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  1. Weather in that area noted for rapid changes and spectacular rugged topography. It used to record annual rainfall in the region of 190 inches in the old measurement. Multiply by 25 to get MM's . Sad outcome . It's not your normal bit of countryside by any means, and an air service is the only way to get some places. Nev
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    RAAus rego Vs Casa cost

    You won't know till you try. I think most warbirds are on exp. To modify "anything" on a certified VH is close to impossible in a practical sense. The exception is complying with AD's where the action is mandatory but the manufacturer has done the" revising" usually as a result of some fault becoming evident. Nev
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    Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder?

    Maybe the cars , but not aircraft. I also don't regard Bugatti styling to be anything but gangster big car "elegance" . Nev
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    RAAus rego Vs Casa cost

    There's considerable costs in certification and the price must contain something to cover it. It also restricts modifications like ALL VH except experimental. some people who would know more than I do suggest VH exp is the way to go. Use a PPL or above to drive them. Nev
  5. Statistics are only valid if the numerical size of the considered units is so large that the figures are not distorted by a small cluster of a certain type of event.. You are not immune from danger if there's been a spate of deaths even if that's above those for a normal year. You can't say we've had our quota for the year, already. Some still believe everything happens in groups of THREE. Believe that to a great extent in aviation, YOU make your own luck and you will be better off by planning and being skilled and careful. Nev
  6. It was BY a diversion that would have helped keep away from High terrain. A clearance into controlled higher levels would have been given if requested and would have saved the day. Fit people can keep oxygenated for short times at those levels by using the mask intermittently and some may even be able to go without it for a while and permitting staying clear of icing conditions (which may have contributed to it) But loss of control and airframe break up resulting was probably the cause. Once you have a bit of Rime icing the stall speed goes right up and performance deteriorates and the ice flying off the prop blades is distracting in the extreme, often with vibration that blurrs the instruments even IF you do know how to fly in IFR. Even using the autopilot won't guarantee good results once the plane is iced up..Nev
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    Alternate organisation...deafening silence

    CASA is probably the only body in the game who /which has the resources to carry the liability at the level it could reach. It also has the deep pockets to make them immune from the ordinary individual fighting them in court, and having a chance of winning.. The Absolute/ strict Liability that is imposed on the activity. is onerous and scary. (Look it up it doesn't take long). Spend a few minutes at looking at what it is. Nev
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    Accident and defect

    What ATSB investigate and why might be questioned but the quality of their investigative process is generally accepted as fair and impartial. They are open to the public supplying information and opinion. Things were better when it was an Aviation only organization though some commercial pressures may have been exerted on occasions...Coronial investigations bring up some very "not aviation savvy" statements at times, which may be totally irrelevant unintentionally just by lacking aviation "Knowledge" which is quite specialized since only a small % of the population get involved in it other than as a passenger, generally on RPT. Nev .
  9. Covered well. IF you MUST go. Book a seat on RPT. If you are flying VFR you may ARRIVE days later safely when the weather is OK, or not at all.. Nev
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    Were the Wright Brothers in Newton's camp?

    Most wings we deal with are designed to control twist to a minimum. Aileron reversal effect is not unknown however where this is inadequate. The same could happen with the elevator or rudder. The horizontal stabilizer of the Boeing B 727 is designed to twist if the MMo is exceeded under the action of a supersonic (local) shock wave which forms at excess speed and that tends to cause it to raise the nose and correct the situation. Nev
  11. Where do you rate the Brit Government at the moment Phil???? As far as lower end of aviation here is concerned the gov't wouldn't even know it existed. It's buried in a folio of Transport and Infrastructure. We don't really use our planes for transport. We re-create ourselves with them. Not exterminate ourselves or perpetuate crimes by flying them.. The "department/ authority" want to ground us and prevent us from getting off the ground so we don't get hurt, working on the principle that a static exhibit won't kill you if there's a rope 20 feet away from it, all around it and you are behind it, it can't hit you.... Nev
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    Were the Wright Brothers in Newton's camp?

    Wing warping is quite logical , effective and was patented ( requiring others like Curtis to develop the aileron.) Wing warping has much less drag in small amounts and the twist of the wing along it's length is more able to conform to the idea of a helix (ie more angle further out). The world had become skeptical about the reality of the Wright's achievements but when they turned up (eventually) at the world air show at Paris all doubt was removed. Unlike other aircraft it was controlled in roll positively and the French subsequently built them under licence. Other aircraft needed natural stability to turn Nev
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    Small turbines 100hp 130hp

    They have a compromised combustion chamber shape with too much surface area to volume ratio so will never be efficient. They don't fly to pieces though. Like two strokes , they are unlikely to get past emmissions rules, long term.. Very few have mastered the seal problem with the Wankel. Norton made an aircooled version derived from a motorcycle engine that is used in light aircraft. Nev
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    Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder?

    I have great difficulty" admiring" anything that is stupidly unsafe just to make a style statement as happens a lot in Europe with some U/L planes design.. Might be a selling point with some, but not for me.. As for generql good style The ME 262 ,Mitsubishi zero, FM 190 and a Lockheed 1049 C Constellation and quite a few flying boats look OK to me Catalina and Short Sunderland for example. If been up close and personal with Concords but they look better from a distance and without the cockpit drooped. Close up they are all ripples and dents but it's a n iconic shape. The Ryan STM looks cute. and some of Howard Hughes racers too. Some aero engines look good and some look fugly .Radials where you can see the cylinders etc the fins on some of the heads are a work of art.. But I can't separate what engineering goes into them from the shape. If the fins are in a useless place, it looks crook.. A plane has to fly as well as it can be made to. that's it's prime aim .The way it flys is what makes it beautiful.. They belong to the air Not the ground.. Nev
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