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    RV-9A
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  1. Just goes to show someone else can love a narcissist besides themselves...
  2. Pretty sure all new transponders need to be Mode-S, so about $3000 for the box maybe $500 for an encoder, and $1000 or so to fit, depending on how complex your installation will be.
  3. That's correct. All new IFR installations require a C145/C146 GNSS to drive your ADS-B. Garmin has released a couple new boxes, plus an indicator like a G5 configured as an HSI and you should be able to fit one for less than $20K. Still a BIG chunk of change though...
  4. MGL make their N16 that utilises the SL30 communications protocol so you can drive it with an EFIS if you need to. Again, not TSO'd, and I can't recall if you need TSO to do NVFR. From memory, you do not, but I can't point to the legislation that says either way atm...I've got it in my mind that you don't need any navigation receivers for Night VFR though and the VFRG seems to support that. I picked up a KLN-90B from Ebay a couple years ago for $600, it won't do for IFR these days as it is only a C129 unit, but it will give you RNAV and push your position-fix times out to 2 hours if you need that. Really, you'd be wanting a GNSS unit over a VHF Nav as VOR's are going the way of the dodo, but it depends on your panel space.
  5. I've not flown a -6, but my fixed-pitch -9A does not like slowing down landing downhill there. I did it once, and it was immediately added to the list of things not to do again. Landing uphill, I can be down and stopped in well under 200m with moderate braking. One thing that concerns me is the repeated buckling behind the cockpit of the RV-series. It has been mentioned in several accident reports previously, as well as this one, and makes me wonder if something should be 'done' to resolve it. The problem being, if the longerons buckle ahead of the shoulder restraint, it effectively slackens your shoulder harness and you are then unrestrained and pivot around your lap belt only.
  6. Final report is out. Landed (very) long and didn't go around.
  7. The vest itself is a combination of MOLLE equipment over a tactical vest. Some of the US RV'ers use those fly-fishing vests as an alternative too. Ultimately what I use may not fit anyone else, or they might have different priorities in what they want to carry, but the beauty of the MOLLE system is you can customise it to suit your own needs & wants. An example is this bare vest is on Ebay for $40, and you can add whatever pouches you want and will fit in your cockpit. You'll notice I haven't focused too much on food, though there is a small snare in one of the pouches. You can go 3 weeks without tucker, and I hope I would be home by then! Survival to me, isn't about camping in luxury, it is about making sure you are still alive when the paramedics find you, so I have put more medical, first aid and location aids in there than rations. For remote areas, I would carry water in the back of the plane, but not on my person. You can still go 3 days without water and again, I hope AMSA would have at least found me by then, even if the ground party is still some days away. To that end, I typically use OzRunways with tracking enabled, I have ADS-B in the RV, and for XC flights, I file a plan, rather than just a flight note or worse, nothing at all - even if ASA does get confused because not many RAAus aircraft request flight following...The recent Mooney prang inland from Coffs shows the benefit to ADS-B in the search effort, even if it wasn't a happy ending...
  8. Short answer: Yes. Long answer: I do need to route it (the shoulder straps) inboard of the PLB & Firefly pouches and that can make it rub on my neck, so I tend to ensure I always wear a collared shirt with it up to prevent any discomfort. I have even flown Victor 1 with an inflatable life jacket over the vest several times without issue. The longest flights I've done with it so far have been Sydney-Caloundra return at 3.0 + 3.5 hours in a day and it hasn't been uncomfortable.
  9. A L2 ASP is a Level 2 Accredited Service Provider - basically a Sparkie who can work on the network infrastructure, as opposed to simple electrical stuff inside your house. You can buy them (the markers, not Sparkies 😁) from the link in my previous post, or probably the manufacturer directly, and yes, they simply clamp around the wires.
  10. How high AGL are the wires? You can buy those RotaMark rotating ones for around $160 each, and they can be installed from ground level with a hotstick, so any L2 ASP should be able to do it for you for their hourly rate.
  11. Not when you consider who was flying the following aircraft and what was at stake given the previous Youtube videos posted of this outfit...
  12. So here we are, the final report is out, and what a goatphuck that operation was. AIUI, LowFlyer1770 was Bruce Rhoades, the CP of the operation, and he passed away last month, but I cannot see any reasonable person, yet alone any reasonable pilot attempting to defend the shenanigans going on up there...🙄 Multiple flights conducted overweight, or with no evidence the aircraft was in balance Multiple flights conducted with no records of them bar the GPS296 logs Multiple flights exceeding required maintenance timelines Multiple flights conducted without the MR in the aircraft. The report speaks for itself...
  13. The tampon and sanitary pad are for controlling severe bleeding. Absolute worst case, put tampon into wound, and pad over the top, tape it and hope for quick rescue. They are small, and already sterile. The condoms for carrying water, use as a slingshot elastic, small tourniquet, makeshift gloves, or even waterproof storage if needed - because I know one of you will ask about them next! 🤣
  14. Nothing in the back usually, except my flight bag occasionally. But I always fly wearing a survival vest. Using the logic "I fly in a plane I built in my back shed!" makes explanations at the bowser much easier. 😁
  15. Only sometimes. If it is amateur-built, the payload formula specified in CAO 95-55 does not apply.
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