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David Isaac

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David Isaac last won the day on October 11 2016

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About David Isaac

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  • Birthday 01/10/1953

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    Auster J1B
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    Central Coast NSW
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    Australia
  1. This is a terrible loss, especially as a father and son. I think of myself and my boys and how this could have happened to me all those years ago in my VFR flight into IMC incident ... I was very fortunate that day. From all reports these were really decent people; but these kinds of accidents have no respect for persons and terribly unforgiving of errors of judgement. From all accounts on the news from friends who were interviewed, these were a really good family who gave a tremendous amount to the community. My heart goes out to the family.
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  3. Sydney is down to one runway (East West) due wind, that will cause chaos. I have just had my 12:20 Q flight out of Mt Isa cancelled and put on a 18:00 flight which gets me into Brisbane too late to get a flight to Sydney and in any case no available flights ATM from Brisbane to Sydney, so stuck in Brisbane overnight. Wouldn't be so bad if this wasn't the fourth day in a row Q have cancelled the midday flight out of Mt Isa; and they don't tell you till the morning of the flight. Doesn't stop them blaming the weather though for all four days. We try to get on line to change the flights from what they have selected and it says cant change on line and to call them. We try and call then and its a one hour + call queue, 30 minutes in, the call drops out. We go to the airport to get assistance ... no Q staff anywhere, because the flight has been cancelled and a bunch of people there who didn't get the message. Bloody great service Q, no one there on one of the most lucrative routes you sell. Cut the costs out of the business so much that it is now hurting your reputation. Real bugga, as I had a family commitment tonight. Commercial aviation, becoming almost as unreliable as private flying.
  4. I agree totally with the caution that Skippy diesel is suggesting. I have been vocal in the past for the same reason when I see some absurd claims for takeoff distance that do NOT use the standard professional aviation convention quoting take off distance to a 50’ obstacle clearance ... after all that is the real distance; or Absurd claims to stall speeds that can never be achieved without any reference as to whether there is any ‘position error’, or whether it is IAS, or CAS; and Absurd claims to STOL performance that state the damn thing can also cruise at ‘120 knots’ with absolutely no reference to the turbulence penetration limitations. References to cruise speed that would have to be at WOT to be anywhere near possible, certainly not any reference to cruise speed at say 75% power with a relevant fuel burn rate; and Then there is the old chestnut ‘G’ structural rating when many of the claims I have seen are NOT a ‘rating’ but more a structural limit ... which is something you don’t want to be anywhere near. It is almost that since LSA aircraft came out, much of the sales hype disregarded professional avaition convention just to BS to uneducated purchasers.
  5. The old adage ... you get what you pay for. After similar experiences to all of the above that Ian and others have shared, I vowed to NEVER (unless I am forced to) travel with shitstar again. At least if Virgin and Qantas cancel, they do everything they can to look after you.
  6. I think I have had a relapse and the ADHHHHHHHD has kicked back in ... I am bouncing off the walls and missing you terribly HH. XXXOOO.
  7. Wayne fisher built several strut braced 912uls powered versions. He told me the strut braced was much heavier as the trailing and leading tubes were double tubed (one inside the other). The Drifter is a fantastic fun machine. The early wired braced Maxairs were the lightest and the most agile and my favourite.
  8. Hi Riley, During the training phase all solos must be authorised by the instructor under his supervision. Any solo work is a part of your supervised training and yes, there are solo sessions the instructor will send you out to practice. You cant just hire an aircraft and going flying until you have the pilot certificate.
  9. Should have added yourself to the sale list. You are a bit of an ol stud. Ho Ho Ho Ha ha ha ... lover yer week HH.
  10. Just dont burn them otherwise same risks as an ordinary battery
  11. By ‘gotcha’, I was not implying a specific cause, simply that whatever happened ‘gothim’. More a statement of the profound obvious really. Please don’t assume that I am implying any pilot error.
  12. Sobering when such gotcha moments can catch out such highly respected and experienced pilots. Terribly terribly sad.
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