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    Aeropilot Legend 600
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    Brisbane
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    Australia

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  1. Do birds do recreational flying? The Galahs certainly do! They also hang upside down from powerlines like some lesser skilled pilots.
  2. I have a Flight Data FC-10 in my plane. It is good and relatively cheap.
  3. If you're flying straight and level and you kick the rudder over, what happens to the wings? I think your statement that the wings stay level is not accurate or true. It doesn't matter if you do that at 10,000 feet or 10 feet, the effect is the same. If you kick the rudder away from the wind, the other wing WILL rise. That is how modern airplanes are designed. Worse yet, it will be the upwind wing and if the wind is strong enough it will lift the wing even more. What you are unconsciously doing is crossing the controls at the last instant. If that works for you, that's good. There isn't a
  4. I use the wing down method. Because? If you crab in, eventually you have to transition to the wing down (crossed control settings) to straighten up to the runway. If you start with wing down (crossed controls) you fly that all the way to the ground, no need to change methods just as you're about to touch down. Also it presents the pilot (me) with a direct view down the runway on final which I find easier for lining up the centreline rather than an oblique view through the side of the windscreen. HOWEVER, I'm aware that wing down has its limits for low wing aircraft.
  5. Hi Gary;

    How are you keeping with all the COVID going around down there?

    Just responding to your latest response to flightrite. I haven't encountered anyone quite as negative as that guy before.

    1. Garfly

      Garfly

      Hey Scott,

      good to hear from you. I've been thinking I should call you for a nice catch-up. 

      I am surviving okay. Actually staying in my little caravan at Taree airport at the moment.

      I was wondering how your eyes are these days.  I had an operation on the right one last year for a retinal tear.  And I was due for one on the left next week to remove a membrane on the macula but that has been postponed due Covid. But my vision is actually okay at the moment.Anyway, the more recent Flying Around vids are reassuring; they show you're back in the sky -saddle.

      I hope that you and Chris are doing well up there.  

      Let's hope the nightmare ends sooner rather than later so we can hook up again.

             g.

    2. Garfly

      Garfly

      Hey Scott,

      good to hear from you. I've been thinking I should call you for a nice catch-up. 

      I am surviving okay. Actually staying in my little caravan at Taree airport at the moment.

      I was wondering how your eyes are these days.  I had an operation on the right one last year for a retinal tear.  And I was due for one on the left next week to remove a membrane on the macula but that has been postponed due Covid. But my vision is actually okay at the moment.Anyway, the more recent Flying Around vids are reassuring; they show you're back in the sky -saddle.

      I hope that you and Chris are doing well up there.  

      Let's hope the nightmare ends sooner rather than later so we can hook up again.

             g.

    3. cscotthendry

      cscotthendry

      Yes, we really miss travelling, both here and overseas.

      Sorry to hear about your eye, but glad it seems to be OK.

      Last year I had my cataracts done (both eyes) so that was another procedure to endure. My eyes are going well at the moment. It has been over 12 months since my last eye injection and that problem seems to be resolved.

       

      We have moved the airplane closer to home and that has made flying easier.

       

      At the moment, we are painting the outside of the house. So that has put a bit of a damper on the flying for the past couple of weeks. We have about a week more to do and then I think we'll fly up to a friend's place in Childers and stay a night or two.

       

      I have a gig skippering on a cruise boat around the islands. The boat is owned by the community center and we carry about 6 or 7 passengers to one of several destinations. I have a cruise tomorrow to an Irish pub. So, staying reasonably busy.

       

      We're starting to look at flights to the US for early next year. Since we haven't been for going on 18 months, we might stay longer than our usual 3 month trip.

       

      How is your little bird going these days? I guess if you're up there you're getting some hours up.

       

      Have you had the vaccination yet? Chris and I have had both shots and we're ready for things to get back to (semi) normal.

       

      OK, that's it from here. Take careof yourself and stay healthy.

