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  1. The lawyers are going to have a field day with Boeing. Won't be long before the class actions start.
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    Savannah S with Viking 130

    I have a mate in Canberra building a 750. Have visited a couple of times when over there for work. The difference in material is striking. The 750 uses heavier ally everywhere. Structural stuff is bigger and there's more of it. Even some rivets are bigger.
  3. Yeah I saw that one. Supposed to be another at Surges Bay too, but I can't spot anything that looks like a strip on Google maps.
  4. 20 km south of Hobart on Huon highway. I'd send you the map link but laptop has bit the dust and doing this on a tablet, which I can't drive properly.
  5. Hi Mark, I'm not a trike bloke but am a Tasmanian. Building a CH701 near Sandfly. Given that Sandfly strip is full and there's a waiting list, I'd be interested in any fields or strips in southern Tas. If you find any I'd be grateful to hear about them. Good luck! Cheers, Marty
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    The Russians really were aviation pioneers

    Hate to be a cleaner for that airline...
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    Marty d's CH-701 build log

    As I spend most of my computer time (my wife may argue that the word "computer" could be left out) on this site, I thought it would be a good idea to transfer the existing content from the ZENITH.AERO site to here. Don't get me wrong, zenith.aero is a fine site and I use it as an info source when I'm trying to figure something out, but this is my "virtual" home. Hopefully this will be along the lines of similar build logs done by Head In The Clouds, Bexrbetter, Kyle Communications, Skee etc. I've been inspired by yours, maybe in some small way this may help someone else who's plans building (or at least serve as a warning that they should go buy a kit instead!) Please feel free to comment, I would like it to stay mainly on topic, but I know how these things go...! Looks like I started the zenith.aero blog back in 2010 so there will be a disconnect between when the content is posted here and when it was originally posted. Apologies for this. Cheers, Marty
  8. We were discussing this today at work - a colleague said a yachtie friend of hers was planning a trip to NZ. He said there was a sh*tload of paperwork to do if you wanted to actually go ashore in NZ, so he was tossing up whether to do that or just take enough supplies to sit off shore!
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    Marty d's CH-701 build log

    He's as busy as a one-armed taxi driver in Beirut. All of what HITC says is true (and by the way, he had some very nice things to say about your engineering skills HITC - from the pictures of your Doomaw build I reckon he's right!) I spent a couple of hours with Peter and Gill at their place in Railton - 90 acres with a strip at the top of a ridge. Peter flies to work which would be a lovely way to commute! He gave me heaps of info and I could tell by the way he talked about Rotaxes that he's got a deep reservoir of knowledge. We discussed flying over the Strait, which he apparently does on occasion. I asked him if he went over the islands (King or Flinders) - his response was "Nah - straight over!" He said that the islands quite often attract some weather, whereas if you pick your time (early morning) and have a good chat to BoM about the weather on both sides, you can usually go straight over with no problems. (He also showed me the very sensible PFD with attached 1-person inflatable raft that sits on his lap - designed for Bass Strait!) I only wish we lived a bit closer, as I'd like to do my ticket with him. Devonport is about 3.5 hours drive away from me - standard commute for you mainlanders but a very long way for Tasmanians! Still, maybe I should camp up the north for a couple of weeks in the caravan and do a block of training with him. I know it's hugely important to get a good instructor.
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    Marty d's CH-701 build log

    Well, I drove up to the other end of the state on Monday and bought an engine! Thanks HITC for putting me on to Peter. The engine is 2000 hour ex-training plane (Foxbat). Came with brand new muffler & pipey bits, brand new oil tank, and a hell of a lot of advice - most of which I can't remember. (I did write down everything I could when I got home!) Now I have no excuse - I need to get on to building the mount!
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    Bloody PTV.

    Sorry you had such a terrible day Peter.
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    Guess This Aircraft ?

    Dammit, I've seen that before, on one of those aviation videos. Can't think of it now.
  13. Good read about a country reporter who’s learning to fly. Best way is to scroll to the bottom to Episode 1 and make your way up from there. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-07/home-on-the-plane/5782534
  14. Amazing photographs. Love the Spit. (Surprise surprise) https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2019/feb/25/the-second-world-war-in-colour-pictures
  15. This is written like "what a bad boy", but I'm in awe of his navigation skills. https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-ideas/weird-and-wacky/pilot-on-test-flight-spells-out-im-bored-across-sa-in-letters-dozens-of-kilometres-long/news-story/56bde77163f0a2d735a77cbe18502264
  16. If you can make it on to the ramp you might be able to do a quick "run around" with security in hot pursuit. May not be flying on it afterwards.
  17. The A380 is a fantastic aircraft. Mixed experiences on it though. Flying Qantas, absolutely brilliant. Flying Emirates with 3 kids - not so good. In 2014 we were going to France via Dubai, the Emirates leg was hell... their idea of a meal for our (then) 2-year old, who ate more than us, was a jar of pureed apple. Richard de Crespigny's book QF32 is a great read, shows how safe this aircraft is even with an engine explosion cutting several critical hydraulic and fuel lines.
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    ME 262 Sturmvogel - Was Hitler correct?

    I thought his bitch was Eva Braun. Didn't know she was a sheep farmer.
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    Bloody PTV.

    I went to Avalon last time - must have been 2017. Flew into Avalon and got an Uber to Geelong, stayed there Friday night and the next morning caught the train to Lara where there were masses of buses prepared for the airshow crowd. I remember thinking how good the public transport was. Mind you I didn't have to face it from Melbourne.
  20. When I'm 90 (IF I get there) I want to be like this bloke. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-14/the-90-year-old-farmer-who-has-spent-decades-flying/10807908
  21. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-08/stunt-pilots-cassandra-moller-jason-hart-on-elite-sport/10790834
  22. Judging by your profile picture, that's an understatement...
  23. Then imagine the lawsuits as obese customers are refused service...
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    Marty d's CH-701 build log

    Other end of the state (unless there's a Scottsdale somewhere else in the country), saw this the other day. I might contact and ask some questions.
  25. Well no wonder the engine stopped... silly bugger left the cowl plugs in... 😁