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  1. Thanks JG3, I really didn't know that about 5000 ft. Maybe that is why RAAus planes were limited to below 5000 ft for years. I have to point out though, that soaring birds often go over 5000 ft. I have seen a whole flock of pelicans at 12,000 ft, so those IFR planes who don't look out the window should take notice of the thermal height and fly above it.
  2. Thanks guys, the weather for Mon 8th and Tues 9th looks good with tail winds at 5000ft. It looks like the airspace issue will be R265C, which if active will keep me below 4500 from just past Clifton to near Watts bridge. Is this right, and what are the chances of it being active? It looks like the highest bit of ground is near Greenmount at 2556 ft. Not much below 4,500 ft. I have to confess to being grumpy about being forced lower than I like for bureaucratic reasons. I notice Gatton Airpark will be to the right of track, so things must be generally ok for flying in the R265C area. After Watts Bridge, it looks ok to climb to 7500 ft until close to Caloundra when you would be coming down anyway.
  3. Sorry to be slow, but just after Warwick, my ozrunways shows D630D, surface to 8,500. Please tell me more about how to do this.
  4. Thanks JG3, can you do that route without going through controlled airspace? After leaving Narromine, how would you advise? I will have about 200 nm range, the Dimona carries 55 litres with a fuel burn of 18 l/hour at 90 knots. My first idea was Moree to Kingaroy to Caloundra, but this is a long way around.
  5. After years of doubting those Rotax engines, it looks like I will soon be doing a delivery flight in a Dimona with a turbo-Rotax all the way to Caloundra. Those Rotax engines sure are more complicated than my trusty Jabiru I have refuelled a Jabiru at Wentworth, but those Rotax engines like mogas, and I don't know if Wentworth has that. What do people do? Do they use their phones to get a taxi to the town to fill their jerrycans? Or are there places where you can get mogas at the airfield? My proposed route would be Gawler, Renmark, Wentworth, Hillston, Narromine... but then I get out of my familiar zone. One thing from my reading though is to not attempt to cross the Great Divide in suspect weather. Any comments or tips welcome... and yes I will be taking my ozrunways tablet.
  6. As Facthunter said, they don't like advice from out of the ranks. It was ever so... once on a sailing ship fleet, a bit lost, a sailor from the ranks dared to say that he calculated they would be wrecked on the Scilly Isles if they didn't alter course. Well he was immediately hung, but he only lost a few hours because the rest all drowned when they were wrecked on the Scilly Isles. I think we do a bit better now, but those forces still operate.
  7. Bruce Tuncks

    Why I don't fly now

    Sorry to hear of your eye problems Ian. But danny is right, you will be able to fly in 2 seaters with another pilot. You sure are welcome to fly like this in my Jabiru if you ever make it to Gawler or Edenhope.
  8. The problem is that CASA are only required to be concerned about aviation risks. They have no requirement to care about the total needs of the patient. So they can best fulfill their charter by stopping flights, which is exactly what they are doing. What is needed is to go beyond CASA to the pollies who should be looking at the bigger picture. In the Mount Gambier crash, the terrible outcome could have been averted either by more training or by the intervention of an Angel Flight official. I agree that the perceived pressure of conducting the flight on time needs to be resolved.
  9. In stone-age times, if your cave started moving, then it was a fair bet that you had eaten something poisonous and so the vomiting reflex was triggered. So airsickness just means that your brain is working well. Admiral Nelson got seasick all the time. So you are in good company .
  10. Old K , will you have an actual measurement of vibration before and after fitting the BM? I've thought about fitting a vibration sender, they are quite cheap and available eg from hobbyking. When I do have a meter installed, I will be keen to try a BM. Until then, my sense of vibration is not reliable enough to really know if an improvement has been achieved.
  11. Glad to hear they are ok, and that it was not another horrifying structural failure. Fire bombers seem more prone to structural failure than most other uses. I guess they are loaded to the max and then fly into extreme turbulence.
  12. This will be a good test to see if sanity prevails or not. The "Aviation Safety " view is to restrict angel flights in order to increase aviation safety. This without regard to the total situation. Insane if the pollies go for " aviation safety " at a net cost in lives.
  13. I reckon the over-use of acronyms is the best proof ever that they ( the government ) are really out to get me dead. They may have had some use back in the days of telegrams. Now their only use is to obfuscate. Once I decided to actually read some official acronym stuff... i said to myself " get a grip and just look up the bleeding glossary" AND the second acronym wasn't in the glossary! So I just guess the stuff they clearly don't want me to know. After all, it is clearly in their interest that I have a crash.
  14. I'm planning to use both. To this time, I've used a leakdown tester and I don't plan to stop. But reading Mike Busch got me thinking a look in there would be good too.
  15. I was once checking my prop when this elderly visitor to my hangar pointed out that the relative airflow into your prop is seldom if ever right on the prop axis. A degree or so of slip or skid is hardly noticed on the skid ball, and angle-of attack variation will generally be more than one degree. Don't let this knowledge stop you from getting the prop as good as you can, but bear in mind that there are some big other factors involved in the final result of getting smooth running.