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  1. 4 points
    Interesting reading though this is, when I actually think about it, I couldn’t tell you which, if any technique I use. I make sure my turns aren’t too tight and keep my speed where I want it. I tend to fly pretty much glide approaches and keep my circuits close ‘just in case’ that means my downwind to final tends more to the circular than the square. I keep the speed where I want it and keep the ‘picture’ right, I fly at idle down to the runway and only put in a bit of power when I encounter sink. Don’t know if right or wrong, but works for me!
  2. 3 points
    Hello, Justin from Brisbane here. I have purchased a broken Karatoo and will spend the next few (5-10) years getting her back in the air. It had a bit of a oops in Tara and will require a fair bit of love and attention to get her airworthy. My good mate Ed and I will spend many an evening in the shed tinkering away. It came with a 12 hour old 2300cc VW and Bolly reduction drive. It’s got overhauled bendix mag, carb, twin plug heads and new alloy case, I am not sure if we will use it yet, certainly it will do to keep costs down but I care about reliability more than anything else. The aim will be a minimum cost build with minimal instruments, only a compass, ASI, Alt and engine instruments. A WAC chart will do for navigation I can’t find a Karatoo build topic on here so I guess this will have to do. I am putting stuff up on YouTube for people to see what we are up to, it’s on the link below. https://www.youtube.com/user/justinjsinclair have a great day Justin
  3. 3 points
    If you watch the YouTube videos on heavy equipment accidents the first reaction might be that these Chinese and Asian operators are fools. But they are getting things done like we used to do 50 years ago. Putting diggers on the sides of mountains, trying to drive dozers through flooded ravines. Some them get killed, but we all gotta die somehow. Meanwhile they build a freeway in a few months that takes us five or ten years.
  4. 2 points
    Good read about a country reporter who’s learning to fly. Best way is to scroll to the bottom to Episode 1 and make your way up from there. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-07/home-on-the-plane/5782534
  5. 2 points
    Sixty second circuits? Can't call that circuits. He's doing donuts!
  6. 2 points
    These people, as we've seen above are not patients. This is a service which offers faster transport from the country to the cities. That it can be done safely is the duty of CASA. In both cases the training which produced the pilot qualifications is accepted as satisfactory to produce relatively safe flight in Australia for non-commercial flights. What that means is that if there is any question about not being able to maintain VMC for the complete flight, there is no pressure on the pilot to conduct the flight. In both cases, decisions which most VFR pilots would have made were not made, and people died as a result; that's not acceptable. The simple step of the exact same passengers handing over money for the exact same flights in the exact same aircraft triggers the requirement for the pilot to have a Commercial Pilot's Licence. So there has been a double standard. There is nothing to stop CPLs volunteering their service for the same aircraft for these flights.
  7. 2 points
    From the pictures it looks like it is on the input side of the carby. That makes no sense. No amount of available electric power on that side will significantly raise the input air temperature enough to avoid carb ice. There's other electric carb heaters producing about 50W that attach to the butterfly side where it may help a bit, and they are hardly effective. I'd opt to remove this pre-heater contraption and find a way to install proper hot air carb heat from near the exhaust pipes
  8. 2 points
    Anyone can start a feeder airline. You would have to have a desire to lose money. None are profitable because users want the same seat km cost you get on jets and that won't happen. In the "olden days" the Gov't subsidized the cost, and perhaps that's the only way it will happen. Connellan's routes were bigger than BEA. (British European Airways). and they had a pretty good record considering they were all piston. Fast trains etc will only PAY where there's a large population density (and total.) Nev
  9. 2 points
    Hello from the land of the Bald Eagle. Can't speak to the Rotax, but FWIW I've been flying a 17 yr old C model with a 2200 Jab for a year now, up here in the Pacific NW of Washington and Oregon. The plane was originally VW powered, so of course motor mount and wiring harness needed replacing. Battery had to be relocated to correct CG change, and oil cooler as well. I would guess you would have similar issues going to Rotax. I can confirm the Jab is a great match for this airframe, climbs and cools well for 3.5 gals/hr at cruise. In our EAA group's experience it has been very reliable engine, with hundreds of hours on five 2200's in STOL and two Sonex's. Not to sound like a salesman, hell, I'm not even Australian! But I like your little engine...Good on y'all!
  10. 1 point
    Ha, ha ... it's not called the flying bedstead for nothing. (Bedsteads are, of course, notorious for horrible noises not directly associated with motor activity.) Yes, it's an organised sport activity, clearly not legal (and, yes, certainly cautionable) out of that context. That being said, though, I'd personally fly with that pilot anywhere, anytime. I'd count him a safer operator than I would myself, despite (due?) my law-abiding timidity at stick and rudder. (A condition I hope further training will fix.) I was pondering this issue, today, when I happened upon this post in the comments section of an Air Facts journal article: Mike McMains April 29, 2015 at 11:19 pm "With over 100 years of experience by humans trying to emulate the skills of nature’s natural aviators, the birds, I find it disheartening that CFIs, courtesy of CFR part 91, still try to make pilots believe that angle of bank becomes dangerous at the magic 30 degrees. I sincerely believe that the FAA is at fault in many of these turn to final stall accidents due to their scaring these aviators into believing such BS, thus causing the pilot to enter the panic mode, uncoordinated flight and subsequently exceeding critical angle of attack. The 30 degree angle of bank rule is wrong, dead wrong. It teaches CFIs and student pilots to fear the airplane instead of learning to fly it. It teaches that numbers on an instrument panel and rules in the FARs keep aircraft aloft. They do not. They are only tools. I was trained to fly supersonic aircraft with tiny wings landing at nearly 200 mph close to 50 years ago. I confess, however, that I really learned to fly (after my six years in the USAF) as a “duster pilot.” In my 8 years flying these bi-planes in Texas rice country, I didn’t once see a functioning airspeed indicator or any other flight instrument, for that matter. Why didn’t I crash? I was making turns to final about once every minute all day long at an altitude of maybe 100 feet AGL with most turns at angles of bank exceeding 45 degrees once the max gross weight dropped a bit with the payload decreasing. In the late 1990’s when the A-320 was fairly new, they told us we were being upgraded from pilots to Flight Systems Managers. I’m retired now, but they seem to be changing their minds now about being a manager instead of a pilot. There is no doubt that an airplane can be taken from point A to point B for an entire career by following the rules and the numbers. But stuff happens, and when it does, being able to fly your way out of it can be a good thing. Climb up to altitude with someone qualified to help you, cover up the flight instruments and learn the difference between attitude (pitch & roll) and angle of attack. If you learn to fly by angle of attack, you will be a better and safer VFR pilot (hint-no AOA indicator needed on the panel). Keep those wings flying. Only angle of attack does that." Excerpted from: https://airfactsjournal.com/2015/04/never-bank-30-degrees-pattern-lessons/
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