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Keenaviator last won the day on April 15 2014

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  1. It won’t be too hard to work out from the wreckage.
  2. From SAFA: There have been a number of WSM members who have expressed concern over reported safety of the wing involved in the Alex Blanch accident, near Newcastle NSW. At this stage we have carried out preliminary inspections of the wing and there is no indication that it "folded up" as has been reported in the media. The Streak 3 wing type has operated without incident for over 2 decades. This particular wing has been utilised on this aircraft for the past 3 years. We have initiated an independent detailed analysis of the wing, in an effort to determine if it contributed to causation. Reiterating the point that at this stage we have no reason to suspect that there is a systemic issue with the wing type.
  3. He probably took his eyes off the instruments for more than 3 seconds......
  4. They must cut and paste just as the numpty wrote it!
  5. No 3. If the investigation reveals a negative G break to the leading edge/s that would indicate a tumble. Also, damage to the base bar from impact with the front strut of the trike would support this scenario.
  6. Next time I'm at the hangar with the cowls off will take photos outlining what I've done. The balance scat hose between the cooling ducts sounds like a good idea too. The main thing I did was reduce the pressurising of the lower cowl be moving the oil cooler to the rear of the engine, ducting air to it from another vaca duct on the right hand side of cowl. I can control this air to the oil cooler from the cockpit - monitoring oil temperature.
  7. I made quite a few changes to my cowls and oil cooler position which have resulted in cool CHTs. CHT on number 4 (generally the hottest) gets to about 130C on taxi then drops to about 105 or less in the air. I climb out at 80-85 knots @ 700fpm or better. Laurie
  8. Trike wings are very strong - I can only think of a couple of reasons why they might fail: 1. base bar pin/bolt not secured properly 2. damaged leading edge tube (spar) or cross bar 3. exceeding pitch limits resulting in a tumble - no indication of tumble by witness 4. failure of side wires (unlikely as these are duplicated in all certified trike wings I'm aware of
  9. My low flying takes place each take off and landing - probably a bit cryptic but that's how my head works....
  10. Yep, I do it at least twice every flight...... 😉
  11. I used Poly products when rebuilding the Corby Starlet (21-3381). I used the Stewart water born system for painting my Jabiru.
  12. Exactly. From my observations there is no washout built into my Jabiru's wings. The washout is created by the rigging of the ailerons and increases with application of flaps. That said, it's stall characteristics are very good, a tribute to the design.
  13. Your idea sounds interesting Bruce. My Jabiru is the long winged SP (U/L). The flaps on it are really long and ailerons pretty short. I have the port flap slightly reflexed to compensate for the roll tendency caused by my weight in the pilot's seat - 90% of my flying is solo. I don't think there would be much to gain from raising or lowering the ailerons for me.
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