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boleropilot

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  1. nobody has mentioned the E word - would have to be an option, albeit not a cheap one I'm surprised nobody has made a comment about the video of my "scary" airfield....used only for RC aircraft now, probably better suited to that really - yes, the Drifter has been sold - needed a LOT of recon work BP
  2. haven't been typing here for some time due to some unforeseen dramas in my life - my apologies to those who asked for info and photos of 0455, never got around to sorting that and (as expected) 0455 sold to the first lookers the price was reduced due to sailcloth degradation but the new owners (3 young blokes - well, young at heart!!!) are now busily restoring 0455 in the same hangar at least I can still 'fly' the lil' beasty on my computer....cheers for now, I'll try to keep in touch - with some of the 0455 funds being spent on a car hoist, work on the Renaults will be going ahead in leaps and bounds cheers BP
  3. I've got one I took off a 582 that might fit - only bought a new one because the old one had been unused on acft for 4 years The Mikuni Oz guys are good, but a rebuild kit costs a fair bit so I just bought a new one - all the interior parts on the old one are intact - but.... Happy to post this one to ya - PM me if ya want it m8 BP
  4. I saw a doco about an aircraft that crashed after takeoff when the flightcrew lost control of the aircraft due to multiple 'instrument failures' it was a classic Swiss cheese accident - they took off at night and flew out to sea, so no horizon or lights on the ground to help them a 'new' ground worker had covered the pitot ports before the aircraft was pressure washed he didn't know he was supposed to use orange sticky tape only, not silver (the same colour as the fuselage) his supervisor called in sick and there was nobody to replace him, so the new aircraft washer didn't have anyone to check his work the first officer did a walk around with a torch before the flight but didn't notice the covered pitot port due to the silver tape no survivors BP
  5. just checked the link, it takes you to the home page - you'll have to click Products, then Flight Simulator X, then scroll through a bit...
  6. btw Kyle, you wanna try turbulence, try my Drifter on a hot January day - blue up = good, blue up = good, oops, blue is down, what just happened? oh - big thermal - bugger !!! BP
  7. wow you're in luck (I think) - not sure if this is close enough to your real life aircraft but Carenado is a prolific developer of FSX aircraft and their products are brilliant (and well priced) I have a couple of their aircraft in my virtual hangar and I can recommend them unreservedly - any help you need with setting up a flightsim system, let me know, happy to help and No it's not the real thing (doh), lot's of flightsim haters out there...I 'flew' a trip from Boonah to Lismore a few times before the real flight and it was a real eye opener for me BP Carenado.com
  8. have a think about 'flying' the route with a flight simulator before you go - FSX combined with a good quality scenery mesh will give you extremely good information navigation wise as far as weather is concerned, you can choose any weather for the sim flight, or on any day with similar weather to your expected flight you can do the 'flight' with real-time weather to get some kind of accurate aircraft response to the conditions you would also need to get a payware aircraft - I'm going to do a search now to see if I can find one for ya... BP
  9. I was checking out a Jabiru in a hangar the other day and noticed a little bit of mud near the propellor hub - had a closer look and discovered a HUGE mud wasp nest, hidden very carefully in and around the hub. if it were missed during pre-flight I reckon it would have caused massive imbalance, hopefully it would have been felt as soon as the motor started the Jabiru obviously hadn't been flown in some time - I left a note on the dash advising the pilot and suggesting he check the rest of the aircraft before slipping any surly bonds.... BP
  10. hey Bruce, if you married Mrs Ten, and you decided to keep both names hyphenated, you'd be Bruce Tuncks-Ten what would you call your children ?????
  11. one of the best T shirts I ever saw had this printed on the front: IF ITS TOO LOUD, YOUR TOO OLD in my opinion, he may just as well have worn a T shirt that pronounced: I'M AN IDIOT, I CAN'T SPELL AND NEITHER CAN THE IDIOTS WHO MADE THIS T SHIRT BP
  12. 'someone' noticed I was not co-ordinating my turns correctly - he showed me what happens (in a Drifter) when you wash off speed in an un-coordinated climbing turn (as you could do climbing away after a take-off) the Drifter virtually flicked inverted and it took 700 feet for a full recovery - and then he said "now imagine what would happen if you did that at 500 feet in the circuit, David" as an instructor he is a demon on airspeed and co-ordination in turns, which may be something to do with the fact that I'm still here.....which brings me to this: did anyone else notice the article in the latest Sport Pilot magazine, where it was stated in an aircraft flight review: "The instrument panel is missing a balance ball so you can never be flying out of balance, or indeed in balance". this is obviously a flippant comment, but I do wonder about the lack of balance information being communicated to the pilot This was in relation to a pusher prop aircraft, so (as per on Drifters) the little piece of red wool taped to the bottom of the 'screen gives you all the info you need as far as 'balance' is concerned...
