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    Why I don't fly now

    Chin up Ian. All the sympathy in the world does little to ease that hand you've been dealt. Rest assured that you have many friends (especially through your great forum). Take strength from knowing that. Have faith in the best advice that your opthalmologist gives you. And keep looking for those little gems of joy that do come your way, from whatever direction they come. And whenever a empty right hand seat is offered, take it. Even with limited sight, nothing can steal the feeling a steady climb out. All the best to you.
  2. Sorry about my triple post. I had trouble attaching the picture, then had trouble deleting redundant posts. Yes, same FN. The bike now has a period wicker sidecar.
  3. You mean this Ind of FN? This one I snapped at our local hardware. The owner has ridden it back to visit the manufacturer in Belgium.
  4. You mean this Ind of FN? This one I snapped at our local hardware. The owner has ridden it back to visit the manufacturer in Belgium.
  5. You mean this Ind of FN? This one I snapped at our local hardware. The owner has ridden it back to visit the manufacturer in Belgium.
  6. I haven't suggested that I have a medical condition. I simply cannot justify spending money on memberhip 'just to keep the door open' to flying. At present, I'm not located anywhere near a suitable flying field that has suitable aircraft and an instructor. Also, I can't afford to fly and pay for accommodation that much now. So, in my case, RAA has ceased to be the 'Affordable flying' it once was. As far as I'm concerned, I would have to go flying at least once a week in order to maintain competency. Anything less would allow my skills to slide, and that would not be safe. So, it seems th
  7. Just adding my two cents worth....... I'm not renewing my my RAA membership. For me, the biggest downside is abandoning all the training that has gone into my certificate. And the pain of knowing that I'll never fly again. I can't afford to keep paying RAA just in case I get a chance to go flying one day.
  8. Don't expect to know when CO poisoning is happening to you. I speak from experience. I got into the back canopy of a friend's ute, expecting to catch a few zz's on our way to a campground. The rear wasn't fully sealed. I detected a very slight exhaust smell. Nothing much. Just as I was falling asleep, I felt rather stoned . It had only taken about 15 minutes before I realised I was not falling asleep, I was almost passing out. It took a huge effort to drag myself up and knock on the back of the cab to get the drivers attention. I almost didn't bother... Also important, is the fact t
  9. I apologise to everyone for starting this thread with an ambiguous title. I didn't see it that way until someone took it the wrong way. Bruce had mentioned Bert in another thread, and it prompted my own recollections. It occurred to me that there must be many very skilled people out there and they all have had adventures worthy of retelling. Bert is one of many. I sometimes think that our modern society doesn't allow much scope for adventure. There is a wealth of knowledge residing in many of our senior fellow pilots. So many lessons and skills that should be shared. So, can
  10. Does anybody remember Bert's gliding skills? I call him the exception to the basic rule of pilots. He impressed me as being the only "Old Bold" pilot over ever met. And such a quiet gentleman. I am honoured to have met him. I recall watching him do a double loop from about head height above the deck. In a glider. At Caboolture. He also briefly held the Australian height gain record. Inside a cumulo nimbus. At Alice Springs.
  11. A problem is identifying the speed, as many ASI gives invalid readings at unnatural attitudes. I think I was taught to feel for the G's to help identify the difference between spiral and spin? It was quite a few years ago and those grey cells aren't current (not in RAA aircraft, so relax Turbs!)
  12. The voltmeter is at best, a rough guide. The ammeter doesn't really tell much about the battery either. It only confirms that the charging circuitry is supplying power. It cannot confirm that a battery is effectively storing the energy. The only way to confirm how much energy is stored in a battery is to discharge it at a known rate (usually the ten hour rate), until an agreed minimum battery voltage is reached. (For a 12v battery this is usually 11.8v). Clearly, this cannot be done 'on the run', and shouldn't be done too often, because even 'deep cycle' batteries don't like frequent deep cy
  13. Your voltmeter is helpful but won't always save a bad outcome. For instance. When my aircraft's factory carried out a repair, they replaced a single 'landing' light with a neat pair of lights. Muchlater, on. A. Cross country, I had inadvertantly l left them turned on. Landed and shut down. Noted that voltmeter showed 12v. (Should have been more like 14). Couldn't restart the Rotax. Problem was that my voltage regulator couldn't supply two 50w lamps and the battery had drained to a marginal level. The message is: voltage does not indicate state of charge. PS, if fitting was shunt to a
  14. My experience with LED purchase:- If it's 12$ on eBay, I wouldn't be , buying it..
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