  6. Here in Brisvegas, you'd get a sizeable ticket for doing that speed through the tunnels!
  7. True enough. We have a doctrine of separation of judiciary and state, and a doctrine of separation of church and state. We need separation of business and state. And BTW, in Trumpistan, the separation of church and state was sorely tested. If I were POTUS Biden, there are a lot of churches that would lose their tax exempt status for politicking from the pulpit.
  8. Jay; I am an American living in Australia, but I travel quite a lot in the US and did a little research on flying there. This is what I discovered after just a little research. There are places that teach Recreational pilots, but not very many. I think the reason for that is the amount of controlled airspace in the US, certainly compared with Oz. In Oz, (currently) class G airspace extends to 8,500’ and then class E starts. That means that aircraft that don't have a transponder can fly up to 8500 in a larger portion of Australian airspace. In the US on the other hand, class E starts at 1,
  9. A LOT of this "My Freedom" BS is coming straight out of the Murdoch media. The Republicans and the Right wing echo chamber have created a self-reinforcing feedback loop of self-destructive behavior and rhetoric. It is no more clear than the linkage between numerous Fox opinion pieces touting snake oil "remedies" for COVID like Ivermectin, which has caused a rush to the feed stores by the Trump/Fox cult. That has sparked a rash of hospitalizations from poisoning. Ivermectin is a neurotoxin designed for worming horses. The difference in dosage for worming horses and for human use is substan
  10. Yes, I've encountered people like that, on the water and in the air and on the road. And they might be dead right one day. Like the guy who jumps out infront of an oncoming truck and is certain he has the right of way, but still gets squashed by the truck.
  11. All this discussion and the fact that other airplanes are hard to spot even at relatively short distances, brings to mind the discussions past about radios in planes. I remember some comments from people with very simple aircraft that they”didn't need a radio” because they could “see and avoid” and that this was superior to having a radio anyway. But then, even having a radio is not the be-all end-all either. I remember a situation at Gympie where I joined the circuit on crosswind with a radio call announcing such. I turned and tracked downwind and at the point where my finger w
  12. There is also this: On a long trip with a group, I ended up in a situation where another aircraft was above me in close proximity. I could hear him transmit to me telling me that we were close together, but he couldn't hear me. My guess is that his antenna was on the top of his metal plane and the plane was blanking my transmissions. I'm not sure why I could hear him. Maybe it was the signal strength. That is, the attenuation from his metal airframe had more impact on his received signal than on his transmitted signal. It was a scary situation because I knew he was close and I kept asking
  13. Don't wait. As soon as you're eligible, get the shot. Apparently peak resistance occurs about 40 days after the second one. I saw an interview with a woman who lost her husband (in the US) they weren't ant-vaxx but were waiting to see which one had the least side affects. While they were waiting, hubby got the bug and died from it. Now she has a Go Fund Me to try to pay the medical bills. BTW, I've started calling Delta The Republican Mutation after the numerous morons in the US who are ant-vaxx, ant-mask, anti- social distancing, anti-lockdown ... basically anti-everything to
  14. The vaccine was never promoted as preventing us from getting the disease. It was always a mechanism to prepare our bodies' immune system to deal with it and reduce the effects. Each year, I get a flu shot and fairly regularly, I still get the flu. As more and more people get resistance to COVID by either vaccine or by having the disease, this virus will become like most of the other viruses that we are exposed to and get infections from. The COVID-19 virus is from the same family of viruses that cause the common cold. It mutates like the cold virus and we will still have to deal with
  15. At the rate we're going, Scomo's target of 80% vaccinated before we get back to “normal” looks unachievable. The anti-vaxxers are multiplying by the day and I don't understand their motives or reasoning. I do however, suspect that a very successful disruption campaign is being waged by someone via social media. In the US the choice to vaccinate or not has become highly partisan. I can see some direct actors pushing it there, but I suspect some others doing it behind the scenes as well. Here in Oz, it doesn't have the party political flavour to it, and it could just be the effect of “If the US
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