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  1. As per person who started the thread - let's call it to a close here - happy fathers day and safe aviating.
  2. To be honest, I think it's a very impressive edition. I was concerned for a while (after Mark's untimely departure) that it may disappear altogether... but it's back, and I think he would be proud. Anyone else have thoughts?
  3. BTW - on the topic of flying, I made some polite enquiries today... it seems some Victorian aviators may be operating under some older guidance (eg https://mfs.com.au/staying-safe-covid-19 - example only, this company is not presently flying although others are). Perhaps this explains the ~10 or so training flights I could see today. Even though I am vacinated and would be of no risk to anyone with a solo flight, perhaps it's the optics of if that prevent me. Hang in there everyone!
  4. The observation is that multiple Victorian training aircraft are in inflight in Victoria, right now, including the one from a major university (an organsiation that you would expect would take a conservative view). Is there a "recreational flying" guidance / exemption / "understanding" that anyone has come across.
  5. It's probably more an observation (from FlightRadar) than a a suggestion. I know that people movements on roads are steadily increasing. Personally I would have hoped any activity that results in no human contact would become tacticly or implcitly permitted, given we are likely to be in some form of restrictions for the x months it takes to get to 70/80/90% vaccination levels.
  6. OK so I am in Melbourne, in lockdown 6.0, and using Flightradar24 app I have observed various private aircraft flights around the state, typically without any regional landings. I have also observed [xxx] Aviation Academy flights. There are probably many more without ADS-B. So I am aksing if you have any "friends" (no names) who may be keeping their skills current, and what approach they may be taking. In my situation, it's my own aircraft, so zero other human contact would be required to fly it. I spoke to the nice lady on the Victorian COVID hotline, and she has
  7. OAT - not sure to be honest, probably 0-ish. There is a cabin heater in the aircraft... but I encouraged my wife to wear warm socks. She also brought a big loose "throw around", which frankly I found a bit loose as it hung over the controls etc. But she was warm enough to fall asleep just after that photo.. it might have also had something to do with the wine she had at Milawa (YILA).
  8. Thanks everyone.. flew back home over Mt Buller yesterday with no sign of icing. IMG_0746.MOV
  9. Thats a shame.. only available to tour operators licenced with Parks Vic!
  10. I did a volunteer drive today for Angel Flight (shameless plug for charity here = https://www.angelflight.org.au/). The person I had the privilege to transport had never flow to Melbourne before, but they had flown from Mallacoota to Gabo Island! "Gabo Island?" ... yep, he stayed in the assistant lightkeepers cottage which is heavily booked https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/bookings/place/gabo-island-lighthouse-reserve. As a non-pilot, he said the approach was very "interesting"...it felt like they were going to fly into the cliff - presumably 06. There is not much information on it o
  11. This is something I either never learnt, or forgot, from my RAAus cross country.. so seeking your collective advice. I am contemplating a flight soon at 7500. The GAF has conditions per the below image. Aside from using the cabin heater, and not flying near any cloud, using carby heat on descent, is there anything else I should watchout for generally (eg icing on surfaces). The engine is a 912.
  12. Telstra wholesales parts of it’s mobile network to Aldi and others, but the Boost brand, which is Telstra-run within Australia, has access to the larger Telstra coverage. This webpage has a comparative coverage map https://www.whistleout.com.au/MobilePhones/Guides/Telstra-network-coverage-vs-ALDI-Woolworths-Belong-Boost
  13. I am by no means the expert, but I have found it handy to use a web tool https://www.geo-fs.com/ (with the 10 euro HD option) I'm not much of a gamer (hence no FS2020), so I mostly just use the "autopilot" to fly my proposed route, at the altitude I expect. This enables me to watch the satellite imagy and moving navigation map to get more familiar with the various landmarks and circuit on approach to unfamiliar airports.
  14. ..and looking after the aircraft is an important consideration : )
  15. I'm not sure if it helps anyone here, but I enquired of SOAR directly in August 2020. Below is what I was told. Note: I thought they were over-priced and bought elsewhere.
  16. Our Evektor Sportstar (and Birddogs presumably) is facory built LSA (specifically SLSA). Which, as I understand it, is an international standard.
  17. I did look into whether 912's could be maintained per airswitched hours - the conclusion I arrived at, unfortunately, matches this view... https://foxbatpilot.com/2017/04/12/rotax-engines-4-scheduled-maintenance-update/ . Thanks to Peter Harlow who also corresponded with me via email. Key quote below. So – make no mistake, if you have a 912-series Rotax engined aircraft, scheduled maintenance must be carried out based on engine running hours, NOT flight times! On the topic of TBO, the advice was, from two sources, you must follow manufacturers rules to stay as LSA (eith
  18. A shame, maybe they can either watch from the vantage points or hitch a ride with their GA friends?
  19. I saw Murray sporting a 100aeroplanes.org t-shirt out at Lilydale Flying school... so I had to look it up.. "The basic idea is to fly 100 aeroplanes over Point Cook, home of the RAAF, the Shrine of Remembrance, and over Melbourne. Technically, this will not be a formation of 100. In fact, we might not be able to find 100 formation-endorsed pilots and suitable aircraft. The event is best described as a Balbo, or an Air Armada. This means there will be multiple smaller formations working together to fly a large number of aircraft over Melbourne in the same timeframe. Route here.. http
  20. The basic idea is to fly 100 aeroplanes over Point Cook, home of the RAAF, the Shrine of Remembrance, and over Melbourne. Technically, this will not be a formation of 100. In fact, we might not be able to find 100 formation-endorsed pilots and suitable aircraft. The event is best described as a Balbo, or an Air Armada. This means there will be multiple smaller formations working together to fly a large number of aircraft over Melbourne in the same timeframe. Refer https://www.100aeroplanes.org
  21. A shame CASA isn't subsidising SkyEcho. Has anyone had any experience with PingUSB? Obviously it is ADSB-In only so you need to be looking at Avplan/Ozrunways on a tablet to make use of it, and of course you are not 'visible' to other aircraft.
  22. I fly at Lilydale on the east of Melbourne... $120/hr midweek in a Jabiru. https://www.lilydaleairport.com.au/about-us/yarra-valley-aviation-our-fleet Best part is the friendly country feel.. chatting in the hangars, a few social activities, getting a free ride with someone who is doing a daytrip. They are also doing weekly online seminars (apparently recorded on their facebook channel - Lilydale Flying School)
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