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  1. If you have a homebuilt aircraft, as I have, you need to have kept meticulous records for the full life of the aircraft. If not you will have trouble proving it is what you are representing it to be. So if you are offered an aircraft with poor records be very careful. It may be an egg, but is probably well on the way to being an omelette.
  2. Just to add to above the fittings could be a weak point. 2 or 3 bolts in alignment at each end would seriously reduce the area taking the load.
  3. Wing struts could also have a compression load in turbulence as well as static, so bear in mind column length, thickness ratio. Would you encase it in fibreglass?
  4. I have not suffered air sickness, but I used to get seasick on a sailing boat. This only happened when I was on someone elses boat. I had years of skippering my own boat with no seasickness, but on other peoples the first couple of days would be nasty. Itb is in my opinion a mental attitude. Having to make decisions stops it from getting serious.
  5. I have cutaway wheel pants on the Corby. Don't know what speed saving is as I put them on from day one.
  6. Not sure where your destination is but there is the strip at Brown Bros at Millawa. also Beechworth, but that is short and rough. There is or was another strip just East of Millawa owned by a vintner whose name escapes me, he used to fly a Piper and a tiger Moth from it.
  7. How about putting the ends in the freezer for a little more clearance?
  8. They didn't mention that it is always better to turn towards any crosswind component. That will tighten up the turn, but you will need to start aligning with the runway earlier.
  9. I wonder if the Bonanza would have done better with a much steeper turn. What I saw looked very shallow. I used to reckon I needed more than 500' with my RV4, but I was using a much shorter runway and my climb speed was always higher than max climb speed.
  10. I think the idea that having an IFR rating to get you out of trouble if the weather goes sour is not a good idea. To be able to handle a plane in cloud and turbulence when you took off expecting VFR is going to take some hard work and you need to be current, not just using it as a backup.
  11. I have been one of those who think airline pilots abilities are not up to scratch in some places. There have been several crashes when it was apparent that the crew were not competent. Airbus tried to prevent this by trying to make the pilot redundant, but they still had problems. Boeing tried to cut corners and make themselves more affordable by not getting pilots trained correctly. I used to consider Boeing safer to fly in as a passenger, but not now. I also find that Airbus are better for the passenger, being quieter and as far as I have found, more spacious. I would fly in either Airbus or
  12. The only Gazelle I have flown was GA reg VH-ROK, owned by Rockhampton aero club.
  13. The Thruster is not that difficult to fly, but you must be aware of what you are doing. I have heard that you must wheel a Thruster on and that it will stall if you don't get the stick forward if the engine fails. I hated wheeling my Thruster on and felt I had much more control three pointing it. I laso never had a problem with stalling. It was practically stall proof, just used to waffle along and you could keep a wing up with rudder. The Gazelle I would agree is the easiest, but its sibling the Skyfox was nowhere so forgiving.
  14. I fitted a Red Cube to my RV4. Got it from Steinair in USA. Worked well with the MGL instrument which was in place.
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