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  1. Owning and flying your own small airplane offers a nearly unmatched level of freedom and autonomy. Traveling “as the crow flies” without having to deal with traffic on the ground immediately shrinks your world, and makes possible all sorts of trips and adventures. Unfortunately the crippling downsides of plane ownership (storage and maintenance costs, knowledge that you might die in a fiery crash, etc), keeps most of us planted squarely on terra firma. But not [ITman496]. His dream of owning an ultralight has recently come true, and he’s decided to share his experience with the world. He’s got a long way to go before he slips the surly bonds of Earth, but there’s no better place to start than the beginning. In a recent blog post he documents the process of getting his new toy home, and details some of the work he plans on doing to get it airworthy. The plane in question is a Mini-MAX that [ITman496] has determined is not only older than he is, but has never flown. It was built by a retired aircraft mechanic who unfortunately had problems with his heart towards the end of assembly. He wisely decided that he should find a safer way to spend his free time than performing solo flights in an experimental aircraft, so he put the plane up for sale. After a considerable adventure transporting the plane back home, [ITman496] found it was stored in such good condition that the engine started right up. But that doesn’t mean it’s ready for takeoff by any stretch of the imagination. For his own safety, he’s planning on tearing down the entire plane to make sure everything is in good shape and assembled correctly; so at least he’ll only have himself to blame if anything happens when he’s in the air. One the plane’s structure is sound, he’ll move on to some much needed engine modifications including a way to adjust the air-fuel mixture from inside the cockpit, improvements to the cooling system, and installation of a exhaust system that’s actually intended for the two-stroke engine he has. When that’s done, [ITman496] is going to move onto the real fun stuff: creating his own “glass cockpit”. For Hackaday readers who don’t spend their time playing make believe in flight simulators, a “glass cockpit” is a general term for using digital displays rather than analog gauges in a vehicle. [ITman496] has already bought two daylight-readable 10.1″ IPS displays which he plans on driving over HDMI with the Raspberry Pi. No word on what his software setup and sensor array will look like, but we’re eager to hear more as the project progresses. If you’re not lucky enough to find a mostly-complete kit plane nearby on Craigslist, you could always just make your own airplane out of sheets of foam.
  2. Photo: Courtesy Pal-V While we devote much ink (both actual and virtual) in our aviation coverage to first-class cabins, business jets, and charter services, planes are by no means the only ways to experience the thrill of flight. In fact, people were enjoying soaring through the air even before the invention of the airplane in a contraption that will actually make an appearance later on this list. The point is, there are plenty of fun ways to get an elevated perspective on things, from functional jetpacks to autogyros. Hoversurf Hoverbike parked Photo: courtesy of Hoversurf Hoverbike The Hoversurf Hoverbike is technically a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) vehicle. However, while most of the full-size VTOLs that hope to come to market will have to contend with strict FAA regulations (many of which still have to be debated and implemented), the Hoverbike was able to receive classification as an ultralight aircraft, which means that riders don’t need to get a pilot’s license or certification (though Hoversurf requires that the owner takes a mandatory training course). The fully-electric aircraft is ridden like a motorcycle, with four propellers at each corner to provide lift and thrust. Its carbon fiber body saves weight, which means Hoversurf was able to install larger batteries that can keep the personal drone aloft for 10 to 25 minutes (depending on rider weight and other factors). When pressed to its limit, the Hoverbike can fly up to a restricted 60 mph. The company is taking orders now for the $150,000 machine, which will be delivered in two to