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    I’ve flown both the LSA and J160 albeit some years ago . I seem to recall that the J160 was slightly heavier on control input , but not overly so . The main difference that I remember was the very sluggish climb rate of the J160 compared to the LSA model . It seemed to rely on the curvature of the Earth to get any rate at all , particularly on a hot day .
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    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
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    Beautiful January weather allowed for an afternoon flight up the majestic Columbia River. Flew through a few cloud canyons along the way, just like in dreams...Then it's back to the nest for the little blue sparrow...till next time.
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    Good on him for passing the medical. Some folks are lucky. Here I go again about videos! I received one of a guy 101 years old going on a first date. The woman, in her 60's or 70's couldn't believe it. She thought he was in his early 80's.
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    Problem with posting pictures is that people like me see them and make uncalled for comment - Apologies in advance no offence intended- What looks like the left carbi throttle cable is badly damaged & rubbing against the fuel pipe. You may have different throttle opening/closing characteristics between carbi's (out of balance) The float bowls look stained with petrol residue - are the gaskets leaking? Most of the tubes, cables, wires in the photo's are not adequately secured against vibration/movement/abrasion. Ordinary hose clamps have been used to secure the fuel lines to carbi spigots - use fuel injector clamps or similar even pressure/non crimping clamps. Carbi air vent lines look distinctly non standard Sorrrry!
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    I wonder if it is trying to heat the carb body close to the venturi and not the air passing through.
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    I've not seen one using the ac power before. The ac output is about 25 to 40v, depending on rpm. The good thing I guess is that it is pre regulator so not loading that system up? My (non electrical) opinion is you probably wouldn't get the same heat with 12V......
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    For what it’s worth the general cause of death in these types of crash - ie minimal or no impact damage to the airframe- is the internal organs keep travelling at descent speed while the “enclosing body” ( muscles, skeleton etc ) stop suddenly. The organs rip off their attachments on the back to the internal chest and abdominal wall. These includes the heart and great vessels. I recall a few years back seeing a post-mortem report and photos of a couple who were in an R22 that got carb icing and the Pilot was too slow to react. Aircraft impacted upright and looked completely intact except for splayed skids. The crew were sitting upright in their seats, pilot hands on controls. just like they’d decided to have a sleep. Anyway postmortem results were that all their internal organs were now compacted into the pelvis and torn off stumps of arteries and trachea were hanging suspended in chests. Anatomically complete internal chaos despite a completely normal external appearance.
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    I'm going out on a limb here - but from the little I can glean from the limited amount of photos, it appears that this machine is a Titanium Autogyro model. If I am correct in my ID - of some concern, is the report from a previous Titanium Autogyro crash on Oct 31, 2018, at Spring Hill, NSW - which crash also resulted in a double fatality. This gyrocopter crashed whilst doing training circuits, and touch and goes, at Orange regional airport, killing the instructor and the student pilot. Investigation of this serious crash is currently being carried out by the ATSB - and investigation centres on structural failure of some of the (folding) rotor mast components, which appears to be the major reason for this crash. Whether the failure is a design fault, or the components were overstressed in operation is something that the ATSB is no doubt pursuing. ATSB Investigation AE-2018-073 I note that all Titanium Autogyros fitted with the folding mast option, were grounded shortly after this crash, by ASRA, after the release of an ASRA Safety Directive. That Safety Directive reads; "A preliminary investigation into the circumstances surrounding the (Oct 31, 2018) accident has been completed by Officers from the Australian Sport Rotorcraft Association (ASRA). The investigation is continuing. ASRA Officers completed an inspection of the accident gyroplane and reported that the gyroplane was fitted with an optional two (2) piece folding mast. There was evidence to support that the cheek plates locking the folding mast in the flight position, had failed. This possibility represents a major risk to flight safety. DIRECTIVE: With immediate effect, all Titanium Autogyro (TAG) gyroplanes that are fitted with a folding mast option are grounded until further notice." I have no information as to whether the grounding has now been lifted on all affected Titanium machines, or if individual Titanium machines with the folding mast have been checked, and deemed safe to fly. It is going to be interesting to find if; 1. This Busselton crash Gyro, actually was a Titanium model; 2. If it was fitted with the folding mast option; 3. If the crash was directly caused by a similar component failure, as in the Spring Hill crash Gyro.
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