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  1. Skip, in sailing boats there’s a saying you can’t have a boat that is fast, cheap and with lots of room below. You can have any two features but not all three. I think aeroplanes are similar...we can’t have it all. Perhaps it’s time, as we all are getting older, to compromise on speed, but keep comfort etc. As per ‘Flying for fun’, spending more time getting there is, might deliver more fun! I hadn’t heard all that about the Europa....it always looked like a nice aeroplane.
  2. Skip, I’m thinking a Europa...stall speed maybe a tad more than 30 though. And if you get some long wings you can switch the iron thermal off. Negative is low wing, but then I own a Corby which is such a hoot to fly....what’s wrong with 115 kts?
  3. My comments about my experience flying gliders was based on flying in NZ. I agree with Mike’s comments about the GFA...strictly rule based, not safety conscious. I stopped after a check flight with an instructor in strong winds and heavy turbulent sink who was pissed I didn’t landed short instead of putting brakes away to risk a long landing among other gliders and people. He hopped out, pushed the tail through the 25kt wind, the rudder jibing savagely as you would expect, and with the rudder cable exiting the aircraft....an oversized or improperly swaged Nicopress sleeve gave way, and of-co
  4. Thanks....I also recall that the guy who landed the Boeing convertible soft-top in Hawaii was also a former glider pilot...but not completely sure on that one. Anyway, I would advise all people interested in flying to do some gliding; it’s not only good for flying skills & knowledge, it’s also good for your hearing and your soul. In gliding I learnt about and experienced incipient spins; we spun and had to recover; we did EFATO releases and flew circuits from 200’agl; we always did co-ordinated turns, including close to the ground; we climbed in weak narrow thermals frequently droppin
  5. And the guy that dead sticked a heavy who run out of fuel in North America...the one where thought he was buying kilograms of fuel but they sold him ‘pounds’.
  6. Two point landing. Its not three point until the wing tip is resting on the grass. 🙂
  7. I also agree with Nev and Bruce. Gliders are conventional aircraft. As regards landing, I’ve only flown gliders with one wheel and a tail skid, and landing is as per conventional for any tail dragger; fly a conventional circuit, control glide slope with spoiler/brakes or side slip, using the spoiler/brakes/side slip like you would with a throttle, except you can’t do a go around, or like a dead stick landing in a powered aircraft. Cross wind landing is by crabbing not wing down....wing down risks a ground loop from touching a wing tip on the ground. Most gliders will also pull up fast, say i
  8. Contemplating how I could install a remote transponder in my Corby (definitely no room on the panel for a transponder) with it being controlled by my MGL Xtreme EFIS. Seems there are plenty of cheap Garmin XTR33 around. You would think manufacturers would publish their RS232 protocols but alas, no. The MGL setup is for a Sanden remote transponder, so it has the functionality. Has anyone either worked out the protocols or built a multiplexer/converter?
  9. I’ve said before flying small aeroplanes is inherently dangerous, and it always grates whenever I hear Ra-Aus rabbiting on about how safe it is. (And they’d probably get more growth in membership if they emphasised the danger instead of carping about safety...that is, if you’re one of those fools who want endless growth). Overcoming and dealing with the danger is to me, one of the fundamental joys of flying my own plane. And that is why it erks me substantially when I’m treated like a child by Ra-Australia or CASA when they compel me to use some commercial certified person to check or d
  10. Except for your first sentence, I agree with you Spacey. My ‘but’, is your view of ‘most’ unfair. I agree the policy objective should be the least worst. And from the point of view of an individual injured due to gross negligence, the Kiwi system is unfair, like you say. But how unfair is our system, where billions of dollars each year are wasted on lawyers and insurance companies (which could go to the injured), while many injured go completely uncompensated. I was a secondary school teacher in the early 1980s and one of my year 10 students was run over by some unlicensed youths in an unre
  11. Yes. In my view the NZ system is far, far superior. An injured person doesn’t have to prove someone was at fault, or run the risk a defendant was bankrupt, unemployed with no assets....everyone is compensated. No third party compulsory insurance for cars, no wasted money on useless lawyers or for profit insurance companies. The NZ accident compensation system has got some problems for sure, but nothing like we have here. One of the problems here is that judges are human and feel, as they should, for the situation of some poor fool, like the quadriplegic from diving into the sand
  12. Turbo, see below. Insurance is different...often it seems insurance companies assume liability and pay when they shouldn’t....and just pass the costs on to customers. And sometimes this gets confused with legal liability. Australia: Civil liability for personal harm - dangerous recreational activity and obvious risk 05 June 2013 by Ross Donaldson Colin Biggers & Paisley In brief - Court decision gives recreational and adventure operators more guidan
  13. Turbo, what you say sounds more like USA law. You may not realise, but Australia is actually a different country, with different laws. The ability of a surviving family to sue a deceased person’s estate is quite complicated here. A mother who saw her 5 yo son run over and squashed to death by a concrete truck is entitled to nothing, unless she can prove she suffered psychological damage ‘nervous shock’. But the point I have made before is just as relevant, the amendments to Australian States’ and territories’ tort law statutes, specifically excludes liability when a person voluntarily enga
  14. Yenn, Don and I were once asked by Canberra ATC to identify ourselves as we were flying east from Murrumbateman towards Canberra. He was in his VP2 and I was in a Minimax.....probably around 4500’. They could have only picked us up by their primary radar....and they had no idea of our height. I’m also told that primary radar (Mt Majura) at Canberra also picks up trucks on the Federal Hwy...and that one truck was nearly targeted with a missile when a US president was visiting.
  15. The biggest risk to me from flying where I do are military heavy rotor wing aircraft flying at or below circuit height over my airstrip in what are regular trips for some commodore from Nowra to Canberra and back. They don’t monitor the area frequency (in my case Canberra approach east), nor do they have their own radar turned on. My correspondence with them was to the effect they use ‘see and avoid’ and that’s what they are going to keep doing, and they declined my invitation to land, have a coffee and discuss how we could better maintain safe separation. Of-course, the military are exempt
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