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  1. Wow that's really strong money for aircraft that have been punished in the training circuit. I guess they have been maintained (because SOAR obviously did everything by the book), but still... Perhaps people think they're getting a better bargain at an auction, but is that really true? Alan
  2. Folks I suspect an obvious fix. Today my wife took our brand new Yaesu 550 to the airstrip with me to test it. When I was taxing our aircraft I could hear her perfectly, but she said she could only hear crackling interference and loud static , not me. She’s not a total idiot with tech (a licensed pilot herself) but just couldn’t get it to receive. Given the frequency was correct (I could hear her transmit clearly), I’m wondering if she pushed Squelch by accident or something. Only other thing I can think of is trying ANL ( ambient noise reduction). Anyth
  3. Hi folks! Out of interest are there any legal implications to the sale of aircraft where the seller does not allow inspection for airworthiness as part of the sale? Will logs/ maintenance releases be available for inspection by buyers? Or is the situation exactly the same as buying an old used car unseen, and the expectation it will probably drop its guts on the freeway on your drive home? Cheers Alan
  4. OME, absolutely. As a rule my dad doesn't clutter himself with material possessions, but he loves that Mosquito model. I hoped it would serve as a link to his memories as a 20 year old boy in the mid forties. My dad has been a life long and active pacifist (at great personal cost), he has some good memories of the last year of the war. He was young, enjoyed comraderie, teamwork, problem-solving and developed a life long admiration for German engineering. His recollections are tinged with sadness too, but he mainly remembers the good. Even though he went on to an extr
  5. Four years back I gave my old Dad a hand carved wooden model of a mosquito on his 90th birthday. I picked it up from a outfitters store in Darwin which imports them from Malaysia. Dad served on Mossies (among other types) and was absolutely rapt to receive that model. It sits on his mantelpiece and he plays with it and cleans it everyday. He pointed out some minor inaccuracies in the model and wanted to write to the manufacturers to correct the design. Its his main talking piece now and whenever I speak with him he tells me about the mossie model and that leads into service
  6. Koreelah, I agree but as Thruster said my whole property is thick woodlands. I've already cut about 15 of the highest trees at each end with a chainsaw (intentionally leaving the stumps in). Just beyond those trees the land rises in a steep escarpment. Its like flying on or off an aircraft carrier. Lots of fun. I'll clear the trees back to the escarpment, but the strip is plenty long, even with them there. Alan
  7. At last. After three frustrating weeks grounded by a tropical low that had the clouds streaming across my airstrip there was a literal 10 minute break in the clouds. I just happened to be preparing to slash the airstrip so I dragged the bird out of the hangar and got in a few respectable circuits before the clouds began creeping back over. My wife drove over when she heard me throttle the Lycoming...And snapped my last circuit. Here's landing and takeoff Alan VID-20210215-WA0020.mp4 VID-20210215-WA0019.mp4 VID-20210215-WA0019.mp
  8. Interesting clip. Two observations from the benefit of my arm chair. First I was interested to see a tricycle undercarriage nose over like that in the rough. Second, I dunno the aircraft type or its approach speed but I felt (with the benefit of hindsight!) that the pilot was carrying a bit of extra speed into his approach. Flaps dropped to late to slow him down much and if he hadn't nosed in, the aircraft would have gone into the trees... But the pilot saved himself and any passenger and that aircraft will likely fly again -so all things considered great
  9. Here's where mines at... still got to enclose the back... all materials and delivery for structure came in under $7000..