  13. BRM came up with an idea for their Formula One motor - a H16 - basically two flat 8s on top of one another....not competitive, too heavy, too complicated, but wow, what a motor... BP
  14. So there I was, flying along with my subordinate who happened to have conjunctivitis, and a connector failed on the aircraft, like, and, like, we had an injun failure, and, like, I was so confused I forgot to call Finals So then I realised there was only ONE final, like, ONE Downwind, ONE Base, and ONE Final, and then I got really confused and dint keep my speed up and we stalled and all they found was the wreckage and a fibula... I'm just sayin"...... BP
  15. 2 points I would like to make - 1 - the Qld ambulance payment concept is brilliant. I had a short fall off a deck, spun around to catch a downpipe nearby (missed it, don't think it wooda saved me), fell about a metre and landed on my back across a 2 inch wide beam = four broken ribs, quite a few cracked - oh yeah - and a punctured lung. we live on acreage, the nearest ambo station is 30 minutes drive. they sent an ambulance, it got to within 4km of us, and discovered a flooded creek. they called for a 4wd ambulance, it picked me up, took me down through the creek, swapped me into the other ambulance, and drove for 45 minutes to the nearest hospital that could cover those injuries. must have been close to a ride in a helicopter. imagine what the bill could have added up to.... 2 - the old adage of Aviate Navigate Communicate is life saving advice - my priorities will always be (1) get the aircraft on the ground in a manner that gives me the best chance of survival - PLB ON immediately, check where I'm going to put 'er down, and concentrate on that - if I get comfortable enough to talk to someone, a mayday call could be a life saver too - forget about circuit legs, just concentrate on AIRSPEED and keeping the best glide going - better high than low, learn to sideslip for rapid height loss if too high, maybe even practice a ground loop or two... oh yeah - and stop starting sentences with "So"........
  16. not meaning to trivialise any person with an 'ability problem', - but - I always seem to get an attack of Tourette's when I get the flare wrong.......I'm just sayin'
  17. wow they were lucky it never got far off the ground - I remember a video I saw of an aircraft, Buffalo I think, took off, climbed straight up to about 200 feet then rolled into a steep dive - all onboard killed, tail gust lock found still attached on aircraft. my CFI (Trevor Bange) would have skinned me alive if I took off without doing out a controls check - out loud it was "controls free and correct" - every now and then he would put his knee in the way of the joystick or one foot near a rudder pedal, and you had better pick up the difference in movement - or else! it's called Airmanship !!!
  18. hey guys, I will be going out to the airfield this morning to take some photos of how 0455 looks at the moment - I'll email them to anyone who has registered an interest when I get home I will be placing an ad in Sport Pilot magazine for the next edition cheers BP
  19. ah yeah facty, always had the hots for a 203, what a sweet car - I used to be chased around the Toowoomba hills by a mate in a RX3, he could never understand how the inside rear wheel could come so far off the ground in a turn but his over-powered RX3 could not get around me...I used to hillclimb the 16TS at Echo Valley (Toowoomba) and had to run in the next class up to get some competition... the 16TS motor was popular in Lotus Europas, I had a drive of a mates in Toowoomba and was amazed at how you could look under buses and trucks - it drove like a go-kart! this particular fella (from a very well to do Sydney family) gave me a drive of his Series 1 E-Type - red convertible with white leather - I fondly remember changing from third into fourth gear at 100mph....Wow ! BP
  20. forgot to mention that my interpretation of "zero hours" means "it has done 300 hours from new and has had a complete top end overhaul and check-up by a Rotax specialist" and 0455 will need at least a week of TLC before next slipping the surly bonds.... BP
  21. ah Camel, how sad that you have not discovered the delights of French cars - they're almost as good as French sheilas... take for instance my 1968 R10 - would you believe 4 wheel disc brakes and rack and pinion steering? In 1968??? The first Holden/Fords in Oz thought 4 wheel discs might be a good idea in about 2004??? and the R16? would you believe a longer wheelbase on one side of the car than the other? only by about 3 inches, so not much really. and 100mph from only 1600cc ? enough, I know, you must all be wanting to beat down the door of your nearest French car dealer.....but my goodness, I am going to miss 0455 sniff....
  22. yeah we got contact ok - so far five lookers, one checking out 0455 this weekend I will be taking photos of current state of aircraft this weekend and will post them here - btw, 0455 needs a fair bit of work to get in the air, at least a full on week + break-in + test fly..... only good news about this (for me) is once 0455 is sold I can afford a car hoist for my workshop and the restorations of my two Renaults (R10 and R16) will take off (the only taking off I will be doing from now on) sniff.....
  23. g'day barcy, get in contact via pm with an email address and I'll send the info regards Dave
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