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  1. Hi, here is a photo of my CX4 which was built in 2012. I purchased it second hand over 4 years ago now and it was beautifully built. Weather permitting, I fly it most days and I absolutely love it. It’s not for sale, however if anyone is ever interested in knowing more about the aircraft,I will happily talk about how great I think it is for as long as anybody wants to listen. Jennifer.
  2. This will be a huge event,last year was an incredible weekend,this year even bigger. Camping with your aircraft is available at Cumulus Airpark adjacent to YGYM, an aviators dinner is on Saturday night, two courses served in a large marquee for $20.00 a head which also includes entertainment and a bonfire. If you have an aircraft for sale,bring it along and feature it along with the small aviation expo that is being held on site on Saturday the 5th. Sunday the 6th is the Gympie Aerodrome Open Day,so after a hot breakfast,taxi your aircraft down to the main display area where there will be a large contingent of aircraft,vintage and exotic motor vehicles and bikes,plus entertainment and markets. There will be a P51 an L39,a Waco,helicopters etc offering adventure flights and we are expecting a fly past of an RAAF C17. So come and join us,it will be fun. To RSVP go to the Cumulus Airpark website and for further details please don't hesitate to contact the phone number featured in the previous post. See you there !
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    Good morning Vev, Our Qld. based Ercoupe is for sale 24-7986 a 1946. 415C ser. No. 727. Believe you are a coupe enthusiast. Before we advertise it,have you come across any one that may be looking for one as it is important to us that it goes to someone that will appreciate the type and its history. Jennifer
  4. The weather is going to be good,we have had a huge response from pilots,aircraft owners and the general public saying they will be attending. All the music acts,stall holders,kids entertainment have been confirmed for the day. We have several car and motor bike clubs attending to showcase their vehicles,plus two large Helicopter companies will have a machine on display. Gympie Glider Club,our powered aircraft flying schools,will be doing TIFs and joy flights,plus Tandem Skydive jumps will be also available The RAAF have confirmed that a C130 on a training flight from Richmond will make its presence known at approx 11.30 am with we assume some sort of fly past. To top all that off,for all you aviation enthusiasts there will be lots and lots of aircraft on display. The Saturday night before at Cumulus airpark which fronts on to the main runway has again had a huge response with 130 RSVPs so far for the $10 a head spit roast and entertainment. This all starts at 5.30 pm, so fly in on Sat. afternoon,set up your tent and enjoy the evening with us. Breakfast the next morning will be provided by the Gympie Aero Club at a nominal charge. There is still time to RSVP for the dinner,camping and breakfast,other than that just fly in for the Sunday. It's going to great. " See you there "
  5. This is going to be a huge event,it has been extremely well planned and put together. Aircrew and aircraft will be welcomed on the Saturday afternoon to camp overnight at Cumulus Airpark,where they can enjoy a spit roast around a huge bonfire. Musical entertainment will be provided. The open day itself is on the Sunday,where aviators and aviatrix can display their aircraft to an expected very large crowd. Again on the Sunday their will be entertainment,family activities,motor car and bike displays,plus the Gympie Aero Club will be giving away 30 Trial instructional flights through the local flying schools to encourage aviation in the area. We would really love you all to attend,either fly or drive in,either Sunday for the big day or earlier for the Saturday night fun. If you would like to display your aircraft, fly in for the day or come and camp under the wing of your aircraft the previous night,it would make it easier for us if you would RSVP. ( phone numbers on previous posts) This is a Fly in not an Airshow,so come and have a wonderful day at Gympie Aerodrome.
  6. Hi, There is a CT4 operating from Greenfields private airstrip at Boreen point which is adjacent to Lake Cootharaba. Also the other aircraft which was the one probably seen was a 1947 gold coloured Ercoupe,which is also based at the same field. These of course are identified by their twin tails.
