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Student Pilot

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  1. Very nice machine to fly, responsive and well harmonised controls.
  2. In the real world distance and capability don't match all the hype. Society now thinks it's OK to pay delivery people on pushbikes and motor scooters $3 an hour so how are drones going to compete with that?
  3. Looks to have a British look about it, Fairy or Hawker style. Could be a Westland but they usually used radials
  4. There is a working unit at the Nhill aviation museum. The table and tracker is all serviceable and usable. Getting an old Link that hadn't had any maintenance would be a big job to get serviceable. Very old electronics (Valves) and paper bellows for movement is what you are dealing with. I found the Link very similar to a Tiger to fly/manipulate.
  5. Superfluous really, there will be no GA left shortly to transit airspace.
  6. I have seen that before, I have some old English books that were pre WW2, it's in those. I still have my books stacked in a container, one of these years I get around to unpacking.
  7. Looks English, should be illegal to use google pics for identifying, iz cheating 😁
  8. I have flown a couple of Jodel's, they are a lovely machine to fly, light and responsive
  9. Looks like he couldn't get the mains to retract? Surely nobody would land with just the nose wheel retracted. Whatever the problem they said he was a hero 😁
  10. Looks pretty good Gazza. A trike that outperforms most tailwheels is a Zenith 701, not much can take off and land that short.
  11. Perspective. Yes if you fly in and out of VERY rough areas a tailwheel is stronger. The biggest percentage of strips that most operate out of (not nosedragger as it goes first before the mains) a nosewheel aircraft is just as capable. I have flown a few tailwheel hours, I have a bit of an idea how capable they are. I have changed an aircraft to a tailwheel just for looks. It was no faster and no more capable, take off and landing no shorter than the trike. But it was pretty
  12. There are some aircraft that do look betterer in conventional gear configuration I must admit. The poor old Tri Pacer being one!
  13. Wonder why they changed it to a tailwheel? Too much control with the trike? Landings too good? Need the "Tailwheel swagger" when you enter the aero club bar? Like feeling superior compared to the also-rans who fly trikes? This is tongue in cheek of coarse but there might be a grain of truth to the way some tailwheel pilots like to carry on 😁
  14. Looked good, did he shut it down? He didn't try a restart. Mellow music pretty good.
  15. Just ease into it, if you feel your getting crook stop. Only do it for short periods to start, building to longer as you go. Do it at the end of a flight (after circuits or just flying around getting comfortable) so when you start to feel off land straight away. Remember your doing it for fun, when that ceases you should stop. Flying sick or uncomfortable you will not learn anything. Make sure the instructor knows what you want and is the right man for the job. I have had aero instructors who were only interested in showing how good they were, they are there to help you not show off.
  16. Usually weather limited with clouds and terrain. Ruling out those there might be maybe 20 days a year you could fly in perfect weather?
  17. M Coates said "I have been through Coffs Harbour control area at least 100 times, never had anything but polite and courteous controllers happy to do anything they could." I have been to and through Coffs many times, the times ATC made it easy were in the minority. I have struck that with most areas with ATC. The only times ATC make it easy is when I'm flying a Bomber on fires, they can't do enough to help then.
  18. To travel coastal past Coffs you still need a clearance. They used to be very hesitant to issue clearance coastal, if there was any traffic within a bulls roar they would deny. I have even been given a verbal bollicking for landing long at Coffs. I landed long into the North to avoid taxing, They preferred I landed on the piano keys and spent the next 15 minutes taxing back in the hot sun. The easiest way to transit Coffs is wait till the tower shuts down.
  19. Yes he did a lot of things he shouldn't, fact remains if he was let through some quiet airspace at the higher level he would not have flown into the ground. The airspace around Coffs/Tamworth/Williamtown is very safe when you don't let people through, plan or no plan.
  20. There will not be any general aviation in Australia shortly. CASA, controlled airspace and local councils greed are all working to keep GA out of the air.
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