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  1. M61A1

    Corby Starlet Wanted

    There is one hangared at Clifton. If you gave Trevor Bange a call you could probably organize to try it on and see if it fits.
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    Carby heater on a Rotax 912

    All I was trying to say Nev, is that there is a clearly defined design standard for carb heat temp rises. The figure I quoted came from an engineering order by Bill Whitney, I couldn’t find the standard he was quoting though.
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    Carby heater on a Rotax 912

    While probably adequate for our temperate climate and conservative flying, I'm pretty sure that the actual requirement (can't recall which standard) for carb heat is to produce at least a 30°C rise when applied.
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    BalanceMaster testing

    Interesting...I was skeptical when I put one on my Drifter, but was pleasantly surprised. Huge difference throughout the rev range and no more numb feet. Also, they can only compensate for a certain amount, if you have a serious issue, it's not going to magically fix it. Did you ever sort out the vibes on your Drifter?
  5. My sentiments exactly.. I generally have no concerns about motorcyclists (or ultralight pilots) killing themselves, because generally they don’t take innocent people with them.
  6. Except in the local paper paper, where apparently he's a much loved genius, cut down in the prime of life and would have been a contributor to world peace or something if he had survived. As long as they're not slowing down afterwards and holding you up, who cares? They finally made "filtering" (lanesplitting) legal here. I can't speak for W.A. but drivers in QLD seem to believe that they are entitled to force everyone to stay behind them regardless. In heavy traffic it's almost always some truckie (probably because they're the only ones that use their mirrors)that sees you coming and tries to move over and block you, never mind the fact that you will never make a difference to to anything they do. They just want to stop you because they can. I've personally known a few truck drivers who actually are "smart-arses" and openly admit (boast) to deliberately obstructing traffic. Wanting to kick someone simply because they went around you says a lot about the Australian public. Just a variation of "tall poppy syndrome". That said, I agree entirely about the loud bikes. They carry on with absolute bullsh1t about loud pipes saving lives. The statistics apparently say otherwise. Most motorcycle fatalities are single vehicle crashes.
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    Fuel Bladder

    I find them no more difficult than normal jerries. The only time I have trouble is when it's windy. I use a Mr Funnel and don't usually bother with the screw in spout. My fill point is fwd of the cockpit at about chest height. In any case, I think the concerns of the Onetrack were about the integrity of the bladder itself. I would suggest they are quite resilient. I also find that the jerries act as a lay flat unit. I can get 23 litres in them easily and then lay them flat in my wing lockers (1 each side) and still have room for other bits. A rigid plastic jerry also fits but leaves less usable space.
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    Fuel Bladder

    I use a couple of collapsible jerry cans made by this lot http://www.liquidcontainment.com.au/page/contact-us They look the same as the others posted. In my opinion they are probable stronger than your aircraft's fuel tank. You would be doing very well to accidentally puncture one, I would think it difficult to deliberately puncture one.
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    CASA set to "fix" community service flights

    Could you also charge the same for your opinions?
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    CASA set to "fix" community service flights

    It happens every day. You can be reasonably certain they knew the risk, they just didn't think it could happen to them. Sad perhaps, but It doesn't justify stopping everyone else. If you agree to get in that aircraft, you're not an innocent party.
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    CASA set to "fix" community service flights

    No, I don't think anyone is surprised....That's the whole problem. Everyone could see that trainwreck called CASA coming ready to overreach what should be the limits in a free country. Oh wait...we're not a free country, they can do whatever they want and they know we'll all just toe the line. Or else.....
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    I kid you not

    Are there really that many "cowboys" out there? I know quite few instructors from various schools, some I can relate to better than others but none I would term "cowboys". In fact, for the most part I would consider the average instructor to be quite conservative. I have in earlier days seen some quite severe denigration and animosity between schools, but hardy any these days. Perhaps I am just fortunate not to be meeting these "cowboys".
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    What`s Happening???

    Start burning hippies...win/win.
  14. That would be a reasonable point if the current maintenance and training requirements were the same for both organisations. The who idea of recreational flying is that you could perform your own maintenance if you desire. Currently a full GA licence and medical is required to operate a heli, the licence itself is hideously expensive and could be reduced in cost significantly with the right machinery and a sensible approach to training. I've already answered question 2. Probably irrelevant to where you're at right now, but some of us see no reason that recreational aviation couldn't be all recreational aviation. not just really lightweight fixed wing stuff.
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    I fear that this article is about as honest as most other ABC left biased, virtue signalling garbage. It also gives them way to much credit for intellect. Trolls do live with their mothers, if not actually, psychologically.
  16. Take the blinkers off Turbo! Yes the Cessna 152 is currently GA, but it doesn't need to be, it could easily be RA, with RA licencing and maintenance requirements. The same goes for an R22. You don't need different management, training, compliance and enforcement systems to administer recreational flying. Sure heli training is a little different from fixed wing, but it's hardly rocket science. None of it needs to be as hard as it is.
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    Marty d's CH-701 build log

    At least you can drive from one end of your state to the other in a few hours.
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    Marty d's CH-701 build log

    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Rotax-912/143104788840?hash=item2151b5c968:g:06EAAOSwEvZcTE2B Your neck of the woods?
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    Is the Drifter Group still active?

    The A503 manual says Minimum front seat weight - 69Kg Maximum front seat weight - 92Kg The A582SB manual says: Minimum front seat weight- 65Kg Maximum front seat weight -95Kg
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    Going bare

    I had an ex-military instructor on a type conversion course, lovely bloke, but I would grit my teeth every time he told us we had to be "really pacific" about things...
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    Going bare

    What's so hard to believe about that? there are plenty of far more attractive women out there. I watched one once...all I could think was that must be one smooth rotor head. I've done vibe testing on B206s that made the pilot appear as though they were trotting on a shetland pony. I have a set of Magnum leather lace up boots I fly with, they are nearly as light as sneakers, but I recently found that sneakers are an improvement when walking from airfields into town in hot sun. For the record, I only fly taildraggers. I can't imagine walking around country airstrips in thongs.
  22. The F111 was designed barely thirty years after the spitfire. In the fifty years since things have changed even more. It almost looks backwards as there are less gauges and switches..... until you power it up.
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    Tell us about your last flight

    Definitely the case when you are competing, maybe the technology makes us look better than we really are in other cases. In doing so, it might make you safer as long as it doesn’t distract you from what you should be doing.
  24. Probably because the man hour and OH&s requirements would have far exceeded any gain. They had a few toxic bits including asbestos and berylium copper, chromates in surface finishes. Most titanium would have been fasteners. They spent significant amounts of time money and effort just removing explosive ordnance. ITARs regs.
  25. You make it quite clear that despite having no authority, you barge on into a place and force them to comply to standards you admit they had no requirement to follow, assault people in the process and you can’t see a similarity? Tell the police to lie about their powers? It’s not just that though, often your inner authoritarian peaks through when you talk of forcing compliance an weeding out the undesirable minorities.