six months. The mandatory training package costs another $10,000. FlyDoo light sport balloon in flight Photo: courtesy of SkyDoo Hot Air Balloon The oldest form of air transportation on this list, unmoored ballooning has been around for more than 200 years (fun fact: The world’s first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster). Although many people think of ballooning as fodder for cheesy romantic dates or remember it for its Mandela Effect–like non-role in Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days, there are still enthusiasts out there who turn what is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most people into a serious hobby. And why not? While most of the vehicles on this list are meant to stir up your adrenaline, ballooning is about relaxation and killer views. One exciting new development in the field is the two-person FlyDoo, which could become the first hot-air balloon in the light sport category if the FAA approves the design. This development would make ballooning much more accessible to those with a casual interest. A complete FlyDoo is priced at around $21,000, but for an extra $14,000, you can add a vectored thrust unit (aka a motorized propeller) to help you direct your course. Apollo Flight Labs JetPack Photo: Courtesy Apollo Flight Labs Jetpack In most people’s minds, jetpacks are the stuff of science fiction and action movies. However, while no practical working model has been produced at scale, there are a few designs out there that you can actually get your hands on. Recently, Gravity Industries put a number of their Jet Suits on sale at Selfridge’s for $373,310. The suit employs a main thruster that attaches to the pilot’s back and two thrusters on each arm to control direction (yes, just like Iron Man). You may also want to comb the back alleys of eBay to get your jetpack fix. In September, Apollo Flight Labs put one of their used jetpacks up for auction to clear out some space in their shop. The Calidus AutoGyro has been flying in Europe since 2009 Photo: Courtesy Calidus Autogyro The technology behind autogyros is not new; It was developed nearly a century ago by Spanish engineer Juan de la Cierva with the goal of creating an aircraft that could fly safely at low speed. Classified along with helicopters as rotocraft, an autogyro is different because instead of a motor driving the rotor blades, it has a free-spinning rotor that provides lift simply by the aircraft moving forward—thrust that is usually provided by a motorized propeller at the rear. Thankfully, autogyros are much easier to pilot than helicopters and revised FAA regulations have made it easier for models to get certified. The Calidus Autogyro, one of the most popular designs in Europe—where autogyros are a more common sight—was recently certified in the U.S. and can now be purchased for around $100,000 from its U.S. distributor, AutoGyro USA. If you’re in no rush, you can also check out the Pal-V, an autogyro design that’s in development, with certification planned for 2020 (though this date has moved back a few times in the past). This unique vehicle is not only an autogyro; when it lands, its rotors and tail fold away, transforming it into a road-going three-wheeler. The Pal-V Liberty version is priced at $600,000, while the PAL-V Liberty Sport costs $400,000. DJI Goggles give you an immersive view from your drone. Photo: courtesy DJI Drone with VR headset The consumer drone revolution has made the buzzing little aircraft the easiest way to begin a lifelong obsession with flight. But controlling a drone from the ground while watching its camera feed through your phone isn’t quite the same experience as being up in the air yourself. That’s were another revolutionary technology that’s picking up steam comes in. Many drones now support VR headsets that give pilots a completely immersive first-person view. Alternately, you could let a friend wear it while you pull off your most daring aerial maneuvers and try to make them sick. Market leader DJI offers a pair of $350 VR goggles that work with its popular Mavic, Spark, Phantom, and Inspire series. This pair also features headtracking mode, in which the viewer can control the pitch of the camera and yaw of the drone with just their head movements, letting you take in the scene as if you were a passenger in the drone itself.
