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  1. nomadpete

    What`s Happening???

    Of course Tasmania is warm. Its got central heating from all those fires. We had to burn 150,000 hectares of firewood to get our temps up above 30. We try to do this every summer to keep the mainland tourists warm. It'll all have to end 'cos we are running out of forest.
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    'Fractured Dynamic'

    And what if a 'quiet word' fails to achieve cohesion within the board? Does that mean the chairman has failed and must step down? That would only empower the disruptive individual (if, indeed he/she is disruptive - in their own mind that are not). It can be difficult to bring any bunch of people together with a common goal. Our Board members do not get to choose their fellow board members.
  3. So true. Isn't that a sad illustration of what is happening to the pursuit of recreational aviating in Australia!
  4. OK We've done this drift to death. We all have horror road stories. We all have strong ideas on how to fix the problem. The answer is......... Human factors training. Advanced defensive driver training. And remove the automatic RIGHT to drive. End of story
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    Coopers Gap Wind Farm Construction

    I was at Tarong PS when it was being built, and many many times over the years. Initially the electrostatic precipitators were great at removing particulate content from the stacks (it's a 4 in 1 stack - 4 boilers, 4 turbines). Early on there was no sign of smoke. Over the years, the quality of coal got worse, maybe more dirt as you dig deeper? They tried trucking coal from Acland and that burned better but it was hard coal - you should have heard the racket from the ball mills trying to pulverised it! (They burn coal dust in the furnace) So back to using dirtier than usual coal. I was told that those cooling towers use 80 megalitres a day. Not good in a drought. The other stack is the newer Tarong North power station. I don't know why but it doesn't smoke.
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    The XPB Stage 1 underway.

    Welcome back Bex. Take it easy. Please. Give yourself time before trying to be too active. I know inactivity will drive you nuts (it did me, though nobody can see the difference). But is important to your recovery phase.
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    The XPB Stage 1 underway.

    Hi Bex. By the time you read this you will be back with us. If I'd seen your post before you went under, I would have been able to offer you some reassurance about your big adventure. Well, that is what I called it when I went through a similar mitral valve repair last year. Its a sobering thought to know that someone will be literally holding your heart in their hand. In my case they stopped my heart for almost 4hrs, as there was a bit of extra work they had to do while they were in there. Or maybe the surgeon just wanted to trade his Bremer in on a new Tesla. They did warn me that when i wake up, to expect to feel like I'd been hit by a bus. Glad they warned me otherwise I'd have been worried about what they fluffed up! Anyhow, it's all worth the journey. Now I've got back the energy I used to have. Enjoy your new lease of life!
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    What`s Happening???

    Good luck Frank. Glad you got there in time to save the drifter! Watch out for crocs wandering around.
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    Bolly Two blade prop

    This advert is COMPLETED!

    • FOR SALE
    • NEW

    SOLD, Pending Collection (Thank you for looking.) Bolly Optima Dura Tuff propeller. BOS3 two blade 68x58 SR. Drilled to suit Rotax-912 hub. Purchased in 2006 but only used for about 10 hours on my Lightwing. Since then it has resided safely under my bed. Very good condition. Also have a glass fibre spinner. $40 for the spinner. Call Peter 0435-318-731 $400 for the propeller.

    400.00 AUD

    Toowoomba area

  10. I look up every day when they track right over our place. Usually two runs a day. As you said, Marty, there is often a pair travelling within sight of each other (never too close though). I'd judge the cloud base by their height and visualise their view of the tiger country that they were traversing every day. Its rugged country. Although I've never met any of the pilots, it feels like I've lost a friend. Sincerest condolences to all affected by this tragedy.
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    Lightwing GA-912

    This advert is COMPLETED!

    • FOR SALE
    • USED

    Lightwing GA-912 TTIS approx 2200hrs. Engine approx 500hrs SMOH. New Bolly three blade propeller.(MARAP approved). Recent recovered wings after ten yearly inspection of wing structure and replacement of wing tanks. Recent five yearly rubber replacement on Rotax. Good general condition. A bargain at $20,000 Phone 0435-318-731 for information.

    20,000.00 AUD

    Toowoomba area - AU

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    The XPB Stage 1 underway.

    All the best, Bex. Know where you're at. See you soon.
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    Lightwing gr 912

    My GA912 is available, if you are still after a Lightwing.
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    Lightwing gr 912

    There is a large budgetary differential between Zenair and Lightwing. My only complaint about the Lightwing is that it is a little difficult to get into it. Once inside it is good. When i went looking for an affordable plane I found that my height prevented me from sitting in a Gazelle - my head hit the cross member behind. My Lightwing is capable of ground looping but only if I fall asleep. Fun aero and affordable.