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    ASIC renewal

    CASA really has nothing to do with ASICs.
  2. Yep, Jim is hard work to follow but he has much info available. "In pilot school, you might have been taught to “hold the nose up” during a turn. If so, did you ever consider that advice could kill you? Consider the fundamental fact that certified airplanes do not stall; pilots cause airplanes to stall." http://www.dylanaviation.com/stick-and-rudder-what-does-that-mean/ http://www.dylanaviation.com/avoid-loss-of-control-use-the-tape/ http://www.dylanaviation.com/bad-habits-and-improper-turns-can-be-deadly/ http://www.dylanaviation.com/dont-stall/
  3. Yep. http://www.dylanaviation.com/the-ailerons-and-airmanship/
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    Notes on turning stalls required for training towards an RPL at http://aerobaticsaustralia.net/?p=165
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    Built up areas

    The rule has changed, for one thing it refers to populous areas now.
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    Built up areas

    Taken to be approved, eh? CASA approvals are very specific. Many years ago I tracked through and found a definition of “built-up area” wrt aviation and it was, from memory, places which had street lights. Who knows what it is these days.
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    Pitts Spinning

    Specifically the Model S-2A. The Pitts has featured in my other posts on spinning so I thought that it should have its own thread as well. The Flight Manual doesn't say much about spinning, in common with other manuals from the early '70s and earlier: It doesn't give any guidance on how much nose down elevator and we know from those other articles that full forward stick can result in a cross over to an inverted spin. It also doesn't say anything about inverted spins. We have seen what is meant by "aileron with the spin" for both upright and inverted spins. We've seen from Mueller and Beggs that their simple emergency spin recovery technique works well. We've had Bill tell us that his even more simple F.A.R.T. works well too. Anyone flying a Pitts must be fully familiar with all of its spin modes - both upright and inverted. You may have seen some other threads where its habit of suddenly entering an inverted flat spin from a failed aerobatic manoeuvre is graphically explained.
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    Proposed Wing Spar AD for PA28 and PA32 aircraft

    Back when Australia had its own certification requirements: http://services.casa.gov.au/airworth/airwd/ADfiles/under/pa-28/PA-28-058.pdf The PA-28 and others with initial certification many years ago (CAR 3 with a smattering of FAR 23 tossed in for later models) in the USA were not required to have any fatigue life assessment. An aluminium structure will suffer metal fatigue just a matter of when and if inspection picks it up. I like my FAR 23 certified aerobatic airplane with its lifed items.
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    CASA EX25/18 Class 1 to Class 2 Medical

    I don’t understand the question? If you get a Class 1 medical then you also get a Class 2 with a later (normally) expiry date. So, just let the Class 1 expire and until then just state that you are exercising the privileges of your licence with the Class 2 medical. I was one of those who renewed early this year when we knew the new rule was coming in but no idea when in 2019. As it turned out I had just completed my Class 1 tests so when CASA suddenly announced the new rule would take effect a week later I simply asked my DAME to withdraw my application for a Class 1 and proceed with just the Class 2.
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    Bungendore incident

    Nope, see http://www.cfidarren.com/r-mccabe.htm
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    RPL fees

    Part 61: AFR and endorsements don't go in logbooks - everything is on the licence.
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    Affirm? Or Roger...

    yes. https://www.facebook.com/dhsquirrell
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    From airsickness to aerobatics

    I find aerobatics to be relaxing.
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    Tell us about your last flight

    Lunch at Colac, Vic. Hot day, up near 39, but fairly pleasant flying. iPad shutdown on the way home due to heat. Recovered at The Naked Racer.
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    Going bare

    Any tread on the sole will catch on the rudder pedals - usually round tubes. Often not a lot of space for big feet so I look for a profile similar to my foot. Joggers or cycling shoes have been my choices in recent years but at Oshkosh last year I bought https://liftaviationusa.com/collections/shoes - works very well in a Pitts or similar but no good for walking. For my “day” job as an aerobatic pilot I wear https://workscene.com.au/mongrel-derby-safety-shoe-black.html
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    CASA Briefing Newsletter - January 2019

    Someone asked that of CASA on Facebook a while back and the answer was that CASA didn't want pilots to be hanging on to out of date documents so they decided the only options would be looking at the website or buying a paper document. I don't think that CASA could see that their answer was nonsensical - the paper VFR Guide is more likely to be the one not to be updated; every other CASA document is available as a pdf!
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    Avoiding the Base-to-Final Stall/Spin

    I like to have a good written reference such as https://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aviation/airplane_handbook/media/06_afh_ch4.pdf "Maintaining Aircraft Control: Upset Prevention and Recovery Training" supported by short videos as appropriate. I've done a lot of tight base/final turns at Moorabbin, this one is quite mild with a bit of a xwind. Legal since the minimum distance for a final approach was removed from the regs some years ago. Of course, at Moorabbin it depends on other traffic however the Tower is generally very helpful. PittsApproachMB0515.mp4
  18. "At about 200 ft agl, the aircraft pitched suddenly and significantly nose down before descending in a left turn from which it did not recover before striking the surface of a crop field. The reason for this final manoeuvre was not determined." There are many instances of stall/spin accidents in Tiger Moths, often following an engine failure. I note the comment about "benign stall characteristics at between 45-49 mph IAS, adopting a high angle of attack and rate of descent with the stick held full back and no tendency to drop a wing" - well, that depends on where the ball is.