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About F10

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  • Birthday 12/12/1960


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    Gazelle tricycle gear
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    Sale Victoria
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  1. This is a very tragic crash. I was wondering why the gear was down, it should have been left up till landing was assured. The 114 is a nice machine, but I think it only has one door? Tragic if fuselage distortion prevented the door opening, if people were in a condition to get out. Always unlatch doors for ditching. Tragic, tragic for those poor kids. A terrible event.
  2. I find a lot of talk about correct format, like “finals” rather than “final”. Yes, standardisation is important, but I think for a lot of people, are resistant to radio calls or are basically intimidated, by getting called out on format. I would far rather someone talk to me, in plain language as such, than say nothing. People should be encouraged to use the radio, with format a secondary issue. Recent UTube clips I’ve watched show quite a lot of casual chatter with ATCs happening in the USA. Format is important, but talking and advising your intentions is more important. Some joker picked me
  3. Yeah the “Stringbag” was a remarkable aircraft, was surprisingly effective and amazingly served throughout the war. Basically carried a good war load and was reliable and relatively easy to operate off a carrier deck. The bravery of the crews was breathtaking…the channel dash attack on the German ships was a prime example. Imagine charging at the Bismark, with all it’s guns blazing, at below 100KIAS?!
  4. I was always taught, “brakes” (quick dab on the pedal tops), before gear up or down. When retracting, it stops spinning wheels, which I think is important. Imagine the damage a spinning wheel that had thrown a section of tread, could do to hydraulic lines, fuel lines, who knows what, in the wheel bays? Even a spinning good tyre, could be rubbing on something in the bay?When extending the gear, “brakes” shows your brakes have pressure in the lines and still should work. Another angle to this, I often see early gear retractions, by GA aircraft…I think it is better to leave the gear down after
  5. Keeping a light RecAus aircraft outside exposed to theelements, is very risky…as it is with most GA aircraft too. A big attraction when I bought my Gazelle, was, it’s spot in the hangar was part of the deal. An advantage of the Skyfoxes and Kitfoxes to mention two, is wing folding does allow for minimal hangar space or keeping it at home in your garage. However, it is indeed a pain, when you have to spend an hour or two messing with unfolding or covers, each time you fly. I think the 160 is a nice aircraft, but although you like the Jabs, to me they are fairly pricey. If you shop around, th
  6. Mounted a Garmin 495 on my panel. First set up, had it sitting quite far out from the panel surface, Had to route the power and antenna cables over the top of the glare shield, then plug them into the unit. I had to avoid the power and antenna cables fouling with the instrument panel mounting structure.This caused a problem in that from the left seat, the GPS unit obscured the alternator warning light. I could still see voltmeter, so this was not a big worry, leaning slightly over, would reveal the warning light. But I saw I could move it over to the left, enough to allow a hole to be drilled
  7. My first for 2022, had planned to land at Bairnsdale, but looking a bit gloomy up ahead. TAF for Bairnsdale and East Sale was calling OVC cloud, base at 3500, I was at that Alt, descended to 2500, but still gloomy vis. I should trust my fuel planning, but I did wish I had put in an extra 5 litres, wind forecast was for possible headwind in the afternoon, which I considered, so I confess I wimped out!🤡 and after cruising towards Sale, as gloomy, decided to head back to Yarram. Some guys had popped over from Leongatha, so had a good chat in the “terminal building” after doing two fun crosswind l
  8. Gee, that poor guy got it badly wrong….seems to me he applied incorrect rudder at first, the dreaded soapbox downhill race car instinct? Then power was the one good thing, but by then he had lost it. Yes the desperate aileron steering attempt was amusing as such. But by then he was destined to become a UTube star! Poor old 172, looks very sad in the last pic. You gotta wonder, was he really fit solo?
  9. Wow, that’s gotta be an unauthorised Jab wing folding mod….Gald I wasn’t sleeping in the hangar! Lots of armchair flying here, so I’ll add my bit, watching a lot of Oshkosh arrivals, seems holding the nose off on landing is becoming a forgotten art….but no doubt the “land on the whatever colour dot” has contributed to slight forcing it on. I agree, flying speed with throttle, glide slope with attitude, can lead to a “wheelbarrow” landing. I’m a big believer in a nose wheel is only there to attach a tow bar to. Get it up ASAP on take off, better rudder response and yes,
  10. A plane, shade, green grass and the barbie, does it get any better? It could, an ice cold beer in hand….but please, only after you’ve signed off on the daily for the day!
  11. Yeah, thought the other day it’s been a while since I chopped power and went for a field. I have this reluctance to subject my engine (the fact it’s “mine” can also have interesting pressures…) to shock cooling, however, I know the Rotax with liquid cooling is not so sensitive, but you still see a big change on oil and CHT temps. Now that summers here, that helps. What I try do is land with minimum power changes. From overhead in a CCT join, slowly throttle back to 4000 rpm, in the Gazelle this will hold 60 Kts, then slowly back to 3500 on base, 60-55 Kts, then on final, slowly back to 3000
  12. On leave, so could spend time with the girlfriend! Tragic pic supplied! Flight from Yarram to West Sale, leg stretch and chat with like minded people, then back to Yarram, RAAF East Sale shut down till Jan 7th, as announced over the AWIS….I can picture the Chinese Air Force pilots inbound and smiling with relief at that broadcast info! 😉 So we are allowed to penetrate that sacred airspace in our stick and string machines! Fun little trip, blows out the cobwebs! Spent the day before refitting Garmin 495 to Instrument panel, sits flatter and is more secure, so happy with that. Airborne shot of a
  13. Yes, would be great for a Vic Rec fly in! Hmmm, don’t fly over the houses you say, yes this time the houses were there first I guess, not like the Phil Island airfield which is now choppers only, I bet the “houses” shut it down, despite coming long after the airfield! I can imagine the island social politics must be a minefield! Like living in your own episode of Poldark! But, enjoy your own field, attached is a pick with the following conditions: 1. an aviation tragic 2. plane kept at an airfield 70ks away 3. Christmas leave 4. Needs must!
  14. Yep, stuff taught to me military chopper flying. Never fly through a saddle or over a ridge unless you can climb enough to clearly see the terrain on the other side. Always cross a ridge at 45 degrees to it, so you can easily break away if need be, as you approach. Reading the wind is vital, hitting a strong downdraught can rapidly eat up any access climb performance, or cause a involuntary descent. Ground effect is theoretically 3/4 wingspan, practically more like 1/2 wingspan height. The Stinson pilot had a thousand chances to land back, before he was over the trees, when it was too la
  15. No probs, won’t be coming over anytime soon, but next year, maybe around Easter might be fun. Is there a regular ferry to Cowes?
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