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Steve L

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About Steve L

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    Bulldog, Explorer,
  • Location
    Gawler
  • Country
    Australia

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  1. Couldn’t have put that better myself onetrack. I often purchased by auction transport equipment usually through Manhiems but since Pickles got on the scene (and it appears they have scored many Manhiems contracts) I don’t even bother now. When I watch my PC ( yes I’m old school and my mobile doesn’t connect to the internet haha ) and win an item which sometimes goes an hour or more beyond the end time, shut down my computer, then get a follow up call the next day from pickles stating I haven’t made the sellers minimum and am I prepared to increase my offer, that’s NOT an auction in any se
  2. The Pup then Bulldog came after the Airedale, A much more modern and capable design but Beagle couldn’t make money out of them either, nor could Scottish Aviation or British Aerospace who finished the last few orders.
  3. this doesn’t look like he will make it, but I guess he’s practised many times. Landing Engine Off Tecnam P92 - YouTube
  4. Aeropup were originally from here in SA ( Victor Harbour I think ) now in Spain, they mustav purchased the rights.
  5. Don’t see too many Kitfoxes around anymore eh Nev, I guess there could be a few sitting at the back of hangars. Flew a dark blue mk4 582 down your neck of the woods about 6 years ago, very nice and fun aircraft, don’t know where it is now. Naish, an Aeropup has folding wings and was originally built here in SA. Similar to a Kitfox/Skyfox. The Bushbaby/Explorer is another, once again not many here in OZ. I have a Explorer. ( not for sale though)
  6. Yenn, you WILL hear my 500hp E9 pass. can even hear it 15 - 20ks away out in the bush
  7. My 912 has soft start on it. I believe it retards the timing until a few seconds after start. Surely it could be adapted to most engines.
  8. This is what Airbus should be copying . . Ornithopter Take Off . . at YouTube
  9. Had my Fast Find PLB re-batteried and date stamped till 2026. $110 which is near 1/3 of the price of a new battery. Much better than throwing a perfectly good PLB away. He’s in SA so pm me if you want his number, not sure if im breaking rules posting his number here. BTW he ships them all over OZ so postage shouldn’t be a problem.
  10. Akro, I have the same fast find 220 and I am going to see a guy who claims to repack with Panasonic cells and provide a new official date tag at a fraction of the cost. Mine has a removable battery on the back, new Mcmurdo replacement around 300+. I’ll keep you posted.
  11. AV8 I guess you wouldn’t have the assembly cost especially the wings, the Bulldogs wings needed new special aluminium washers and locknuts and there’s heaps of them, certified from LAS AERO in the uk cost £1600......... strange how the bolts could be reused tho . . . . NOT THAT I WANTED TO BUY THEM TOO !
  12. Most costs have been covered well by Skippy and Smakko. I purchased the Bulldog from UK. flew there inspected, packed it myself with the help of experienced pilots, an engineer and the ex owner. Not knocking a couple of the guys but they were very Blazae in their packing expertise. Fortunately I was there to oversee. Being green the next problem I encountered was not getting an export C of A.. the Aussie C of A cost me aprox 4 times than it would have if it was done in the UK, being the only one of type here in OZ could have impacted this. Next problem: AQIS tried to charge me luxury tax becau
  13. If they were sold and not leased I would like to know what they went for.
  14. In the Bulldog, IO360 and CSU I kept full rich until passing 5000 which didn’t take long, then leaned it out till temps climbed in the upper green arc. Leaning any further till lean of peak only saved me about 3 litres out of 40 so I stayed rich. I figured it’s not worth risking an engine to save 3 litres. The Bulldog only had a temp gauge on one cylinder and you would expect an injected engine would have fairly constant temps, had gauges been fitted on each cylinder I would have more game
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