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Everything posted by derekliston

  1. I worked on PA38 Tomahawks for nine years and unless my memory is failing (a possibility!) they don’t, or didn’t have oil coolers.
  2. I haven’t personally but Warwick Flying Club and the local newspaper tried without success. They were just told it was commercial in confidence.
  3. Possibly true, but we are talking about politicians!
  4. Council are calling tenders for a $310,000 hangar!!!!! to lease back to a $20,000 company???
  5. Council are building the hangar using state government money to theoretically lease to the flying school!
  6. Our governments are really beyond belief, both local and state. Running out of water because no State water grid although they have talked about it for years, but we do have a flash new footbridge that we didn’t need and new footpaths through the CBD that again we didn’t need, all paid for by the state government!!!
  7. I know that mate, I have plenty of 0.016 for the skin, I don’t have enough 0.025 for the spar and I don’t know anywhere that I can buy just the amount that I need. No one will sell less than half a sheet and I am pretty sure the spar is more than 4ft long at 1840mm.
  8. Mate, are you still the distributor for Zenith? If so, what are the chances and timescale to obtain a CH701 aileron spar? If I go with an order I will also order a new fuel quantity sender.
  9. If you book a cabin on Flametree holiday park you can just walk through the footpath to the airfield. Only around 100 metres. We always book site number 1 with our camper trailer which is right beside the airfield fence, put the chairs out, feet up and watch the action.
  10. That is what bothers me. Our council are totally ignorant of anything aviation related. It will just cost Warwick ratepayers and Qld taxpayers a lot of money for no return.
  11. There is an example at the Queensland Air Museum at Caloundra.
  12. That clip was from the Jumpers and Jazz fly-in.
  13. I am a bit concerned about council competence in terms of due diligence in this instance. As far as I can establish this is an Indian company RMP Aviation. If you google them you will find a private company worth 1 lakh of Indian rupees and a paid up capital of 1000% ie. 11lakhs in total. That is 1,100,000 rupees which at currency conversion rates current two days ago was the equivalent of $23,000 and for this the council are allowing them to use the terminal building as an office and are building them a $310,000 hangar. I would love to find out that I am wrong but the council says “commercial in confidence” and won’t release details. It would be a boon for Warwick if it was a proper company but I suspect this is a very shonky deal!
  14. Believe it or not, I don’t have any photos of them even though I maintained them for almost ten years! Good luck finding them.
  15. Not just the Mosquito. A pilot I knew and flew with used to start the take-off roll in a Dragon Rapide at the extreme left of the runway so that it was still on the runway by the time the rudder became effective.
  16. Checked such photographs as I could find and you are correct. They must have been in the minority!
  17. Don’t know, I will check, thus far I haven’t been able to find other than ‘American’ clockwise viewed from the cockpit. I think the British ones going ACW was a left over from the days of hand swinging props.
  18. True without a doubt Nev, but in this case I was just querying question 3!
  19. Ian will be happy with the very quick thread drift! Possibly, an awful lot of them, three and four bladed needed for Hurricane, Spitfire and Lancaster.
  20. Merlin was on the P51 Mustangs. I had always assumed that it would be the Packard built Merlin’s that rotated that way, but apparently not! Must just be an aberration from the British convention, maybe so they could sell it to the Americans.
  21. Maybe, but so were the Pobjoy radials and the Bristol Hercules sleeve valve radial, yet they still followed the British convention!
  22. I know that also, I looked after a Seneca which had that! I still think it interesting that most British engines did and still do spin anti-clockwise viewed from the cockpit and American ones clockwise. Never really understood why the Merlin didn’t.
  23. I realised that! I just think the conventions are interesting, even up to the latest RR Trent & P&W big fans.
  24. Not sure about question 3. Non-Polish engines? British de Havilland Gypsy engines to mention but one rotate in the opposite direction to Continental and Lycomings. Could further elaborate such as Pratt and Whitney fans turning the opposite direction to (most!) Rolls-Royce fans. No particular reason other than convention that I know of.
  25. I have ADSB out but I doubt whether too many other VFR aeroplanes around have it yet so the dongle probably wouldn’t be much help!
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