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    Morgan Sierra 100, Pik20B, Ventus CM
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  1. Aireon is coming. It’s satellite based receiving system. But your right the Airservices and private receivers are not comprehensive in remote and low level.
  2. I have used spot for years and it’s great. The tracking and alerting via mobile is very useful. Gliders have been using them for years and have proven great for outlandings. PLB’s do not have tracking which makes them limited to only emergencies. AMSA are now talking of tracking on the new gen satellites but they have been in the Stone Age for a long time and won’t budge re other technology. ADS-B will allow you to be tracked and seen on flight radar 24 and the like. VFR ads-b when comes will be cheap and the way to go. AMSA already have access to many sources of tracking data but stick to the plb/Elt as the official device. Most alerts come into amsa from concerned persons if someone goes missing. A tracking device like spot for my money is the safest way to go.
  3. They need to grade the regional airports and have affordable standards accordingly. Councils should buck up too. Av data going around selling their skimming equipment to the councils doesn’t help councils or us. The whole regional airport regs is killing them and making them unavailable to us.
  4. Many thanks. I will probably go the Bolly too. I will retrieve my plane from Bathurst this weekend with an old prop I have restored. Same issue, many stone chips! My prop strike was minimal and I did not know it was damaged until I shut down. I did notice going down the ditch though. Motor was at idle and did not make any noise. I will check the flange and the run in/out. I will come up and check yours out before I do it. Also need to check out your undercarriage fairing again.
  5. Hi Kevin. I’m looking for a new prop after destroying mine in a ditch at Bathurst. Mine is close to the ground so something not too long maybe. Wood is good for the motor when this happens so I am reluctant to go glass. How does the bolly perform?
  6. I fly the Bylong and Widden valley on a regular basis. There are strips at Jerry’s Planes, Widden and Bylong as well as paddocks in the valleys. You need to be able to always glide to a safe area to land. Stay high. The last bit near Rylstone is a bit trickey. Have to be conscious of which way to go if in trouble. Forward or back along the route.
  7. Here we go Discussion paper - Voluntary fitment of ADS-B technology in VFR aircraft (DP 1701AS) - Civil Aviation Safety Authority - Citizen Space
  8. Flarm is very low power and has a range of 3km. 10km with very good antennae. VFR traffic could do with a cheap ads-b in and out device so we have an aid for see and avoid.
  9. The 4 cyl Jab pushes the Cheetah along ok. I just delivered the red and white one with stars from Taree to Cowra. It cruised at 100 to 110knts. New owner has that grin that most get after flying them.
  10. I saw one of these under construction at Temora and it looks great. Single seater though. https://flywithspa.com
  11. Sorry to hear you have given up on the Morgan. As you say it’s a great plane and I have 100 hours on mine now and I enjoy it a lot. The only bit I should add to the above comments is keep the power off on approach. The plane will not land with any power on and will fly the whole length of the strip with anything above idle.
  12. I have had 2 mechanical fuel pump failures on my Camit 3300 both in the first 2 hours of operation. In both cases the electric was enough to get me back without trouble. Not sure of the failure mechanism but probably stuck diaphragm due to the weaker spring or mis alignment. No troubles since and I now have 100 hours. Occasionally there is some venting when I have both pumps on for landing and no power is used. I usually turn off the electric on landing now to prevent it.
  13. It was a jet powered glider and it was on fire on downwind. Double check any fuel leaks you suspect. A dear friend lost. RIP
  14. GFA ops and airworthiness will do a report for exec officer ops. The investigation will get published by GFA and summarised by the EO ops in the magazine.
  15. All said above about the glider, gliding and the pilot is true. I have instructed in the ask21 for many years and it is very stable with no vices, does not spin easily and stalls normally. The pilot was of the highest calibre and it makes you wonder if it has happened to Jeremy then it could happen to me. Speculation on this one is not helping anyone to deal with it as we know standards of the glider and pilot could not be higher. The speculation is unfortunately offensive. Please let this be for a while until some facts come out.