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  1. As some have mentioned, just connect your ipad to your phone via wifi hotspot. You're already paying for the phone sim so no extra cost. I am with Telstra prepaid. $30 month ( set to auto recharge and they give you 30 days, not 28). Data rolls over up to 200 GB limit and available as long you you recharge before the next rollover date ( set up auto recharge) .I've never run out of data and hover around the 200 GB limit anyway. I don't even think about it.

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  2. In terms of Hangar design.. I used to hang out at an airport ( in South Africa) where the majority of the GA hangars were Tee-Hangars. Something like this:




    You'd need taxiways both sides, but this appears to be a more efficient way to get more aircraft into a single space, if your goal is to maximise rental revenue. It maybe more attractive to some as your aircraft is locked up and nobody else has to move it to get theirs out.



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  3. You can go to Bankstown, Moorabbin, Archerfield, Parrafield and Jandacott and find a suitable hangar to sub-let from the Leaseholder. The Leaseholder will charge you rent which is equivalent to commercial industrial space rates, but you will not be conducting any income-producing activity. The Leaseholder will charge you for water and electricity usage at a higher rate than the suppliers of these things, plus the Leaseholder will charge you a service fee for delivering the invoice and handling the payment. The Leaseholder will make you have regular independent audits of how you minimise the environmental impact of your activities, as well as creating a myriad of inspections and reports that have to be submitted.  The Leaseholder will charge you for standing aircraft outside the hangar on airside.  The Leaseholder will regularly up the rent "in line with commercial rates". On the bright side, the Leaseholder will be responsible for the 6-monthly fire-fighting equipment certification that the hangar requires. The will also have to provide you with the results of any inspections for the presence of Asbestos Containing Materials in the hangar.


    So, now you have got the keys to the hangar. Have you purchased "Hangar Keeper's Liability" insurance? Don't forget the Public Liability insurance. If you've got any property in the hangar, don't forget the Contents insurance.


    Have you determined how you are going to determine the price you are going to charge for hangar space? Have you determined how many aircraft you can reasonably fit into the hangar? Have you had a Lease Agreement document drawn up and checked for loopholes? What frequency are rents to be paid? What are your ways to recover outstanding rents? 


    Finally, where are you going to get customers? Look around these airports. Where are the aircraft that were parked all over them 25 years ago?


    they definitely don't put that on the brochure... sounds like it's more trouble than it's worth 



  4. Always been curious about this, but in general, is buying a Hangar and renting it out, a good investment? What are the factors/gotchas to consider. I guess Location is a big one, and demand/waitlists for hangar space. Or is it like most things in Aviation - money Pit



  5. As suggested by my CFI, You can always prep a plan for your NAV , sit in your armchair with a watch and all your gear and fly the nav in your head, fillowing the map, doing your clearoff checks following 10 minute/10 mile makers etc. Throw in some diversions etc. Helps to get the process burned into your brain a bit and will help you when you start doing the actual navs.  Or...


    Instead of the armchair, I fired up Flight Sim X, which had all the  OZx scenery loaded for my local area, input the weather and flew that Nav on the sim, much more fun, and surprisingly accurate too.  I think if you can get familiar with the basic process it will save you some time instead of learning it for the first time on the actual nav flight... 



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  6. Thanks Nev, I always make a point of reading your posts, always informative , useful advice, obviously based on a tonne of experience and you have a knack for teaching/explaining your point. Go on, write a book, I'd buy it ;)



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  7. So the job is now done made BMI a few weeks ago. from 127kg to 83.7

    Congrats good job, I decided to give up the grog, New years resolution (yawn). Still eat crap and don't exercise enough but dropped 10 kegs anyway... If only i could get motivated to do the rest might get back to into my old Jeans!


    2 kids under 2 is my excuse ;) too busy - cue worlds smallest violin....



  8. 32 litres per hour of diesel fuel consumption just for the 100HP model means this design has no economic advantage over any IC engine, whatsoever.

    An improvement in reliability and smoothness, perhaps - but I can't see light aircraft owners beating a path to their door, waving handfuls of notes.

    This is a sensible answer..... But I just want one OK, On a Hornet STOL. With Fat tires! So I can pretend I'm Pilatus Porter and do cool stuff.. and never look at a the spreadsheet to see where the money is going, then aviation is fun ?



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