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  1. 9 points
    Just thought i would write a short story about my love for Thrusters and experience from 34 years of continuous operation of the type. As a wide eyed but very shy 22yo I was in the fortunate position to buy a new T84 single seat Thruster with a rotax 377, the best thing around at the time and a total rocket compared to the scout i started in. Flew the single for five years with one engine failure due to carbon fouled spark plug (single ignition), no broken metal. 1990 got my current T500, it had been demonstrated at Oshkosh 88. Loved the two seats and took lots of people up. 1992 the Rotax 582 came out and I had to have one, the faultless Rotax 503 DCSI was sold. Time flew by with many adventures, Holbrook flyin, Louth races, Gunnedah to finally get a licence. Before long 300hrs was up and the 582 got a rebuild, new crank bearings and piston rings. About this time I was feeling the need for speed and got a PPL, not long after saw a cheap Beech musketeer for sale close by. The musketeer is not fast, it takes 3 hrs to do what an RV can do in 2 but it is spacious, and strong, dependable like a true friend. I enjoyed flying the two very different aircraft and still do. Soon enough the 582 had done 600 faultless hours, time for the second rebuild but this time I decided to fly on and buy a new engine when required. At just on 1000hrs and 23 years the old greyhead 582 told me the time had come. It was retired still making rated power. 😥 The new blue head 582 complete withe radiators and B gearbox cost about $7.5k in 2015, Cheap flying. I guess i like 2 strokes. The thing I most like about the Thruster now is that it flies slow, can turn on a dime, feels real and connected to me. A 30 min flight burns 9 litres.
  2. 5 points
    Yesterday was '9/11' day in the USA. It was also the 69th birthday of this fabulous Cessna 170A. Hard to believe but it only has about 5000 hrs TT, (that we can document anyway!). Of this, I flew over 2000 hrs into every 2nd paddock in the WA wheatbelt. It also trained at least 60 pilots to a tailwheel endorsement. I owned this beauty for 13 years from 1992 until 2005. Imagine my surprise when it arrived here in Albany, WA on the 10th Sept on a circumnavigation of Australia. Not only a few pics on the ground, and a talk with owners, but noted the string of improvements that have been made since in left here. Couldn't help myself so we flew out with it and took a couple pics. Going so slow that the RV needed flap!! happy days,
  3. 4 points
    OK... So here's an update. Aircraft has been sitting for a little while now, and new leakdowns tested on a stone cold engine. Results were 77/80 78/80 78/80 78/80 Leakdowns don't lie. So I am happy to continue on as normal. The leakdowns, colour of the oil (still looks new), no oil use and colour of the plugs confirms that the motor is fine.
  4. 2 points
  5. 2 points
    I think it’s “horses for courses!” There are some things that can be plastic and would be of the strength required. Especially if you are designing them yourself they can be redone over and over again till you get them just right. Cheap, easy and don’t need the well appointed workshop. Some of the output of a 3D printer can be made really schmicko with post- production vapour smoothing. Of course there’s some things that need to be metal and structurally sound but honestly once they get to that level I’ll buy aviation grade ones from Aircraft Spruce.
  6. 2 points
    Need more "map marker" posts in "what's new". Definately not enough of them. Thrilling content.....🤤
  7. 2 points
    I bought a Makerfarm 3D printer ( http://www.makerfarm.com/index.php/ )several years ago, but lack of space, and time to use it, have kept it packed in a box for a while. Since I got mine 3D printers for personal use have come a long way. When I started, I joined this forum: https://3dprintboard.com/ It appears to be still going strong. For desktop use you are looking at a price of about $500 for something that is functional. The key points to look for are: Accuracy of movement of the printer head Temperature control Automated bed leveling Range of print material (PLA, ABS etc) You can pay a motza for some pre-built printers, while a simple build yourself kit can produce equally good products. Don't forget that you will need CAD software and G-Code generation software, but these are readily available on the Web A 3D printer and a CNC machine are basically the same thing, except the 3D Printing involves adding material to make something, while a CNC machine removes material to expose the product. Thing of 3D printing as being like making a pot on a potter's wheel and CNC machining as making a statue from a block of stone.
  8. 1 point
    The end of an era for all those of us who flew in Kookas, Boomerangs and Super Arrows, and those of us who were sad at the fate of the Platypus. I remember Harry very well. He was always there at Gawler and I thought those days would never end. I always considered him to be a mate of mine, not that we were equals. Harry had a traumatic younger life, finishing the war as a very young German POW. He certainly didn't agree with the Nazis, and this and his trauma could be seen in his refusal to do any work on Polish gliders, on account "of how those Poles started WW2." But I always found him very helpful and knowledgeable. The gliding club often took its half-done annual inspection jobs to Harry to finish off, and he always did this cheerfully. He was a maintenance minimalist, and in this he was correct and ahead of his time, a fact that I have only recently come to understand. For some years, Harry actually imported gliders for stock.. gosh I thought that was normal. It was sad when he retired and sadder when his brain slowly succumbed to the ravages of time.
