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  1. Without prejudice we shall judiciously interpret that statement as given under your hand in the prime instance first hereinbefore written Sir.
  2. I wonder why it is,. . .that all these Really Useful things are only learned through terror and much experience Nev ? Funny that. . . 'IF I knew then,. . .what I know now ' . . .etc. . . For instance, I didn't know initially that VHF radio comms were fairly useless in that wild and huge country; over more than about 50 NM,. . and once had to revert to HF. . .with NO training on the system, but having some amateur radio experience worked it out and got through to Darwin flight Service to pass a position report to Melbourne on the AFTN. . . I got to LOVE flying around Australia. . .there's nothing like it . . .
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    Forced Landing, Sunshine Coast

    And to think I always believed that Navel Gazing was something to do with Military Sailors. . . .
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    The Aviation Acronym Song

    UPDATE. . .Matey mentioned in the above post has just passed his Air Law exam and only dropped one question. Well done that man. On the following day ( Sunday 3rd ) he also whistled through HPL ( Human Performance and Limitations) with 85%. . .and also 'Aircraft Technical' with just one question incorrect. He wants to buy a Flexwing Trike, 912 powered. He says it's a compliment to his Motorcycling experience so he thought that a 'SKYBIKE' was a very good idea. . . and His Wifey agrees. I suffer too much from the bloody cold nowadays, but wished him the best.. . Young lad at our site has modified his Rans S6 582 2 stroke for both cabin and SEAT HEATING. . ( I have no idea how he is powering that lot ! ) Such is life in our Northern planetary aspect. .
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    The Aviation Acronym Song

    I had an interesting conversation with a new student last week mate. . . He's up to seven hours now and loves the flying, but is terrified that he'll have to remember all of the codes ( acronyms ) in the training manual. . . Being a late starter, he's in his mid fifties, this is a really worry and he doubts if he'll be able to remember them all . . I said not to worry, you won't Have to. Obviously there are a few Acronyms that he'll need to be fully familiar with ie VNE and some other 'Vee' speed and 'Q' codes, but no one has to be able to quote the meanings of ALL of them. ( Well maybe a few of them in exams. . .) There are far too many in my view, in the technical age, there is no need at all to break down EVERY subject into code form,. . that was for back in the days of Morse code for a lot of them where it was much easier to send three letters to ask or report something. We still ask for the QNH or the QFE in some cases, rather than a long blather on the radio asking 'what's the current local pressure altimeter setting for your airfield Sir ?' I'm sure you can add to this list. . . I guess that asking your first officer for the QRH when three large geese have just inconveniently taken out both the engines of your A320 at 2,800 feet above New York is OK too,. . saves valuable time ( ! ) and in that instance, 'APU' ( item 15 on the list ) would be handy as well. . . [ Although, as it happened, not actually neccessary] 😉
  6. One of the last Dambuster squadron members Died in December 2018, His Wife also passed away ten days later. The couple had no known family so it might have been a very quiet funeral, had it not been for the Media Officer at RAF Cosford, who picked up on this and immediately alerted as many people as possible about the situation via local and social media. One of Our pilots at Otheton noticed this and alerted me with a screenshot of this Twitter Post. With only one and a half days to go, I called a friend in Oxfordshire about this and he said he would be there. . there was no time to expect other local flyers to attend, being a working day. https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/telford/2019/01/22/hundreds-at-funeral-of-telford-dambusters-raf-couple-who-died-10-days-apart/ The crowd was amazing. . over three hundred people were there, and My mate and I supplied / served hot bacon rolls and tea afterwards for the flag bearers, the pall bearers and anyone else who fancied a bit of snap. . .out of the car boot. My Mate Clark thought of this, as, since the people had no relatives, there would be no wake as such. . and the crematorium is on a hilltop ad it was bloody freezing in that wind. . .He's a Good Man, ex Marine (UK) It's a shame that Edna and Victor were unable to see it all. . . the RAF Bugler with his last post was very moving. . .
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    Moving magnetic poles (news article)

    All of the Urban UK Power distribution is underground. . . . They only put lines on poles out in the countryside to effectively Deny distressed aviators all of the best, longest and flattest forced landing fields. . .
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    Moving magnetic poles (news article)