  3. Rising interest in sports involving aircrafts including aerial acrobatics, and airplane racing has greatly put the focus on the usage of ultralight models of aircraft around the world. Moreover, the increasing application of ultralight aircraft in public and defense operations such as reconnaissance flights, search and rescue operations and more. Rising importance on aircraft operation and production regulations along with technological innovations by manufacturers is anticipated to boost the demand in the ultralight aircraft market in the years to come. Relaxation in Regulations to Boost Production of Ultralight Aircrafts Rising amounts of investments are being put towards the use of ultralight aircraft for sports and recreational activities for learner pilots, especially for travelling short-distances. With manufacturers giving increased importance to enhanced performances and flight speed for new ultralight aircraft designs, the demand for these aircraft is bound to increase in the near future. One more vital aspect that must be considered, is the recent increase in the number of short-term aviation courses, which allow new pilots to gain the requisite skills and authorized certificates that are required to fly ultralight aircraft, as a result boosting the demand for ultralight aircraft. Relatively lower costs for purchasing, maintaining, and using ultralight aircraft is a key contributor behind the rising sales of ultralight aircraft. Moreover, the capability to take off and land in very small airstrip will also boost demand. Recently the usage of ultralight aircraft within the United States has been freed from regulations. This move by the government authorities in the country is expected to attract more end users and generate enhanced opportunity for the growth of manufacturers. The fact that there are no fixed standards developing ultralight aircraft along with the recent losses in the market value of the aviation sector, coupled with concerns about the safety of ultralight aircraft on the other hand are expected to significantly constrain the progress of ultralight producers. Technology and Material Improvements Gain High Importance Major producers of ultralight aircraft such as Evektor Spol. S.R.O, Quicksilver Aircrafts, P&M Aviation, and Cirrus Design Corporation, are giving great importance to aspects such as improving material, design, and technological improvements to gain benefits over the competition. For instance, the EuroStar SL+ range of ultralight aircraft by Evektor Spol S.R.O. is designed with ergonomically shaped interiors that include modifiable pedals, intelligent ventilation control, high seat backrest, and the use of corrosion resistant body material that allows to significantly lessen aircraft weight, to enhance load capacity for fuel, cargo, and crew. The design also enables pilots to recover easily incase the aircraft goes into the spin, thereby ensuring improved safety standards. Similarly, the the Sport 2SE special light sports aircraft ultralight by Quicksilver Aircraft is designed to comply to regulations for FAA approved and it provides pilots with an open cockpit design, that allows unfiltered views and maneuverability, at low costs. Widespread Presence of Market Players to Play Vital Role The rapid growth of the tourism sector in the emerging countries including Brazil, China, and India, are expected to generate lucrative opportunities for ultralight aircraft manufacturers who are operating internationally. Moreover, Vietnam is also gaining importance in the international scene as a key hub for the production of such aircraft. It is important to note that the ultralight aircraft are gaining in usage, in the United States of America owing to the deregulation these aircraft types, thereby enabling ultralight aircraft producers to put efforts towards innovative aircraft designs and materials.
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    BLOG AWAY

    Yes you can...they are your blogs and there is generally no moderation except for anything that is negative towards the site (nudity, foul language, legal etc) but then you can also set your own permissions like making the blog only accessible to invited users etc
  5. Turbs, when they started I believe the CASA advised them NOT to try under 95 which would have all been sorted by now but to only apply under 149 which was supposedly coming soon at the time and allows for extra SAOs but 95 doesn't without great amounts of pressure so they did what they were told and given the extra time and the then supposedly 149 allowances they were able to add extra things in the mix...they were led along a long and winding road with RAAus given them the mud map that says turn left at every intersection...think about where you would turn up if you turned left at every intersection
  6. I was actually talking to one of the directors a couple of days ago on this and yes, CASA is the culprit, one day they wanted things this way and then the next it was that way, one day day it was to 149 then it was 95 then it was back to 149 but then their 149 was changing each day and now it may not even be 149. To my knowledge ELAAA has been trying their hardest
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    Any Site Problems...Site Support