  10. Thanks for responses! No flying this weekend due to weather ( and lack of MR), but following suggestions here I will now keep MR and POH documentation stored in aircraft. Seems like the obvious thing! Alan
  11. Sorry Yenn, I’m VH reg. Just confirming what I already suspected... I stupidly forgot to bring my flight bag with everything in it heading home to my property this weekend. The weather has been very overcast for three weeks due to monsoon and haven’t been able to fly. Hoped a break in the weather might come this weekend, but now no documents. POH can be downloaded electronically, it’s my licence and MR which are the issues Alan
  12. Ok kinda a dumb question here. I've stupidly forgotten my flight bag with licence, POH, maintenance release, logbook etc... Can I still legally fly circuits from my own strip over my own land? I'll have ERSA and other electronic documents in my EFB (which is with me). Alan
  13. Great clip but gotta say I thought his turn onto final rather steep with engine out. Still,did the trick I guess... Alan
  14. I subscribe. But was surprised to receive an email informing me that my annual subscription had just automatically been renewed...And I had been debited for it. While understanding the OPs point, I don't wholly agree. Flight Safety has an overarching theme of encouraging better airmanship, but has a variety of content covering diverse topics much like any aviation magazine. If it was just aviation safety directives, I wouldn't be buying it! I'm guessing if flight schools and charter companies have a copy lying around the tea room or the hangar it might have broader reach in tbe av
  15. Hi folks. In my personal experience kangaroo repellers don't work. I've tried a couple (on vehicles not my aircraft!) However, my take on why they don't work is as follows. Kangaroos are dumb. I absolutely love them, but they are among the dumbest of Gods creatures! When Im out walking the sound of my footsteps through the bush will likely scatter a a big mob when they hear me approaching. However, I can fire a shotgun close to the same mob and they will stand frozen, transfixed by the sound or in some cases even hop forward to investigate. So the q
  16. Nup Assuming my wife is at home, I radio ahead. My strip is about a kilometre through thick forest from the house but when the boy is dispatched and Im circling overhead it takes him about three minutes to get there and another two minutes to clear the length of the strip... ( say time it takes me to fly one circuit). He won't approach an aircraft until the engine shuts down. He knows his job... Of course if he's flying with us its more of an issue... Perhaps we should explore the parachute concept...? 🤣 Alan
  17. Where I live we have a mob of 30- 50 roos that graze my strip morning and evening when I generally fly. I have therefore developed a highly effective method of clearing the airfield prior to landing or take-off. Its 100% effective, and this effectiveness does not diminish. It is also humane, as no animals are hurt or unduly frightened by my control method. Here it is: Alan
  18. Hey folks A good question from OP. Even though I now only fly GA I am firmly of the opinion that BFRs are valuable. My personal experience of BFs in RAA and GA has basically been good. Instructors have been helpful and the process has been beneficial. Particularly somebody like myself, who operates remotely from their own strip rather than In a club environment, spending a couple of hours with an instructor is useful to pull up on any emerging bad habits. But in the past I have added some additional endorsements to my ticket as a way of achiev
  19. Merry Christmas to all and their loved ones Lets hope this coming year is better than the current one! Alan
  20. Hi Glen I said earlier that my new hangar has been built without a concrete floor, exactly along the lines of what Nev has suggested. I would echo this as a genuine alternative to a slab, depending on what and where you are building. I have built plenty of slabs. My wife and I built our whole home including outbuildings, workshops, sheds and now hangar entirely with our own hands. We have only had outside assistance with electrical wiring and our off grid solar system. All our slabs have been hand mixed and poured on site, because we are too far for a concrete delivery
  21. I know there are great pics from the air of international airports congested with grounded passenger aircraft, but I've just driven into the Alice airport and had to do a double take as I turned the corner onto the airport access road. Dozens of aircraft dragged into the scrub and left there. Its quite extraordinary! Not something I expected to see in my lifetime. Alan
  22. Hi RF guy...I just built out of the dirt. No concrete slab.. but interested to follow this thread for when I hoist a proper hangar
  23. All good points Skippy. A good pilot can fly any configuration of aircraft most places. However as a tailwheel pilot myself based at an outback strip, I consider conventional configuration offers a number of advantages for Bush flying. Possibly tougher undercarriage as you point out, but more important is propeller clearance... There is also something to be said for the angle of attack tail wheel configuration offers. But hey, the trade off is a really slow cruise and many would feel a faster aircraft better suited to long distance touring... Its just a matter of pers
  24. I have little doubt that Faeta are excellent aircraft. They look great and so they probably fly great too. We all know the Czechs build good small aircraft. But the specific question is whether one would make the best touring aircraft for a lap? My personal feeling is that aircraft with bubble canopies are just not climate appropriate in northern Australia. Unless you want to wear a hat and sun cream all way round... Perhaps there is a tropical model with a opaque canopy? Also I would always favour high wing and tail dragger for the bush and rough strips. Thats not to say tha
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