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  • Birthday 25/12/1961


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  1. Supporters of ADSB, traffics displays on EFBs and Air traffic control should have a look at this recent midair in the USA. It supports the findings in a report by the ATSB that the majority of collisions occur in the circuit area, in controlled airspace and CTAFs. What was missing in all of these accidents was a proper lookout. Are pilots being taught an effective scan technique? All of the modern technologies and ATC still fail, an effective lookout in VMC will save your life. https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/259802
  2. Reading between the lines it seems the operator didn’t have adequate procedures in place regarding student solo flights. I wonder if this guy thought he was good to go, it appears nobody tried to stop him.
  3. This is one of the worst training videos on forced landings I have watched. Says he cut out 20 mins of gliding? Assuming a descent rate of 500FPM he would have started at over 10,000’ AGL (500FPM is optimistic for a C150). The prop wouldn’t stop due to fuel exhaustion unless you reduced the speed to just above the stall. Turn into wind, that’s crap. If field and height selection allows you’re best to turn downwind - allows you to fly a circuit of sorts, much more scope to fix over / undershoot than a straight in approach. Nothing about securing the aircraft once a restart determined as unsucc
  4. I hear there was another Foxbat Oops at Luskintyre this week.
  5. This reinforces my thoughts / concerns regarding flight training, in particular RAAus training. Go-arounds are not in the RAAus syllabus. I always include a go-around or two in type check flights. If you’re doing touch and goes use takeoff flap, that way you don’t need to change flap settings. The practice of retrimming on the ground will bite you one day, especially in a taildragger. As far as trim use goes, trimming in the circuit is normal practice to assist with stable approaches. There are a few GA types you need to experience to appreciate the control forces. The Yak 18T and any Cessna 1
  6. Facthunter, what are your thoughts on this process?
  7. Forget any approval of RAAus operations in CTA. The decision to go down a very long pathway leading to nowhere means approval for non PPL holders will not happen. Should RAAus have demanded equal privileges to those extended to the gliding and balloon federations approval would be in place now. As far as suitable aircraft go, the regulations are quite clear. (refer CAO 95.55, para 7.3)
  8. I doubt you will see a MTOW increase or any changes to the CTA limitations anytime in the next 10 years.
  9. Congratulations Shafs! I have introduced 100s of people to aerobatics over the last 40 years, both as passengers and students. The trick is to follow the above guidance of fresh air inflight and food intake pre flight, then do short flights, gradually increasing duration. The old story of wishing you were up there, rather than wishing you were on the ground. You may also want to try Sea Bands, you can pick them up from pharmacies, they use pressure pints to reduce motion sickness. I was very sceptical about their effectiveness, but have had many people use them with great succes
  10. Having spent thousands of hours flying with many pilots of varying levels of experience, my observation is the turn from base to final has the greatest risk. The tendency to skid that turn is greatest, I believe this is due to; - minimising bank angle during the final turn, resulting in an overshoot - overshooting final sees most pilots overdo rudder use The increase in drag due to the skid results in a bleed in airspeed, the combination of skid and decreasing airspeed can be fatal.
  11. Have a look at the prices of used aircraft in the USA, they’ve got up a lot!
  12. A static procedural trainer would be of value, this is a mock up of the cockpit of training aircraft and can be constructed for a few hundred dollars. The use is limited to learning procedures such as engine start, pre takeoff, engine failures etc. Radio calls can also practiced by setting up scenarios in something like a hangar with local features / airfield drawn on the floor with chalk. Unless you’ve got a budget of a couple of hundred thousand dollars flight simulators are of little value in initial training. I have worked full time in simulator training for the past 20 years, I ha
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