    No need mate,. . .all the POLES are working in England now. . .
  9. Helicopters can be a Bugger. . . most ESPECIALLY if you learned to fly in a 'Conventional' three axis aircraft. . . there are so many 'Ingrained' things you need to UN-LEARN, or 'SUSPEND' whilst training in a rotary wing appliance. . . I had the benefit of several hours of flying with a friend between Port Moresby and Lae in an old Bell 47 in the 1970s,. . which taught me that these things were not really intended to fly on Hot days. . .and that the carby heat control wore out in a short time. . . Thanks to Larry, who was ex Canadian Air Force pilot, plus some hours in the UK, I got the hang of it. . ( Sort of ) and finally got a ticket to ride. . in very light machines, (Robinson R-22.) . But the cost of flying them in the UK was bloody prohibitive, unless you had unlimited funds. . .which I didn't. The most difficult part of helicopter flying is the hover.. . .Many hours of training are devoted to this.. . I didn't have too many problems here, due to previous crimes in the B-47. . .If an instructor has ever said to you. . 'Now. . Gentle changes of pressure on the controls' . .. that's what hovering is all about. and the same for flying on Instruments in training too. . .
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    Moving magnetic poles (news article)

    It can be a bit of a pain when the variation changes more than 6 degrees though,. . .think of all that runway number paint. .! ! ! When I started Microlight flying in the 1980s, I noticed that the large wartime runway we were using was displaying a number which was eleven degrees out of kilter with the published and indicated magnetic readings. Living proof of the shifting magnetic North pole. . .
  11. I still vividly recall my first 'Wheels up' . . I was taxying a Tiger Moth from one hangar to another,. . as instructed, after having worked at the Airfield for over a year learning to be a mechanic. . .I had to taxy along the runway area to get form point A to point B,. . and taxied too fast.. and NO,. . it wasn't DELIBERATE.. . I was too young for that malarkey to have kicked in yet. .. The Tiger lifted off the ground and I fair near shat myself. . pulling the throttle back to idle and dropping back onto the grass runway with a 'Thump'. .. solo time ,. . from memory, about seven to eight seconds. Ma height approx 20 feet. . Place, Pendeford Airfield ( Wolverhampton ) Date about July 1958. I realise that his doesn't count . . . First 'Proper' Solo thanks to Allan Baskett, at Casey Airfield, Berwick Vic., in 1971. . Groupair Flying School. aircraft was C-150, VH KQM. Did 2 solo circuits on Rwy 12 RH, I saw Alan Waving at me after the first one, and mistook his signal for 'Go and do another one'. . .. that was NOT what he meant ( No radio at the time ) Felt great . . .decided I was going to be an ACE flyer. . . . . The feeling I had was something between Wonderment and absolute terror. . . Hmmm. . .
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    Funeral for one of the last Dambusters

    I believe that Bernaud Ziegler, the original brain behind the creation of the AIRBUS, used slide rules in the early days, to design his Much maligned aircraft and the control system laws which denied the Pilot / Commanders the final say about the flight envelope. . . Very intersting story that,. . but I'm digressing here . . .Sorry.
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    Funeral for one of the last Dambusters

    According to my good Friend Mike Whitaker,. .. ( Ask Kasper ) the slide rule was the premier calculator of ALL of the maths used to design and build Concorde. . . .Slow YES. . . but very effective in the right hands. . ..
  14. Following the very short AAIB report Posted earlier re the CTSW here is an interesting one about a very high hours pilot who had some sort of problem. Two Fatalities. Look at the detail in this report, it is staggering in detail by comparison. I was deeply interested in this as I originally learned to fly in the same type. . . https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5c1114f040f0b60c8701aa7b/DH82A_Tiger_Moth_G-ADXT_01-19.pdf
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    Funeral for one of the last Dambusters

    I heard that we lost yet Another Dambuster today, I missed the news report, but I'll try and dig it out. Vic Barnett was, apparently a mate of Barnes Wallis, and their friendship extended after the war, this info came out during the funeral eulogy which we had to monitor standing outside in the freezing cold wind,. . the Crematorium is almost at the top of Redhill, the highest ground in Telford ( Discounting the Wrekin )
  16. Oh Dear,. . .the CAA have held up my 'Collection' of old, useless 25Khz rigs for export to friends in Australia, with this new exemption. This means that none of the 25Khz rigs will have to be junked by law until 31st Dec 2018. This is an extension from the original date, of 1st Jan, due to massive complaints from leisure flyers. . . SO, for the benefit of those four folks who have asked for one of these junk rigs for a naughty spare,. . .You may have to wait a little longer ! Sorry about that. . .but I won't forget. I'm going for the YAESU model shown below,. . as it's the lowest cost, and I don't need VOR nav. Icom stuff has always been well expensive. . .it's NICE to see that three YAESU rigs are now type approved for 8.33 use in the UK. . . (I REALLY DO WISH THAT THE CHINESE WOULD BRING OUT A MODEL. . .they seem to be able to make and sell useful VHF /UHF hand helds for under £20. . . .if they don't get into this market, they are missing an opportunity IMO. BEX. . .TELL 'EM BEX. . . . .They'll listen to you cuz you spik Chinese . . . .
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    CAA Exemption for 25 Khz radios. . .

