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    Rubber degrades with age and the effect of sunlight, and the small percentage of ozone in the air. Even if kept in dark conditions, rubber components still slowly degrade, by hardening and losing strength. 5 years is a regularly recommended changeover period for critical rubberised components, you might be able to run them for 10 years, if they're kept in dark, covered conditions. I'd say replace them.
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    No ! Manwell is John Cleese’ sidekick in Fawlty Towers....... Bob
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    When I did my initial night flying for CPL in 1964/5, you were instructed in both no landing lights, and then with landing lights. I found the 'with lights' to be harder than the without, but this was in a C172 and the lights were in the port wing, creating a sideways light onto the cowls and panel. The C182 that I owned for 12 years had the lights in the front engine cowling and that was good because there was no light over the screen. One problem was that the plug connection for the lights had to be undone for cowl removal as in maintenance, and it was very important to check that it was plugged back in before departing the workshop. Had one fright when it wasn't plugged in, but it was at Geraldton which had good runway lights. Pilot should check lights before night flights!! For 'landing lights' to be of real value to you in event of an unplanned night landing - they need to be pretty strong or you just wouldn't have enough time to manoeuvre for the softest arrival. I don't think my Brumbys' front strut mounted LED landing light would be adequate for that, but it isn't going to be tested! There was a local legend over here who ran out of noise one night, and on the glide, he was explaining the necessary procedures to some very apprehensive passengers. A passenger relating the story many years on explained......' I'll turn on the landing lights, but if I don't like what I see - I'll turn them off' I think this story has had many iterations but it usually raises a smile or two. Btw, they landed in a wheat paddock without a scratch.
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    This is how aviation was fostered in the early 1950's. Interesting to see the war surplus Ansons and DC-3's as aerial workhorses. Who'd a thought Tooraweenah would be an aviation hub? Butler Air Transport made it so. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butler_Air_Transport
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    No, I was flying a Broken Hill aero club plane in 1973, VH-BHU. Here is my VH-SVJ at William Creek last week.
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    Last week I flew Kyneton - Renmark - William Creek - Birdsville - Leigh Creek - Broken Hill - Kyneton. We had a look around Lake Eyre and at the Marree Man. The photos show that the Birdsville pub has changed a bit since I last landed there. In the original photo you can just see my Cherokee on teh left, in 1973.
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    "Elegant" for me, looks very familiar with what we have had in the past.
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    Hey, I like the way this thread is going. Nonsensical but irrefutable hypotheses that could keep us going for weeks if not months. Bring it on.
  12. 1 point
    The USA built a lot of aeroplanes for WW1. None made it to France in time.
  13. 1 point
    I attended a presentation a few weeks ago and asked that exact question to the president. His answer confirmed owner maintenance for the over 600kg class in amateur built. I can't recall if that included non hire/reward factory built or not. My previous impression was all aircraft over 600kg would be lame maintained.
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    Here's a look back at 1966
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    His father's death was related to actions by Robert Kennedy. 11 shots were fired, Chuck Nicoletti fired the frontal shot which killed him, James Files fire from the grassy knoll, someone else I forget managed to hit the kerb and leave a scar which was there for years, a bullet went throught the windscreen of the limo and through a freeway sign which was removed same day. No great secrets there. What several people have tried to explain is that this was a very silly flight by a pilot who was nowhere near qualified to do it, and the result was as expected. One of my instructors, flying over the sea in a search and rescue, with otherwise above average control of his aircraft, also lost contril and killed himself in daylight.
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    I liked Ahmed's Zenforo. I prefer the lighter themes; Ortem, Elegant. I would like to avoid black backgrounds, bold, busy themes & semi transparent. I want to easily read the forum message. On forum posts, I prefer to see the OP, rather than just the last poster, and some indication that I contributed to the discussion (so I can follow-up). I like the idea of the user changing the colour - or is that set by the Site?
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    +1 for the Xenforo look-alike scheme. A good scheme has pastel colours, rather than strong bold colours that are hard on the eyes, particularly where there's a number of strong colours providing very sharp contrast.
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    WW1 was actually worse for terrible war surplus waste. At the end of WW1, the RAF owned 22,000 aircraft! Quite a number of the Sopwiths in late 1918 still had zero hours on them, and these new aircraft were scrapped without ever leaving the ground. Of the 22,647 aircraft the RAF owned in late 1918, more than 80% went for scrap.
  19. 1 point
    Pushing the boundaries of your piloting skills by attempting a borderline VFR flight into complete darkness is the only glaring reason for John Kennedy Jr's fatal crash. The Kennedys were famous for risky behaviour. The NTSB conducted a thorough enquiry and concluded that the crash was due to the pilots "failure to maintain control of the airplane during a descent over water at night, which was a result of spatial disorientation". That is an investigation carried out by experts, who also look for evidence of possible foul play in crashes. Even JKj's last instructor advised he wasn't yet ready for instrument evaluation, and needed additional training. He stated that JKj had the ability to fly to Martha's vineyard at the time of the flight, only if a visible horizon existed. Any faintly visible horizon JK Junior might have had, vanished during his descent, due to haze and the blending of dark water, dark land, and dark night. He chose to fly without filing a flight plan, he originally planned to take off in good light at 18:00Hrs but did not depart until 20:39Hrs, more than 30 mins after sunset. In addition, the final nail in his coffin was his decision to fly the route over 30 miles of water and then descend over water at night, whilst approaching the coastline. In hazy conditions, at night, with no IFR qualification, JK jr simply flew far beyond his skills level. As with so many fatal crash pilots, they think they're more skilled than they are.
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    His crash was exactly the same as many before him and many after him. It happens to the best of them. Believe what you like, but there is no glaring alternative.
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    There's plenty of experience operating DC 3's, Bristols etc out of Essendon on the Tassie route encountering icing and I've had it near Albury on a normal winter's day. Nev
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    War surplus. Harley Davidson's 2pound, Indian one BSA's 10 bob. And Aircraft 20 Pound, destined for the smelter, to become Ingots for America. Dakota's, And the Big bombers were 30 pound, a lot of fabric aircraft were burnt on the airfield. IF ONLY WE KNEW !. spacesailor
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    What the guy said was "Graveyards are full of indispensable men". It is a quote often attributed to Charles De Gaulle, that means people who thought things couldn't go on without them end up dead. It's about people pushing on when they shouldn't. Pilots with "get thereitis" are a very good example. There is no suggestion of conspiracy in that statement.
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    I was using traps in the sixties , had 100 . Bernie .
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    The first shipment of S-400 equipment arrived in Turkey today.
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    Try interchanging the probes between #4 and #6 , and between #3 and #5 , (if lengths allow) and note temps ...... Bob
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    YGAR - Western Australia- Ningaloo Reef To all who fly Gnaraloo has 2 strips now, YGAR can be found in the country airstrip guide and there is a new strip right at the homestead. Accommodation is available and even a hire car so you can travel around. Fuel could be arranged if you needed it but Carnarvon has fuel supplies and is only about 100km south. Cheers Paul
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    Did the best part of an annual inspection this morning with the first flight after; around the local valley area. On my way back saw matt in his newly refurbished Lightwing also up enjoying the nice winter weather. 20190711_085102.mp4
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    I look around every time I go past Goulburn and never see any planes flying. Should I have been looking for sausages? Nev
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