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  1. 8 points
    I really enjoyed our trip out to lake Eyre and Birdsville, was a little nervous about flying in such a remote area in an old $25K plane but all whent well. We had camping gear and plenty of water and food but thankfully we didn't need any of it. Only saw one numbered plane on the whole trip, weird. 1700nm, 18 hours, 580l avgas.
  2. 5 points
    I agree with everything else except this, KG. Surely the piano keys are there as an aiming point for your descent, leading to touch down further down the strip. I was taught to allow for sink on final.
  3. 3 points
    I had a Vincent motorcycle, and was proceeding like a bat out of hell through the Thames village of Hamilton, where the road makes a very gentle S between walled gardens. At the centre of the S is a T junction, where an innocent Austin driver, not anticipating bats or anything else at illegal speeds, had just begun to pull out when he saw me. At this point he panicked and either dropped the clutch, or vacillated between going and not going; whatever he was doing, the Austin continued to emerge in front of me in a series of jerky kangaroo hops. Which made it very hard to decide whether to try and pass in front of him, or behind him. In the upshot, I tried for behind, but in trying to get behind, the back of the Vincent swung out. The rear of the Vincent sports a meaty mudguard stanchion that doubles as a swing down stand, and it raked along the entire side of the Austin, opening it like a can of beans. The bike and I then parted company, and I slid down the road for some distance. As you do. Directly opposite that junction is a cottage. And in the cottage that day were a motorcycling father and his motorcycling sons, and they poured out and propped me and the bike against the wall. The Austin driver left shortly after with his freshly channeled car. I feel a bit bad about that, he clearly must have thought it was his fault. Then father and sons took to the Vincent and checked it out. And I was sat in their sunny kitchen where Mum fed me several stiff belts of rum. After which they popped me back in the saddle, and stood at the gate waving as I rode away. You have a problem with that?????????
  4. 3 points
    I was 93 kg, dropped to 74 kg from quitting drinking, no other changes. I've reached a plateau now though, and probably need to cut out the cakes and biscuits if I want to get under 70 kg. But that's a big if ;) I went shopping for a jumper for the cooler weather, just wandering around vacantly at Lowes menswear. A lovely young shop assistant came and politely advised me I was looking in the Big Guys section, and I should find what I want in the regular sizes. Yes!
  5. 2 points
    I've flown Drifters with Frank and my Canberra mate. Prefer Thrusters in Canberra (where it's mainly cold) but Drifters really do it in style - I like the ailerons, very light and well harmonised. My VP-2 had the heaviest ailerons, sometimes needed two hands! But a very effective rudder compensated somewhat.
  6. 2 points
    You can do that nearly as effectively in a drifter as well. As I've said before really nothing beats a drifter for the complete view. Go fly one if you haven't for a while. The thing to watch though is have nothing loose to fly back into the prop. Nev
  7. 2 points
    Not quick but great fun. I love mine!
  8. 2 points
    Especially if they become stationary!!!
  9. 2 points
    Probably okay on this one:
  10. 2 points
    Agreed. If you are a full glide approach aficionado and allow for that bit of sink on very short final and of course the possibility of an engine failure you will always land a bit further down. We don't have any piano keys so I just aim for the wide turnaround at the end of the runway. We have a swampy bit on the approach to 08 (well it used to be swampy when we had rain, which seems an age ago now) & there is often sink there but a bit of power sorts that out. Well that works if the engine is running. I adjusted my idle a bit low at one point and had a couple of Oh [email protected]# moments a couple of years ago when the engine stopped on me & there was no time to start it again just seconds before the fence & very low in the sink. Got there...just. I practice dead stick landings occasionally but allow plenty of height. Coffs, Casino, Lismore & Evans Head are the closest Piano key runways & all have easy approaches to the main runways so it isn't hard there.
  11. 2 points
    Feedback is a gift worth giving and receiving.
  12. 2 points
    The weather and what is happening at the destination can often change after you plan your flight. The conditions may be completely different when you arrive so you must be able to adapt straight away and make a change as required. At an uncontrolled aerodrome you should announce your imminent arrival at about the 10 mile mark with your location relative to the aerodrome and the ETA in minutes past the hour. If there is traffic make a 3 mile call then if you know the established circuit by then, a joining call. If you are joining straight in on final you don't have right of way when the circuit is already established. Otherwise overfly 500 feet above circuit height, check the windsock and announce joining. You should let down to circuit height on the dead side and preferably join crosswind, slow down on downwind & set up your approach speed and descent on base & touch down perfectly on the piano keys. Getting it wrong is just being careless. Students often get things wrong but it is a very poor instructor who does not make appropriate corrections when radio calls are incorrectly made.
