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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
  2. 2 points
    Kaz, I figure your'e talking German air power only there. The reason I say that is that overall, in the war, the Russians accounted for 80% of Hitler's losses (with allied material support). We mopped up the other 20%. If Hitler and Stalin had remained semi - allies, the amount of manpower, material and finances used up at the Eastern Front would have been available for use in the West, and we wouldn't have won the war. The Russians couldn't have done it without American and British logistic support, but they are the ones that paid the price in human terms to defeat Hitler. Average losses of 19,000 per day for the duration of their part of the war. Our WW2 wall of remembrance at the war memorial in Canberra is fifty metres long. The same dimensions height wise, translates to 10 kilometers in length to represent the Russian losses. Not taking anything away from the Americans, but it needs to be put into context.
  3. 1 point
    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
  4. 1 point
    Yes, only discussing the Western front and focussed on the war in the air. A proper analysis has to take into account the respective losses suffered by each protagonist and the reasons for them. Of the estimated 70 million total deaths in WWII, 30 million died on the Eastern Front, but these battles were largely ground-based as the Russians had manpower but not a lot of skilled air power. They also had the vastness of the terrain and the climate - factors that brought Napolean undone, too. JJ made some interesting observations about the Russians undisciplined gaggles of aircraft and their willingness to sustain huge losses. Kaz
  5. 1 point
    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!
  6. 1 point
    Do I have to have a collision and become paralysed to make a claim about their excessively reflective signage that is so bright that it actually diminishes your vision in poor conditions? I know at least one death where a man was walking next to a large reflective sign, and was hit and killed because the driver didn't see him. Common sense??? why do we need large dayglo bordered reflective signs for school zones which are never open at night? Why do road signs need to cater for the intoxicated? Seriously, they need to reduce the reflectivity of their signs, they are a hazard themselves.
  7. 1 point
    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!
  8. 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. . .
  9. 1 point
    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.
  10. 1 point
    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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