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  1. kgwilson

    RAAus to disclose member details

    BB have a read of my post #17. Hangar owners pay 98% of costs, landing fees from visitors 2%.
  2. kgwilson

    RAAus rego Vs Casa cost

    I think VH experimental would be reasonably competitive from a self maintenance perspective although I think there are some things you can't do. Required equipment is another thing. Everything has to be TSOed which adds to the cost. In RA amateur built means you can do all your own maintenance and modify the aircraft as original owner/builder and put any non TSO equipment in. A VH registered Jabiru must be equiped with a transponder whereas a RA one does not have to be, though many do have them.
  3. kgwilson

    Avoiding the Base-to-Final Stall/Spin

    Agreed. With my aircraft, 1000 foot circuits are way smaller than when I was flying GA Cessnas & Pipers so my turn on to base is a descending wide 180 degree turn to line up on final at 4-500 feet with power back to idle on a light wind day so basically a glide approach. High wind day, same approach but may need a bit of power if my circuit is not tightened up quite enough. Usually though I have excess height so a sideslip sorts that out.
  4. kgwilson

    Sideslipping again. . .

    My PPL training also did not include side slipping or spins. I was taught power/flap stalls with a wing drop and recover (incipient spin) but never taken through a complete rotation. If I was high I was taught to do S turns to reduce height or in a 152 just put the nose down with flap & height would bleed off really fast without much increase in air speed. Real spins and side slips came later when I asked about it & the CFI took me through the process & then I carried out some solo practice. Side slipping though is a very useful function to lose height quickly as in short field or high obstacles etc and everyone should be taught and practice this. It is also an essential skill flying an aircraft without flaps. As Nev said slipping with flaps can be hazardous depending on design as Vfe can be exceeded quickly
  5. kgwilson

    Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder?

    Yes I believe it is only 3 or 4 knots slower that a Cessna Citation with about half the fuel consumption.
  6. kgwilson

    Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder?

    Not my favourite. Looks like it has a moustache or is flying backwards.
  7. I think you will find that the reference is a few years out of date. $200 is about the base rate these days with an instructor.
  8. It will never happen but what should happen IMHO is that Aviation legislation is completely overhauled. CASA be totally updated, the name changed back to CAA & all the current mob get made redundant. A new system based on the US FAA system be implemented Redundant staff (& outside applicants) apply for roles within the new organisation & be selected by a panel of pragmatic experts from the US, UK Canada & NZ. Commercial and Recreational flying be separated A single registration process be implemented. e.g all aircraft VH. All recreational licencing be replaced with a single system with endorsements eg CTA, multi engine, type etc Self declared medical fitness based on car licence requirements. Problem solved.
  9. kgwilson

    Avoiding the Base-to-Final Stall/Spin

    Good video. I was taught "Opposite Rudder" & it just seems instinctive to me, but whatever floats your boat & works for you is the best.
  10. kgwilson

    RAAus to disclose member details

    Councils being selective on charges for use of facilities is a bit on the nose. At our aerodrome we charge a $5.00 fee for RA & $10.00 for GA single engine and it is an honesty box system. The hangar owners operate the aerodrome and it costs us around $50,000.00 a year. This includes lease costs, rates, insurance, maintenance & a bit put away for capital expenditure to cover runway resealing etc & all labour is by volunteers. Some people still don't pay but the majority do. We usually get $900.00 to $1,000.00 a year from this & while it is only about 2% of our costs every bit helps and is much appreciated.
  11. kgwilson

    Can't turn, Can't climb, Can't run: F35 problems

    Well a great propaganda news article for the You Ess of A. Meanwhile Russia, Ukraine, India, Indonesia, Malaysia & a few others have Sukhoi Su 30 - 35 family which which have been in production since the 1990s & while not a stealth fighter can out manoeuvre anything the Yanks have and are far more capable in almost every department plus you can get 3 or 4 of them for the price of 1 F35. Stealth doesn't stop you from being shot down anyway as the yanks found out when they lost a F117 stealth to a SAM in the Bosnia/Croatia conflict in 1999.
  12. I've just finished watching all 3 parts. Tony did his best but was unable to articulate his thoughts into simple meaningful language that the senators could understand. Ferrier was hopeless & got it wrong anyway. Monke & Linke would have been way more professional. I don't think Mark really knew why he was there & Hill was fairly ineffective though had a couple of pointed comments at the end. CASA just lied again & had no response as to why the risk (likelihood) altered when entering CTA. They were just as hopeless (& lied about the number of engine failures etc) during the Jabiru engine limitations enquiry. AOPA won the day hands down. Will this and the subsequent CASA grilling change anything? From previous history the answer is No though O'Sullivan had interesting comments about his dealings with CASA in relation to its (Toxic) culture.
  13. Watched part 2 so far. I agree that Ben Morgan is exceptionally well informed and very articulate. The committee chair Senator Barry O'Sullivan, is the person who chaired the inquiry into the Jabiru engine limitations fiasco a few years ago and he was very scathing of the CASA BS back then. Again he knows most of the answers but needs documented and verifiable evidence. The problem was and still is, that the government of the day does NOTHING. Even when they accepted 37 of the 38 recommendations of the Forsyth report they did NOTHING. CASA just lies and says they are implementing changes and then everyone goes away and all is eventually forgotten. There is no report card. There is a change of government and Ministers and so the merry-go-round begins again.
  14. kgwilson

    Affirm? Or Roger...

    If I was about to be Rogered I'd respond Negative.
  15. kgwilson

    Affirm? Or Roger...

    Here is a definitive document. http://wiki.flightgear.org/ATC_phraseology