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  1. 3 points
    Well, what seemed like an eternity, but really just shy of 3 months since my last, I was back at YRED yesterday for my first flight for 2018, beautiful day weather wise, virtually no wind however it was extremely hot, what went wrong, take off was without flaps, transponder still on standby, thankfully as Peter stated, at least I did remember all the important bits, like flying the aircraft, lol, we headed out to the training area for some basics and get me back into the grove, despite the couple of foo ba's, it was a corker of a day and certainly reinvigorated my passion for flying again, back for another lesson in a month, cant wait! Brent
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    Phil, I'd guess the two were quite an even match, as you say. By the time we had the Meteors in the Korean War, they were outclassed, but 77 Squadron did a mighty job with what they had. The Meteor can claim the world's first combat ejection using an ejection seat when W.O. Ron Guthrie ejected from his Meteor after being shot down by a Russian MiG-15 pilot. He bailed out with the Martin Baker MK.1E seat, which was the first generation, pre automation MB seat. The only automatic feature was the static line activated drogue gun which deployed the drogue chute. After that, it was all manual - undo the seat restraint belts, push yourself away from the seat then head on down. Options were to ride the seat to a more oxygen friendly altitude of around 10,000 feet before seat separation, or to separate early and freefall if you had the skill. Ron Guthrie chose the third option and separated from the seat at high altitude, pulled the D ring and got a canopy happening at an altitude in the high thirties. His theory was to try and drift out into the bay and get picked up by friendly forces, but the wind didn't go his way and he was captured. The MK.2 modification didn't come along until the end of the war, but it provided barometric controlled seat belt release, seat separation, and personal recovery chute deployment. This was a big step, as a pilot could be injured or unconscious after ejection and still survive.
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    I hadn't realised till now that from the iPhone 6 on - and recent iPads - there's an inbuilt pressure sensor that can be exploited in software to display a standby pressure Altimeter. With the Belite app you can also add a piece of bluetooth hardware - from Texas Instruments - that provides temperature and humidity data to yield real time density altitude info on your iOS device. Precision Altimeter IOS APP I see, also, that the recent version of Air Navigation Pro is able to source that data too, thus showing pressure altitude - as opposed to the usual GPS derived altitude. I wonder if OzRwys and AvPlan have any plans to make use of it. Sensors - Air Navigation User Manuals
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    As soon as I saw the title, I couldn't help but immediately think of Leslie Nielsen and Priscilla Presley! Great minds think alike, Bex!
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    He's in the Maryborough (Qld) hospital with a deep gash to the leg and a piece out of his ankle. He's older than 68, so that would be partly why they made him do an overnighter. He is a forumite here, but hasn't contributed for a while. Leg injuries would go with the territory with the Airbike; as you fly with legs & feet outside. He ended up in the backyard of the house across the road directly off the end of the Pacific Haven airstrip (9 Marina Drive, Pacific Haven). Otherwise he probably would have landed on the garden or just flown away. There's a picture of that Airbike here Taildragger Heaven He's in the picture in post #66. He was buying another plane, so sounds like he'll be back. Get Well Soon!
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    I have made several air ducting systems out of fibreglass. A tee or Y connector to go into existing ducts is not hard to make, nor is an outlet.
  7. 1 point
    Oddly enough Turbs, I got told in advance during Early I/R training that I might have some difficulty 'Switching' from Instruments to Visual, and this was indeed correct, but it passed fairly quickly, as the instructor had placed me on a four mile final in a fairly strong headwind. . . it IS a bit of a weird sensation though I grant you. . . .but not so bad when you are expecting it. . .
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    Here are a couple more glimpses of your Ninja seats, Mike. (Though taken to show bits of your header-tank/wing-tank arrangement ;-) And these are the standard old Skyranger seats.
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    Hi I have the moulded fibre glass seats in the Nynja and they are comfortable. Longest flight 4.25 hours to date. They have a padded seat cover on them. You cab see the height of the back in the image. There will be more images on the BestOff sites. Cheers
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    Here are some pics of the 90L (24 US gal.) installed in my Swift last year by the previous owner. It's the more recent and lighter aluminium tank referred to by Greg (in #12 above). You can see that the luggage bag can still hang above it. But you can also see that under certain load configs you could run out of rear CG before you run out of MTOW. It's in that light that I understood Greg's suggestion that wing-tanks might mean you're able to haul more luggage (apart from having more space for it). I have seen pictures of European installations where the filler cap exits the side wall which may be more convenient still. I wonder how the filler caps will be set up for the wing tanks. It's certainly a fascinating development.
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