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  2. I'll qualify my comments, that I don't pretend to be an expert, but the way I interpret things, is that the VFR transit lane falls within G airspace and is therefore accessible to all aircraft. BUT, it falls within a restricted (R1 area). When the area is not active, transit is allowed. When active, the military may grant access, provided you seek approval as per the ERSA and conditions are VFR, not SVFR, or IFR. Submitting a flight plan may help. Cheers
  3. I've owned several of these head sets. In short they are good value for money, and the warranty excellent. However they are at the lower end of the market, and are no comparison to a Bose or Lightspeed Zulu set for comfort and clarity. Recognising the latter two cost $1000 more than the Rec Flying ones. If you're used to a high end brand, you won't like these ones. If you are on a limited budget they are excellent value for money.
  4. Apparently the yanks specified how they were to be disposed of. Very sad really.
  5. We were only at 2000' when the engine failed, so issued a distress call on both the CTAF and AF, but once on the ground no comms with anybody. We were able to talk with the RPT once he was nearby. We also had very limited phone service after walking to the top of a nearby sand hill. Spoke to AMSAR in Canberra and they were really helpful, although the phone kept dropping out. Biggest problem was that we knew we were ok, just couldn't tell anybody for a while.
  6. All right, I'll put my hand up. I've used one during an emergency, when the fan on the Jabbie went quiet. GME MT410G. Quick and easy to deploy on final approach, as we were in unfamiliar terrain with sparse scrub and about 16 km from the nearest road. Had a Virgin RPT overhead within 15 minutes, and a rescue chopper was on scene within 2 hours. An excellent outcome - no injuries and no damage to the aircraft (apart from a dead donk). We did offer to walk out, but the S&R authorities were having none of that. As a bit of a tangent, neither pilot of the Virgin RPT were able to spot us during any of their three passes, but several passangers did. Apparently we caused a bit of excitement amoungst the pax! Back to the main story. As this was a genuine emergeny, AMSAR replaced the EPIRB free of charge - very kind of them. Information from AMSAR during the debrief was that because we had used a GPS based EPIRB, they were able to locate us to within 100 metres in just three minutes. In the same scenario with a non-GPS equipped EPIRB, the typical location time is upwards of 4.5 hours and then only to a radius of five km. Those extra 60 bucks for a GPS equipped EPIRB was very cheap. Worth it's weight in gold if there were injuries. The GME EPIRB was simple to operate, just lifted the antenna and showed it to the sky while we were preparing to land. I would not like to try and activate some of the smaller ones in a hurry, that require buttons to be pressed etc. Whatever EPIRB you choose, make sure it is super simple to operate (I can't emphasise that enough) and GPS equipped. Aint worth a pinch of you know what otherwise.
  7. Unspecified medical emergency........., apparently
  8. Missing fuel should have been detected in the pre-flight - if it was conducted. I have heard of Cessna pilots leaving a fuel cap off after refuelling. The fuel is then sucked out during flight and this is undetectable while inflight. Guess we'll have to wait for the ATSB report.
  9. I have a recollection that separation is 600 metres when airborne. I'm happy to be corrected on this.
  10. Try Westprint Maps in Nhill Victoria. They may not have a WAC but they do stock a good range. Their customer service has always been very good in my experience.
  11. Hey Pearo, this Sounds like a fantastic trip. Your quite correct about the EFBs, they make life so easy and we become lazy. BUT don''t forget your radio nav aids. I know in these days with GPS, the ADF and VOR are boring, but you will always know your position relative to the nav aid. Just by tuning to the aid as flying past will confirm your bearing to it (sorry I'm telling you how to suck eggs here). Just don't forget the value of the NDB and VOR and keep an eye on last light. Safe flying and remember to cancel your SARTIME.
  12. The AWIS is a very handy tool. Most airfields either have an AWIS or a neighbouring field with this service. Using the AWIS will give you generally 20 minutes or so to plan your landing, with a visual inspection of the windsock, just a confirmation of what you already know. All good in theory, but you still have to slot into the circuit pattern.
  13. Yep, I got lasered around 12 months ago. Not much fun. Fortunately I had a bit of height and it occurred during the day. It was just a temporary distraction, and thought it was somebody with a mirror at first. I'd hate to have it happen on late final or worse turning onto base on a dark night. Could be devastating!
  14. War crimes are only ever committed by the losing side. Same as a bar room brawl. It's never the winner who calls the coppers.
  15. I am surprised at the critcism of Ian, as though I don't shop through that business all that often, the experience has always been good. Prices as advertised and delivery within the week. In the case of a headset that I bought and went faulty, it was fixed without charge well outside the warranty period.
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