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About kiwiaviator

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  • Birthday 30/10/1965


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    Jabiru J230
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    Newman, WA
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  1. Yep. Very common sight in the Cross during the 80's
  2. When I was in the RNZAF, we used water/meth mixture on the Hawker Siddeley Andovers. (Rolls Royce Dart 301's) It had a separate tank for this mixture. It made a noticeable difference on short strips and high/hot ops. The correct mixture was 63% water and 37% methanol by volume (tolerance was +- 1%) PPE had to be worn when handling as its extremely corrosive.
  3. Sorry to hear about this Kasper. I really despair about the indifferent 'parenting' that is the root cause of youth crime. Most of us weren't angelic when young however this sort of thing is next level and shows a complete lack of respect for others and their property.
  4. Good idea lyle. I have suggested a similar idea of playing Barry Manilow songs continuously on the GA apron.
  5. Yep. I have changed them in the past. They both seem to be OK.
  6. Pretty sure they used the drain points. On closer inspection, there were fuel stains down the side of the fuselage. I am very fussy about that when I do fuel drains.
  7. After a couple weeks since I last flew my Jab 230, I decided to go for a Sunday morning ride. Went to do a fuel drain and nothing came out of either wing. Checked and both were bone dry. I distinctly remember having about 70 litres left last time I flew. Newman is a security controlled airport so this is most concerning. Advised ARO and police. Anyone else had similar experiences?
  8. Not sure what the latency is with a typical ADSB packet however I believe there is some compensation occurring in the system. I use my Skyecho info to assess the big picture eg. sequencing into a non controlled aerodrome with RPT and other traffic which is common here in Newman. I don't use it in lieu of looking out the window.
  9. I recently attended a breakfast flyin in NZ which hosted 54 aircraft. This meant a lot of different aircraft in the circuit area in a short amount of time with no major issues. I guess everyone was a lot more aware. I made the decision to do a overhead rejoin at 500' above the normal altitude. This gave me a better assessment of incoming traffic. Another tool in the box.
  10. I am looking at upgrading a Dynon EFIS-D100 to a Dynon SV-D700 7 inch SkyView in my Jab 230-C. I have got the conversion guide which indicates minor panel rework and rewiring is necessary. Has anyone done this and is there anything else I need to consider before committing? Thanks.
  11. I reckon you found some sort of rotor Glen. Back in the lower North island of NZ where I fly (when I'm allowed home) the mountain wave off the Tararua Ranges often forms multiple rotor 'fronts' out to 30 miles. The secondary 'fronts' often can't been seen and have seen me in unintended aerobatic attitudes at times. On the positive side, I have rode the wave at times which can be fun. Its why the gliding altitude world record was set in 1968 in that area by the recently deceased Doug Yarrell https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/102076811/glider-record-still-soars-50-years-later
  12. Nearly did the same in a C172 after a touch and go many years ago. Managed to finally get them up before doing what Dan did. Takeaways for me: C172's do not climb well at full flap. Only use full flap when you really need to and are 99% committed to the landing. As a general rule, I do touch and go's at takeoff flap setting.
  13. I have the same one on my 230 Glen. Great covers and yes, I have the side straps around the main spring.
  14. QC is so important. We manufacture a valve used for mining sample analysis which uses a 50x3 O-ring on the piston. All of a sudden we were having valve failures. The o-ring supplier had decided that an imperial size close to the metric one was ok to supply without advising us. We now check every o-ring and seal. I would hope that aircraft engine manufacturers have a very robust QC system. It would be interesting to see what the o-ring material spec on the Gen 4 is? Good pick up Glen.
  15. Finally got to install the LED kit you sent me Glen. Works a treat. Thank you 🙂
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