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  1. 4 points
    From the Drifter, at 5,000 feet amsl this afternoon! No! it wasn`t after last light! it was 5.40...………. Franco.
  2. 3 points
    The guy on the left is Don Burnell, a good mate of mine! Don and I go right back to the late mid eighties, early days of the AUF, when both of us were members of the 'Far North Queensland Ultralight Association'...Don originally flew gliders, wanted to have a go at the Drifter with me, was hooked, and went on to obtained his AUF pilot certificate when I was instructing... Don flew my Drifter in those days, sometimes taking his Gliding mate, Kevin Sedgeman , ( Kevin was a Gliding CFI ) in the back seat with him, up to the Atherton Tablelands. Don has late stage four Prostate Cancer and may not have many more flying days left! due to his health he hadn`t flow for a number of years so todays flight was extra special for both of us! I took him out over High Island and when we got back he was quite emotional telling me he felt he was in heaven while we were up there! he also told me when the final day comes, he wants me to scatter his ashes, from the Drifter, over my strip here! I told him it will be a privilege. Leo is a good mate of Don`s and this was his first Ultralight flight! I took Leo out over High Island also! he was extremely impressed with the flight and the Drifter. Franco. Ps, Don gave me permission to write about his Cancer.
  3. 2 points
    They appear to be socket head cap screws so grade 10.9 or 12.9
  4. 2 points
    Being proactive with you feet. Trained a lot of people (with no brakes) and they suddenly learned what rudder pedals do. Specifically if they came from GA.
  5. 2 points
    Hi all, I am a massive collector of diecast aircraft models and want to share just a partial of my collection with you. Take a look at some of my models, fighter aircraft and helicopters! I am super happy with these models Lets see your collections people!! What aircraft do you recommend for me to get next ? I will be starting to collect even bigger models soon! I need to make some room first. 🙂
  6. 2 points
    Keep it as close to real time as you can. When you drive the Nullarbor, it's obvious then when you are getting out of whack with the suns position and what your clock says. Anyhow if you were serious you would use a 24 hour clock and forget AM and PM to avoid confusion As GMT does. Nev
  7. 1 point
    Mark, you can get the Meccano aircraft off Amazon.com.au for $19.00 (delivered free if you spend $39.00). Best of all, it doesn't require batteries!
  8. 1 point
    Very funny Onetrack....mind you truth and humour are pretty much the same when it comes to the italio english build manual...this is my second one and I am still scratching my head and swearing regularly about the quality of the build manual. I have never seen that meccano aircraft before..thats pretty cool..would look great on my desk at work 🙂
  9. 1 point
    The best thing to reset your circadian rhythm is be outside for a few days. and be exposed to the natural sun cycles. and sleep accordingly. Arc to time with longitude. I hour equals 15 degrees. Nev
  10. 1 point
    There goes one of those questions now...
  11. 1 point
    I ground looped my single seat Thruster once when I was relatively inexperienced, it took me by surprise. I was more careful after that. Had another almost moment in front of the crowd at Holbrook fly in early '90s. We had got permission to depart during the air show. In a rush to get away I brought the power up to quickly before I was completely straight on the runway, full opposite rudder and only just held it. It would have been so embarrassing, luckily just a good learning experience about pressure and other distractions.
  12. 1 point
    To throw a spanner in the works, does this help with the dreaded jet-lag we sometimes suffer?
  13. 1 point
    I looped my Sonerai 5 times before I even got it into the air.. 3 times at Latrobe Valley and then twice on my home strip after I had it ferried here for me.. After the Latrobe Valley loops ( progressively getting worse) the local CFI called me off the strip, and had me do an hour in their Citabria to restore my confidence. Had no trouble in the Citabria ( apart from getting a clip behind the ear when I did a flick turn)… After the 2nd at home, I finally worked out all I had learnt in had toe brakes .. Soni has hand brakes... Once I took authority of the pedals ( actually put my foot on) never again in 150 hours.. Soni lands 'tail hook' ( or at worst three point) as when at landing attitude there is next to no air over the rudder so once on the deck the stick is all the way back to force the tail wheel hard on so it can be steered, so by doing this, never lost control on the deck Mine has tension springs on the tail wheel and had none of the 'twitchyness' on tarmac that some have. Lyle
  14. 1 point
    Unbrako socket head capscrews are the answer, they are alloy steel that is stronger than 12.9 grade in metric. Under 16mm diameter, they are actually 1300MPa (189,000psi) Tensile strength. Over 16mm dia., they are 1250MPa. Be aware that capscrews in Inch sizes are one standard high strength, 170,000 to 180,000 psi Tensile strength. Unbrako Inch sizes are 180,000 to 190,000psi Tensile strength. But Metric capscrews come in metric 10.9 grade, metric 12.9 grade, and Unbrako grade. The Metric capscrew listing is on Page 38 of the file below. http://www.unbrako.com/images/downloads/engguide.pdf
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  16. 1 point
    It's O.K., Derek - Mark already knows what the finished product is supposed to look like - it's on the box! Even better, the instructions are bi-lingual - and all the tools are included! I just hope he understands that those plates he pictured, are part of the fuselage and firewall. I personally believe, he'd be a lot better served by swapping those trapezoidal wheels for round ones, but I guess that's a matter of personal choice.
  17. 1 point
    Crikey, it’s a meccano Plane!
