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  1. 22 points
    VH-ABA rebuild is done. Quite a few people asked to see photos when done so here it is
  2. 16 points
    Got home from work Friday afternoon and felt the urge to get away, grabbed the camping gear( always packed) hit the airstrip and was away. Flew down to Pine Creek, approx 90nm South of Darwin, camped the night and spent the day fossicking around some creek beds with the metal detector, found a total of 8 rusty beer cans and bugger all else but the scenery was pretty good and I didn't see another soul apart from one tourist that called in after seeing the Foxbat. The flight home was fantastic although the smoke from the many fires that we have this time of year cut visibility back quite a bit. Here's a couple of pics.
  3. 16 points
    Dear Admin, As we have requested - please change the title to something that reflects the actual known circumstances of the incident. Ie: Jabiru has forced landing cause under investigation. This is a fairness issue. And not a form of censorship. Even if it was not a well known manufacturer will ongoing issues with CASA, which it could be interpreted as unwarranted. The continued misrepresentation of issues with Jabiru or any other manufacturer, does a great disservice to us all as sport pilots and to RAAus and this very forum site. Also unfairly targets owners of Jabiru aircraft and the value of their aircraft. We have been previously been told to not be too political due to ability to be sued- the same goes for this issue. And is far more relevant to our sport. Think of all of us, our sport, our aircraft, our RAAus and your precious website. Then think about Jabiru, all they have done for our expanding sport. The title smells of witch hunt. And it portrays us all very badly.
  4. 14 points
    if you heard about every road fatality when they happen, you wouldnt get in a a car either.. funny thing life, no one gets out of it alive. enjoy it while you can. even it it means enjoying things others think dangerous, or are dangerous, i still ride motorbikes, and on long interstate rides as well. i know the risks, i accept them, and take every precaution to lower them, but i know, i can be killed. and if i am, i will die knowing i have lived more than a lot of others. another strange thing, about training, we all know flying can be dangerous, yet we all want to get the cheapest training available... think about it. i have had aerobatic training with military instructors, sure, wasnt cheap. but i know where my limits are, and test them using schools aircraft, with a qualified instructor beside me, so i dont have to when im flying my Savannah by myself. If your worried about flying after seeing or hearing of an accident, then think about getting more training, a refresher, or something you can do to lower your risks, or walk away and forever dream. Condolences to all involved.
  5. 13 points
    One of my faves: A guy is driving around the back woods of Montana and he sees a sign in front of a broken down shanty-style house: 'Talking Dog For Sale.' He rings the bell and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard. The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador Retriever sitting there. "You talk?" he asks. "Yep" the Lab replies. After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says, "So, what's your story?" The Lab looks up and says, "Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young. I wanted to help the government, so I told the CIA. In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping, I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running... but the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn't getting any younger so I decided to settle down. I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals. I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I'm just retired." The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog. "Ten dollars" the guy says. "Ten dollars? This dog is amazing! Why on Earth are you selling him so cheap?" "Because he's a bullsh*t artist. He's never been out of the yard in his life."
  6. 13 points
    I am a huge fan of Dick Smith. He is a great entrepreneur and philanthropist. Trying to shove him into a Conservative or Communist box is just mindless. I see him as a progressive, small "L" liberal who is committed to logic and science as the way forward. He is outspoken and attracts a lot of criticism but he says what he thinks and backs it up with action. Imagine a government run by Dick Smith? There be pollies dropping in their tracks not able to keep up with the pace. Disagree with his conclusions by all means but save the questioning of his motives for some other forum. He could be fully retired living on his own island in the Whitsundays not giving a toss about the rest of Australia but instead, despite being in his 70s he clearly does care and at every opportunity he makes his views known with the aim of persuading more people to think. Is he right about not being able to sustain a geometric progression of economic and population growth? Of course he is - that's just simple mathematics. Is anyone prepared to deny the maths? No! Instead they just ignore it and both sides of politics in Australia and all around the world are obsessed with achieving unsustainable perpetual growth. Insanity writ large.
  7. 13 points
    Did anyone catch the 60 minutes ep last night re the malaysian airliner? I must say, 60 minutes years ago used to be one of the more, umm, trustworthy current affairs shows. But last night I was horrified as I watched them milk the current Drama for every drop of beat up, forced emotion from those poor people. It was shocking to see the poor widow going through her torment, on the show with an apparently 'caring' reporter there to comfort her in her grief, as long as the cameras kept rolling. Further, they interview an 'aviation expert' who makes the claim: " There is no evidence of any fire, system failure or anything else. There is however evidence that it was a deliberate act!!!... Seriously?? WTF!!Does this expert have acces to info that the rest of the world havnt seen? What a complete beat up. It was like reading a forum thread where everyone had an opinion. And then, to top it off, they chuck the reporter in the simulator and recreate the last seconds of the flight, as the jet stalls and plumets to the water. What, in the world, was this meant to prove? Why, would anybody think that should be included in any serious report on the accident. The My god 60 minutes.. You have taken the cake for oversensationalising, cheap, inaccurate and irresponsible reporting.. Disgusted!!!!! Rant over
  8. 13 points
    Here's a photo seen from my first flight on New Year morning. From 6,700 ft near Cape Byron, easternmost point of Australia. So I was probably the first person in the country to see the sun in 2014. Wishing all of you clear skies and tailwinds for the coming year. JG
  9. 13 points
    First of all, you do not have to be involved with SAAA in any way to build and register a home built aircraft, secondly the reason we have the home built fraternity is so that people can have the joy ( frustration) of building and flying something they have created, and thirdly ,nearly everyone I've talked to laments the fact that we are completely over governed in this country, when I started on the RV6 I rang CASA to be sure that I could actually build my own aeroplane , guess what he said YES, how friggin awesome, I can do this at home ,build it, test fly it, and if it kills me then so be it , but I have been given the right to do something and take total responsibility for the out come . It seems to me that this is almost the last place I can think of where the guvmint will let you risk your own life and leave you alone to do ( perhaps yachting inter country) so please there is a lot of stuff wrong but please don't start to complain about a bit of freedom we still have
  10. 12 points
    first lesson of a fellow forumite in spinning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qw75rNaTNT0
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