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  1. Put the old flywheel back on for static testing of idle and part open throttle and a short burst of opening the throttle Put he engine into the aircraft and do open throttle down the runway with the prop on unless you want to spend a lot of money hiring a dynamometer with fully developed cooling system.
  2. This is a good point; these days we are aware that PM10 and PM2.5 particulates cause lung cancer and a lot of people die blaming smoking cigarette or passive smoke inhalation, but these particulates take their toll too.
  3. We don't have to go down that path. People trot out the old "government/council should be burning the fuel load" but the magnitude of doing that for every farm and every house is beyond our ability to pay (through taxes), and we then get some of the things you're alluding to. Like the road toll, people think there's a single solution. I was one of the people calling for more burning in the off season until I realised how impossible that was because of weather conditions when the material was dry enough to burn, with some fires getting out of control, or the fuel load not being suitable for burning when the weather was cold and wet etc. , but what drove it home was Ash Wednesday out in the grass areas of Western Victoria and the South East of South Australia. Before Roundup we burnt the paddocks every year, so had to keep the fuel load down with stock grazing. When summer fires did start, we could fight them from the front if we had to; they never got near the houses which had big lawns and lucerne as a buffer, and as a gauge, if you wanted to, you could run through the fire front without being burnt. In the Ash Wednesday fires high winds were the blow torch. I phoned my brother the night before, and his wife was packing the car to evacuate the house which was unheard of. I phoned a friend in western Victoria and the phone was dead, phoned another one, same thing, phoned another one, same thing. All had lost their properties except one house which was saved. One of them received a phone call from a relative telling him the fire was going past his place towards my friends place 15 km away and to get out fast. By the time he and his wife got into the ute the fire was there and they had to charge down a dirt road until the felt the bitumen of the main road. In that particular fire, the fuel load became irrelevant. In this weeks fires, embers, which normally fly up into the air and come down a kilometre or two ahead of the wire were reported to be travelling more than 30 km and starting new spot fires. What happens with a high fuel load is that where it is high you get a concentrated hot spot which tends to burn itself out. It's certainly dangerous as a radiation source next to a house or vehicle where most people are killed, but tends to be less relevant in a running fire. What usually causes bush and grass fires is not old growth but lightning, accidents (power lines touching trees, mower/slasher failures. angle grinders, welders etc.) In recent years, governments have caused additional fires with the ridiculous pantomimes of Premier and Emergency services complete with deaf signer exciting the unbalanced in the community to go out and see what might happen if they light a small fire. This was the case in Gippsland on Black Saturday when the TV channels broadcast that from the next day we were going to have severe bushfire conditions with the temperature going over 40 degrees. It was like a surf report to firebugs. In the fires this week there was one report of 12 fires deliberately lit following the same high density circus from government, and then the Victorian government with no fires and a lot of green grass chimed in with a serious faced Premier warning us of dire risks. Then we have the Climate Change brigade. Fires don't just happen on hot windy days; plenty of houses have been lost in autumn and spring during load reduction operations. The fuel load of dry sticks and grasses is ready to go at any time, and joined by dry grass in the dry season and can and has wiped out houses in all types of temperatures and at night, so even if you accept the science of climate change, matching big fires like Ash Wednesday, Black Saturday and this weeks NSW and Qld fires. A good wet season will usually produce a much bigger dry grass load, but the frequency of fires is based on who has an accident plus who deliberately lights one plus when lightning strikes. The people who fight the fires on the trucks, the Councils which administer fire breaks, the people who lost homes could probably add a whole lot more to these comments, but just burning our paddocks to dry ground at the start of each summer is not the one single solution that some people claim.
  4. Lawyers go through years at University followed by years of post graduate study and experience in order to answer your Dorothy Dix questions. Not surprisingly we, the public aren't allowed to go off half cocked speculating on what the answers might be.
  5. I can see your point if people are selling raffle tickets with 12,000 page disclaimers attached. I think that apart from about six cases mentioned on this forum, the big time litigators seem to be graziers suing power companies after big fires.
