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Drew Ford

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About Drew Ford

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    Thruster
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    Australia

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  1. Drew Ford

    Thruster Photos

    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.
  2. Drew Ford

    Thruster Photos

    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.
  3. Drew Ford

    Thruster Photos

    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. Enjoy cheers Andrew.
  4. Love the look of your Antanov 11

    11 seater, used as a work horse, for fertiliser spreader, float plane, glider towing etc,.

     

     

     

  5. Drew Ford

    Thruster Photos

    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.
  6. Drew Ford

    Thruster Photos

    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.
  7. Drew Ford

    Thruster Photos

    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.
  8. Drew Ford

    Thruster Ultralights

    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.
  9. Drew Ford

    Thruster Ultralights

    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.
  10. Drew Ford

    Thruster Photos

    Hi Octave, Yes I think I did teach you to fly, Keep safe and Well. Cheers Andrew.
  11. Drew Ford

    Thruster Photos

    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.
  12. 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. octave

      octave

      Cheers Andrew, I do remember when I first started thinking I would just have a few lessons, I did not think I could ever get my certificate.  Here I am all these years later still flying. I can only say thanks! 

       

       

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    2. 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.

  13. Drew Ford

    Thruster Ultralights

    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.
  14. Drew Ford

    Thruster Ultralights

    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.
  15. Drew Ford

    Thruster Photos

    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.
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