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  1. Airstrips are to the north-west on the Blackall Road. Nothing much at Adavale. The shop is shut until mid January so I would be surprised if there is anyone in town. It's one of those places that was surveyed for a township and then the railway never arrived. I had friends who worked on a nearby property. Early 1990's, when I worked for the Lands Dept, I got a call from Quilpie Shire Council looking for the owners of several blocks in Adavale. Most were bought in the late 1800's and for some reason were never transferred on death and so it had been decades since they had received any
  2. Sherwood Ranger The better half had a look at the Sherwood Ranger bi-plane and he is hooked. I think we have looked at every site and picture on the internet and now he wants to buy the plans to get better acquainted and make sure it can be RAA registered. Now I know what we will be doing for the next 5 years ...... Sue
  3. These are specs that came with the plans for the Whisky IV - with a 80HP VW engine (my conversions from lb and mph).:- Empty weight = 282kg MTOW = 480kg Max horizontal speed 140knots, Cruising at 75% 113kts Stall 37kts, Wing loading 42.9kg/m2 This means it will not fit into the Australian CAO 95-10 (no limit on number or type of engines; 300kg MTOW, 55kts, stall 45kts, wing loading 30kg/m2) registration 10-, without modification. It will fit into the 19- category CAO 95-55 (Max 1 engine, 1 propeller, 2 seat; 544kg MTOW, 45kt stall, wing loading 65kg/m2 - taken from CAO
  4. Hi Beckd I got the Whiskey IV plans out again. The canopy is 3mm plexiglass with a full sized template for the front curve (you have to work out the back and sides yourself). It is embedded in the fuse construction plans so you can't lay it out to cut. There are no suppliers listed so I guess if you can't do it yourself you do the measurements and take it to someone who can. There are 24 sheets in the Plans - eleven are 1:1 scale, the rest are 1:5, 1:10 or NS. Few dimensions; so you have to scale it for yourself or measure & calculate. One of the sheets is "Construction Instructi
  5. Are you looking at the road to the helipad at -35.1143 138.4842 ? About 800m long and 3m wide with the odd tree/shrub within 2m of centreline? Port Stanvac Oil Refinery. Could have been an airstrip in times past.
  6. Hi David, Town is dead as a dodo. The boss is at work. Haven't got a plane to fly. I am keeping an eye on a bridge abutment that collapsed in Nov and has lost some more embankment and may compromise the road, and scouring on our incomplete roadworks. Santa didn't bring me anything but I am enjoying the time off to clean, sew, plan, garden, and catch up with all my community groups - strategic plans, grant applications, re-writing tourist literature, clean the museum, do the books etc. Finally found a tipple I like - low alcohol and sweet - Brown Bros Moscato - local pub has never hea
  7. I own a GA aircraft which I have operated as a business since 1995. I am set up as a sole trader with ABN, registered for GST. I don't have a separate account or anything for this venture, but I keep meticulous records. I have slowed down considerably in the past 4 years (hire to single user), so I am not up with the intricacies. The ATO will benchmark you against similar industries so don't expect to be recognised as a legitimate business if you use it predominantly for private use. One way around "private use" is if you hire it back when you need it paying the usual rates to the School.
  8. Solar lighting My Council got a Federal Govt grant to extend the Rolleston Qld airstrip and decided investigate lighting so the RFDS could land at night (town has no doctor, ambulance or medical facility). To put in PAL was very expensive as the strip didn't have a power line, and PAL needs underground power all around the strip, a backup generator, radio gear etc. Looked at reflective cones - CASA approved but you still needed some powered lights. These solar powered lights are approved and have the added advantage of being on whenever the light levels are low. The local coal mine offe
  9. We got the email followed by a letter asking us for photos of the placards which we posted yesterday - so nothing will happen for us until after 7th Jan. The only time I could get off was from now to 7th Jan. This plane is about 7 hours away from our home and we're travelling there. Fortunately we have others we can fly, but my sympathies to those who have nothing. We have moved out of the "Grounded - haven't heard" to the "Grounded - know what to do" (but still GROUNDED). Our others are coming up for renewal soon. Roll on Feb - to let them know how dissatisfied we are. Sue
  10. A whole airfield with buildings etc 14 Polo Flat Rd Cooma NSW - if only it was in Central Qld ... I could get "someone" interested too .... http://www.realestate.com.au/property-other-nsw-cooma-106613137 Sue
  11. Dreaming of the strip, house, hangar retirement I came across some gems. On www.realestate.com.au - search a location eg QLD; then in the side panel type a keyword like "airstrip" and Update. Helps to limit the search to Rural / Acreage or you may end up with townhouses near an airstrip. Also searched "hangar" (and hanger for those real estate agents who can't spell), "Pilot", "Aviation", "Ultralight" etc. I sorted by cheapest to dearest to move the grazing properties & millionaire's estates to the end. Found (just a few of) - A hangar with modern 2 bed house at Watt's Brid
  12. I did a search for the Technical Manger and General Manager positions on the usual job pages (Seek, Trovit etc) and came up a blank. So I guess the only job advert was in our magazine. However I did come across the Admin Assist (ASIC) which closed 12 Dec with the Office Administrator - surely an added burden she does not need at this time - interviewing etc. Money well spent to throw this to an agency so staff can concentrate on registrations with the phone and email running hot. Sue
  13. I had a look at Face2Face - they don't have any jobs at the moment (but it is a quiet time of year) so they should be able to give us their full attention. They have looked after the Not-for-Profit sector before (testimonials from Lifeline etc). Their strength is in being a boutique local agency with the dedication and flexibility of a small business. Depending on what services were engaged, they may visit the office to gauge for themselves the kind of employee who would best suit the position, do PDs, advertising and do all the settling-in and review. Unfortunately it would have been be
