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  1. Hey, Are you able to provide a screenshot? I think I know what you're talking about, but just want to confirm before offering a possible solution.
  2. Thanks. Ive manage to get a response from the school down there and they confirmed it not is a 10nm radius around the field. Appreciate the help.
  3. Hi all, A quick question to ask if anyone knows the extent of the Lethbridge training area? Trying to work out a technicality and need to know if Ballarat is outside the training area. I assume it is but want to make sure. Thanks
  4. Hi all, I'm finishing up my IREX in the next few weeks and wondering if anyone has some suggestions for any good IR instructors based in or around Melbourne? I have a couple of options already but they might not be able to fit me in any time soon. I've also tried Steve at Peter Bini but he is booked solid for the next few months. Thanks
  5. Hi all, Does anyone know of a place around Melbourne that hires out life jackets for aircraft use? Planning a flight in a few weeks time that will need them and looking for options. Thanks
  6. Found an AOPA article from the US about the Electro. Thought it was a pretty good review of a possible future for training. Pipistrel Alpha Electro: The trainer of the future? - AOPA
  7. If you have a fairly decent broadband speed and you want to part with $12 (USD $10), you can pick up a downloadable copy of FSX from Steam. They are having a sale on at the moment. In case you can't find the disk's.
  8. Hey, Let me save you some cash here. Proflight simulator is just a rebranding of flightgear flight simulator. If you do some goggle searches you'll find some history, but basically some one has taken the flightgear simulator (which is free) and rebranded it. Hey can do this because flightgear is made under an open source licence, which means anyone can take the source program code and do slight modification then rebrand and sell it off. Bit unethical but not illegal. My advice would be to head over to flightgear and download it from them. It's the same product, but with better support
  9. Hi all, Was at an avsafety seminar last night and wondered if others had heard of the proposed change to the southern step of Melbourne controlled airspace, in particular dropping the 2500' step from point almond across to BOM tower down to 2000'? First I heard of it but we were told that Airservices had been already consultation with industry on this one. 2017-2 - VIC RAPAC Minutes - Civil Aviation Safety Authority Civil Aviation Safety Authority › file › download Thoughts?
  10. Hi gents, One thing to point out here, and has been mentioned elsewhere, the difference between EFB and moving map GPS. The charts and documents are an approved replacement for paper copies, the issue is really using the GPS side of things. If this was to be disabled during training then you could use the EFB much the same way as paper. But even if the GPS is on, it can be used to supplement DR navigation. Just need to have an instructor who can understand the balance between the two. Best article I've seen about this is on the ozrunways blog, link below, scroll down to the question
  11. Hi all, Heading down to warnambool for the first time on Wednesday and have a couple of quick question for the locals. Where is the best place to park for a few hours (c172)? Is there a dedicated run up area? Thanks
  12. Yeah that's what I'm thinking. At the stage now where the CPL is just about done and dusted now just need an inexpensive way to continue flying when I need that monthly hit.
  13. Thanks all for the responses. Appreciate it. The bristell is technically used by tvsa's RA school which is Leading Edge Aviation and the rates are on that website. I'm actually a member down at Point Cook and can hire a 152 or 172 for $130 and $180 respectfully. I had been also hiring from Lilydale at $110 for the jabs but it's a bit of a drive to get there and sometimes they're free other times they're booked out. So the background to my question is to whether I keep up my RA membership. I really want to support RA flying yet when cost is a factor to considering nonflying commitments
  14. Yeah had a look at tvsa(leading edge aviation) but not quite sure I want to pay the rates. Bit pricey and I think they only have the one online
  15. Hi all, Looking for advise from those in the Melbourne area on somewhere to private hire an RA-reg aircraft? Been finding that a lot of school based aircraft are tied up with training (not surprising) and so not really available for private use. I know of the usual places like Lilydale, Tyabb, tooradin, Lethbridge but wondering if there is maybe a hidden gem sitting somewhere around the traps. Thanks
  16. $20 increase for my membership yearly...just need to save a litre driving a month and I've offset the increase over the year. Simples
  17. In regards to the military option, there is one thing to remember. If you make it in, you'll be a military officer first and a pilot second. Meaning the needs of the ADF come before flying. So if he's keen to serve as well as fly, then that's good. But if not, that is if it's just about wanting to fly, then focus on the civilian side of things. As said before start with some RA Aus flying then head down a 200hr CPL (more flexible and cheaper in the long run)
  18. Oh I agree that a flight is determined at the time of the flight and that the regs are black and white. (Just finished CPL law recently and had to go over all manner of flight examples) I would class the flight as private also as it complies with CAR 2. Only wanted to give Ramjet something to consider.
  19. Two other things to consider. You mentioned that you would prefer to be doing the flights in your own aircraft, which means your other option is to hire. In that case you would need to run this by the owner/school etc. Their ops manual might have a condition on that type of flight. The other thing is to think about the intention of the flight. If you are intending to do the flight regardless of who tags along, then that would lean towards private commute, but if you start to operate more like a service to others, that would lean more to a commercial flight in a grey area legally. Just my
  20. Don't be to concerned with how long it will take you to solo. Enjoy the experience. I also was only able to swing about a lesson a week, and it took me 30hours to get to solo. Part of that was cancellations due to weather, other commitments on a weekend, both of which help you lose your flow. But looking back one of my problems was performance anxiety. I thought that I had to be at a certain stage by a certain amount of hours and when I didn't reach those milestones at a certain number of hours I would doubt my ability (crosswind was my achellies heel) and that would make for a average l
  21. Both types have their pros and cons. Good to learn both and ultralight vs 'GA' is really an apples and oranges kind of thing (or should it be feather and brick) Being back and forth between a Jab and an Arrow proved that. The Jab is fun trying to get back down on the ground sometimes, with the Arrow, it's trying to keep it up :)
  22. Hi, Thus has been discussed before on another thread on this site, but under part 61, there is no distinction made between RA and VH registered aircraft, you can use either, as long as the aircraft is 3 axis. Also the hours are only under the non integrated CPL. However from a practical point of view you have to think about what aircraft you are using for CPL hour building. If you wanted to be an instructor, then a good mix of RA and VH is good as you can be both a GA and RA instructor, but if it's charter looking to RPT then more time in VH might be what a potential employer wants. F
  23. Could have also been a bit of wind shear. Years ago, coming into Moorabbin in a 152, I was coming in to 35L which had a bit of crosswind from the left. As I was just about to cross the threshold, I could feel the wind just die away and the aircraft start to drop. Corrected quickly with a bit of power and nose down and all was good. Instructor commented after that the buildings on the left side of the airport acted as a wind break reducing the wind strength. Could be the same with that tree line along the highway.
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