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planedriver last won the day on June 17

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About planedriver

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  • Birthday 09/08/1943

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    PA28, Jabiru
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    Earlwood NSW
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  1. Very sad, getting late in the day with no doubt failing light and very poor flying weather. First found was tail rotor which does not sound good. RIP and condolences to family and friends.
  2. That's a real beauty! Bet it climbs like a home-sick angel with a 3300
  3. I agree in principle what you are saying is correct onetrack. However we are fortunate to have internet, youtube, (oh! and of course Recreational Flying) etc; and a myriad of other information at our disposal, and I wouldn't mind betting he has none of these to further his knowledge. He like many others that fail, would find it very difficult to further one's knowledge to achieve desired goals without this information being available. But I do have to admire the poor buggers determination. As a young bloke, my cousin and I fitted a Matchless 500cc motorbike engine to a canoe with an outrigger he'd made at school. We too, were not so knowledgeable at the time. It went like the clappers for the first 50ft and may to this day still rest somewhere on the bottom of the river 60yrs later, at Sunbury-on-Thames At least we tried. and the old Vanguard went better coming home, without it on the roof.
  4. God Bless him, he's an inspiration. While we who live in more affluent area's of the world enjoy what we have, and even with some difficulty can afford, I have nothing but admiration for poorer souls who try to fulfill a life-long dream and spend their life trying to achieve it. Good on him, I sincerely hope he safely achieves his goal.
  5. A quadcopter gets to yaw when motors rotating in the same direction have an increase in power applied to them. In the case of the popular DJI Phantom type with 4 motors. 2 props rotate clockwise and the other 2 counter clockwise. Hope this helps?
  6. Tower did a great job, as did the student. No injuries and the aircraft can be used again, which is also a good thing. Hope the instructor is OK, and I can't help wondering whether his wife might put the mockers on his flying after such a scare, which having three kids would be a natural reaction. I feel he must have had a bit of instruction in the past, which would have given him a few clues, thankfully. Well done all round.
  7. I'm with Thruster88 on this one, and wonder how The Wright Bros would view it if they were still around. Whilst they appear to be larrikins enjoying their achievement in a typical-Aussie jovial way, it was at least well way from others over the relative safety of water with one passenger who was prepared to take a risk. Development of so many things carry an element of risk in the initial stages, but that normally changes in time with design progress and some form of regulation. Try nothing, and that's the same as what you'll ever achieve. Fly-fishing now takes on a new meaning
  8. Noisy buggers. Used to hear them after they took off on test flights from Seven Hills around 1978. Was very surprised to see one lift off from the industrial area and had no idea there was a strip there that they could take off from. No doubt a very useful bit of kit to have on large properties. I think they only produced about 100 or so.
  9. To throw a spanner in the works, does this help with the dreaded jet-lag we sometimes suffer?
  10. Large scale model of "Little Nellie" Brilliant!
  11. I'd be happy with just one dollar for every passenger Franks taken flying over the years. The bank manager would love me too! Or, even a few phone numbers, he takes up a heap of good looking sorts. then posts the photo's to make us envious. Such a happy man! No wonder!
  12. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-49226128 Very sad outcome for all concerned, as Sling 4 being flown by students from Cape to Cairo crashes.
  13. Edison screw (ES) screws to the right, so does SES (Small Edison Screw, MES. (Memory Edison Screw is different). I'm too old to remember, but do wake up in the middle of the night sometimes with a smile on my face. Must be thinking I remembered something impotent!
  14. Of course! Short grass for faster take-offs Longer grass on landing strip Makes sense dunnit?
  15. I'd be hesitant putting my backside in the seat of one without full confidence in the pilot. They were very high performance for their type, but required good training to operate them safely and quite a high number have met their demise in them. Specific training for type mandated by FAA improved improved the statistics. Interesting read on Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsubishi_MU-2
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