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  1. Interesting. I've never flown a constant speed prop or retractable gear aircraft, and probably never will, but at least this description gives me an idea of how to do it. Might come in handy one day.
  2. Well, it's been a very long time since I thought of myself as cool and groovy - one look in the mirror is enough to destroy that illusion. However, I take your point OME, so Serpentine it is in future. Sounds a lot nicer anyway!
  3. We have three windsocks at YSEN and it's not unusual for them to all be pointing in different directions! I usually go with the majority decision, although when two of them at each end of a runway are pointing at each other, I toss a coin.
  4. Brian Lane also wrote a book called `Spitfire'. Well worth a read if you can find it.
  5. Only two ways for VH registration, either E-LSA (provided it meets the LSA criteria) or Experimental. I believe it's the same for RAAus home/kit built aircraft. I know that few if any RAAus RV-12's are registered as E-LSA's, for example. I think they're all or nearly all experimental. E-LSA is big in the US mainly because builders think that makes them worth more when they sell. The weird thing over there is that having carefully followed the plans so they can register it as an E-LSA, once they've done that they can modify it any way they like, provided they don't compromise the LSA performance criteria. SAAA will appoint a tech counsellor to help a VH builder if requested, and I think they are also happy to help RAAus builders.
  6. The Panther at Serpentine is a 19 reg. aircraft. It has an O-320 in it, looks great and goes like a rocket. E-LSA's must be an exact copy of the kit manufacturer's S-LSA original. However, an LSA can also be built as an experimental and will remain an LSA provided any modifications don't take it out of the LSA parameters, which are less stringent in Australia than the FAA regs. The registration system adopted (E-LSA, S-LSA, Experimental) is separate from the LSA classification which is about performance specifications.
  7. Aviation Insurance Australia got me the quotes. They advised that Swiss Re was "not currently quoting any new business". The other quotes they got were from Agile Aviation, HDI Global and 360 Aviation. I'm currently with QBE who are the second cheapest but still about 25% more than 360.
  8. It's aircraft insurance time again and my normal insurer has increased their premiums pretty steeply in the last couple of years, citing an increase in claims as the main reason, This year I decided to shop around. The cheapest quote I received was from 360 Aviation, but apparently they are new to the Australia market. Has anyone here heard of or dealt with them? rgmwa
  9. No guesses? Pander E from 1926. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pander_%26_Son#Pander_aircraft
  10. If the 737 is swooping at low level around houses to put out fires, then the situation must be pretty dire and most people should have left those houses long ago. I suspect that those remaining would be only too pleased to put up with a bit of noise when they can see smoke and hear flames nearby.
  11. I usually don't make many landings. That only happens when my arrivals went better than expected.
  12. RV-10 has been mentioned and would seem to suit your long term requirements. KR might sell you his RV-9 to tide you over if the price was right.
  13. rgmwa


  14. The two happiest days of boat ownership - the day you buy it, and the day you sell it.
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