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  1. I've seen much discussion on this forum about spinning or lack there of. Up until I jumped into a glider I'd never spun an aircraft except with one instructor who right royally [email protected] up and spun a 172RG on me. That was a dick swinging competition that is another story. As part of the gliding curriculum, spins are an essential part of training. You don't go solo until you demonstrate spin recovery. Every year we do a check ride and guess what ... yep, demonstrate spin recovery. What spinning have you done and are you keen to get a feel for spinning ? No, I'm not offering to tea
  2. watching with great interest. I'm thinking either a jabiru 3300 or UL350i to drive it.
  3. So after dragging the new bird across the nullaveryboring, getting a form 2 done, I got to fly my new glider on saturday....
  4. Well done Senators O'sullivan and Heffernan ... Skidmore appears to be on the skids a little.
  5. So whilst it wasn't a flight per se, it did occupy the whole Australia Day weekend...plus a couple of days. A mate and I had a wee drive from the east coast to the west coast to procure my first aircraft, a lovely ASW19B. 7000km in 6 days is a big trip
  6. Finally got around to editing up some more video from my last flight on the 9/1 . 150km FAI triangle.
  7. BlurE, don't overthink it, just fly it. As a glider guider, I spend a lot of time at bank angles of 45 deg or more, often very close to the stall in a thermal. That is the nature of the beast. As glider pilots, we are taught good stall recognition and recovery techniques as well as good spin recognition and recovery. If you want to do some really good training, jump into a glider. There are a number of good clubs and instructors around that I can pass on if you like.
  8. the IS28 is a good old training tank but certainly not an exciting one unless spinning. Tried a Blanik once and once only. Didn't do it for me. I always thought it a good idea to hold onto the release until I damn near auto released after hitting a cracker of a thermal one day. Ingo got into my ear about covering but not on the release. I currently have the option of an ASW15B or a Astir CS77. My shoulders don't fit the ASW very well and the Astir is big enough to throw a party in. The Astir certainly climbs ok but I agree with the lack of penetration. Jumped into a Libelle one day
  9. couple of things... keep your hand close to the release knob, not on it. This'll save an inadvertent release should, (read when), you hit a decent size bump 300 ft is the recognised height for a modified circuit in a glider. its almost the equivalent of 1000 ft in a light aircraft. average speed for winch launch is around 55-60 knots depending on the winch capabilities general speed for final approach is 60 knots turn backs from 400 ft like this one are quite uneventful in a glider.
  10. chopped up some video of the flight I did on my birthday (3/1). I'm in the front seat and Bernie in the back. Shared the flying with Bernie coaching me on thermalling technique. He has about 700 hours in gliders and I've got about 55 hours. The day was weak with only about 3 knots of lift max and relatively low cloud base at around 4500'. We had planned a cross country in the single seaters but decided local in the twin was a better option.
  11. I've been following Bruno for some time now. He certainly captures some beautiful scenery from the mountains.
  12. I had my one and only lot of winch training in a twin astir. quite a nice aircraft to fly I thought. I completed a 179km silver badge distance/height flight last week in a single seat Grob Astir CS77. photo is of the Astir sitting on the runway at Finley a few weeks ago when I outlanded
  13. We're just about to fit new radios to a couple of our club gliders. One of our club members has very kindly donated 2 new Becker radios which are touted to be the radio of choice. I'm looking forward to better comms. http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/avpages/beckerar6201.php I've usually had good success with micro air 760 and less so with the micro air 720 (which is about to make a rattling noise in circular file 13). I've only been associated with one Xcom and it made me swear never to buy one. Maybe I had a friday special
  14. The way Matt Scutter is progressing, he may be the new Sebastian Kawa or Ingo Renner
  15. a snapshot from a thermal climb on my way to Oaklands on saturday.
  16. I had the opportunity to fly Garys sierra 200 a few years back. Skeptical to start with and in love with it by the time we landed. A delightful plane, fast, easy to manoeuvre and very forgiving from what I found. Would I own one ? absolutely. I do thank Gary for taking time to answer questions and show me around his factory.
  17. Myself and a mate decided to have a closer look at the interesting skies over Tocumwal yesterday. Jumped into the 2 seater IS28, got as high as 5000' with flight duration just shy of 2 hours. Interesting flight. Photos taken with a gopro
  18. glide approaches are one thing it will improve, along with flying straight, learning how to use a rudder, steep turns, how to handle rough conditions amongst a myriad of other things. enjoy
  19. I haven't been here for ages so just catching up on things. I took up gliding about 3 years ago and currently fly out of Tocumwal. I've learnt plenty in gliders that flying power aircraft never taught me.
  20. Hi Ross Not sure if you've already tried this so I'll give my thoughts. Make sure your power cables and coax cabless aren't running next to each other. Seperate them as far as possible and by that I mean power down one side of the fuz and coax down the other side. Also try to not have the power cables and coax cables running parallel to each other as coupling can occur...wont explain what all of that means cause I cant think of how to do it in 1 line at this time of the morning... 1 more thing, make sure your coax cables and power cables are as short as possible i.e. not run all over
  21. A bold pilot indeed. :confused: Should make a nice hole in the ground when he augers in....:sad:thumb_down
  22. Flyer


    Wouldn't not smashing the daylights out of yourself and a plane not be classed as an operational reason for above 5000 ? Not a trick question just curious on somebody elses view.
  23. You're probably on the right track Cralis. I swapped to rec aircraft last year but I have some time in some higher performance GA aircraft. As has already been said, the Jabiru will show where you lack in handling skills and I think they are one of the more difficult aircraft to fly, I dont believe that they are particularly hard to fly, just harder than some other types. In saying that though, if you learn on one you will find you adapt quite quickly and you will have the ability to hop from aircraft to aircraft with no problem. I've never flown a Tecnam so cant pass comment on ho
  24. Dont panic with this Cralis. For about the first 10 hours I flew into Tooradin I couldn't locate the airfield from the air. Had to pull out the map and basically work out where it was and then call it blind knowing that it would turn up where I thought it would....:big_grin: Have learnt the lay of the land since then and can pick where it is now so it becomes an experience thing.... Mind you, I could take you to Central Australia and pick all the little dirt strips on the station that are only 600m long without a problem...just what you get used to looking for. :thumb_up: Good work
  25. I heard a rumor that Big Pete aka imstillintheclinkunrescuedpete has been talking with Guru Swamibuggermetohismates (otherwise known as Guru Swamibuggertherestofyouimallrightthanksjack-gee) in the clink. They've been discussing gliders and iv'egotamillionaliasespete has a new alias.... EnlightenedPete. Apparently he's learnt that a glider rarely needs power on approach and if it does, um...not sure what happens then
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