  13. 2 points
    Hey! I know that this thread is supposed to be DRIFTER HEAVEN but you have to admit that the Thruster takes some beating in the visibility stakes. Especially since you can stand them on their nose with idle power and they won't bust Vne.
  14. 1 point
    Sorry for thread drift but FYI my trike has mtow of 415kg and a 80hp R912 with fixed pitch 3 blade 60knt cruise 4,100rpm 11lph for 3hr legs incl climb and descents etc. with start at mtow. So I get pretty much 10l per 100km. Much worse than my car but I do enjoy it more. And for the masochists I have the same wing on a 447 powered trike with mtow of 367kg that burns 15lph for 50knts. It’s saving grace is it only cost me $2000 to buy complete.
  15. 1 point
    There is one other factor which I havent got an answer for & that engine hours. What I mean by this is all my actual (refuelling to same level) fuel usage is calculated against engine hours and the assumption that this is both consist ant & meaningful. In support of this my figures are planned fuel burn when away on a trip - I use 14 L/hr and it works out to be conservative. Oh! and factory (POH) fuel burn figures are comparable with mine. Cant comment on the 50 hp but you may be correct - dont forget my 13L/hr is the actual fuel used for the trip against the engine hours (includes climb & decent power) - not fuel used in cruise only.
  16. 1 point
    Always good info Nev. Just as well I don’t fly for a living isn’t it? My little CH701 is so light that landing short of the bitumen wouldn’t be a big deal even if it was wet (Can’t remember when we last had decent rain!) I try on take-off to line my mainwheels up with the beginning of the keys and go full power with the brakes on, that way I can be off the ground before I cross the numbers. Landing, I try to put it down on the keys. All depends what sort of flying you want to practice. I fly a STOL so that is what I practice, even though I have 1.7km of runway at Warwick. Short landing practice is always good in my book, you never know when you will need it!
  17. 1 point
    Update on all the above: My Lexan is 1.5mm 9030TG, which is just the standard stuff, TG being thin gauge. Lexan do not make a 1.5mm UV treated polycarbonate, so far as I can tell. However, in NZ, Mulford Plastics do. Price per 1200 X 2400 sheet is $135.10 + GST
  18. 1 point
    Yeah it's amazing ( obvious I guess) how just giving up alcohol results in weight loss. I guess regular beers over 20 years adds up. And it's great not having hangovers anymore, and a few extra$$ in the bank...
  19. 1 point
    The Rotax manual advises 95 RON however I work on the principal that fuel from an automotive supplier (your local servo) may have been contaminated, by other fuels, at variose points along its delivery journey to your aircraft. Its probably just a "piece of mind" thing but I figure that the 98 RON I purchase, will definitely be 95 or better, whereas if I purchase 95 it may have a lower RON. Anyhow 98 RON does no harm, except to my wallet. People are often surprised by my fuel consumption - I think the combination of a relatively low drag compost, light weight, air-frame, meticulous carbi balance and efficient two bladed prop must be the answer to my consistently (well over 10 years recording) low consumption figures.
  20. 1 point
    Mate, I didn’t think you were having a go. I am in agreement with your comments pretty much always. I just think our sport/ obsession, call it what you will, needs more care than some flyers currently give.
  21. 1 point
    Thanks Skippy. That's great info. 98 Ron. Hmm. All of my manuals state 95. Very interesting. Your fuel burn is amazing. I have an in flight adjustable and I do similar to you. I have it pitched at full fine to climb out on takeoff at about 5500. Then cruise at about 5200 at WOT with the prop pitched up. That usually has me on about 110.
  22. 1 point
    Looks like Aeroflot's not having much luck with the Superjet. This one copped a bit of damage a few days ago when they forgot to unhook a ground cable before departing Moscow. They flew 1200klm to Izhevsk with the cable punching a few holes in the fuselage and elevator. From what I can figure out, the cable was caught up in the landing gear on take off and didn't do the damage until the gear was lowered for landing, letting the cable swing free.
  23. 1 point
    May be my story will put your mind at rest - My 19 aircraft was commissioned in 2000, with a new Rotax 912 ULS. It is just about to receive its 900 hr service. Apart from replacing the Sprag Clutch, the engine has been trouble free, still uses so little oil, that top ups, between 50 hr oil change services, are unnecessary. Oil pressure is excellent and compression & leak down tests (last 100 hr) are well within acceptable parameters. The Sprag Clutch issue was probably caused (at least in part) by hanging on to poorly performing batteries, long after they should have been replaced. A shortsighted and costly "saving" which I will never repeat again. My servicing is "by the book" using Rotax recommended coolant & oils, Rotax plugs & oil filters and for 5 year "Rubber" Rotax OM/supplied parts where appropriate and good quality automotive on the remainder.. I prefer to use ULP 98 Ron but will accept 95 and have once or twice, topped up with AvGas. My 912 starts very well, delivers the expected power and runs effortlessly/smoothly hour after hour. I warm my engine befor rolling, usually, climb out @ 5200-5400 rpm for 1-1500 ft/min, economy cruise at 100 knots indicated, 4800-5000 rpm, ground adjustable prop set for "advantage climb", for a fuel burn of under 13 L/hr one pilot and 13.5 L/hr two persons. My standard flight planning @ 14L/hr is very conservative. We can achieve 120 knots @ about 17L/hr, 5400 rpm, in level flight, but why? In short I am very happy with my engines performance, even at 19 years of age and intend to go on running it until it shows signs that it may be nearing the end of its effective life.
