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  1. planedriver

    Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder?

    Similar experience for me Neil. I was doing a lot of work for BA back then and scored a flight back from Bahrain. A wonderful experience which now seems like centuries ago, but I can only guess that it was around the 1976 period. I advised on the majority of the photoelectric control system used on the conveyors used on the new BEA/BOAC as it was then New Freight Terminal at Heathrow. 10 miles of conveyor network all under one roof, so goldfish destined for Amsterdam ended up in Cairo, or so it seemed, till we got the bugs ironed out, plus bearings which clapped out because they were running 24hrs a day.
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    Were the Wright Brothers in Newton's camp?

    I was told the other day that Sammy Davis Jnr. was the first to fly The Atlantic, which just goes to prove that you can't always believe what you hear.
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    Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder?

    The Comet was leaps and bounds ahead in terms of performance at the time, but like most things, it is not always wise to invest in the Mk1 version of what is on offer. However, iv'e flown in Comet 4C many times, and i'm still around to haunt you. I recon it looked pretty slick in it's BEA livery.
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    The XPB Stage 1 underway.

    Take care mate, iv'e just been doing the same. I did discover that in my case the orange bits were carrots, green bits were beans and the yellow bits were sweet corn, but they all tasted the same. A bit of home food will soon put you right. Kind regards Planey
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    Marty d's CH-701 build log

    This is one great site, (thanks Ian). mates helping mates. You can also give them a bit of cheek from time to time and that's priceless.
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    Small Flying Schools

    Can't agree FT Why don't you try to apply that same logic to driving schools? Many local councils would love to have fewer training facilities, as it gives them more ammunition to justify closing airfields because they are no longer needed, However, developers could make good use of them. It would be a good thing IF ALL who are responsible for making decisions that affect us, were pilots themselves. Sadly this is not always the case. Like so many politicians, it would appear that some are more interested in their back pockets, than the interests and well being of those they supposed to represent.
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    RAAF unveils new livery for Roulettes PC-21s

    That was my thoughts too Steve. If there's megabucks in it, i'm heading back to pre-school to train as a highly paid livery-designer:ecstatic:
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    Good on you Don. Looks like the build is coming along nicely. Quite a classic old design. I know a number were powered with a Continental motor A-40- I think, but many used a converted 1600 Vee-Dub motor. What will you be powering yours with? Saw a few of them in my younger days. A cute little single seater, and a good progression from the models in the background of your photo's.
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    RAAF unveils new livery for Roulettes PC-21s

    Personally, I think it looks terrible. (just my opinion). The original colour scheme is as Aussie as, and one we have all come to know and love. I wonder how much money was wasted on the design of the new livery?
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    Silly aviation pictures.

    Cockpit view with port wing low. What on earth was the pilot up to?
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    How to improve the reliability of the 6 Cylinder Jab

    JabSP6 .Sounds logical to my way of thinking. If the exhaust valves are a tad too small, the CHT would surely run a bit higher which has been a bit of an issue with some Jabiru installations especially in pusher configeration, apart from the normal required airflow to assist the cooling of the engine. It will be interesting to know more about the mods the NZ guys come up with. Improving gas-flow can only improve the situation and engine efficiency. Gas flowing and ironing out the lumps and bumps do more than just restricting an engines output. ie temperatures.
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    Sorry if i misguided anyone. just put on tv and saw a guy in uk with his xair, but there was more to the program. Just thought others might have been interested and didn't want you to miss out.
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    CH 9 Sydney now if interested Microlights/ light sport
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    Plane Spotters

    All taken approx 6 km's from where I live. I often take a drive around near the old control tower and see many spotters there with camera's poised. I just need a bigger lens for my Canon for some of the more distant shots.
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    Plane Spotters

    Great pic's Peter:thumb up: