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graham brown

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About graham brown

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  • Birthday 09/02/1952


  • Aircraft
    Morgan Sierra 100, Pik20B, Ventus CM
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    Bungwahl NSW
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  1. The old wheel had proper bearings which you had to fit and discard the roller bearing that came with the wheel. It looked like a wheelbarrow/ trolly wheel but was better than it looked. The crack that developed was probably a flaw in the weld that propagated around. They not available anymore so the upgrade to the alloy wheel is the way to go. Ray says he can design a completely new fork and wheel which would also be a good option but it would need testing.
  2. Aircraft Spruce / Sky Shop. NW 40 B Matco. Cost a fortune ($480) with a aircraft tyre and tube but no modifications other than the axel. The exchange rate has improved since then though. Ray T says he will have them turned up at that price but you just have to get over there it.
  3. I will post pictures later but the old one was pressed steel and cracked around the weld to the hub. The new one is aluminium and in 2 halves bolted together and I’m a lot more confident with this type of wheel.
  4. After 150 hours on my Sierra the nose wheel decided to split at the hub. Luckily the fork kept it contained and no damage. I decided to put a Matco 4 inch nose wheel on and all that was needed was a new axle as the bearings are .675 in rather than 15 mm. All went well until the test fight where nose wheel shimmy occurred. So violent it tore 2 in slots in the spat attachment holes. Took the spat off and decided to overhaul the leg. Mine has the small diameter leg where any wear will show up as sideways movement. I redrilled the attachment holes and reamed them to new bolts. No movement. Next ti
  5. ELT and PLB’s are fine and mandatory for xc for us. However better technology like ads-b, spot, Inreach etc do not qualify. You have to crash or activate ELT/PLB to alert whereas the others show your track on a web page so your base can find where you are. AMSA and CASA won’t budge. DADogS!
  6. TCAS will not interact with it so they will not automatically avoid you. Most TCAS have ads-b IN so they can see you and the pilot can avoid you. The commuters will be happy to see you.
  7. Having the position of other aircraft reported to me via a double hop mobile phone network that wasn’t designed for aircraft elevations is dodgy for me. Add to this it’s only for your particular EFB and not shared. I think it’s doomed. Sky echo has ads-b receiver and shows all in range with ads-b out. Supplementing it with EFB specific info is fine but I think in time it will not be necessary.
  8. I have the sky echo 2 and have tried it out. It appeared on flight radar 24 just after take off. It interfaces to my Oz runways, after I upgraded to premium, and I see traffic received directly. Uavionix have been swamped with orders and have limited the numbers you can buy. My local airports where I fly, Taree and Bathurst, have commuters so I will be seen and I like to see them.
  9. The military airspace to the west of Forster is usually deactivated so a west approach is usually available with no clearance. Not sure where south is but as long as you stay away from Sydney and Newcastle and come into Forster from the west there is no airspace issue.
  10. Competency in English is just another basic competency that has to be mastered otherwise you should not have a licence. Even a student licence. I have found foreign students have issues as do visiting pilots. I have seen issues with 2 operators that did not prevent completely rote radio calls that did not correspond to what they were doing and where they were. I once heard a conversation with REX and a Chinese sounding student that resulted in REX going around twice. The REX pilot lost it....... The result was the guy said “ I go away”.
  11. Hi Kevin, What nose wheel do you have on your plane. Mine broke the weld yesterday and I’m not going to put one of those red wheels back on. Thinking of a matco WHLNW40B . Ray is redesigning the whole lot for a cheetah at the moment but I will just replace the wheel for now. No damage in the incident as the landing was a good one with very little weight on the nose wheel and very slow. Cheers Graham
  12. Put any transmitter near the gps antenna and it will screw up the gps. Mobile phones will do the same.
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