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  1. I have a set of airhorns fitted under the cowling pointing downwards and a button mounted just under the LH throttle. I must admit that I have never heard them on the ground when flying, as I am always the one flying, but as Mark Kyle mentions (#27), he heard them ok when I flew over his house at 1200'. They are quite handy to scatter the roo's when taxying out at Ycab and generaly to get peoples attention on the ground sometimes. I also fitted two cheap plastic shoo roo whistles, one to each wing strut. I was a bit sceptical about them, but my son fitted some to his motor home and prior to that he had a few near misses with roo's, but after, he never saw one again. They were only $5 from Supercheap and create minimal drag, not sure what speed range they work in though.
  2. Hi Jackolantern, I always thought, if my own strip doesn't work out, the next best thing would be owning a hangar at a nice queit country airstrip, well I have now ticked that box. Having just retired and selling up in the city, I will move to that area and if the right property comes along that is suitable for a strip, I will still do that. It would be somwhere where fliers who are just looking for an excuse to go flying would be welcome and perhaps some basic overnight accomodation, not to operate on a commercial basis, but just for fun.
  3. Hi Puk, I went looking for Leyburn airfield one day and spotted what I think is where it used to be. From one of the history plaques in town, it was a secret WW2 airfield used by Z force for training and to launch off on missions. I didn't mark the GPS co-ordinates, but if you fly around the Leyburn area, you can eventually spot it and see where the runways once were. It appears to be all farmland/private property now. Steve
  4. Yes, I ended up buying one and fitted it to my Savannah, very happy with it. The parameters are all very accurate once you calibrate it. The heading bug on the primary flight display is great, I tend to fly on the HSI display (compass rose) and set the VOR needle to my heading and use it like a heading bug. The only time it glitched was early morning at Broken Hill, it was quite cold and the display took a while to power up. This can be typical with digital displays when it's cold apparently.
  5. I had similar compass errors recently when I fitted a standby compass to the top of the combing panel. I only fitted it because my precision vertical card compass must have slipped a cog or two and started reading about 70 deg out. It was mounted at the top centre of my panel. After a few compass swings, I couldn't get any accuracy with the standby compass. I decided to remove the vert card unit as it was no good anyway and tried another swing, I now have very good accuracy at all points. The vert card unit had a significant effect on the standby compass and was mounted about 25 cm away from it.
  6. I'm thinking about purchasing an Avmap Ultra EFIS, it's a mini EFIS with a 95mm square display and fits in a std 3 1/8 " hole, with built in solid state gyros, accelerometers and magnetic sensors. It looks like a nice little unit for about $1700. Apparently the earlier version didn't quite fit a 3 1/8 hole which had to be enlarged, but I think the newer version is ok. Has anyone got one or had any experience with them.
  7. For everyone"s info, I was able to view an MGL Alt - 3 instrument (altimeter) with my polarised sunnies on the WE and was able to read the display without problem.
  8. I am thinking about purchasing an MGL ALT-3 digital altimiter with the monochrome display and not not sure about it's readability with polarised sunglasses. Has anyone had experience with this.
  9. I attended a Casa mock ramp check at the Thangool flyin recently, which I found to be very informative. The volunteer pilot passed with flying colours, except her Ersa was out of date by about 1 week (apparently a new one was on order but she hadn"t received it yet). It got me thinking, with the 6 monthly reissue of charts and ersa, how much information actually changes, to warrant having to purchase new issues. If a record of amendments was made available and there were only minor changes, what if you could hand amend your old issues and write a statement on the chart that all amendments for the new issue have been annotated and sign it. Obviously for major airspace amendments you would need a new chart. It just seems a waste to me, having to throw out old charts, when the new issue may only have a very minor or perhaps no new changes. What are your thoughts ! Ducky
  10. ducksrus

    Soft lifters

    Recently a friend of mine had a couple of lifters that were soft on a 2200, the symptom was rough running at low RPM. Upon dismantling, he found one of the little internal springs collapsed on both. He subsequently replaced all of the lifters as a precaution. All good after that..
  11. Thanks Avocet, I am pretty sure I can modify my aircraft as I see fit, as a 19-XXXX aircraft under para 1.2 (e) of the the CAO. But it gets confusing, because there appears to be another classification of 19-XXXX under para 1.2 (h) which I think is for experimental LSA, which I assume cannot be modified without approval ? So it may not be true that ALL 19-XXXX aircraft can be modified without approval ??? Ducky
  12. I have just spent the last couple of hours trawling through CAO 95.55 (2011), also the "overview of the legislative framework enabling sport and recreational aviation" tutorial on this site and sections 3.5.2 & 3.5.3 of the RA-Aus tech manual, which relate to "modifications to aircraft". I have a 19-XXXX kit built Savannah VG XL of which I am the builder, so it is non LSA or Experimental and I am trying to conclusively establish if I am legally allowed to modify my aircraft, as I see fit, without any external authorisation, as is the case with some aircraft in other categories. As I understand it, new CAO 95.55 para 1.2 (e) is applicable to my Savannah. Trying to find the answer to a fairly simple question amdist the reams of documentation for all the different classifications of aircraft is quite daunting. Any feedback appreciated. Ducky
  13. As per my previous post, I recently fitted a DM electronics ANR kit to my David Clarke. The 9V battery was lasting about 15 hrs so I took out the battery box and wired it into the aircraft system through a 9V regulator, very easy and cheap to do. I found the David Clarke with the ANR kit to be as good, if not slightly better than my Lightspeed Sierra. My mate had the same opinion.