  24. 1 point
    Derek, it's one of the Flight Design CT family.
  25. 1 point
    Yampy has the basics there but there is a but. Starting point. All RAAus registered aircraft and RAAus issues pilots certificates are only operative within Australia. Next step - flying over water not within gliding distance of land in RAAus reg aircraft have further limits. The BUT CASA can authorise quite a lot of flight within Australia that is outside the limits of the CAO ... and it’s still an RAAus reg aircraft and certificate holder ... you might get CASA to come on board ... and that will get you to the international flight boarder. THEN you will need to get recognition from the next country to operate your non ICAO airframe in their airspace on whatever certificate or licence you have. Can be done but it’s a big hassle. And to be clear all nationally registered aircraft and pilots licences are not icao compliant. In the UK my aircraft all had G- reg on them and I held an Uk NPPL(m) neither the aircraft nor the licence are icao compliant BUT there was goodwill between countries and I could fly pretty much anywhere in Europe because each county agreed to accept non-icao aircraft. Nothing to do with the EU but country to country agreement. So any of those visiting Uk reg ultralights over the years have not been flying here due to icao reg but due to casa allowing them to operate on non- compliant reg and licences. Good luck.
  26. 1 point
    Perhaps just a slip of the tongue. Maybe a quick call asking them to confirm their choice of runway would have resolved the runway direction issue. I have heard inbound calls to Warwick on 126.7 and also heard someone else advise that they were calling on the wrong frequency, to which, the pilot responded with a “thank you”. A few times I have heard professionals make basic position mistakes on the radio, someone queries them, they correct themselves and keep flying.
  27. 1 point
    How is this for a cool airport? Scott's Island, Chesapeake, West Virginia.
  28. 1 point
    We need more drifters, and people like Franco. The front seat has the best view from any plane (except perhaps a Breezy.) Some like more around them but it's a disconnect in varying degrees, from the real experience of basic flying. Nev
  29. 1 point
    I had a great visit to Ayr aerodrome for the launch of the Avgas installation by IOR. Ayr YAYR is a seled strip 01/19 and grass cross 11/29. The Mayor and the IOR company representative were there. They put on drinks, BBQ and music. I flew up early from Palmyra Mackay and could only stay until about 1015 and that's when it started. Its a credit to Ayr council and community to see the support they have for such a well maintained airfield, amenities and fuel on site. Emerald council could learn something from Ayr. Put Ayr on your visit list as you will not be dissappointed. Would be good to be able to say this about all airfields. Flying conditions were excellent and it was nice to clock up a 3.8 flight in the Nynja. Cheers.
  30. 1 point
    That would be a disappointing surprise that you can do without when building. I built a Skyranger Nynja kit like Scott shows in post #20. No missing pieces and in fact some extras so you could choose for example the throttle method (push / pull or lever. Then the build manual was extremely detailed and the product support was top shelf from Greg. I recommend this aircraft and product. Doesn't come in a tail wheel variant though. Cheers
  31. 1 point
    Wow Scott, that's some home build ? Cheers, Richard.
  32. 1 point
    I've found that, without fail, the manufacturer's speedo over-reads by 10% on just about every car I've driven. That's why I can sit on 100 kph according to GPS and pass lots of other vehicles which are doing 100 kph according to their manufacturer's speedo. I'm lucky that my car is an older one that does not suffer the interference of a computer-controlled gearbox. This is the device which causes breakdowns - the Mechatronic. The mechatronic is the name given to the electro-hydraulic control unit that is responsible for controlling the gearbox, and it’s a very expensive lump. Replacement costs on a VW Golf GTi is around $9000.
  33. 1 point
    So the job is now done made BMI a few weeks ago. from 127kg to 83.7
  34. 1 point
    Finally!!! After several weeks of solo flying, between heavy rain squalls and strong wind, this afternoon I got to take Alison, our eldest Grand-Daughter and Brooklyn, our Great-Grand-Daughter. (Alison`s Daughter) Alison has flown with me many times over the years, she started flying with me at 4 years of age...Brooklyn also started with me at 4 years of age and this was her 5th flight. Franco.
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