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    The Lightning Bug flew again on Sunday. The aim of the flight was to determine the effect of reducing the pitch of the newly fitted Bolly blades by 1 degree difference from the flight that was made the week before. Here are the results. @Sea level, 27degc, QNH 1015 Max. static rpm 2600 @2,500’pa, SAT 22degc, QNH 1015 MAP 29”, RPM 3100, kcas 185, ktas 194 MAP ??”, RPM 3140, kcas 190, ktas 199 Max. CHT 320 (limit for max. continuous is 358 so well under limit) Oil temps still hovering at the upper limit so this still needs to be addressed. So with painting, fitment of nosewheel fairing and a general tidy up, with the blades set as-is, we anticipate a 3000rpm, 185-190ktas cruise. A more economical 2800rpm cruise should yield around 180ktas. At the bottom end of the speed range, bearing in mind that the ASI has not been calibrated for low speeds, stall speeds were as follows: Clean - 70kias First notch of flap (T/O flap 20 degrees) - 63kias Stall symptoms and behavior were conventional. Might this be the fastest Jabiru 3300 around?
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    It's not unheard of for pilots to admit to flying just a little closer to the limit when by themselves, and especially so if the flight is to pickup pax who are known to be waiting at a remote location. Publicly, we all deny any 'commercial pressure', but it's part of a charter pilots career. Anyone who has flown charter in the tropic monsoon season, or in mountainous terrain, quickly learns when to turn back. Most of us rode our luck and made it home, but many of my peers didn't. I feel for her family and friends. RIP
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    I look up every day when they track right over our place. Usually two runs a day. As you said, Marty, there is often a pair travelling within sight of each other (never too close though). I'd judge the cloud base by their height and visualise their view of the tiger country that they were traversing every day. Its rugged country. Although I've never met any of the pilots, it feels like I've lost a friend. Sincerest condolences to all affected by this tragedy.
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    I did an enjoyable day visit as a passenger with Par Avion down to Melaleuka a couple years ago, travelling on a fine day. As a frequent Tassie visitor, I know very well how the weather down that way can become suddenly challenging. Condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of the pilot - very sad.
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    The sky at 9:15 tonight. Looking south, not west.
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    Similar experience for me Neil. I was doing a lot of work for BA back then and scored a flight back from Bahrain. A wonderful experience which now seems like centuries ago, but I can only guess that it was around the 1976 period. I advised on the majority of the photoelectric control system used on the conveyors used on the new BEA/BOAC as it was then New Freight Terminal at Heathrow. 10 miles of conveyor network all under one roof, so goldfish destined for Amsterdam ended up in Cairo, or so it seemed, till we got the bugs ironed out, plus bearings which clapped out because they were running 24hrs a day.
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    Where do you rate the Brit Government at the moment Phil???? As far as lower end of aviation here is concerned the gov't wouldn't even know it existed. It's buried in a folio of Transport and Infrastructure. We don't really use our planes for transport. We re-create ourselves with them. Not exterminate ourselves or perpetuate crimes by flying them.. The "department/ authority" want to ground us and prevent us from getting off the ground so we don't get hurt, working on the principle that a static exhibit won't kill you if there's a rope 20 feet away from it, all around it and you are behind it, it can't hit you.... Nev
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    All very impressive, meanwhile millions of Americans have no access to good healthcare, bridges and highways are crumbling, their education system is one of the world's poorest and the divide between rich and poor is growing ever wider.
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