  6. Like Student Pilot, I'm not going to spend time finding the case details, and we're not lawyers so here's a hypothetical to think about: The lady come in to the service station with the red light on and stem coming out of the overflow pipe. She says "there's something wrong with the car, a red light came on. The mechanic is full qualified, a member of VACC or whatever body says they know what they are doing, and has repaired cars for 40 years. He asks her some questions, and she tells him she know nothing about cars, just that the red light came on. (So she's established as having no ability to make a judgement on when to park the car to save the engine.) He finds the problem is a broken fan belt and by the way the steam was flowing knows, or ought to have known that the best action was to shut the engine down until a new fan belt can be found. However for whatever reason he tells her to drive to the other side of town to get one, without warning her that she could danage the engine. So she, as the driver who has shown that she has no idea that driving a car with no fan belt could be a problem asks for the bill. He who has established himself beyond doubt as being a professional mechanic who ought to know ("a carpenter knows how to use a hammer") not to drive a car with no fan belt tells her to do what he knows to be wrong. The lady happens to be your wife. You happen to be the mechanic. What would you do?
  7. Well no, not even in my simplistic story, but if you are interested you may be able to find the case online.
  8. Flyboy just told you: "Tickets that qualified for the draw had to be purchased on-line BEFORE the event. Tickets purchased by any other means whatsoever are not valid entries so its down to me and lets say 50 others." So before anyone gets excited they need to be in that 50, and even then they need to read the terms and conditions relating to those 50 tickets., and after that they need to read the Consumer and Competition Act 2010, and after that they would probably need to go to the Civil Adminitrative Tribunal for the Jurisdiction involved and be able to show where the Organiser breached the Consumer & Competition Act, or any other applicable Act, and the Organisers then have the opportunity to present their side of the story. Good luck
  9. PLENTY of people wash out from PPL training deciding that for whatever reason, flying isn't for them. Older aircraft are not like older cars. Generally the older they get, the benefit of the lower cost is offset by the much higher cost of Unscheduled Maintenance. A person new to flying is unlikely to get up to speed fast enough with how all the costs come together. Just Hangar rental cost could put you out of the ballpark. The Instructors and Testers may be very scarce when you ask them to fly in it for training/testing. Local Flying Schools already struggle for critical mass to keep costs down, so need every hour they can get on their own aircraft, so you'll have less instructors available to you, and you'll soon learn if you fly regularly that just when you need an instructor, he/she will often be tied up on a Navex etc, so you are limiting your options to an annoying degree. My advice is to go to a flying club and take advantage of their aircraft, leaving any cost-shock impacts to them.
  10. On the one hand the people at the scene of an accident are often shocked, and there is usually someone with extreme ideas, but once the train came into sight I couldn't see even the extremeists being silly enough to let someone be killed. Medical staff will give you a right rev up for taking someone to hospital rather than calling an ambulance, You assessed a broken arm and abrasions, but their argument is that you might have missed something else. In this case (a) that's very doubtful and (b) there was no ambulance. If governments spent some money advertising about their Civil Liberties Acts instead of electioneering, we would all be clear that in South Australia we should read the Civil Liability Act 1936, Section 74, and we would know how far we could go. (The link to all the State Acts is in post #49) South Australia was the scene of another tricky little piece of law, with the precedent for you being liable for advice you give established in a country town where a temperature ligtht came on in a car as a woman was entering a town. She stopped at the first service station where the mechanic found that the fan belt had broken. After searching he told her he didn't have one which was suitable but there was a service station on the other side of town which would. On the trip across town the engine failed. The judgment went against the first person because in providing advice he had failed to warn her that IF she drove it was likely to damage the engine.
  11. You should sell the TV rights; a Class Action with one plaintiff would be a world record.
  12. Was that in 1936 Bruce? https://emergencylaw.wordpress.com/2017/02/22/good-samaritan-legislation-a-comparison/
  13. The map refers to #297 In Victoria the link will allow you to do a search of your property and select the Bushfire Overlays https://mapshare.vic.gov.au/vicplan/ This link will take you to the Planning Scheme for your address, the definitions of items such as "Bushfire Prone Area", where the overlays are etc. https://planning-schemes.delwp.vic.gov.au/
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