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Drew Ford

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  1. If you think of the birds confined in the pressurised space within the 747, then no matter what the birds were doing, sitting or flying, their weight would be the same on the aircraft. If the birds were out side of the aircraft and hanging on to it, their weight would also be the same, but if they all let go and flew in their own right, then the 747 would experience a weight reduction. Like if a 747 was piggy backing the Shuttle, on a flight from LA to Florida, the 747 would experience the weight of the Shuttle attached to its back, but if the Shuttle all of a sudden flew off and detache
  2. There is logic as to why it is improbable that there is life on other planets.
  3. Hi Guy, I lived in Lismore when Ces & Alf Fyfe had an Ag Op there They hired a DH Dove & Cherokee 144 A local had a Piper Archer 300 IFR. Nice place Lismore Local area is great,Byron, Evans Head, Casino, sealed runway, with a big hump in the middle, so in nill wind if you were lined up at one end and the regular RPT Focker lined up at the other end, you could not see each other!
    1. Guy s

      Guy s

      Hi Drew and yes not a bad part of the country to live in and the Casino strip been shorten a fair bit so the hump has become more of a hollow now. Ces & Alf names is not familiar to me as I've only been flying for about 10yrs now. I know a few in the Aeroclub would know them and 1 would be George Sommerville who was the Cfi for many moons. Cheers Guy.
  4. Sounds very adventurous. You need everything in top condition, including yourself and the Aircraft. Have plans B & C. and be prepared for the unexpected in regards to the weather, you & your passenger, and the Aircraft. Keep a diary of the lead up to to trip, The idea, The finances, The planing. Preparation, Lessons learned. What were good decisions and what better decisions could have been made. Would make for a good short story/adventure for other aviators.
  5. There was the unfortunate case of an early model Skyfox hired to a Solo Student, who practiced his left & right turns, after doing a prolonged turn, he noticed one wing tank was empty, thinking he will not make it back to base, he decided to put it down in a paddock, resulting in substantial damage to the aircraft. Tears. I remember in California a pilot did a refuel the night before his flight so he could get away first light in the morning. The fuel gauges read back to front, that is, when Full, the needles went to the left! However someone observed the refueling, and when t
  6. Great pics of Thruster in NZ. NZ has produced some good pilots, David Belton, (Thruster Aircraft Director) youngest N.Z. Commercial Pilot to hold that rating. Also Ken Asplin CFI was from NZ. operated a school in W.A. and in Sydney.
  7. Incidentally The picture on my Profile pic, is of the Opel which holds the altitude record 33,000 ft + Sadly the owner pilot a few weeks later had a major structural failure and did not survive.
  8. Hi Stuart, Yes getting the photos sorted and writing small post scripts so you know the location and story behind the pic. I have purchased a multi-photo scanner, from Melbourne, should be here on the weekend, I will scan all my photos (about 6,000) several hundred or so it appears, to be about flying. As soon as I scan them I will send you the originals. Andrew. OK the Photos are scanned and I have sent the originals, by post with heaps of paraphernalia, original Thruster Owners manual, news paper articles, crash reports, Thruster Advertising, Air Show participation, etc,etc.
  9. Love the look of your Antanov 11 11 seater, used as a work horse, for fertiliser spreader, float plane, glider towing etc,.
  10. Hi Stuart, Yes getting the photos sorted and writing small post scripts so you know the location and story behind the pic. I have purchased a multi-photo scanner, from Melbourne, should be here on the weekend, I will scan all my photos (about 6,000) several hundred or so it appears, to be about flying. As soon as I scan them I will send you the originals. Andrew.
  11. Amazing to see the log entry of your Pilot Certificate. Yes I think you were one of those natural people who took to flying quiet easily. My training Thruster at Moruya, I used to fly it down from The Oaks west of Camden NSW. Was a long day to get back before last light. It has now the black pod (was Blue) after a student bingled the nose, I repaired it and had it spray painted.
  12. Hi Deskpilot, I did have some videos from the 1980s, but they deteriorated. I have got many photos which I can send coppies, the term "Deskpilot" is a little frightening, are you licenced or associated with a registered flying school, or are you a Deskpilot whilst waiting for your dream bird to be serviceable again. lol. I loved the Thrusters, but the industry has moved on and there many good birds out there, but probably not as affordable as a well maintained Thruster.
  13. Hi Yenn, Yes I believe there are many Thrusters flying, no factory support, but many technical people pool their knowledge and owners can keep their machines in the air. I was the factory CFI and I learnt to 3 point them on, but an analysis of damage to the aircraft if the student got it wrong or panicked when the aircraft started kangaroo hopping down the strip, made it prudent to teach the students a way out if they could not 3 point them, so we also wheeled them on. In the end a typical landing was sort of half 3 pointer and half wheels on. Regards Andrew.
  14. Hi Stuart, You must have been one of the originals as well. My CFI. PE. Licence with the AUF was 0541 which is one of the earliest CFI licences except for David Belton and Mr Dinsmore the National flying coach. I live in Harris Park at the moment until March 6th. then Oseas. Have to find a way to get the photos to you. if you have any ideas give me a ring on 0490447795 Regards Drew Ford.
  15. Hi Octave, Yes I think I did teach you to fly, Keep safe and Well. Cheers Andrew.
  16. Hi Guys, I was the Factory CFI, PE, in Sydney. Picton and The Oaks airfields. I have 1000 photos of fly ins Thrusters at Airshows Club fly aways, etc, etc. I could donate them to good home. drew Ford. Sydney.
  17. Hi Octave, Yes I think I did teach you to fly. Somewhere I still have my school daily flying sheets stored, your name should be on it. Glad you are still flying and keeping well. Good to pass on what you have learned and experienced, if younger pilots listen to you, they will keep safe as well. Regards Andrew.
    1. Drew Ford