  14. Same here - been outstanding since 6th Nov - they have credit card & email - heard nothing.
  15. Still waiting - and they have our email - just in case ...... Sue
  16. Here's an idea - have the spouse join RAAus as a student pilot, get enough lessons(with a school) to feel some competence and then quit. Cancel RAAus membership (and Club membership) and return to the ranks of non-flyers, but a little wiser. Advantage - spouse now has the option of rejoining and finishing the Certificate and has had proper training, done within the law. RAAus can handle this as there are a few people who start but never finish every year. Could be worth a phone call to RAAus or local school. My position was a little different. I was already a GA pilot of many years, but
  17. You are right - they do - to the Dept of Infrastructure & Transport (BITRE). The results are published each year - see 2010 as an example - with RAAus statistics under Sport Aviation. http://www.bitre.gov.au/publications/ongoing/files/General_Aviation_Activity2010.pdf Sue
  18. Wow! You got an email! We tried paying our rego 6th Nov and had various excuses and dates - they checked our email was still current, but we are still waiting for the email. Our plane was with a flying school, but the CFI recently decided to "retire". Regardless, it is still a very poor showing. Sue
  19. From the CASA website: Classification Aviation Safety Regulator Level 1 Division Office of the Director of Aviation Safety Branch Self Administering Sport Aviation Organisations Section Location Brisbane, Canberra or Melbourne Position No 2062 Salary $90,954 - $117,861 pa + superannuation Contact Lee Ungermann Duration Permanent Closing Date 16 December 2012 How to apply: Please provide a current CV and a response to the selection criteria to recruitment by the closing date. In the subject line of your email, please quote the position number, job title and your na
  20. Welcome back! Love those Mooneys - flew 3 of them and worked for a LAME who was a real fan, but unfortunately killed himself in one. Sorry to hear about starting over. In many ways it can be a real blessing - I hope it turns out that way for you. I'm not into social chat either (the younger rellies are all on it and can't understand how we live without it), but this site has so much scope to give and receive advice that I keep coming back too. Sue
  21. I think this workshop might have been what Cazza was referring to here http://www.recreationalflying.com/threads/raaus-fails-casa-audit-again.50744/page-34#post-255019 Which looks like it was Board members only. Sue
  22. When nominations were open for North Qld, a member of this forum was thinking about putting himself forward, and a good candidate he would have been too, but when it was indicated who he would be standing against, he stepped back and the incumbent was elected was unopposed. It is a big ask, to stand against a sitting member, especially one with many years on the Board as the voters who "just want to fly" will favour the status quo ("I'm still flying - why rock the boat" mentality). I know a number of RAA members (and I'm a member myself) and the assessment of candidates is more along the
  23. Position advertised 30 Nov 2012. Job description here http://www.casa.gov.au/wcmswr/_assets/main/lib100175/2062.pdf Looking for someone with experience/knowledge as - Instructor - Maintenance, operations, safety - Legislation - Self Regulating bodies
  24. Here is the job description - location is flexible http://www.casa.gov.au/wcmswr/_assets/main/lib100175/2062.pdf EDIT - have put this job in a new thread to attract some applicants
  25. We get this every year. There's 2 volumes. World Directory of Leisure Aviation (WDLA) and World Directory of Free-Flight (WDFF). Published in English, French, German and Chinese. See www.widola.com WDLA has a database of available aircraft - 5 per page - photo, description, specs, contacts, price, category etc. LSA, ULs, kits, gliders, gyros, trikes, instruments, engines. An improvement this year is the index to aircraft. It keeps the boss entertained for hours, comparing and fancying various innovations. Highly recommended reading. We asked our newsagent to get it in - it was near
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