  7. Well Motz, we will have to agree to disagree on this,I am aware the RAA does allow it and that the CASA instructors manual is advisory and that advice,I believe is good advice. Some instructors may feel it is beneficial and worth the increased risk,however I am not one of those. All the best. Jennifer
  8. The RAA has issued to all flight facilities the CASA flight instructors manual and in that it states under training for emergency procedures which includes forced landing practice "Note: The engine failure should be simulated only by closing the throttle, ignition switches,fuel selectors should not be moved during practice " I have no doubt that there are very good reasons for this stipulation and is one I prefer to follow. Is the risk worth the reward ? " Of what engine off training is going to provide" What if, you are about to touch down with no engine and it all goes pear shape,try and do a quick engine restart then, Or simply the engine will not restart when you need it too for any reason whilst your practicing your forced landings,so then you are turning a simulation into a real emergency. Flying has been taught now for over a 100 years or so,regulators or over the world have arrived at their recomendations for a reason and on the main, their experience is ,that adequate training for engine failures without adding extra risk to the crew is to reduce the engine power to idle. Jennifer
  9. Hi GAFA, Glad to see you are still interested in flying RAA and we are still looking forward to you coming up to Suncoast Cooloola flying to have a fly of ours As mentioned re rates earlier in this thread we are very happy to let people know what ours are.They are for either our 2005 or 2009 Sportstar Max, $185 dual and $140 private hire. Hope to see you up this way soon,were here seven days. Jennifer
  10. Left hand circuits on all runways at Gympie. Jen
  11. Hi Shafs, Gympie direct to Kingaroy is fine, certainly there are sections of rugged country closer to Gympie than Kingaroy,but well within glide distance of valleys and lower areas that have good opportunities to put down if necessary. The Wac chart is deceiving as Kingaroy is around 1500 ft above sea level and it appears that the country may be rough on the chart,however it isnt,so the only real area of concern is maybe five miles of mountainous terrain 10 to 15 minutes out of Gympie,which in the worst case scenario is a two and a half mile glide either ahead or return,but there are areas to go to north west of track as well. There are definately times that you do need to have some faith in your engine other wise we wouldn't fly anywhere,but naturally as stated earlier in previous posts going around long stretches of tiger country is by far the better option,however Gympie to Kingaroy is not one of those flights unless as Poteroo mentioned in a earlier post re weather etc. Also we have the opportunity to go high heading in a westerly direction we have several options 4500',6500' or higher with 8500' being the lower level of E airspace ,plus in a Sportstar there gliding range is excellent if the worst should occur with there generally very reliable Rotax 912 engine. Trust this has been of some help. Regards Jennifer
  12. Hi Everyone, Our flying school [suncoast Cooloola Flying at Gympie QLD] is now in a position hopefully to be able to help some disabled people to learn how to fly,now that we have our Ercoupe on line for training. As I am sure many of you already know the Ercoupe does not have rudder pedals,it stays in perfect balanced flight through the ailerons being interconnected with the rudder. Since we have had it,I have been amazed at what a delight it is to fly. Braking can be done either by a foot brake or by hand,it does not have flap and the best fun part is it can be flown open or closed cockpit. Regarding the gentleman with one arm,I am not sure,it can certainly be flown by people with lower limb disabilities,but it would be worth a try, the only arm requirements are the yoke of course and the throttle. We are very keen to be able to look at the possibilities of being able to teach disabled people to realize their dream of flying and our Ercoupe could be a great place to start. Jennifer
  13. Hi everyone, Suncoast Cooloola Flying,is available and training 7 days a week operating two RAAus Sportstars at Gympie,plus three GA aircraft for hire to suitably qualified people,a Cessna 150,182,and 206. We would very much welcome the gentleman from Canada all any of the members of this forum who are up this way. Regards Jennifer C.F.I. 0419 784 715
  14. Hi Ryan Yes,we have two sportstars at Gympie which are available for private hire as well as training and we would love to have you up here flying with us. Hope this is not considered to be advertising our contact details are Suncoast Cooloola Flying 0419 784 715 Regards Jennifer Beck CFI
  15. Nobody is whinging here Yenn and if you read the majority of the posts on this subject,it is a discussion not a complaint. I am interested in helping young people to get started in flying and older people to be able realize their dream of flying that are struggling to have the financial capacity, or if they have it now, not price them out of the market. I can assure you that the 16 year olds that are learning at the school where I am the CFI work weekends at menial jobs as well as going to school and spending their entire wage on an hours flying,they have an ambition to fly and the RAA should be encouraging that by doing their utmost to keep it within their reach. It is all to easy for organizations just to increase fees and in the case of the RAA the gap between the cost of learning with GA and RAA is getting less. With GA if you are under 40 for a PPL medical you need to be checked every four years or over 40 every two which is somewhere around $240 per medical. There is no membership fees to be paid with GA. RAA does not have medicals but now charges $185 per year which is $740 cost per 4 years a difference of $500, a sizeable amount if trying to decide will it be RA or GA and over 40 years old medicals every two years $576 against RAA membership $740 a difference of $164. Sure I know there is a lot of other expense to do with GA ,so there is no need for anyone to put in their next post listing those as I have flown GA for over 45 years and I have struggled to pay the extras on that that since I learn't at 17. It was like a breath of fresh air in the earlier days of AUF/RAA because it was more affordable,it opened aviation and the love of flying to so many new people young and old, but to repeat the Gap is closing between the cost of GA and RAA. All I am advocating,not complaining that perhaps the RAA can maintain as part of its charter to keep its fees as low as it can be and still be workable and if this means not spending money trying to get us to the same level in privilages as GA,then that should be looked at and perhaps be a leader in setting an example to goverments ,organizations and utilities that are hitting us every where with increases that people their loves goals and ambitions are more important then the bottom line on their financial statements. If this has come across as whingeing I am truly sorry,and will be my last word on the subject,but I really feel for young people in particular who really want to fly,but the task is getting harder and harder due to increased costs no matter how small the increase may be. Regards Jennifer