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Ralf Matters

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  1. Either Aero Shell Sport 4 or Shell Advance vsx 4????? I've searched the first 15 pages of these threads and I don't think it has been covered.... I got my last half box from Yarrawongga! Ringing Shell was useless. Motorcycle shops don't have the Advance any more.... Any suggestions would be appreciated
  2. Thanks Neil I'll check out the route you suggest and keep planning.
  3. Thanks 440032 I will keep planning and wait for good weather.
  4. Thanks Neil, I was prioritizing keep some distance between me and Mt Macedon.
  5. Does anyone have any advice as to the best approach into Riddells Creek from the west? I was wondering if it would be better to fly over Castlemaine paralleling the Calder Freeway stay north of Mt Macedon until the Melbourne/ Lancefield Rd and stay west of it and fly south into Riddells Creek? I have to stay out of controlled airspace so it gets pretty tight under 2500' Advice from local flyers greatly appreciated....
  6. Thanks for all your suggestions, it turned out the areial was ok all SWR values below 2 and it was the radio that has a problem, so I've returned it to xcom for repair. I'm going to plug my handheld into my areial and see if I can go for a fly this weekend anyway!
  7. Does anyone know of an Avionics Technician near Adelaide I can get my aerial installation tested? I am only Ra Aus registered so I can't fly into Parafield.
  8. I just brought a second hand 196 with no data card, anyone got one for sale preferably with Australian maps on it?
  9. Thank you to all the organisers and volunteers at Loxton Aero Club. The facilities were great, the food was fantastic and the speakers side splitting! It was an aviation adventure for me both legs, there and back. I got rained in 10Nm out from Murray Bridge on the way back and had to back track to divert to Bowhill. A beautiful little strip with and exciting approach on finals from the north east over the Murray. I had to ask a local where I was and then walked a short 1.6Kms to a general store to buy some lunch. I waited a couple of hours for the weather to change and when I took off, with help from Gary and Elain Noris who flew over head to advise me the weather had changed, it looked like a different day! It certainly made a difference when faced with adverse conditions to be able to switch over to the chat channel and discuss the situation with an experienced aviator, thanks Gary. It became clear to me how just a couple of crook decisions could have turned an inconvenience into a disaster. If I had chosen to fly higher to avoid the bumps and pushed on closer to my destination in hope of a hole in the clouds over hills. it could have been lethal. If I had of left the decision later at my low altitude I would have been rained in on my diversion track. So this was a good learning experience for me just how subtlety things can go wrong and how quickly errors can stack up against you. Although the education was good at the flyin I have a visceral memory of what to look for in the cloud scape to avoid being trapped with rapidly diminishing options. This experience also reinforced my instructors words about humility in the face of forces far greater than our planes and our wills. 1
  10. For Android. could you assist me with what to buy, I can't see the Rec Flying GPS on the savemore site.
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      Hi Ralf, after our conversation just now by phone and as suggested, give Avplan a call as they are really helpful with working out the best solution for you
  11. I don't have an Ipad and am thinking of an ELB, on an android of Rec Flying gps device, AvPlan does not seem to have a planning tool
  12. I had a module failure recently, just prior to shutting down, B module was not firing, ie shorting A killed the engine. Floods could not believe it would the CDI module, but when I swapped them, it was clear it was the module. I didn't notice a problem in flight and it was fine on the preflight check. I wondered if a loose sparkplug cap could 'overload' a module? Could erratic sparking at the cap stress a module causing it to fail?
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