  9. 1 point
    Leakdowns check piston and valve sealing and yours are good. Do you cut open your oil filters at each oil change? Nev
  10. 1 point
    There is a free smartphone app called Runwaymap which has over 20,000 airports listed so this & perhaps other like it are taking over from websites like airport-data. It is still there though.
  11. 1 point
    I’ve got a Prusa Mark 3S that I got as a kit and have become a bit of a Maker-Nerd I guess. I’ve used it for some Jabiru based stuff but nothing structural or requiring absolute strength. Some are pretty basic due to my just learning. I just use TinkerCAD to design things and the Slicer program that comes with the printer to make the guide files that the printer itself needs. I have tried Fusion 360 CAD program but Fusion 360 is pretty intensive learning and requires a lot of getting used to. so I tend to just stay with TinkerCAD which is a simple free online CAD designed for school kids. It’s About my level! 🤣 So my list of bits: Dash bits - Instrument hole blanking plug Small plate to hold USB extension plug from the sky view. Clips to hold sun visor up when not in use. Headphone cradle for the control/battery box on my Light speed Zulus Camera mount for my 360 Fly “ball” camera on the vertical stabiliser. There’s not a lot of things I’ve made for the Jabiru specifically compared to other stuff in the workshop or round the house because I’ve been worried about structural strength. Some have to be heat resistant if they are going to be permanent in the cabin. ABS plastic has the highest melting temps of the simple, easy to use plastics and is used for some motor vehicle parts but I’ve seen some examples where even they have melted so I’ve been a bit careful. I’d be keen to see what other makers/jab owners/pilots have done and extend my experience.
  12. 1 point
    Just checked your gallery there this morning and it's working fine. So is the homepage, so hopefully it was just an ISP issue or something temporary.
  13. 1 point
    How about!. Cheap to build, Cheap to run & flies like a real aeroplane. Can be made as a Learner (tricycle-nose-wheel), Then convert it tail-dragger to get the extra speed, & range, (61 mpg). AND a great looker !. I saw the report in the EAA March 2009 sport pilot mag. spacesailor
  14. 1 point
    Yes, Kestrel was at Narromine. Said old bloke would have been Peter Hodgens. Usually Lancair IV-P's it into Narromine.
  15. 1 point
    I find it incredible that a pilot with a supposedly 30 yrs of experience would do this - push on into deteriorating weather and dust conditions that he obviously never studied in depth, pushed on after last light, and pushed on over water, when he had a machine that could land virtually anywhere. As a Vietnam Veteran, I know what Hueys can do, they are virtually unbreakable.
  16. 1 point
    Picture of my hanger buddy's. Neil Bell and his Kestrel one of the first built with a 3300
  17. 1 point
    I suspect when they call for input like with CASA and a NPRM they are mainly window dressing and have already made their mind up. what changes they have in mind. Nev
  18. 1 point
    From time to time RAA ask for volunteers to put into a skills register. I don't know what sort of response they get. I have done some volunteer work for them, however, I am doing it at my own pace. They may not have the luxury of waiting for ages, or waiting for someone to visit Canberra. I am sure there are Board members who consult people they know have better knowledge of things. This might be happening behind the scenes without us knowing. It's a hard question to answer - if RAA get outside help (from members or professionals etc) and they don't pay, or pay less than market value (eg free labour "parts" only) are these provided by "volunteers"? If so, then Yes, they are using Volunteers. But remember - you get what you pay for. Often Volunteers are not required to stand by their product, there's no compulsion to complete.
  19. 1 point
    I think Turbo is referring to Forum Posts - lost in the myriad of spurious content from - tutorials, map pins, vids etc... He's a candidate for Option 2, but more likely wants What's New - Forum Posts only. I understand where he is coming from.
  20. 1 point
    Yea, IF your happy to pay Ozrunways for their Premium subscription, otherwise AVPlan give your ADSB-B Traffic over the internet.
  21. 1 point
    Angle of attack is not a problem until he starts to run out of airspeed at the top of climb. If he had more horsepower he could have continued the climb angle at a safe airspeed. Don't confuse climb angle with AoA to the relative wind. What he was doing there was trading excess airspeed for altitude.
  22. 1 point
    Yes it is showing the climb! but is the point, the guy is climbing too steeply or that he`s stalling at the top of the climb or that a climb that steep is more hazardous than a normal climb?....It appears to me that he`s simply done a steep climb and lowered the nose at the top of the climb. Doesn`t appear to stall! The real problem would occur if the engine was to fail at too low an altitude to get the nose down before the stall. Keep in mind that this also applies to STOL aircraft that climb out extremely steeply.
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