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  1. Best curry EVER was from the Jeera Tandoori on Hayling Island (near Portsmouth in England) It's that good, that I'm going back in May for some more
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    Another jab down...pilot said the engine just stopped

    Maybe the minister thought he could keep running on 'spirits'
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    Nice new planes for RFDS

    Think it goes a bit faster than my Jabiru
  4. cessna is now the journalistic equivalent of "hoover" - a brand name that came to mean any vacuuming device thus Cessna is anything that flies
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    CPL and Traineeship

    From what I was told by CASA, back in 2013, an RAA registered aircraft does NOT count as a "registered or recognised aeroplane", since it does not appear on Australia's register of registered aircraft. So, you need to be careful on assuming 190 hours in an RAA aircraft. There is also a requirement to spend time in a "complex" aircraft (Minimum speed, retractable gear, constant speed prop). And I think you will find most, if not all GA CPL instructors will require a whole swag of time in actual GA aircraft (172, 182, 210, Comanche, etc) Things have changed (a bit) since 2013, but we were told that the relevant clause here, allowing up to 100 hours in RAA aircraft, is "Pilot in Command Flight Time", which doesn't specify that it needs to be a particular aircraft type.
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    CPL and Traineeship

    you can put up to 100 hours in an RAA registered Jab, even 19- registered, towards your CPL. (Assuming non-integrated course) My daughter is on the CPL job treadmill, and qualified for her CPL about 6 months ago. She had lots of RAA jab hours. https://www.casa.gov.au/standard-page/getting-your-commercial-pilot-licence
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    Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder?

    F4 Phantom Lockheed Super Constellation SR71 Northrop F5
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    "Phantom" radio reception

    I only started carrying the hand held radio to confirm the phantom reception was caused by an external source to the inbuilt radio, and not a fault with the MicroAir itself. The noise continues with the handheld turned off. And yep, the intermittent noise continues even when I don't carry phone and iPad with me. Hopefully will get down the airport this weekend to try out everyone's suggestions Cheers
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    "Phantom" radio reception

    Thanks all for your suggestions, but especially to [B]@Bluboyz[/B], a new member, who has provided an extensive list of possibilities to try out. If I get a resolution, I'll be sure to post it here.
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    "Phantom" radio reception

    I've seen some unusual replies in my time on this forum, but this one ......?????????
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    "Phantom" radio reception

    Hi Guys. I've got a problem with my radio(s) in my Jabiru. I get random "phantom" receptions on my radios - the receive light turns on, and I get loud audio at the same time - 5 to 30 seconds, sometimes longer I can receive transmissions from other aircraft when this happens, so it doesn't just blank out the radio completely It happens on the inbuilt MicroAir, and a battery operated Vertex handheld radio, at the same time Squelch has no effect on the noise. This has been happening for a few weeks now. Points to consider are: Other planes that I fly with/near me do not receive these "phantom" transmissions Inbuilt radio is a MicroAir 760, model M I have a handheld radio (Vertex VXA-220) in the aircraft with me, battery operated, which receives these "transmissions" at the same time as the MicroAir, so it seems that the aircraft is generating some extraneous random noise I can receive other aircraft transmissions while the phantom transmissions are occurring, so does not appear to be related to the problems that MicroAir report with a faulty electronic component Squelch has no effect Nothing has been altered on the plane in the last few months Jab engine 2200 Battery is about 6 months old, and is charging OK (14.2 Volts) Noise seems to reduce after about 20 minutes flying, but can still occur at times Any ideas on what may be causing this?
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    SSB Lithium Iron batteries

    Ion and Iron are (obviously) NOT the same The most common lithium-ion cells have an anode of carbon © and a cathode of lithium cobalt oxide (LiCoO2) The chemistry is different to a Lithium IRON battery (LiFePO4) (Fe=Iron, for all you physicists out there ) Don't EVER use a Lithium Ion battery in your aircraft
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    SSB Lithium Iron batteries

    Skippy, I sold the aircraft about 3 years ago, and as far as I know, the battery is still cranking OK
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    SSB Lithium Iron batteries

    Lithium IRON (not ion) Phosphate batteries indeed seem to be immune to the runaway heating / fire of the Lithium ION batteries. I had a Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) battery for a couple of years in my Rotax 582 powered Streak Shadow - basically a drop in replacement for the lead acid battery, and saved approx 5Kg. It ran off the standard rotax regulator, and never gave any trouble. I have read on this forum that some people have concerns about charging using a standard regulator, but I cant comment except to say that I had no issues at all
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    Plane crash near Stawell

    We dont use parachutes in Queensland, cause the extra hour of sunlight fades them