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  • Birthday 17/11/1969

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    Murphy Rebel
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    Robin Falls, The Territory
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    Australia

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  1. Hi folks. My wife wants to go to El Questro in the Kimberly. Anybody here been? Is it a good fly in destination with interesting local flights or is it better to drive and have a car locally? To put this in context we live about two and a half hours flight time door-to -door from Al Questro. A drive would take nearly two days. Any informed opinions appreciated Alan
  2. Hi folks Yesterday I dropped into the CASA pre-wet season seminar in Darwin. I thought it was quite useful and instructive although not all of the four or five presentations were of equal quality. I believe it was filmed and will be posted on YT. It was my fourth year attending (prior to that I was overseas). The presentations had an industry focus and were aimed at new charter pilots experiencing their first wet rather than private flyers. Lots of pilots assembled and many had obviously come in from the scrub ( together with their operations). I
  3. Interesting. Are drones operated by 'fighter pilots'? In my recollection teams launching drones didn't seem to include aviators. But not saying there weren't other controllers in other parts of the world who could assume control at different stages of flight and operations. I have no idea... Never asked. But I find it hard to believe 'targets are studied for months before a strike'. Maybe some were but many were targets of opportunity in fast evolving situations... Never drive a white Toyota Corolla 'erratically'. Apparently that's grounds for vaporisat
  4. Interesting. Are drones operated by 'fighter pilots'? In my recollection teams launching drones didn't seem to include aviators. But not saying there weren't other controllers in other parts of the world who could assume control at different stages of flight and operations. I have no idea... Never asked. But I find it hard to believe 'targets are studied for months before a strike'. Maybe some were but many were targets of opportunity in fast evolving situations... Never drive a white Toyota Corolla 'erratically'. Apparently that's grounds for vaporisat
  5. This pic is doing the rounds on the socials. My wife showed me. Apparently its meant to say 'Gary loves Doris' Alan
  6. Who cares about the hefty price tag when you can look THAT cool! 🤣 It kinda looks like an self -propelled dunny seat I might pass.... Alan
  7. I live out bush in the NT. And my hangar is just a kilometre or so from my house, easily walkable or driveable. So why don't I fly more than I do, particularly in and out of town? In theory flying would cut my travel time in half. There are several reasons why flight isn't as practical a solution as I had once hoped. However much I love flying its hard to justify flying in the light of these factors.. 1. Transport. Anybody flying into a regional airport needs a vehicle of some kind when they arrive. So leaving a car at Darwin airport is impossible because o
  8. Koreelah Yes I take your point. I'm staring at a device right now...obviously. However thats not what I meant. I think peoples lives and society is now busier than they used to be. I don't recall my dad routinely working (professional work) after hours or at the weekend. Back then you did your hours and that was enough. He only had one job. Its possible he did a bit of after hours work - but not like seems commonplace today. In the last two months I've worked seven days sometimes until midnight. I think societal expecta
  9. Hi folks I'm so pleased to see this thread running. I logged onto the site and was momentarily disorientated because I couldn't find any of the usual 'Is GA/RAA doomed?' threads that constantly pop up. I almost started one myself 🤣. But good to see contributors maintaining their healthy glass-half-empty scepticism about the future of aviation. Here's a quick observation from me. No references to flashy motorboats... I own an aircraft and have an airstrip to fly it off. I pay exorbitant sums to insure and maintain my aircraft. Yet d
  10. I'd love to fly more but the demands of land management keep me busy dawn to dusk. Funnily enough its flying out to look at bushfires that is when I use my aircraft a lot. I have had only had one week 'off' this year and that week was spent building my hangar. Cant wait to retire!🤣 Alan
  11. Thanks Thruster Obviously the Lycoming has its own filter which (im guessing) is finer. But refuelling out of drums through the wet season (drums are theoretically under shelter) I want to be sure I'm not sucking in moisture... Hence the water separator. Of course I fuel drain as well.
  12. Hi folks, I just splashed out on an inline water separator for my refuelling handpump. The separator is the standard filter and bowl type with a tap on the bottom. It is rated to 10 Microns. My question. Is 10 microns enough to filter avgas safely? I know some state-of-the-art CR diesels now require much finer filtration, but a 1940s designed Lycoming? I pump out of 44 gallon drums. Cheers Alan
  13. I probably fly about 20 hours. It just comes down to work demands and time available. Even though I've got an aircraft sat in its hangar on my own property. Keep hoping to fly more and rack up a few more big trips Alan
  14. I’m sorry, in my opinion I see this a blatant propaganda by travel and tourism interests seeking to bolster their profits. As SD said earlier in the thread, many of the countries that are opening to travel have suffered tens of thousands of deaths and lose hundreds more each day. The Australian policy has saved many thousands of lives and continues to do so. Anybody craving a resumption of international travel for that two week break in Bali, is that the price you’d be willing to pay in Australian lives? These shameless stories are being p
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