Robyn's Flying Start
Why I Do This
I started the website involuntarily. Someone created a link
to a page and said "there, that's your webpage." I
put about six links on it and left it for a year.
I became a starving flight instructor and thought I might find
a few students who searched for flight schools on the web. I
created a couple of pages and ate a lot of Kraft Dinner. I
don't think it worked, but I got a different flying job and
didn't do any flight instruction for a while.
became a flight instructor again, but this time a busy
flight instructor. I realized that instead of sitting down
with each of my students and explaining all the PSTAR
questions, I could do it once, so I did. The rest of the site
followed as a context for the PSTAR.
I derive no
financial or professional benefit from the site, but it is
part of my personal mission statement to share my knowledge
with others, so I maintain the site and occasionally expand it
according to your feedback and my inspiration.
The original Robyn's Flying Start was the result of violent
arguments between Mozilla Composer and the Internet Explorer
browser, moderated by Microsoft Notepad (yes, the text editor
that is included in any Windows installation). The PSTAR
question pages were created by saving MS Word documents as
HTML and then deleting huge chunks of the code in Notepad
until the pages were viewable on both Netscape and Explorer.
Mozilla/Netscape does not fully support style sheets, so if
you want to see links change colour when you mouse over them,
you'll have to use Internet Explorer. Occasionally pictures
overlap each other or cover some text in IE. As far as I can
tell from the standards, this shouldn't happen. Resize the
browser window and the pictures and text should move apart.
Most of the pictures were created in MS Paintbrush, with
occasional use of MS Photo Editor for its rotate tool.
Some of the photographs are taken with cheap cameras and
scanned with a CanonScan FB620U.
Until 2010 everything was hosted on a home
machine with residential internet service. In July 2010
the computer acting as the home internet server died a grisly
death and the site remained in limbo for a couple of months
until the files were copied to a commercial hosting service in
September. That's what I'm about to do now, so if you can read
this, it worked.
Kudos to Auzsha, who took one look at my previous effort
and extremely politely made three suggestions. I would
tell you what she said that made such a difference, but she is
a professional web designer, so her advice is not mine to give
I feel obliged to admit that I stole the
background technique from Dauntless
Software, because I liked it a lot. I did not steal the
exact code nor the background gif, just examined the pages
very closely to learn how it was done.
Some of the
photographs were taken by Danny
Fyne, and they are used with his permission.
G. generously allowed me to use his airplane photographs, and
even took some more by request.
And thanks to my
husband Wade for buying me the computer, and for tech support
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written 18 October 2002 by Robyn Stewart. Last updated 21