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  1. If you routinely use all the aids to get around you will develop a dependency on them whether you think you will or not. People in a repetitive situation tend to get lazy and cut corners. it's very human to do so.. I've seen this happen with many during my time "in the game".. and in reports of mishaps. Nev
  2. Landing lights reflect off Props. Matt black (on the back) helps but the effect is still there. Buy a jet.. Makes it easier in SO many ways. Don't tell ANYONE. They try to keep it a well kept secret . Daylight backlighting is very bright. Destroys your night vision if you don't dull it down. It's automatically sensed in some "modern" planes. Nev
  3. With multi engine planes the take off is by far the most critical part. Most place a great deal of importance on a "good" landing as it's what most makes an impression. It also marks the end of the flight which to many as the first time they relax as many are scared of flying. In many non western countries the Passengers CLAP after they" survive" the landing.. Nev
  4. There's plenty of experience operating DC 3's, Bristols etc out of Essendon on the Tassie route encountering icing and I've had it near Albury on a normal winter's day. Nev
  5. There was plenty of discussion about reversing the move if people subsequently wanted to and there were considered to be some difficulties so obviously owner maintenance was on the cards. If there was NO change no problem exists and there would be no issues going back to VH if required. I had all the paperwork done for my VH Citabria and when McCormack came in it all got shelved, so I have reason to recollect it clearly.. With the "NEW GA" thing who knows what deals are being done? Nev
  6. If the runway is wet and sealed your lights won't show much. With a light mist you may have the required range of vis but with the lights on some milkiness may happen and not be helpful.. Some planes have a high dash and you need a bit of illumination out the side to help . Runway lights usually will be enough and you should be familiar and trained to use just them..Nev
  7. The history of this is that "originally" CASA proposed an increase to 762 Kgs which by a strange co-incidence happened to include the C-152 and Piper Tomahawk weights. No mention then off it coming with LAME maint .as a part of the package . Because of the age and variable condition of the aircraft it was inferred a full 'Cof A" standard inspection would apply at time of transfer Since then we have had the somewhat controversial SIDS inspections on some Cessna aircraft.. It's pretty clear your management have done some sort of trade off to lubricate a deal. I personally consider owner maintenance (option) essential to the essence of the U/L movement, We used to reprint a very comprehensive Approved manual of repair and construction techniques from a FAA source and compliance with that is required.. That approach is far preferable to trying to educate and "ticket" certain people and assume they will go and do "everything" right out in the field. Nev
  8. He already lists that.. In Vic /Tas region in winter you will get icing and it's just not safe to fly for quite long periods ( Days ) over any high country IFR without effective de icing. The only thing that will give you that is an executive jet. Citation, Lear etc Nev
  9. Diesel is cheaper than 98 so it might be tempting. Watch for white smoke on start up. I'm only 1/2 kidding . Mogas is never a controlled product. Nev
  10. This sad drama has been going on for years. Goulburn is perfectly located to use when the weather ahead goes a bit "ordinary" over high ground and pretty essential to be available SW of Sydney. Nev
  11. You need vis at the latter stage of any let down and approach, unless it's an Autoland and that will get you right onto the runway and tracking down the centerline Requires the plane and the aerodrome to be suitably equipped and certified. Other precision approaches get you to a DH of about 400ft AGL where you either have the required RVR to continue the approach or a go around is mandatory.. If the ( PAL) landing lights had been activated, a normally competent "night circuit trained" pilot would have been able to cope. As to the question of landing lights while they are helpful (mostly) I wouldn't consider them essential to a safe landing. Nev
  12. Bit underpowered on one. and I really don't care for the flying tail. Prefer conventional tailfeathers . (Only fault) Needs to be looked at (checked) to be safe. Corrosion on the underneath where exhaust augmentation is if you don't look after it carefully Bladder tanks need to be good and the fuel selector thingy's in the centresection need to be looked after. Mine was low hours about 1230 TT and originally had turbo charged motors which hold rated power to about 12,000 ft which I removed as the plane was to be used for training (pity though) so better to be just standard. It had gap seals and a few extra fairings fiter so performed well. 156 Kts TAS at a bit under 50 litres/hr Original paint and quite neat. As good as any I've seen. It's an easy plane to like. Quiet with a good range (with tip tanks) This one flew out from the US ( Not with me flying it.) The original Pipers (before the floods at the factory) were built very well particularly as regards the corrosion proofing and there are plenty of Commanche's about with high airframe hours, that are still good aeroplanes. A lot better longevity than subsequent models Seneca etc. The Mooneys got funny suspension on the wheels (they pogo easily) funny tail trim and a magnesium mainspar with wet fuel tanks. They are quick but " different" Nev
  13. They are contra indicated in fog, but you didn't hear it from me. It's possible to land on a strip where the other end is fogged.. Nev
  14. I look around every time I go past Goulburn and never see any planes flying. Should I have been looking for sausages? Nev
  15. Do you carry oxygen, Franco? Nev
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