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  1. 5 points
    His hangar with his planes...his decision. We spend too much time in this country telling people what they can and can't do.
  2. 2 points
    Passed it. I’m glad for the conversation exam since it’s been 20 years since the last one!
  3. 2 points
    Have you ever tried to get a toilet bowl through a security scanner?
  4. 1 point
    AFTER spending months grounded by red tape, the world's largest radio controlled jumbo jet has finally taken to the sky over a small country town in WA. The 5.6m plane is a scale replica of a Boeing 747 and is believed to be the world's largest radio controlled model of a jumbo jet. Built by Perth aviation enthusiast Andrew Herzfeld, the baby Boeing recently took off from the tiny town of Wagin on its maiden flight. The scale model is an exact replica of a Boeing 747.Picture: Today Tonight. "Wagin was very excited to know that they had a jumbo jet landing and taking off at their air field,” Mr Herzfeld said. "It certainly looks like the real thing when it is flying past." The scale model took two years to build and has taken months months to navigate red tape before finally being given the green light to take to the sky. "The first flight when the throttle went to full there was a lot of muscle clenching happening," Mr Herzfeld said. "It could crash, end up in a big fire ball on the runway." With clear weather conditions, the maiden flight was a breeze. Six minutes of cruising, before the call came to prepare for landing. "That was the most nerve wracking part of the flight, the first approach didn't go well, I had to power up and go around and the second approach was a lot better," he said. The remote controlled scale model Boeing 747 lands at Wagin.Picture: Today Tonight The flight was one for the history books- so important a full sized aircraft was asked to hold its landing until the jumbo jet was back on the ground. The model is now certified and able to be flown for public display and Mr Herzfeld hoped he would be able to get it side-by-side with a commercial Boeing 747. "They've been an amazing aircraft, they've had a pretty big history and soon we won't see them here in Australia so to get this one alongside a full sized jumbo jet would be a once in a lifetime opportunity," he said.
  5. 1 point
    I disagree.....It certainly is my opinion that adults need to be left to make their own choices, and that we need less intervention from interfering "authorities". The fact that we have as much government interference in our lives is exactly what's wrong with our otherwise good country.
  6. 1 point
    Thank you GraemeK and KP. I tried copying the title of the email, but wasn't able to for some reason. Couldn't agree more. I think Darren would enjoy not having to go to the Office, and would probably prefer to work from home and consult on a few things for RAAus. Does any one know if Lea Vesic is the Safety guy who attended the PDPs? If so, he seemed pretty switched on. If not, what happened to him?
  7. 1 point
    With RAA aircraft we can do our own maintenance. Pass a short on line test to get L1 maintenance approval and you can maintain a factory aircraft as per factory maintenance program but it cannot be used for hire or training. I believe if fully inspected and released by a suitably qualified LAME or L2 it can be then used on line again.
  8. 1 point
    I'd say fly in GPS mode to start with till you get the hang of making it go where you want it to go, also great for taking aerial photos and videos. It should be limited to max altitude of 400ft anyway in the software (most are), so no cloud dancing stuff or danger to low flying aircraft. Once you have the hang of controlling the thing, you can gain a bit of altitude as a safety buffer in case you stuff up in the controls, then switch to sports mode which takes out the GPS hold feature. It is then generally guite a bit faster and it will fly more like a R/C model. If it gets away from you, you can always switch GPS back on and it will stop where it is until you give the TX some input to bring it back home. Set the home point before every flight to be on the safe side. My son flew one of my DJI Phantoms out of visual range on one occasion and I thought the thing was gone forever. I simply switched the transmitter off and because it's home base was set up before flight, it then climbed a further 60 ft and then flew straight back overhead to where it took off from. Many can auto-land, but I simply switched transmitter back on and landed it myself. Now a bloke with all your flying experience Captain Phil , should be able to manage that out at Cannock Chase without giving too many people a free crew-cut.
  9. 1 point
    The CEO could have paid for that on his own, with petty cash, although his salary has dropped to only 12 Million pa. Pigs may fly also. Nev
  10. 0 points
    170 KNOT's ? That seems a bit over the top. Sure it's not KM's? Russia is Metric. Nev
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