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Flyingfish

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  • Birthday 03/12/1971

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  1. To be clear, I was hiring planes from flying schools through to end of RPL training and then realised if I wanted to use the qualifications to fly more than about 50 hours per year it would make better financial sense to purchase a plane. It's definitely a financial stretch. But the upside is future training will be less costly. The cost of hiring aircraft has gone up a lot in the last 10 years. Looking back, If I had been more confident that I would succeed with the flying I may have bought into an aircraft syndicate or leased a plane to use for a year while doing flying training. I know some
  2. Interesting discussion above. I'd support your plan. I started with RPC with passenger and navigation, then went to RPL (with class 2 medical) when it became available to gain access to controlled airspace. Happy at the moment with RPL, and enjoying flying my own two-seat plane. Considering PPL training soon to allow night VFR. Using own plane for training saves on training costs.
  3. https://www.raa.asn.au/storage/safety-notice-bristell-lsa-20-feb-2020-00000002.pdf SAFETY NOTICE Pilots and operators of Bristell light sport aircraft (LSA) are strongly advised to avoid conducting any manoeuvre that may lead to an aerodynamic stall of the aircraft - either intentionally or unintentionally. This includes any flight training for stalls. The manufacturer has previously declared to CASA that the Bristell LSA meets the applicable certification requirements for LSA. Recent information received by CASA from the aircraft manufacturer shows that the aircraft may not
  4. iPad shutting down when too hot seems to be the most likely to affect us - much more likely than satellites being unavailable. Happened to me a couple of years ago when flying through the Sydney basin (was glad to have paper maps and radio frequency notes handy), and recently even before take-off from home airfield on a 35° day. Other similar equipment such as backup iPads would be equally affected at the same time. Perhaps panel mounted aviation GPS instruments will handle heat better?
  5. You seem like a serious student. I would highly recommend a book called 'Mike Busch on Engines' by Mike Busch (available on Kindle). Or you could also learn a lot from his recorded webinars available on YouTube - search for 'Leaning basics' then 'Leaning: the advanced class'. I found all these resources fascinating when going from flying Jabiru and Rotax with fixed pitch prop, to a Lycoming IO-360 with constant speed prop. Here is an article that discusses leaning, power changes and detonation. https://www.savvyanalysis.com/articles/controlling-the-combustion-event
  6. How does a person recover their personal identity after a breach like this? Imagine if Biometrics such as fingerprints and iris scans are included in the stolen data? Airport security card company reveals data hack as AFP investigates - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
  7. Saw a curious call sign in RWY app this morning... WH-OPPER... wonder if this was deliberate or a practical joke? Aircraft flying west near Mittagong (see screenshot).
  8. I use the iPad mini which is just the right size to strap on the leg using a knee board. Using the knee board strapped on allows you to keep the iPad in the same place during the whole flight, including take off and landing. If the iPad is not fixed to the dash or knee, you must stow it for take off and landing. The only issue I have had occasionally is overheating if the sun has been shining directly onto it for a long time. Overheating causes the iPad to shut down.
  9. A strong steady crosswind can be a much more manageable situation than when the crosswind is very turbulent. I am normally comfortable in crosswinds up to about 16 kts (with aircraft max 18 kts), but gave myself a scare landing at Coffs with crosswind 10 - 15 kts and turbulent - felt like I was in a washing machine - and used much more of the runway than normal before I could land under control. At Coffs a southeasterly wind comes off the sea and tumbles over a row of trees, like waves breaking on the runway... at least that's how it felt!
  10. Thanks for the interesting comments. The Microair receiver selectivity is quoted as -70 dB in their M760 rev Q data sheet. http://www.microair.com.au/pages/233/Manuals I've searched the xcom site but could not find a specification for receiver selectivity. Do you know this figure Kyle or anyone? Am considering radio choice for a new aircraft.
  11. I have had it at Coffs, in two different aircraft types, both with Microair radio. Are there any better radios for this issue?
  12. Which incident reports? The same ones that are on the RAA website? Only those?
  13. Have had the chance read this through in detail now, and just had a couple of observations: At Bankstown airport the run up bays are near the departure holding points. For departing flights (not circuits), I was taught to: start the engine and then contact Bankstown Ground for taxi clearance proceed to the run up bays on the way to the designated holding point do the engine run up checks in the run up bays then proceed to the holding point and contact Bankstown tower. I guess it depends on the layout of the particular airport which sequence would make sense
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