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    prototype finished, about to start test flying
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    I believe the country airstrip guide can be purchased as part of a subscription to a well-known Electronic Flight Bag
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    Goodbye to groundloops, and hello to .... ?? ;-)
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    Sorry OK (and others). What's that got to do with the aircraft showcase? Politic commentary belongs on What's Up Australia.
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    Thanks for that Flyboy, it's taken a long time coming out. That appears to be a clear case of Conflict of Interest, and he should now step down pending a thorough investigation.
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    Master aeromodeller, Ramy, flies his EDF Boeing 777-9X for the big crowd at Airliner Treffen in Germany. Spectacular ! Scale: Wingspan: 3.6 meter Fuselage: 3.8 meter Weight: 22 KG Power: 2 x 120mm EDF from Schübeler ESCs: 2 x 160 amp from Castle Creations Batteries: 12s 6200mah
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    No it was never acceptable. The Comet was the first ever Jet airliner and the company paid the price. Boeing rose from those ashes with the 707 and through its own failings is now paying the price which it may never fully recover from.
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    Get yourself a copy of the Country Airstrips Guide. I have a Qld one but I’m pretty sure they are available in the other states.
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    OME, keep this old saying in mind: "A boat is a hole in the water into which you're continuously throwing money" Been there, done that
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    Why have we been heading in this direction? From the airport banter last Saturday. Because Michael M has become the dealer for CT aircraft and it's been in his/their interests for a long time to massage the rules to suit their personally evolving business direction. The CT NEEDS to be rated at 750 kgs because of its low payload and that's the push on increased MTOW changes. Getting made in China has lifted the empty weight by more than 35 kgs and at 600 MTOW it's really a single seater. I was told other things but i won't mention it here because some was told in confidence but the above is publicly known.
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    It beats me why the two Mikes want to transform RAA into something it was never meant to be. Supposedly we now have a membership of 13,000 - surely that is enough to be able to operate successfully without adding old spam can aircraft to our register. This will add a complexity to all aircraft on the RAA register beginning with all aircraft over 600 kgs having to be LAME maintained. Just watch - that will filter down given time, management’s mantra is that they do not care about increasing the cost of aviation to recreational aircraft (after all - we have to support maintenance engineers apparently) We have lost our identity and been screwed over from within on any number of fronts since the arrival of Monke and Co and the subsequent inception of the LTD liability Company we are burdened with now. It has been reported that Monke has just purchased a GA registered aircraft - what hope has RAA of maintaining its identity if the Chairman (and some board members) prefer to support GA flying.
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    Whatever floats your boat they say. Just jump under a cold shower and tear up banknotes and you have the "owning a boat" sensation. BOTH aviation and boats are good at ridding you of cash.. Getting it out of the water when a buster comes through is fun too when your tow vehicle floats away. Get a small sailboat and enjoy the quiet. It's more like flying. I do like sailing.. I'd like a safe small submarine but that's a bit of a fantasy .Nev
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    Regulation this; Regulation that; Approval for this; Restriction on that. Landing Fees; parking fees. ASIC cards; permit to jump through hoops. Stuff it. I'm giving up on aviation and buying myself a boat like this one: It'll only cost me $57and a half K. Nobody will call me "rich an extravagant" because I own a boat, like they would if I owned a plane. I don't have to go through an expensive training regimen to be able to drive it. I've just got to sit a "road rules" test. I don't have to be fastidious in maintaining it. In fact, I don't have to maintain it at all, but can still keep using it. I don't have to set up something akin to the National Archive to keep all the records of maintenance and mods. I don't need an Engineering Order to install any equipment. I don't have to pay landing fees, and can park it at home. I can go anywhere on water that the boat can float in. Why, there's nothing legally stopping me from using it to sail around the World; up and down the Nile or Amazon, or tour the rivers of Europe. I can use it night and day, in good weather or foul. I won't have to undergo regular medicals and risk my licence being suspended because my BMI is above some arbitrary magic number, or my eyes grow dim. I can't fly, but I'm telling you I can sail my boat where I want to
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    have a look Timber Tiger Aircraft-home of the Sport Pilot friendly Ryan ST replica
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    Thanks Mark - I like the way you think. Given that the brackets are only about 1/8" thick, the "nose portion" of the bushing will demand some pretty close tolerances; too short and both brackets get locked against the bushings; too long - and the "free" bracket loses lateral support. I spent some time in the hangar yesterday and made note of the following: 1. The "stock" bolt holes in my moving and stationary brackets are 6mm; an AN4 bolt is 6.34mm and could be accommodated by either bracket; 2. the stationary brackets (on the wing) are flat pieces of stock, easily accessed and can accommodate a 3/8" (9.53 mm) hole for the flanged bushing(s). (The stubby aileron bracket provides less room to drill "square" and is angled stock.) 4. My inclination would be to secure the bushings to the aileron brackets (AN4 bolt) and allow the fixed bushings to turn inside the enlarged holes in the stationary brackets on the wing. 3. A flanged Nylon, Teflon or suitable Plastic (?) bushing with an OD of 9.53 mm, and ID of 6.34mm turned from 12 mm round rod stock would still have more than 1.5 mm of "wear thickness" surrounding the AN4 (1/4") support bolt. While at the hangar I reversed the assembly direction of the stock brass bushing in my "loose" aileron.. That eliminated nearly all the slop in the outer right flaperon attachment - although I realize it will be short lived. My calipers showed the original bushing is now narrower at the unflanged end (where the aileron bracket was initially supported). BOB: I thought you might be interested in the attached page from my assembly manual - it would seem the insertion direction of the AN3 bolt (and consequently, the orientation of the flanged bushing) was at the discretion (whim?) of the assembly manual writer. The pictures from your manual are not present in my manual and the attached page seems to imply that the bolts lace through the aileron attachment first at each support. My manual also seems to show unflanged bushings although my kit came with the flanged ones. Gotta love that manual! CanadaDan aileron attachment.docx
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    Don't worry about the seat pitch red, rumour has it that the seats are being redesigned with deep recesses for ones kneecaps. But the airfares may get a little cheaper:wink:
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    The Comets had quite a few hours up before the fatigue failures at the windows showed up. Pressurisation was a complexity they hadn't fully covered with cycles and resultant fatigue stresses. They made all their findings freely available to the rest of the world. Nev
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    Take off distance to 50 feet is a more useful real world number, any aircraft can be dragged off the runway but will it out climb any obstacles.
