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pmccarthy

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  1. Many years ago there was an airstrip up close to Uluru (Ayers Rock). There could be a savage wind change off the south end of the strip as the wind came around the rock.
  2. I agree wind often changes in the last 50 feet or so. Many runways have a built-in downdraft on close final due to trees or water or such. I just keep practicing and occasionally get it right when no one is watching.
  3. The tampon has me confused but... years ago a friend visited gold mine in Fiji and saw all the miners wearing a feminine item around their foreheads. Apparently it was the best way to keep perspiration out of their eyes in a a very hot and humid environment.
  4. You put on some superglue, then sprinkle some baking soda on it quickly, which sets instantly. Shake or blow off the excess powder, add more superglue, and repeat. Build up the thickness and shape you want. It will repair metal, plastic or wood and gives a high strength. As I said, I don’t know how it works. It is probably most useful on plastic, as I have used JB Weld successfully on metal in the past. it would be interesting to hear if anyone has done strength or durability testing on the superglue method. There are many YouTube videos showing applications. BTW I don’t advocate using it on aircraft, but have used it on a car.
  5. https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/local/report-plane-crash-washington-twp/foErGvPLsnCOsUGSroSRmO/
  6. I have made amazing repairs recently with superglue and baking soda. I don’t understand how it works, but it is the best and quickest adhesive sealant I have tried. I would use it on a radiator without hesitation. I fixed the plastic throttle lever on my Victa mower among other things.
  7. I just did a motorbike tank with sealant, a three stage process. Stage three required drying with a “ heat gun or blow dryer” which had similar potential for disaster, depending on the heat setting and where you pointed it.
  8. Those differences in weight are immaterial in a crash. More weight can mean more safety around the cockpit capsule. there seems to be an objection, not related to safety, but to the politics of envy for people who can build or buy at the higher weight.
  9. There is a Smart engined FS Storch for sale on the RAA site.
  10. The video claims that the Cherokee is stable because it has a low centre of gravity. Surely the COG must be relative to the wings. A 172 has a low COG and is stable because of pendulum effect, a Piper needs a lot of dihedral for stability.
  11. If the pilot was thrown out from that height his injuries would be more than serious.
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