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    I have a somewhat different take on this. Everybody wants something for nothing or at best, cheap. Take my club; $130 an hour ( instruction is by volunteers and our L4 does a good deal with the club) so you could solo for about $1500 to 2000 with club joining fee of $450. At such a low price we take students from the schools in our area. So does this work out for our club? NO! We have 4 Jabs churning thru students with training 6 days per week. But the bottom line is many of these would be aviators tick it off their bucket list once they have gone solo. We never see them again; it was cheap; volunteers look after the fleet and grounds; time to tick off the next task on that bucket list. I feel that if you don't work for it or it is cheap, others don't appreciate it as they just use you up so long as you get what you want. We also run a gliding operation and we were overwhelmed with TIF customers running the cfi and instructors into the ground ( we picked up very few students as a result) so in the end we put a 50% increase on the cost and we had a few less TIFs but revenue was the same and less burnout. I wish we did this with Rec Aviation. Flying is expensive; Pay What It Is Worth. This will ensure that the flying business survives. Ken
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    To build a fleet of giant airliners requires a building just as big. Boeing’s Everett Factory, built to construct the famous 747, is the biggest enclosed structure in the world. When you’re building some of the world’s biggest airliners, you need an equally outsized building. When Boeing decided to build the 747 – a plane so big it would become known around the world as the jumbo jet – they had to build a factory large enough to build several of them at the same time. If you’ve ever seen a 747 from close quarters you’ll know just how giant Boeing’s jumbo is. So it’s no surprise the factory which ended up building has to be very big indeed. How big? Try the biggest enclosed building in the world. Boeing started work on the Everett factory in 1967, just as the Boeing 747 project was starting to gather pace. Bill Allen, Boeing’s charismatic chief, had realised the company would need a huge amount of space if they were going to build an airliner big enough to carry 400 passengers. They chose an area of woodland some 22 miles (35km) north of Seattle, near an airport that had served as a fighter base during World War Two. An article in the Daily Herald, Everett’s local paper, recalls just how out of the way the airport was. According to Joe Sutter, the engineer who masterminded the 747 project, the site had only minor road access to the nearest highway and no railway connection. In the forest roamed wild bears. The factory now produces the newer generations of Boeing airliners (Credit: Getty Images) At the same time Boeing was building the prototype of the world’s biggest airliner, it was also having to construct the factory to make them in. Today, the Everett factory easily dwarfs any other building in the world by volume, with the Guinness Book of Records reporting that it occupies 72 million cubic feet (13.3 million cubic metres). “We’ve overlaid the building over some of the most famous landmarks around the world,” says David Reese, who helps runs the factory tours at Everett. “We have various famous places like Versailles, the Vatican and Disneyland, and you see them when you start the factory tour. “I remember I did an interview with the BBC a few years ago, and I thought ‘I wonder what the volume of Wembley Stadium is?’ Well, it turns out you can fit 13 of them in the volume of our factory.” The Everett plant still produces a dwindling number of 747 freighters, but today it mostly concentrates on the smaller 767, 777 and 787 models. To build that fleet of planes requires lots of room. Everett’s main building covers 97.8 acres (39 hectares), more than 30 times as big as London’s Trafalgar Square. Boeing had to build the new factory at the same time it was designing the 747 (Credit: Boeing) Each shift has as many as 10,000 workers, and there are three shifts each day. Over the course of 24 hours, the factory has a population only a little less than the Australian city of Alice Springs. Reese has worked for Boeing for 38 years – 11 of them running the factory tours – but says he can still remember his first impression of the factory. “It was very awe-inspiring the first time – and I would have to say every day since, too. It changes constantly. Each day there’s something new.” The Everett factory is so big that there’s a fleet of some 1,300 bicycles on hand to help cut travel time. It has its own fire station and medical services on station, and an array of cafes and restaurants to feed the thousands of workers. Overhead are a multitude of cranes used to move some of the heavier aircraft parts as the planes start to take shape. The operators, Reese says, are some of the most highly skilled and best-paid workers at the factory. There are a few rules for working in, or even just visiting, the factory. “We do require proper footwear, so no open-toed shoes and no high heels for the ladies – anything that could possibly cause a fall or damage your feet – and you have to wear safety glasses at all times in the factory. Constantly. That can be an issue with some of our visitors, they say things like ‘Oh, I wear reading glasses, that will be enough.’ It’s not.” The factory boasts some surprising features. While there is ventilation, there is no air conditioning. In summer, if it gets too hot, Reese says, they just open the massive doors to let in the breeze. In winter, the effect of the more than one million lights, the huge amount of electric equipment and some 10,000 human bodies also helps moderate the temperatures. “I only have to wear a sweater or a light jacket and that’s sufficient.” There is a longstanding urban myth that the building is so large and high that clouds form at the top of it. Not quite so, says Reese. “The building was still being constructed as the first plane was being built, and one wall was not yet enclosed. We think that fog or mist from the outside and accumulated in the building, and it looked like a kind of hazy atmosphere. The finished aircraft are towed over a bridge to a nearby airport (Credit: Boeing) “It’s the same thing when we had wildfires nearby, it got pretty hazy inside the factory.” Reese says the factory’s days have an ebb and flow, the factory changing tasks as the day progresses. “The second shift, that’s when there’s more crane activity when there isn’t quite as many people. “When we move a finished aircraft out of the factory it’s driven over a freeway to an airport nearby, and in order not to startle the drivers too much, we tend to do that at night.” Not just the world’s biggest building, but full of surprises too.
