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  1. 4 points
    I wanted to follow the gas pipelines that carry gas to the export port at Gladstone. Finally got perfect weather for the flight. https://followingthegas.blogspot.com/2019/07/following-gas-to-export-httpswww.html
  2. 3 points
    Get your WAC chart, your whizz wheel, access to current weather, your aircrafts' POH and start planning flights of fancy. If you have an electronic flight planner, leave it in a drawer. You won't understand what navigation is all about if you begin with using crutches. Start off with a simple out-and-back in Nil wind, 15C air temperature and QNH 1013. Work out flight time, fuel requirments, ETA at checkpoints. LSALT Cruise altitude. Runway heading at departure, outbound destination and return destination After you have done a a few of these, start using the MET data over the same routes. You could go crazy and do some TAS -v- IAS calculations and see how they affect your section timings. Repeat for longer flights to include change of direction over checkpoints. Don't forget to do Beginning and End of Daylight calculations. Then you could start doing some en route diversions and ETA calculations to an airfield you divert to. After that you could into the real nitty-gritty and start doing route planning that includes time to reach top-of-climb, what you should be over at TOC. Where you should begin your descent to destination circuit height. Then after you have a hand on all that, do some flight planning hangar to hanger to include fuel use for taxying, and run up. Your motto when flying cross country should be: "Always on track. Always on time."
  3. 2 points
    That’s a northern hemisphere model!
  4. 1 point
    A new Take-off tips video, emphasising the oft neglected Full-Power check.
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  6. 1 point
    I'd be hesitant putting my backside in the seat of one without full confidence in the pilot. They were very high performance for their type, but required good training to operate them safely and quite a high number have met their demise in them. Specific training for type mandated by FAA improved improved the statistics. Interesting read on Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsubishi_MU-2
  7. 1 point
    John Johansen in South Australia made them for his around the world RV4 and I believe he was selling them. You could try googling him. Several other Rv's have had tip tanks fitted and at least one I know of was just a modification of the Vans built wingtips, that is on an RV10A.
  8. 1 point
    How to fly from a fixed wing pilots perspective ... 30 words or less ... You manage your aircraft within its and your limits using its controls to move in your desired direction accomodating the changeable nature of the air in which you fly.
  9. 1 point
    The original article was pretty much" musings " of an older pilot.. Certainly the" landing" is often considered the Gauge of how good the flight was. Whether this is the correct issue to be the basis of judgement is arguable.. A pilot may have to dump the plane on the runway and get the brakes on as a priority if the runway is short. The super landing may have been something of a fluke and not due to exceptional skill too..You can pull off some good landing s by doing it by numbers but not be flexible with coping well under varying conditions. Having maximum control of the arrival is the best concept. to aim for. Nev
  10. 1 point
    Not being a qualified Flight instructor, I agreed to sit with a chap ( Old friend and Business associate ) who had bought a Kitfox Mk3, which was a GA aircraft on the register. I had over 200 Hrs on type, and the Friend had taken a tailwheel course and been signed off as competent but he asked me to fly alongside him for a few hours, for confidence building as he had never flown a Kitfox before,, and there was no local instructor who had either. . . He had done his tailwheel endorsement on a Bellanca Decathlon,. . which is a much heavier airframe with a much more powerful engine,. . .But had passed anyway. I flew with him for 65 hours ( Oh Yeah,. .free flying WOULDN'T YOU ? ? but I usually paid for the breakfasts ! ! ),. . .to all sorts of locations; and he alway appeared to be under-confident, even to the point of asking me to do the radio calls. ( He had passed his GA licence course in Florida a year previously, on PA 28s, and while he was there, he also did a helicopter course in a Robinson R22. . but that's another story ). We got to the point were I was worried that his crosswind landing technique was non existent,. . he tried sideslipping, as taught by his american instructor and Crabbing, too, but always got it wrong. .. I showed him how I did it,. . on several occasions, but as I said, . .I am NOT an instructor. I said that the best thing he could do would be to approach a taildragger instructor and do it properly. .( I hate to tell people that they will never be a pilot as long as they have a hole in their bum. . but there we are.) He asked someone else from his own club for help with this, and got a real Ace in his own mind to teach him. . . . I only heard about the crash a month later,. . . they had tried to land on runway which was parallel to a 132KV national grid power line, and 90 degrees out of wind. The Kitfox ended up inverted in a field full of OIL SEED RAPE ( FECK YOUR BLOODY CANOLA ) under the Power Lines.. . . Only cuts and bruises but the aircraft was a write off. When I asked him what went so wrong, he said he was thinking about 'pulling the collective' for a go around. ( I $hit you not, . .that is what he said ) If anyone accuses me of BS here, I have the A/C registration, + all the names, places etc. . .. These folks walk amongst us,. .and when they have loads of money, they can be even more dangerous,. . .
  11. 1 point
    the print is to pale hard to see . Bernie .
  12. 1 point
    It's 6:30 am here in Oshkosh on Monday morning, the first day of the show. We are camped in 101 Woods and would like to know about any other forumites that are here. If you are here, stop by for a cuppa, and let us know if you're going to the international dinner. If we're not in the trailer when you stop by, leave us a note for how we can contact you here.
  13. 1 point
    Read the manual that came with your whizz wheel
  14. 1 point
    I watched my SIL's female Blue Heeler fly out of the back of the ute when she (dog) snapped at a passing branch on a bush track, and got too good a bite on it!! She just went - ZIP! - straight out! We were doing about 60kmh at the time, and she hit the track, unhurt - tried to stand up and start running - but she fell over, because her body was still doing 60kmh, and her legs were only doing 20kmh! She did that about 3 times, before she slowed down enough, to be able to get her legs going at the rate her body was going at! Meantimes, we were rolling about in the ute, killing ourselves with laughter. We stopped, and she jumped back in with a sheepish look, and didn't snap at any passing branches again, for a couple of days!
  15. 1 point
    I know of a wildcat that flew.
  16. 1 point
    I know a dog can fly on a sheet of corrugated iron off the back of a Ute. Ask me how!
  17. 1 point
    This question always intrigued me. Because I enjoy landing much more than take offs, does that mean I don't really like flying? Leaving the ground is easy: just open the throttle and point the aeroplane. Getting the damned thing down again (in one piece) is a whole lot harder and results in a feeling of considerable satisfaction, even relief.
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