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    Annual inspections have proven to be not cost effective and places where they have them are not detectably safer than when they don't. Modern cars brake well and handle well , have better lights and are more occupant safe by design but people drive badly generally, as they don't apply the required effort to assess road conditions and the other traffic, and many are just poor drivers skill wise.. Vehicles get put off the road in the course of police noticing tell tale" signs and are defected on the spot. when they are gone over. You could pass an inspection with borrowed tyres, put yours back on, and have a badly cracked windscreen next week. or fail to ensure the wheel nuts are tightened to the correct tension. Some people don't clean their windows or put windscreen washer in the container or even check the tyres are inflated before they jump in. Driving when tired , fatigued and under the effect of even prescribed drugs or driving on the phone or arguing with someone when driving, getting annoyed at some other driver, going too slow etc. NOT paying enough attention weaving in and out of lanes, not leaving enough room from the vehicle in front. Running out of fuel on freeways and bridges and creating a traffic hazard. Some will drive a car when it's got suspension noises, driveline vibrations shuddering brakes and when warning lights are remaining on. The crazy NUT that holds the steering wheel is the weak link in the safety equation. Oh of course pinching you for going one Km over the limit (as they do in SA) means you watch the speedo instead of the other traffic and the road.. and there's an overwhelming array of advisory signs you are supposed to notice as well as the AVERTISING billboards competing for your attention on every overbridge and place on the edge of the freeway they can find. Nev
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    I hear you however the dream of being able to lift off/ cruise/ land like a bird will always attract aviators. For some this means "egg beaters" but for the fixed wing fraternity to have all the elegance & subtlety of a flying brick, is not attractive..
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    At last I made my first area solo this Sunday! How slow is all this for me, circuits solo was in April. But from the other side I hope my way is better, not just make as close as possible to presribed, but also to understand what is going on, where is safe limit, what to do if something goes wrong etc. In this case I am confident in myself, machine and everything around, not just walking on the edge with full pants of adrenaline. As planned, nothing specific. Just flight - take off, area, couple of stalls, turns, pfls and return back.
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    It can also he help to establish comms (“Brisbane Centre, Cessna ABC”) and waiting for a direct response prior to rattling off your details. This’ll give them a chance to be ready, rather than asking you to “say again”. You can always ask for VFR Flight Following. It’s only available where there’s RADAR coverage, and subject to ATC workload, but can make transits much easier than sneaking up on them and knocking on the door.
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    Even when an aircraft Is missing, some of the public are often ignored, or told to pull their head in. The aircraft In the film ( The Riddle of the Stinson ) was heard passing over people's homes, & they were ignored as the Authorities knew the plane flew near the coast. spacesailor
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    Yes, that's been done. Just needs the right electrics, charging parameters etc. I guess you need to look at how much drag it causes as well. The overall "gain" differential between regen charging and folding/feathering props probably needs to be calculated. It maybe overall more efficient to not have regen charging (weight/wiring/electronics) but have folding or feathered props.
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    I do wonder if current (at least RAA) students are taught “compass turns”. With the acceleration errors & overshoot and undershoot north and south or just using the rate 1 turn to give the 3°/sec. even with turbulence it works. Talking to many pilots and reading some comments it would appear to me this basic information is either not being covered or completely forgotten?
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    I can't believe it either...and yet it seems to be all too common. What is it about aviation that seems to attract dodgy operators? I don't know how these people live with themselves. It makes doing a build myself more and more attractive. Is it time to name and shame? I am disappointed and disgusted. If these 'build experts' are the cause of eventual airframe failures, I wonder if their guilty consciences will get them to get back to all the other planes they have built and correct the deficiencies? ...I would say not! The main problem is that the media will report something like "catastrophic ultralight airframe failure leads to multiple deaths". They may add the word "home made" in their article to make matters worse for careful home builders. Before long, CASA will launch an Enquiry. This Enquiry could recommend a strict (and costly) inspection regime and/or tough restrictions on home builders. I am glad you're discovering their shortcuts Mark, and correcting them.
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    Ha ha...brought back memories of slipping my little blue plastic card into the correct frequency (36mhz?) on the board so no one else could use it. And waiting impatiently if others were using my frequencies (I had 3 sets of crystals) hoping the wind wouldnt pick up....lol...
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    And then there's this - Or this, which would probably scale up rather well, into a VTOL with speed and range - And then there's ... well the list is endless, from outright crazy to brilliantly high-tech state-of-the-art. It's well worth joining the group if you want to tease yourself about the possibilities.
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