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    Hi all, as you may have seen by now the User Post Bit that is displayed on the left side of a post when viewed on a PC is now complete. here is an explanation of what is contained in the post bit: Please note that the user's general location is displayed as a link which enables you to see on a Google Map the general area of the user which will help everyone in perhaps creating a stronger community of site users by being able to catch up in person if you find yourself flying in the area or get stuck due to weather etc.
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    Excellent! There are things in my build that I may need to add to say the first post, months later so that will work well. I’ll transfer what I’ve written up to a blog and fix up typos and chronology etc while I’m at it 🙂
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    Ah, Now fixed for multi-pages topics.
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    cockpit skirts are done and heading for fuel tank next.
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    Deskpilot, the aluminium tubing size you have quoted is possibly American-sourced 7/8" tubing, which is actually 22.2mm. Thruster88 is onto it, thicker wall tubing is the way to go, the thicker wall aids greatly in preventing splitting. Performance Metals in Sydney can supply a 6061-T6 tubing in 7/8" diameter (22.2mm) with a wall thickness of 0.120" (3mm). Their catalogue number is PSAT2230. http://www.performancemetalsaustralia.com.au/round-tube-6061-T6-aluminium-stock-list.php However, Performance Metals indicate they only supply full lengths of this tubing - 5.2 to 7.3 metres. If I could source a short length of this material locally (Perth), I reckon I could produce the bent shape you require - although the general rule of thumb for maximum bend radius for aluminium tubing, is 3 1/2 inches. I'll do some more searching locally and see what I can find. I'll also ask my local muffler and exhaust lads if they can bend 7/8" tubing with their power bender - these benders are the best you can get, for producing smooth radius bends.
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    "Roger" used to be the phonetic for "R" before the NATO phonetic alphabet became the standard so "R" is now Romeo. Roger is defined as "Read and Understood. I have received all of your last transmission". Affirm means "Yes". So if someone is asking you a question & you can answer with a yes, say "Affirm". It you are being advised of a situation where a readback is not required say "Roger". What is not acceptable is CB speak of "Copy" or "Copy that" etc. There was an article in the October Sportpilot of radio use in class G airspace. There is no difference when you are in controlled airspace except when being provided with information from ATC a readback is usually required to confirm you have read and understood the transmission.
