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Bruce Tuncks

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  1. Bruce Tuncks


    With 40 years and 4000 hours of glider flying, I only entered an inadvertent spin once, and that was when framing a photo through the clear-vision panel. I was using the rudder pedals to help frame the photo and .... wow, the Ventus entered a spin. As it was at 16,000 ft, there was no danger, but I have wondered what the ASI would have said. Gosh this would have been a bad thing to do on the finals turn. A lot of the time in a glider, you are thermalling at 45 degrees of bank and very close to the stall. But you don't do stall-spins at all, and I have wondered why not. (45 knots and 45 degrees is what I tell guys to aim for, if not carrying ballast )
  2. Bugger, I hoped that taxpayers and ratepayers money would not be spent.
  3. There are very good reasons why owner-maintenance is better. The owner has more at stake and he doesn't have the same time pressure that a commercial operator has. And there is nothing to stop him asking for advice and help. In my experience, owners are if anything likely to be too cautious about their abilities. But education is the key thing here, if you don't know anything about stresses, you may unknowingly overtighten a nut and bolt for example. If you don't know about materials, you may think a high-tensile bolt from Repco is a good substitute for an AN bolt. Nev's main point though can't be disputed. It has been said that the main safety feature of our aircraft is the low stall speed. If you keep flying the plane long enough to aim the fuse between the trees or rocks, you will survive a forced landing nearly every time. There was an unfortunate glider pilot who got caught having to land in the dark in scrub. At exactly the right time, according to his luminous altimeter, the wings got ripped off and he walked away. I wouldn't like his chances in a Lancair.
  4. I still say they are not too silly. My local council, here in Elizabeth, have just spent millions of ratepayers money on a multistory carpark for a new hotel which has not started yet. If Warwick is not using ratepayers money, then they are heaps better than that too. And, we just had the highest paid council boss in Australia! Together with the highest price electricity in the world... but the electricity is not provided by the council, thank goodness. It would be even higher.
  5. The best part of my Jabiru kit build was being visited by interested people. Yes it took more time because of this, but some days it was very sociable in my hangar.

      I reckon you are finding the same thing, and your circle is even bigger with this site.  Best wishes for your build, I reckon its one of the most fun things there is.

  6. But Indian food is my fav! Unfortunately India has the worst bureaucracy in the world. They have the worst bits of English bureaucratic nonsense added to the worst of their own. There was a glider pilot here who was being transferred to India for a while so he tried ( starting over a year before departure ) to get to be able to fly with a local gliding club. Well he gave up after filling a big binder with correspondence but no outcome. This is actually praise for Warwick council. They must be better than that.
  7. Best wishes Ian. I hope the job pans out well for you.
  8. The end of an era for all those of us who flew in Kookas, Boomerangs and Super Arrows, and those of us who were sad at the fate of the Platypus. I remember Harry very well. He was always there at Gawler and I thought those days would never end. I always considered him to be a mate of mine, not that we were equals. Harry had a traumatic younger life, finishing the war as a very young German POW. He certainly didn't agree with the Nazis, and this and his trauma could be seen in his refusal to do any work on Polish gliders, on account "of how those Poles started WW2." But I always found him very helpful and knowledgeable. The gliding club often took its half-done annual inspection jobs to Harry to finish off, and he always did this cheerfully. He was a maintenance minimalist, and in this he was correct and ahead of his time, a fact that I have only recently come to understand. For some years, Harry actually imported gliders for stock.. gosh I thought that was normal. It was sad when he retired and sadder when his brain slowly succumbed to the ravages of time.
  9. I was once told by a very successful consultant that the secret was to tell the person paying you just what they wanted to hear. Then they employ you again next time. A common thing was when they wanted to get rid of an executive... what you do is employ a consulting firm who recommend that this guy be axed, dressed up in corporate-speak of course and disguised as a reorganization.
  10. I can endorse Jaba's comments about the AMA . It was the government, trying to do the right thing, but getting it hopelessly wrong. Pmccarthy said it right.
  11. Yes Nev, the use of aircraft has declined as roads have got better. A good example is Hermannsburg near Alice Springs. These days, the airfield is overgrown as the 40k is easier handled by a car. But as regards the availability of doctors in the country, I will disagree that it is inevitable at all. We could graduate as many doctors as you could imagine. Their scarcity is entirely contrived . I was once on a committee which wanted to enable some more " straight A" students to be enabled to go into medicine but we were stymied by the Commonwealth who were wanting to reduce their medibank payments, as well as funding to the universities.
  12. My comments about the role of the specialist was not about how he should have been based at Mount Gambier, but whether he should have been flexible enough to move the appointment a few days to allow for bad flying weather. Maybe he would have agreed to the move, but he was not asked. If they had all known that bad flying weather would be accepted as a reason to move an appointment just a few days and not wait another year, there would have been less pressure on the pilot to make his unwise decision to press ahead with the flight.
  13. I've already voted Alex, so please give me some slack here.

    Where do you stand on airspace and owner maintenance?

    The time to next election is going to pass quickly I reckon.

  14. Bruce Tuncks

    Killer Gas

    CO has to be lighter than air because a molecule of CO ( 14+16) is lighter than a molecule of oxygen (O2) ( 16+16) but similar to Nitrogen ( N2) ( 15+15) What makes CO deadly is that it enters the body in preference to O2. You don't need a defective exhaust system to get the stuff in your cockpit. I was getting some whiffs of exhaust smell in my Jabiru, but there is no heater and the exhaust is all ok. The fumes were entering at the tail, through the holes made for the elevator controls, and moving forward to be sucked out at the doors. Yep, the flow in the fuselage is against the direction of motion, which is counter-intuitive but agrees with Bernoulli. Those controls were well sealed and the smell went away, but after reading this thread I will be getting a CO detector too.
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