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  1. Bruce, You can cut the strip to pretty much any length you want. On ours the strip was cut just slightly shorter than the depth of the tank.
  2. Bruce, we are trialing a strip of LED lights similar to: Cool White 5050 Led Strip Lights 300 LEDs Waterproof Flexible DC 12V + DIMMER | eBay The lights have an adhesive strip on their back, we glued them into a length of very light gauge polished stainless which is then fixed to the back surface of the tank with some super strong double sided scotch tape. A Press button on the central spine between the seats lights the strip and shows the tank level very well. Haven't tried it in flight yet but dummy runs in even bright sun seem to suggest that it will be a go-er. If I recall correctly Belite also has a neat little in- tank capacitive sender that can be hooked to one of their bar graph style displays LED Instruments - Fuel Gauges - Belite Aircraft
  3. This thread seems to have drifted somewhat off topic into a more interesting and relevant area of discussion. Worth a separate thread in my opinion Can the Mods help with that?
  4. Agreed. I must confess that I was responding in general about what might or might not be considered a defect and not specifically to the matter you mentioned in your post. I should have made that clearer when I responded. My bad!
  5. It could be a maintenance issue, in which case I'd agree that the "defect" is not with the aircraft but with the maintainer, or it could be the result of a design flaw. In that case it's certainly a defect and needs to be reported. Like most things in life it depends largely on context.
  6. Can you provide the reference for that study please Capt Wally?
  7. Sorry Turbs, It didn't occur to me that you might think I was being serious. Apologies to all for introducing thread drift.
  8. Thanks Oscar for setting us straight re backwards compatibility of the CAE engineering and mods. It's pretty obvious when you think about it but it helps to have it clearly enunciated for those of us who haven't clearly thought it through. I take issue with your totally unwarranted promotion of Microsoft products over Apple though. There are enough partisans here with the bike vs cars; plastic vs rag & tube; Holden vs Ford; Jabiru vs anything else and RAAus vs ELAA, without you introducing Apple vs 20th century computing technology. What were you thinking man!?
  9. Kinda depends on what caused the outlanding Keith. Could be a simple as putting fuel in the tanks.
  10. If you are of a certain age or you've been around aircraft for a while then Reg 256A (2) should let you self classify your pooch as an assistant dog..... The reason squares were invented was to give people something to think outside of.
  11. VH-DFR is registered as a Robinson Helicopter VH-OFR perhaps? That rego is shown on the register as a QLD I see that that the Jab knockers are maintaining their support for the sport with their usual style and flair. (Sigh)
  12. I guess the only positive thing one could say about that string of bad luck is that the owner has FT advocating for him here.
  13. True Nev, but all of those external excrescences you mentioned would (or should) have been fitted when the aircraft was being built and their effects taken into account when the plane was in the test flight phase. Fitting extra bits & pieces out in the airstream means that the pilot becomes a test pilot. Maybe the worst thing that happens is that a small change to the POH might be needed, or maybe not. The problem is that no one knows what effect the extras might have until the next flight after fitting them. There have been a few cases where people have fitted, for example, vortex generators because "they are supposed to work", and found that their plane behaved differently. Not all of them were pleasantly surprised. Lots of people fit Go Pro's with no apparent ill effects. It's a suck it and see sort of exercise, but if it were me I would be very tentative flying until I had checked out the plane's performance at all edges of the flight envelope.
  14. Geoff 13 is being quite ruthless but very accurate when he said that being a nice guy is NOT one of the factors needed to succeed in business. However I would say that to succeed in business you DO need to have what I call "Client Focus". I'd describe that as a business' ability (and desire) to establish a good working relationship with it's clients, make them feel that they are valued as customers and that the business understands (or at least appears to understand) the clients needs/demands and goes as far as it can to meet those needs/demands while still maintaining sound economic business principles. I have done business with Jabiru and I've done business with CAMit and I have had nothing but good experiences with both companies. Both companies and their staff have been very accommodating and met all my needs and apart from being roasted by Rod once because of my links with a third party that he was in disagreement with at the time (a clear case of shooting the messenger but I'm used to that now.....) I'm happy to say that we parted on convivial terms. However if one was to trawl though these forums and other's from the US & Europe, I'd suggest that my happy experiences with Jabiru Australia hasn't been shared by everyone else, whereas pretty much all of the posts I've seen here and on other sites relating to dealings with CAMit and with Ian Bent have been very positive. So perhaps while Rod and Sue may well have lots of business acumen - I hold back from suggesting that they may have a bit of the mongrel in them - I'm pretty sure that if a poll was taken as to which company embraced the concept of client focus best that Jabiru Australia would not fare well. I think we'd all agree that since the CASA debacle, Jabiru Australia has lifted it's game in respect to better communications with it's client base so maybe they've learned some lessons from CAMit there. If they are to survive they will need to. All the above may sound like twaddle but I speak from some experience: I was business for myself for 15 years some time ago in an industry that was declining. I made it a point of honour that all my clients and staff understood that if there was a fault with a product or a problem with a service we would fix it. The end result of that policy was that while all of my competitor's business' shrank at the rate of at least 3-5% annually my business grew by 5-7% annually. I don't think I had a better product but I'm damn sure I had a better relationship with my clients. There's a lesson here for the RAA and for the E&LAA as well.
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