  18. 1 point
    It's only at the equator you do the full distance and speed. relating to the rotation of the earth. You have to go west to stay with the sun (or get longer days.) Easier nearer the poles. The Earth is moving in orbit around the sun at 22/7 X 90 million miles a year and the solar system is also moving within the galaxy, which is moving in relation to the rest of the universe so you're on a wild ride. Tropical dwellers get balmy days with no real twilight but in more temperate areas in summer the day's much longer so why wouldn't one want to adjust their work times to take advantage of that and get a bit of recreational activity done.. Horses for Courses.. . Nev
  19. 1 point
    Some more Solo Depart & Rejoin Circuits training today, sure was a corker of a day for flying, virtually no wind, after today's effort I have now clocked up 2 hours of solo flight A snippet of today's flight, https://youtu.be/MfqXmVoZaIE
  20. 1 point
    Hi OME, These are bolts that go into the engine itself, so they can't be changed to AN.
  21. 1 point
    If you flew along the equator at 900kts in an Easterly direction you would not really need time. Just every 24 hours you could change the day. That means no watch necessary, just a calendar.
  22. 1 point
    Thanks guys, guess it's time for mr to start tap dancing.😊
  23. 1 point
    Absolutely agree - train on a thruster and you know what your feet are for and what ground loops are from day 1 ... train on a drifter and you will have less idea (very low ground angle means you can't be very slow and close to stall on touchdown ... you have more rudder authority on touchdown simply due to speed) But GA is different - Citabria is a pussy cat ... never felt like it wanted to loop ... whereas the Auster j/5 I flew seemed to want to bite its own tail until it was engine off and back in the hangar But most GA are so heavy and have brakes and that has meant that when I trained people onto thrusters and even drifters they discovered their feet pretty quick
  24. 1 point
    How lucky is this ferry pilot. Departing YLTV for NZ on a ferry flight and had an engine failure just after departing LTV. Survived the forced landing which probably may not have if he was over water in the Tasman. https://news.cfa.vic.gov.au/-/plane-crash-lands-in-traralgon-paddock
  25. 1 point
    It’s not exactly a time zone issue, but early Canadian bush pilots had very short daylight hours, long inhospitable distances, high winds & blizzards, whiteout weather, as well as large & rapidly changing magnetic variation to account for when navigating the north. Not for the faint hearted.
  26. 1 point
    Spare a thought for Canada with 6 time zones! Being close to the geographic North Pole, the lines of longitude narrow considerably, especially in the arctic regions. The north magnetic pole is actually wandering about within Canadian territory - just to add to the navigational complexity. Northern bush pilots really have their work cut out for them! https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00007-1
  27. 1 point
    The subjects of PVT, CHTR & medicals will be rehashed and debated again as usual. The real issue from my observations is compliance with VMC, IMC & night limitations. NVFR in other than ideal conditions is always a serious issue. Lengthy flights at night without a CIR requires more in-depth planning & considerations and the current available electronic devices (although helpful) do not substitute for training and currency.
  28. 1 point
    A couple of very useful document are available as a free download from the FAA website. AC43 is the generic title. Specifically: AC43. 13-1B & AC43. 13-2B They describe acceptable practices for various maintenance and repair tasks. I have used them for more than 30 years as a reference document when training others in the care and feeding of gliders. Robert
  29. 1 point
    It’s valid to compare fatalities between charter flights to much the same destinations to volunteers-on-call carrying about the same number of people to roughly the same locations under the same time expectations.
  30. 1 point
    A single time zone would be palatable if you could convince the clowns down south just to leave it alone and not be changing their clocks twice a year. If there ever was an argument FOR daylight saving it would be in winter so that you can come home when it's still daylight and get stuff done. Really....who needs dusk to be an hour later when the days in summer are so long anyway? I would much prefer an extra hour of light at the end of a winters day. You're going to work in the dark regardless, and who the hell gets up early and does useful stuff (like flying) BEFORE work? (except if you're on late shift) BTW... if you start work at 0900 or later, you are on late shift.
  31. 1 point
    The westernmost point of Australia is Steep Point WA, 113 degree 09' 20" East. The easternmost point is Cape Byron 153 degrees 38' 20' East. That means that the continent is 40 degrees 27' 02" wide. Half of that is 20 degree 13' 16", making the midline of the continent at 133 degrees 22' 34" If 15 degrees = 1 hour, then the midline is located 1 degree 47' 26" west of the 135 degree line ( UTC + 9 hrs). 1 degree 47' 26' = 5.495 minutes. Therefore we could set out time for the whole country at UTC +9hrs at the 135th meridian which is indicated on this map Australia. It wasn't until the late 19th Century that rapid travel by railroad created the need for common time zones on land, although Greenwich Mean Time had been used for navigation for several centuries. Standard time was introduced in the 1890s when all of the Australian colonies adopted it, and the three time zones were established. Before the switch to standard time zones, each local city or town was free to determine its local time, called local mean time. "People are very proprietorial about their time zones" is quite true. The debate about Daylight Saving goes on and on in Queensland and Western Australia as the whether to introduce it. It is a done thing in the other States and Territories, although one can hear some guntling from those who see no value in sunrise and sunset being later in the 24 hour period we call a "day". The question begging an answer is why our time indicators have to go forward in summer when there are more hours of daylight, but not backwards in winter when hours of daylight are less.
  32. 1 point
    We need three time zones so the people at Camerons Corner can have three New Year celebrations half an hour apart.
  33. 1 point
    I love the Ercoupe and would like to own one. Enjoyed the video.
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