    No, you are doing nothing wrong...the default view I have set is to show the latest blog entries on the blogs home page. If you select the List view you can see the blogs at their top level. I can change the default view to List view if it is considered better
  8. Announcements Information sessions – proposed new GA maintenance regulations To help people interested in the development of the new general aviation maintenance regulations, we are conducting a series of information sessions 10-14 December 2018. Bankstown and Archerfield have sold out—seats are still available at Moorabbin, Parafield, Cairns, Darwin and Jandakot. Join our experts to hear what the proposed changes mean for you and have your questions answered. Registrations close 5 December 2018. Live webinar – modernising Australia’s fatigue rules Public consultation will commence soon on a draft of Modernising Australia's Fatigue Rules - proposed CAO 48.1 Instrument 2019. Now, we are conducting a live webinar on Tuesday 4 December 2018 from 7.30pm to 8.30pm (AEDT) to encourage as many of you as possible to have your say on the proposed CAO 48.1 Instrument 2019. Spread the word and encourage your aviation colleagues to be part of the conversation and register by 6pm 4 December 2018. Consultations Proposed new GA maintenance regulations Our public consultation on our proposal to develop new general aviation maintenance regulations will open on 7 December 2018. Go to our Consultation Hub to find out more and have your say before the 13 January 2019 deadline. Modernising Australia’s fatigue rules - proposed CAO 48.1 Instrument 2019 Public consultation on the proposed CAO 48.1 Instrument 2019, which aims to address 12 of the actions contained in CASAs response to the independent review of fatigue rules, will commence on 10 December 2018. Go to our Consultation Hub to find out more and have your say before the 15 January 2019 deadline. Draft CAAP 166-01 v4.2 - Operations in the vicinity of non-controlled aerodromes Following extensive consultation with the aviation community, we have finalised the policy in relation to the appropriate frequency to use in the vicinity of non-controlled aerodromes. Public consultation on draft CAAP 166-01 will commence on 7 December 2018. Please go to our Consultation Hub and provide your feedback on these editorial changes via our Consultation Hub by 16 January 2019. Guidance material AC 39-01 v4.2 - Airworthiness Directive We published an amended AC 39-01 v4.2 – Airworthiness Directive to update parameters for defining ADs as urgent. View the AC on the CASA website. Civil Aviation Advisory Publications We published three amended CAAPs during November. CAAP 234-1(2) - Guidelines for aircraft fuel requirements Updated to align with recent amendments to the fuel rules. Key changes include clarification of existing definitions and new definitions; inclusion of additional fuel quantity and an expanded description of methods of determining fuel quantity; inclusion of a detailed description of in-flight fuel management procedures and practices, sample fuel calculations and detailed worked examples. View the CAAP on the CASA website. CAAP 215-1(3) - Guide to the preparation of operations manuals Updated to align with the recent amendment to the fuel rules. View the CAAP on the CASA website. CAAP 43-01 v2.0 - Maintenance release Updated to reflect changes to CAO 100.5. Key changes include clarification of requirements for making or clearing an endorsement on Part 2 of a maintenance release for defects that are not a major defect; explanation of requirements relating to issuing of the CASA maintenance release outside of Australian territory; and explanation of requirements for issuing a maintenance release for an aeroplane engaged in an aerial application conducted at night if the aeroplane is not equipped and certificated for night VFR flight under Part 21 of the CASR. View the CAAP on the CASA website. Visual Flight Rules Guide We have released the 2018 print edition of the Visual Flight Rules Guide. To order your copy visit our online store. Development projects We have closed Project FS 11/39 - Post Implementation Review (PIR) of CASR Part 67 – Medical. The issues and objectives identified in Project FS 11/39 will now be addressed through Project FS 16/08 – Medical certification standards. A new Project FS 18/07 - Proposed amendments to Part 60 Manual of Standards - Synthetic training devices has been approved.
  9. For memory I think there is a clause in the contract with RAAus where they pay them to Administer the low end that they can audit for compliance every 2 years...if my memory serves me but with the mad cow setting these days I can't be sure of anything...now what was I saying??????
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    BLOG AWAY

    Great to see some BLOGS starting up...where is your BLOG??????
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    Bertin X-8

    100hp from 8 cyl, I wonder why they made the cyl/pots so small but it would be one hell of a smooth engine when running
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    What Now - please advise

    Hi Ahmed, the numbering isn't working properly...I just posted above and the number says #1
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    Coming soon in a whole new section that is searchable and more
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