    As I have mentioned before. If the chart says use XXX.XXX, just DO IT. Don't worry what the magic box is doing and forget using the word Frequency. ( Most pilots in the UK don't anyway ) The risk of cross channel 'interference problems due to the physical bandwidth reduction inherent with using 8.33 slots using AM, has obviously been a factor behind the Europe Wide statutes that all 'Old' radios must cease to be used entirely after January 3rd 2019 anywhere in European airspace. Before I gave away my old Icom A20 to a handsome Gent on this forum; I could still hear clearly transmissions from most of the local airfields and pilots who had changed earlier to 8.33 equipment. . . .But thanks for the comment, as others may not have known that.. Phil.
  18. Both crew were uninjured when a CTSW aircraft carried out a forced landing following engine failure. The conclusion by the AAIB seems to point to an 2012 Service Bulletin regarding fuel management on this type; of which the pilot was unaware . The Composite aircraft was damaged beyond repair . https://pagefast-9.dmanalytics2.com/click?u=https%3A%2F%2Fassets.publishing.service.gov.uk%2Fmedia%2F5c1117ede5274a0ad4ea6615%2FFlight_Design_CTSW_G-KEVK_01-19.pdf&i=9&d=6W3ZZY2X-80X5-4Z15-YZ83-Y0V14UUV184Z&e=airside4me%40gmail.com&a=82V37503-Z333-490Z-YW90-377X02Z1U98V
  19. If you 'Fast Forward' to pages 69 & 70. . the suggestion for 'Cause' are shown, although due to the damage these are 'Suggestions' . . . using all the known data plus witness statements. Very thorough report though. . . . Good ole' AAIB. . . and another reference to the excellent Australian study on the problems which can arise AND BE COMPLICATED BY 'Partial Power loss' situations.
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    CTSW Forced landing (uk )

    I'd be interested to read the accident report on that one. . .
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    CTSW Forced landing (uk )

    Interesting tale with regard to your 'Experiment' Mr. Downunder Sir. Your last comment was most prescient, You KNEW that it was going to happen and were prepared for it. This luxury, as your comment points to, is that Many pilots are NOT prepared for certain occurrences, and have to take time to evaluate the situation and carry out checks to identify the most probable cause.. . Rather like the 'Sully' movie ( Very LOOSE Analogy here ) where there was an argument raised at the investigation ( I realise that they Did NOT give him s hard a time as was shown in the film ) that, OK, maybe he could have made it back to a couple of airports following the Bird strike, but nobody Warned him or his First Officer ( Handling) that it was liable to occur. NOW - This bit of the movie script might have been written by Clint Eastwood ( The Director of the movie ) or it may have been taken from the actual investigation I don't Know,. . but it Does highlight the situation that you have alluded to. . . 'Nobody Warned me' . .this was indeed the case for the pilot of the CTSW, especially as he had no knowledge of what might happen when flying out of balance with minimal fuel in one wing tank and a lot more in the other wing, considering the open 'Cross flow' fuel system design of that machine. I have been reading that there have been a number of such occurrences with the CT and CTSW ( SW = Short Wing) types, which, as fortune would have it, dd not result in Unintended nor planned Re-interface with the ground due to fuel starvation. . . I concur with your thoughts on Switched tanks, with isolator switches too. . .the old C-150 had a rather sensible Left tank / Right tank switch, with a main fuel isolator tap as well.. . . Always worked fine for me. . . Why Later designs did not adopt this as a sensible standard is a mystery to me, same with the lack of Gascolator Drain taps under the wing tanks to check for water during the preflight. . . I Might buy an Aeroprakt VIXXEN for around £85K,. . .But I wouldn't even bother with a CT. ( Personal Preference you understand )
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