the speed limit if these drivers bunch up behind you, they may drive over you lighting their cigarettes, and anyway, shouldn't you be riding in the gutter so they can come past?
  • No matter how good a rider you are, riding a motorcycle amongst other traffic is dangerous, anything can happen at any time, and nothing to do with you
  • As a motorcycle rider, you may have to use the performance of your machine to avoid an accident, or perhaps to make some road sections safer
  • Cornering harder to avoid an obstacle is better than crashing, you will be surprised just how hard your motorcycle can corner

Steve says: I was just peeling off a roundabout, and a van came straight out like I wasn't there, I simply turned back to the right suddenly and managed to continue round the roundabout. I was confident I could make the sudden right turn, instead of trying to stop which is the automatic reaction, I cornered harder.


  • You must use proper motorcycle riding skills for your own safety's sake
  • Do not go to a local roundabout and attempt to get your knee down
  • Go to a track day to practise high performance cornering and braking
  • Knee-down cornering is not appropriate for the road, but it is not illegal
  • One day you may save yourself from a serious accident if you know the limits

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