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  1. For anyone in the Mudgee, Rylstone area, I think a side visit to Gulgong would be well worth it. Reading the Public Notes in OzRunways, it looks like the airstrip has been revitalised and that visitors are welcome. It seems that even temporary hangar space can be had. And the town itself is very charming. I drove through last weekend and had a sticky beak at the airstrip.
  2. Garfly

    Fire Bomber Down

    Me too ... (that kid knows heaps 😉 (to save a minute and a half, go straight to 1:35):
  3. This is a recent thread discussing the Nowra lane, The upshot seems to be: No-go for RAAus except when it's inactive. Or the regs change to allow Class C passage.
  4. Thanks Nev. For that route, say Moruya to Scone, I suppose, if you're able to get clearances you might head north coastal through the Nowra military zone, Sydney's Victor1 and then at Lake Macquarie hang a left via Cessnock and up the Hunter Valley. That'd be 275nm hike so you might need to stop at Cessnock but there's not much of the Great Dividing Range involved. An alternative inland route - about the same distance - might be Moruya to Braidwood via the Araluen valley (a fair bit of landable country) then up to Mudgee via Goulburn and Bathurst and then across to Scone. That way, though, you've got some rough territory between the coast and Braidwood and again between Mudgee and Denman (at the head of the Hunter Valley). Anybody have some better ideas for such a route? In any case, trips like that that illustrate the desirability of RAAus getting some Class Charlie transit rights.
  5. It's a lot different when it's real; you can sense it dawning on the pilot that :"This is not an exercise". It's the real-time/real-life nature of this clip that makes it easy to empathise - and thus take your own lesson from it. And then, of course, there's the usual monday-morning-quarter-backing in the comments section.
  6. Could you expand on that weather tip a bit, Nev? Are there some rough rules of thumb to apply to local forecast Relative Humidity and likely cloud bases? And what range crossing spots do you tend to use?
  7. Garfly

    Jacobson Flair

    ... and from what I know about your flying career so far, Mr.Glenn, I reckon you'd have had way more than 100,000 of those lessons by now.
  8. Garfly

    Jacobson Flair

    I notice that the issue of slipping approaches - the perceived safety of them - has come up again in this thread. Those who've been on here for a while will remember that 5 years back there was an epic thread started by pmccarthy. It stretched to more than 400 posts and generated lots of heat and light. It was called Steering on Final with Rudder. For those who've got a few days to spare (and since it's too hot to go flying) here's a link to it: But for me, the in-a-nutshell, take-home-message was this part of DJP's post on Page 5 (#112): 'From the USA FAA's Airplane Flying Handbook "Unlike skids, however, if an airplane in a slip is made to stall, it displays very little of the yawing tendency that causes a skidding stall to develop into a spin. The airplane in a slip may do little more than tend to roll into a wings level attitude. In fact, in some airplanes stall characteristics may even be improved (p. 8-11)." From Noel Kruse's Book #1, Aerodynamics and Other Stuff page 224 at http://www.flybetter.com.au/ "Well many instructors believe that a sideslip is a precursor to a spin (!) because the speed is low and the controls are in a similar ‘out of balance’ position. This is a misconception brought about by their lack of understanding of spinning. Let me put it simply; you can no more spin off a properly ‘set up’ side slipping approach than you can off a properly set up ‘straight’ approach." From Rich Stowell's book, Stall/Spin Awareness page 335: "A properly executed slip takes us further from the critical angle of attack than even wings-level, coordinated flight. Furthermore, the yaw and roll coupling needed to drive a spin not only is missing, but yaw and roll as as far from coupled as possible during a slip. Slipping actually provides a greater stall/spin margin than even normal cruise flight." Depending on the aeroplane type there may be some uncommanded roll enough to scare some-one the first time he/she encounters it nevertheless sideslips are inherently spin resistant. (Of course, I and the authors above only ever refer to behaviour of certified aircraft.)'
  9. I always learn a lot from returning to these back-to-basics demo/lessons. Plus, this is a great Unusual Attitude Recovery article by Stowell (from a link posted here a while back by DJPacro.) Aviation_Safety_JunJul2007.pdf
  10. Garfly

    ATC Question Thread

    Well said, Mr.Glenn1. But if you were dragging up the NSW coast, let's say from Taree to Evan's Head, would you request a coastal clearance from Coffs Tower, or would you (even assuming good weather) divert inland and squeeze between the hills and the steps? (Keeping in mind the coastal scenery is pretty good, too.) 😉 Needless to say, we amateurs, flying 19-XXXX jobs with lapsed PPLs don't have the choice, not at this time.
  11. Garfly

    ATC Question Thread

    You obviously don't want to mess with a G-space route, if you can help it, given you're equipped and qualified for CTA. But just out of interest (since I'm stuck with it ... for now) I plotted the OCTA route via Dayboro and Goodna (between Archerfield and Amberley) and thence direct-ish below the YBCG steps. By my calculations this route, at around120nm is a bit over 10 miles longer than direct. But it also puts one close to rough and tall terrain so I can see the beauty of getting a clearance. Maybe one day soon, the rest of us will have use of the A to your Q.
  12. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/12/26/world/asia/lion-air-crash-12-minutes.html
  13. But CFIT can also happen in plain sight; as when attempting a 180 escape in a valley and misjudging the max rate turn. https://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/raaf-remembers-worst-peacetime-crash/news-story/af10948a903da81c02f3dc23d381ae4a And I think what Poteroo tells us (in Post #7 above) about the everyday realities of charter work in tough terrain also needs to be kept in mind. This Aviation Safety Digest from 1971 holds many lessons along these lines - as relevant today as then: https://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5774770/asd_73_mar_71.pdf
  14. The Last Minute Hitch: 16 March 2018 - Australian Flying WWW.AUSTRALIANFLYING.COM.AU Frogs Hollow, currency and feedback. Here's a piece by Steve Hitchen in Australian Flying last March about Frogs Hollow. Mention is made of the only 4-place Victa Aircruiser ever built which happens to live here. I was glad to have a chance to see it last Sunday week. Herewith some pics including its owner pilot 'Des' seen here on the left. Another story here: Merimbula Fly-away Report 10-12 March 2018 – Lilydale Flying Club LILYDALEFLYINGCLUB.COM.AU