  14. Hi Brett, I flew my Aeropup (she is now with a new owner) with and without spats, I gained about 2-3 knots from memory, I also made fairings for the landing gear donuts and aileron and flap push pulls, it all helped. I originally had a 60X 42 prop which gave me about 90 kts, then changed to a 60 X 38 prop and lost about 2 kts cruise, but much better takeoff and climb. Steve
  15. Just viewed the d-motor video at www.D-MotorUSA.com also info at www.d-motor.eu This looks great ! 2700 cc boxer 4 cyl flat head side valve, fully water cooled, injected, direct drive 95 hp with a Jabiru mount, looks very simple and compact. I think this engine is starting to gain momentum, might be a good one to keep an eye on. 6 cyl on the way also.
  16. DC9 -30, about 20 mins in the Capt's seat (autopilot off), somewhere over the pacific between pago pago and Honolulu. It was an Ansett delivery flight, I was then a young Lame acting as flying spanner on the flight. It had 10 special, 200 gallon tanks strapped to the floor tracks to give us the range we needed, as well as full wing and centre tanks, bit of a flying bomb really. Also landed a B747-400 (sim) from approach to Changi in Singapore, after we did some engine run training. It wasnt a pretty landing. We usually get to fly the B737 and Embraer 190 sims after we do our annual ground run training as well. I remember pulling full thrust reverese in the B727 sim once years ago and we were doing 80 kts backwards down the runway in Melb. Lots of fun !
  17. I just purchased a Drift HD Ghost on ebay from the US (still in transit) and a few suitable camera mounts, audio patch cable etc from Camzilla in NSW (very good to deal with). I did a fair bit of research and it was a contest between Go Pro, Drift, Nflightcam and contour (seems to be the same as Nflightcam). The GoPro would appear to have the best pic quality, but the others are still pretty good, good enough for my means. Overall, for me, the Drift Ghost has the best package of features ie water proof to 3 M, or in my case shower proof if mounted on the aircraft externally, as it is out of the box and no need for a waterproof case, remote controlled, 2" LCD screen to easily see what you are framing up, 5 minute loop and tag feature, the longest battery life of all of them, can be mounted at any angle with the rotating lens. I plan to mount mine on the top of my vert fin for starters, will let you know how it goes.
  18. Hi Everyone, At some point in the future my missus and I want to own our very own airstrip, not sure where yet but a nice country location on land big enough to be able to create a grass strip, build a hangar and a comfy cottage home. I would also like to put a few old caravans on the property so people who may fly in, could stay overnight. It's been a dream of ours for some time. There are a few unknowns for us, with regards to the legalities of forming a strip on your own property so I thought it might be a good topic for dicussion, esp from people who have done it already. My main query is, do you need council / local authority approval to make an airstrip on your own property ? One guy I talked to a while ago, said that he put a strip in and then a neighbour complained, then a local council guy came around and said he couldn"t have a strip, this guy (the strip owner) said that "I use my aircraft to enter and leave my property, just as I do my vehicle, it's my right to do that and there is nothing council can do". Does anyone have any experience with this, or maybe can shed more light on the subject.
  19. Hello Downunder, I just recently bought and fitted an ANR kit for my David Clarke from DM electronics. Just google ANR headsets and his site will come up. I paid $ 15 extra for the battery box with the 4 min turn off timer when it senses no activity. It works really well, I use it as my pax headset, I use a Zulu Sierra ANR. I also have the circuit for a 12V to 9V step down VR so you can power it directly from the aircraft system and do away with the 9v battery box. If you are interested, let me know. Regards Steve
  20. Hi Ron, I met you at Temora recently, I had the other all white Sav parked near yours. We were going to meet up and talk Sav's but as it turned out we didn't get the chance. I was looking at the Carlisle 8.00-6 tyres you had fitted. The nose gear fork looked wider than standard. Did you purchase a wider fork have one made ? How do the bigger tyres compare to standard ? Regards Steve (Ducksrus )
  21. Hi Griff, I am an owner builder of an Aeropup based at Caboolture airfield, has been flying since Feb 2008. You are welcome to have a look at mine anytime. I can let you know my contact details if you are interested.
  22. Hi eightyknots, I'm about 3/4 of the way through the build. The Savannah kit is very comprehensive and quite easy to build with all parts, skins, ribs etc being pre stamped and all match hole drilled (punched). I am going to fit a Rotax 100 HP, the engine of choice for an aircraft like this. That is the only reason I have the Aeropup on the market, to pay for my engine. Rgds ducksrus.
  23. Thanks Walter, I just love building and the only way I can pay for the engine purchase of my latest project ( Savannah VG XL ) is to sell the Aeropup first, so it is going to be very hard to part with it when the time comes, but, we must move on. Rgds Steve
  24. I am reluctantly putting my Aeropup on the market to make way for my new project, see add in the classified section. It is owned, built and maintained by a Lame (myself). 190 hrs TT with a Jabiru 4 cyl (hydraulic). Comes with aileron and wing stay rods to hold ailerons up and wings steady when folded, makes for very easy trailering. This aircraft has an award winning build and finish and flys beautifully. Located Caboolture QLD $ 59,000. If interested, email Steve at [email protected] for more pics or phone mob 0421603175.
  25. Hi Mark, Yes mate, feel free to come over and have a look. Ring or email me and I will give you my address. When you are fitting up some of the parts, it first appears that there is no way they are going to fit but with perseverence and a bit of force they do eventually fit. Also don't be tempted to redrill holes if they don't line up. You will need a good quality tapered hole podger to persuade everything into alignment, it's amazing how it does all come together. Make sure you wash out the Shurline roller and clean the head of it after each days use to stop it gumming up and going hard and dry the roller before next use ( I also found two packs of spare rollers at Bunnings for $ 2 a pack). I think my compressor is set at about 80 psi (will check), but the riveter will still work well at a lower setting. Anyway, happy building. See Ya soon Steve
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