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  1. 3 points
    I have a somewhat different take on this. Everybody wants something for nothing or at best, cheap. Take my club; $130 an hour ( instruction is by volunteers and our L4 does a good deal with the club) so you could solo for about $1500 to 2000 with club joining fee of $450. At such a low price we take students from the schools in our area. So does this work out for our club? NO! We have 4 Jabs churning thru students with training 6 days per week. But the bottom line is many of these would be aviators tick it off their bucket list once they have gone solo. We never see them again; it was cheap; volunteers look after the fleet and grounds; time to tick off the next task on that bucket list. I feel that if you don't work for it or it is cheap, others don't appreciate it as they just use you up so long as you get what you want. We also run a gliding operation and we were overwhelmed with TIF customers running the cfi and instructors into the ground ( we picked up very few students as a result) so in the end we put a 50% increase on the cost and we had a few less TIFs but revenue was the same and less burnout. I wish we did this with Rec Aviation. Flying is expensive; Pay What It Is Worth. This will ensure that the flying business survives. Ken
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    I've come across too many pilots who focus on flying a circuit with neat, square turns. I suspect this emphasis has led to a few stall/spins. Many students find it difficult to assimilate the whole package that instructors try to teach and may neglect some aspects of their lessons in favour of others. Perhaps they should give priority to keeping the ball in the middle.
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    From my contact at RAPAC: “..... The bigger issue is that CASA changed the direction of travel after the RAPAC presentation and other consultation. There was no consultation whatsoever about the change of flight direction at 1500 ft. The first RAPAC knew about it is when we saw the new charts along with everyone else. It also appears as if CASA sidestepped the OAR as well. ....” CASA did it all by themselves.
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    Deskpilot, the aluminium tubing size you have quoted is possibly American-sourced 7/8" tubing, which is actually 22.2mm. Thruster88 is onto it, thicker wall tubing is the way to go, the thicker wall aids greatly in preventing splitting. Performance Metals in Sydney can supply a 6061-T6 tubing in 7/8" diameter (22.2mm) with a wall thickness of 0.120" (3mm). Their catalogue number is PSAT2230. http://www.performancemetalsaustralia.com.au/round-tube-6061-T6-aluminium-stock-list.php However, Performance Metals indicate they only supply full lengths of this tubing - 5.2 to 7.3 metres. If I could source a short length of this material locally (Perth), I reckon I could produce the bent shape you require - although the general rule of thumb for maximum bend radius for aluminium tubing, is 3 1/2 inches. I'll do some more searching locally and see what I can find. I'll also ask my local muffler and exhaust lads if they can bend 7/8" tubing with their power bender - these benders are the best you can get, for producing smooth radius bends.
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    This is a great video from a no bullshit guy that has 20 years of real flying expirennce.
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    That was a good video...I always remember when I first started flying in gliders almost 35 years ago. My instructor said the one thing that has always stuck with me and that is "aileron will kill you...rudder will save you" . I am always thankful for starting flying in gliders as it taught me the use of rudder and how valuable it is. I see so many power pilots who really dont use rudder except for steering on the ground
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    It's not just the sink rate either . It's the steep approach angle you can achieve getting the wheels planted early on a short runway at an not excessive speed. If you are forced landing you overshoot till you are sure you will get in then wash off the excess height. Nev
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    This whole thread is in the 'far fetched' category. I really cannot believe that anyone actually believes that a RAA registered aircraft has any significant inertia. FFS, there are fat motorbikes that have more inertia. If this is the level of intelligence in the forum, then go fly paragliders.
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