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    It worked in the plane so all good , just needed to set the phone up
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    Purchased a Colt in need of a rebuild so I am hanging out for the 760kg. I hope it comes through before I make it airworthy or I will have to go RPL and that will put me under 2 systems. Working on my Jab will be OK but not on my simpler Colt. Hmmm,m Ken
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    Welcome Rob, It's never too late to learn. I was 64 and well past my 'mid life' date.
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    OME, good on you mate whether it is flying or boating, or even model trains in the garage with the car parked out in the street, enjoy it
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    Hi Rob,. . nothing wrong with the mid life crisis,. . II mean look at me, I just discovered that Girlies under forty years of age, are still interesting to look at. . . even at MY age. . . FLYING is a very special thing. . .Something which has NO comparison. Every person will, for the first time, perceive flying in a different way. . .but to sit in the cockpit of a small aeroplane, and to have YOUR hands on the controls,. . well,. . .this is something you need to discover for yourself, as all of us on this forum have done. warning however,. . Flight is very addictive, . . more so than most Drugs. So if you are a person who is susceptible to drugs,. . .Don't do it !. . .for if you do, you will be hooked, and telling us your own personal story of the awakening to flight. Aside from all this poetic Bull$hit mate,. . good luck with your first trial lesson and we hope to read about your progress cobber.
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    In the UK, we always put the station called as the first word of the transmission BUT. . .At OTHERTON . . ie, my base,. . we have people clipping TX when they are calling 'Hatherton', and 'Weston, and the worst one, 'Overton. . . which Does elicit a reply from Us,. . . not surprisingly. . . I have been asking our lads and lassies to use the Place name at the beginning AND the end of the transmission for clarity,. . some do, after I have sent them Scott Hendry's videos of flying around in the NT etc. . . I shall keep brainwashing them on Bookface etc, until they adopt safer radio procedures. . .I DO have some allies for this on local Aviation social media, so it's Working.albeit SLOWLY ! . ( BTW I DID ASK SCOTT'S PERMISSION TO PROMULGATE HIS VIDEOS AND USE THEM FOR INSTRUCTIONAL PURPOSES . . ! )
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    Thanks for the upbeat answer Kaz. . I just passed my NPPL aeromed too. . . .reason being, I can't now afford to fly GA aircraft on my pension ! But I can fly anything up to 2,000 KGs AUW on my NPPL/SEP rating which includes a lot of G.A. appliances too ?. . . oh well,. . .I'll only fly 182s / 172s / Pa 28 R200s etc if I have some Victims,. . er, I mean 'Friends' sharing the cost ! I assume this means that I can fly a Twin again, if I only start One engine. . . . . Great ! I can't have back my Pax Oxygen management ticket for flight above 10.000 feet, but what the hell,. . I just won't go there, nor try to fly over the Swiss Alps. . . Normally fresh NPPL holders cannot fly aircraft with complex systems. . ie Constant Speed props and Dangly Dunlops, but they've told me that since I have multiple thousand hours doing so, that I will be granted grandfather rights on those Simple accessories, and that I can continue to fly friends to the Isle of Man TT races without the prop left in full fine and the gear extended,. . which is Handy. . . Innit ?
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    You will need to by a prop for that one. Cheers
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    The problems began more than 10 years ago when Boeings management in an ever increasing costs savings drive began to outsource the manufacture of parts by providing only high-level specifications and then asking suppliers to design more parts themselves. Hundreds of costly engineers were laid off in 2015 and software was out sourced to Indian company HCL formerly Hindustan Computers. This caused confusion as often the lack of aviation knowledge from the code cutters meant that there was to and froing due to communications issues and mistakes. There were kickback benefits for Boeing though as Air India placed a 16 $billion order in return for Boeings promise of 2.5 $billion of work for Indian companies in 2005. Boeing also got a 32 $billion order from Spiceject in 2017 for 737 Max aircraft further cementing the Indian relationship and a significant coup in a market previously dominated by Airbus. Boeing's 737 Max software outsourced to $13-an-hour engineers The problems relating to the outsourcing caused delays and is a major reason the Dreamliner was several years behind its original rollout schedule.
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