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  1. There was a Fisher Celebrity fir sale in W.A. A little while ago. RILEY who sometimes frequents these pages might be able to give you more info.
  2. In similar vein, I don't have a death wish, but I have done a lot of scuba diving, skydiving and I ride motorbikes, (Moto Guzzi Griso 1100 and V-Strom 1000). Some people lump them all together with flying as dangerous activities. In fact when I started flying lessons, I had a few comments along the lines of, "...another death wish activity" or " why don't you take up something safe like lawn bowls"? I never considered skydiving dangerous, but it was great for honing one's mind, because you don't get to make too many mistakes. 🙂
  3. Wouldn’t say it was that stupid. Relative work (forming up with other skydivers) is a pretty basic skill, one of the first things you learn once you get your licence. Once he linked up with the second guy, just a matter of hooking up the straps. i would not say I was a skilled skydiver, but linking up like that .....even I could achieve that. Would ai do it.....probably not. 🙂 However I did see a video of a guy who landed on a giant aircushion....that had so many ways to go wrong.
  4. Did someone mention Jabiru???? Yes I know,.....hat, coat, door.......
  5. $320/hour for RAAus???? Definitely OTT. The flight school I used to get my RPC charges $190/hour with instructor, $160/hour for aircraft hire. (Jab 170C) Others in W.A. charge $250-$265/hour, but for Foxbat or Tecnam Sierra. But regardless, much cheaper than GA.
  6. Hoping tokeep my Griso 1100 AND an aircraft. What's your Guzzi????
  7. Whether it is real or not, the "fire" they are putting out is just hessian or a similar material, which will extinguish with minimal water. While using the drones is a good idea, if it were a real high rise with furniture and fittings inside, it would take a hell of a lot of water, mush more than being put out by the drones. But I suppose, "watch this space" A few years ago, electric cars had a range of about one hundred kms, now it is several hundred.
  8. I can't speak for all of W.A., but in my little corner, the flying school at the airfield I use, and whose aircraft I use, has 49 hours booked according to this weekend's roster (subject to rain), and is in the 40 hours a weekend regularly. Up a lot on previous years. This is all under the auspices of RAAus. Just taken delivery of their 4th Jab 170, with a 230 on cross-hire also. I know a gyro instructor at another location who is very busy most weekends with TIFs and lessons. It appears many people, who aren't/can't travel might be realising a long held dream to learn.
  9. Apologies, but I haven't read all 7 pages of this thread. My bad, I know. However, just thought I would share something that may not have been brought up here. On the FB page Recreational Aviation Australia Discussion (RAAus/RAA) a poster talks of putting the Airmaster CS prop on his Brumby 610. Weight of 11.8 kg, but he is yet to do a W & B calc. 914hp Rotax, and will instal floats. CSU allows for Beta, apparently handy with floats. FYI
  10. Yours is quite a confronting story, and I do not doubt the veracity of what you say. This may sound trite, and I hate to put this down, I don't wish to engage in conversation by way of cliche, but I cannot think of a better way of saying it. One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. And, sadly, as we are finding out, some Australian troops are alleged to have behaved in an appalling manner in Afghanistan. Time and time again, history shows that poor behaviour by combatants is counter-productive in the extreme. My comment referen
  11. I recall reading that many Admirals back in the day described submarines as cowardly too. Cannot quickly find the references, but here's an illustration of what I am alluding to. Cowardly attack
  12. Can you give any info, please, on how old the engine was when it was installed, reliabiloity, TBO etc, etc. There was an a/c for sale 12 or so months ago with a BMW engine, don't think it was a Thruster though. Thanks
  13. In my training in a Jab 170C, just after take off the instructor closed the throttle. I wasn't expecting it so close to the ground to be honest, but I lowered the nose, went into a tight turn, instructor says tighter still, then rudder only to straighten, and we were over the threshhold safely. When I asked how high we were, "about 250 feet" was the response. However, he did warn against practising that on my own. I have heard of Jabs being turned around much lower. But from much more experienced pilots, "....it depends on the aircraft, would never attempt an
  14. Your comment about Michael Linke’s new position, was that based on fact, or (insert) speculation/humour/wishful thinking........ Cheers.
  15. I have re-checked and apparently it was not a Jab, but an FK aircraft. Ooops, my bad.
  16. I recall seeing a Jab here in W.A. with a Smart car engine. Don't have rego or other details.
  17. I think in a previous post, someone mentioned making sure you can physically fit into the aircraft. I've been looking for nearly two years, sadly, and complicated by very few aircraft for sale in W.A. I have struggled to get into a CA25, barely sqeezed into an Aeropup, (could not cope with that on a daily basis) I'm not that flexible, and it's getting worse each year. First time in a CH200, my head was resting against the canopy. Placed a much thinner cushion on the seat, and solved that problem, until I put headphones on, and again, head against canopy. I'm 6'2", about 187 cm, both our so
  18. My wife was born in Edinburgh, moved to England at about 7 years old, been in Oz for about 30 years now. When we first met, sometimes I would struggle to understand what she was saying, not because of an accent, but her sentence structure. "Have you not got any bread?" Big pause while I would try to understand.....I was more used to someone saying, "haven't you got any bread?" There were many similar phrases. Then one day her mother asked if I was hungry, and did I "....want a piece for lunch?" "err, yes please, but a piece of what?" A piece is Scottish for a sandwich!!!
  19. Paul, I have no knowledge of the cars you mention, their RPM at 110km/h nor their longevity, so I will not comment, but it is an interesting point. Is gearing the answer???? My Suzuki V-Strom 1100 has 6 gears (5 + OD), and I don't bother with 6th(OD) unless I'm doing at least 85 km/h. It certainly drops the revs.
  20. One factor touched on a few times, but never (I do not believe) answered, is the fact that auto engines, (including motorbike engines) are not designed to run at high revs continuously. Now I'm the first to admit, I'm no engineer or mechanic, and I am firmly in the camp of, "turn the key, make a noise, let's go". I had a Yamaha XJ900 Diversion. 900 cc air/oil cooled 4 cylinder inline. Sold it with about 230,000kms done.......I say about because the odometer didn't work for the last 2 years I owned it. Not a bad run. From memory it was redlined at 9000rom. But I never got there. The closes
  21. I can possibly relay a message to him......can you PM me a number and reason for the contact???? he operates put of the SLACWA strip at Bindoon.
  22. Is it killing it??? Hard to say, but today there are options that weren’t available previously. what do you own and/or fly, Old Man Emu?
  23. Many good comments here, but.. i was infected with the flying bug, about 1963, as a 5 year old at the opening of the Bunbury, W,A. airstrip in 1963. Flying displays, and skydivers. I can still see the parachutist who landed off the premises walking past me, in his white overalls, with bundles of canopy in his arms . And the aircraft!!!!!!!! and the aircraft. So, I scratched the skydiving itch many yesrs ago, then discovered the AUF, In about 1990. Quicksilvers were pretty flash back then, along with Thrusters, Drifters, and many more. Along comes marriage, mortgages, many years
  24. Sorry I may be late to this thread, but have just seen your post. Red rag, meet bull. Yes, my poor parents purchased a brand new shit box, otherwise known as a Hillman Hunter in 1971/1972. 3 days after purchase, this was a new car, it could not be started. The dealer had a mechanic on our front lawn for 4 days trying to get it started. Yep, mechanic spent 4 days working on our front lawn. Other issues, the glovebox fell into the passengers lap. Window winders fell off. and numerous other issues. Generally, a piece of excrement. As for your comment, "you can’t knock a Hilman Hun
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