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    David, As I am not trying to fix RAAus anymore I make no suggestion of comment on what I consider need to be changed. However as you in the post above ask to talk about facts and correct procedure so here is my position and perception of the facts. The election - nothing in this relates to the AGM and correct process but it is entirely on the election 1. The Members passed a resolution at the General Meeting in May 2016 to replace the Constitution with an effective date of the registration with ASIC a. the effective date of the Constitution was the registration date of RAAus ltd. with ASIC b. factually the registration date with ASIC was, is and always will be 26th July 2016 - doubt me? look at the first paragraph of the Directors Report in the audited financial statements Outcome is that nothing under the new Constitution was effective or able to be operationally used until that date Without saying - 'that's what we meant' or - 'thats the intent of the general meeting' or - 'near enough is good enough' Factually it was not permitted for the board and management of RAAus to call for nomination for elected directors under the new constitution as they did at the beginning of July 2016. Equally and factually no election process under the new constitution can just adopt closed nomination ... an election process that HAS to comply with processes that are acceptable the AEC must include end-to-end and at BEST the election process under the new constitution can only apply to the voting and counting part of what was done. 2. Factually within the new constitution (and in my opinion any valid process that would be acceptable to the AEC) the process of the election must be documented and made available to the electorate - pretty basic eh? Well without trying to piece together a process please explain how an election process that started at the start of July with closed nominations and statements going out to print in the magazine was undertaken under a known process when the rules for the election were approved by the Initial Directors at their board meeting on 10 August 2016 - check the register of board minutes on the RAAus website to confirm that date So no process documented before the process started, members when asking for the document being told it does not exist just look at the magazine and a process stating its under a constitution commencing before that constitution and in fact not complying with the very clear requirements of that constitution is factually NOT a valid process and the outcomes of the process are not valid under that constitution. There are some facts and without a variation on the theme of that's what was intended or near enough is good enough it cannot stand the scrutiny of the Constitution. Now the facts around the AGM 1. the election and any changes in directors is a standing item for any AGM under our constitution - discussion an resolutions relating to the election are legitimate within any AGM 2. factually under the Corporations Act there are only limited areas of resolutions for meetings that factually must have a minimum 21 days notice to all members ... elections and appointments of directors are not within those limited areas 3. Our new constitution specifically provides for Member Resolutions and specifically allows them to be put to a any general meeting for which member resolutions are called in the 21 day period ... I refer you to 27 and 28 of our constitution ... if members can never raise a resolution during the 21 days leading up to the general meeting please explain how these sections of the constitution are ever to have effect. a. please do not counter this by referring to 21© of the constitution on board requirements to provide the agenda and any resolutions 21 days prior to ... factually they are separate areas with different requirements b. please answer me where the directors actually did anything on the 22nd day before the AGM to practically mean that member resolutions provided on that day were impossible to include ... c. factually if the constitution allows 21 days for something 21 days is it - if from a procedural perspective 22 or 23 days would actually work to address the fact you have two items falling on the same day which is inconvenient and practically impossible to deal with in a single action it is factaully not permitted for the directors to impose a process that has a greater than 21 day requirement on one area ... if they do that process to the extent is disallows actions that are allowed under the constitution is invalid. Sorry but the failings of the drafting in the constitution to actually recognize that the notice to AGM should be 24 days before (to accommodate the weekend nature of our AGMs) and that member resolution notices to be distributed at the companies expense should be at 26 days before ( to allow everything to be processed and collected into a single communications to members for administrative ease) is what needs to be changed in the constitution - the facts are that these day limits do not exist in the constitution in the two areas and factually the day limits are the same creating a situation where RAAus is stuck with requiring separate communications at its own cost for any resolutions raised on day 21 before a general meeting. d. Member resolutions can still be communicated even if raised after the 21 days provided the member pays for the distribution - I offered to pay and was told that as they had not been provided before 22 days they cannot and will not be distributed - look at your constitution and tell me have factually that sits with the constitution. 4. Member resolutions on items within the AGM agenda are permitted except where they are deemed defamatory - that is the very limited basis allowed under our constitution for directors to actually refuse a member resolution. The resolutions relate to the validity of the process of elections for persons proposed to be appointed as directors of the company - show me how that is not valid as a resolution either as a member resolution with notice OR from the floor of the AGM when the agenda item of the board elections and appointments were being discussed? When you see the video of the AGM you might note that I was VERY careful to raise points of order on items are very specific times in the meeting - the lack of member resolutions was at the top of the meeting when opened as it related to the lack of them on the agenda while the substative issues with the election were only raised once the meeting had moved the agenda item of the election results. So there are my summary of facts. As I am now in run off as a member of RAAus and will not be doing any assistance in addressing these and other issues with RAAus documents like Group C pilots not requirement medicals, RAAus Membership or 2 yearly flight reviews I am bowing out. But David factually neither the directors nor any member can 1. say that direct application of the constitution to a member resolution is not factually allowed even if the communicated process the directors would like is different 2. say that near enough is good enough because that's what as intended - the members approved a constitution and set a start date that was contingent and triggered by registration - you cannot factually avoid that. Thank you and good bye. Moderators - as this thread was specifically on the AGM and request for proxies and FACTUALLY the AGM has occurred can I ask that this thread be locked
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