      Drew Ford

      Good one Octave, glad you are enjoying your flying. Just be careful when you visit different areas to fly, for example coming from flat outback flying to now entering hilly mountainous terrain is very different flying and fraught with danger at low altitude. I once flew too low over a ridge at the razorback just south west of Sydney (the Old Hume Highway back then before the M5) and the flow of air pushed me down untill the wheels struck the ground on top of the ridge, fortunately I was able to get  airborne, arriving at The Oaks, I found the left wheel spring bent so badly it was almost horizontal, I actually landed on the right wheel by crossing the controls ever so gently and then at a very low ground speed allowing the Thruster to lower itself on to the damaged wheel resulting in a gentle ground loop.  For practice when I was waiting for Students to turn up for their lesson, I used to take off on one wheel by lowering the windward wing and applying opposite rudder. Word of warning, make sure the holes that go through the springs are counter sunk (beveled both sides of the spring) then reassemble and torque the spring bolts to specifications. Checking to see that the springs are attached tightly, should be part of the daily and preflight check. Otherwise, if you have a heavy landing,  loose leafed springs act like sheers, and will easily snap the large high tensile spring bolts like bolt cutters, but if you bevel both sides of the spring holes with a larger drill size, then its like trying to cut a bolt with blunt shears. Best not to try anything new until you work out all the angles and run it past an experienced Flight Instructor. If there is anything you don't understand, DONT ATTEMPT IT!!  Badly executed manoeuvres which are otherwise safe, can lead to tears, injury, badly damaged aircraft, and death.  Dont be silly, enjoy your flying, after every flight be thankful that you arrived safely and with the aircraft intact. Andrew.
  18. Hi Stuart, You must have been one of the originals as well. My CFI. PE. Licence with the AUF was 0541 which is one of the earliest CFI licences except for David Belton and Mr Dinsmore the National flying coach. I live in Harris Park at the moment until March 6th. then Oseas. Have to find a way to get the photos to you. if you have any ideas give me a ring on 0490447795 Regards Drew Ford.
  19. Hi octave, Yes I was, at that time the Factory School was at the Oaks west of Sydney. Great club members and following from all over the world. Enjoyed that time of flying very much, with great memories. Andrew Ford.
  20. Hi Guys, I was the Factory CFI, PE, in Sydney. Picton and The Oaks airfields. I have 1000 photos of fly ins Thrusters at Airshows Club fly aways, etc, etc. I could donate them to good home. drew Ford. Sydney.
  21. Hi Guys, Thrusters Galore, early days, T300, T500, Factory Manual. 1000 Photos, early Club Members. I have a lot of memorabilia of Thruster Aircraft in its early beginnings. Photos Flying at Picton S.W of Sydney. Storm damage. to many Thrusters at The Oaks. New Club House built by members. Photos -Factory, service photos. Flying at The Oaks West of Sydney. Camden Air Show., The Hawkesbury, North Sydney. Club fly aways Broken Hill, Grawin Opel fields, Lightning Ridge, Oberon, Fitzroy Falls Mittagong, Batemans Bay. Photos Free to Good home. Location: Sydney
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