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  1. KGW In 1998 CASA announced a reform of the licensing system with promised legislation in 2001. The reforms CASA suggested included many elements of the RPL. It wasn't until 2014 that Part 61 became operational. Part 61 was touted as a milestone. I had another view. I wouldn't only be pointing a finger at the public servants as mentioned above, they are answerable to the CASA Board and ultimately the politicians. Of course, the only thing the politicians react to is the bad media and getting back 'in' at the next election so reform is not necessarily a high priority. Reform may
  2. A couple of years back I had an engine outage over the Southern NSW costal range. Insects had nested in the fuel vent unbeknownst to me and not picked up in the DI. Wasps were what the LAME thought. The fuel system was gravity fed with not a lot of head pressure. The engine continued to operate until the vacuum overcame the head pressure and the engine was starved of fuel. Nothing I tried could get the engine started again. Had it not been for the height I used to cross the ranges, together with and good LD of the aircraft and no propeller spinning, I was looking at a river landing. Instead I
  3. Isn't 'nice to fly' also dependent upon your mission? I've owned aerobatic aircraft that are nice to fly but hardly easy to fly. My current aircraft, the Varieze, is fast, different and nice to fly but does not suffer fools if you are not in front of it when circumstances are challenging.
  4. Speaking with the CFI of a South Coast (NSW) flying school a couple of months ago, they were doing a roaring trade. I was having trouble booking a BFR because it was so busy. Those not in the tourism sector, and had money, were using it to pursue life long desires rather than going overseas as they would normally have done. Also, there were a number of people who had dipped into their super funds and gone flying. They were his thoughts.
  5. Shajen If he is prepared to fly it down to Victoria, and makes it, at least it is airworthy. If you do pay out the full amount, then make sure you have insurance in place. It is your aircraft.
  6. I do not often whinge but this topic has struck a cord with me. A couple of weekends ago at Goulburn a pilot, from somewhere on the Indian Subcontinent, was doing circuits. The speed of his patter, mixed with a very heavy accent, made his radio calls useless. I had no idea where he was from the calls he made, as I taxied to runway 22. The only discernible part of his call was his frequent mention of 22. I saw him in circuit and thought him on downwind so I declared my intentions, lined up on 22, and departed. He was in fact on base leg for 26 and the runways cross. He declared a go-around as I
  7. Totally agree with the comments about side sticks. Likewise I thought them a gimmick but now prefer them. Flying a Canard where PIOs easily occur, the side stick helps manage the situation. Also, they help manage fatigue over long trips.
  8. Jabirupilot My apologies, I've just seen your cry for help. I may be able to assist. Cheers Steve
    1. zodiacpilot


      Just caught your reply Steve, would be great to talk. I can be reached on 0428468509. 
  9. On my computer they are images. Just click on them and expand. Of interest to me is the point being made from the images. I'm unsure as to what it is. Matty, would you care to elaborate please?
  10. My understanding is that aircraft trying to avoid landing fees by not making circuit calls, or calls without registration, or calls with the wrong registration are a big problem for airport owners chasing landing fee revenue. The industry, and I'm being deliberately vague because I've heard this third hand, is being advised to install camera's to catch the 'cheats'.
  11. Last Sunday afternoon was a glorious day to go flying at Goulburn but there was no one around. Normally I'd see a half dozen aircraft based at Goulburn airport flying. It could be coincidental but the sign/pole is a likely contributor. Next to the sign is a pole. On top of the pole is a camera to record the movements so the airport owner can charge aircraft owners using taxiway delta. The owner of the hangar I rent from did some measurements during the week. I'm not sure that it is much consolation but the claim is the sign/pole is illegal. The sign/pole are within 22 meters from the ta
  12. Two thoughts OK 1) I currently use a $12 dolly from Bunnings strapped to the front of the fuselage. There is no weight on the nose because it is a pusher aircraft. It enables easy maneuverability by me and the other owners when aircraft are moved around the hangar. I upgraded the wheels when I started to wheel the aircraft in and out of the hangar. 2) Going back to my glider days, hangar rash was a weekend occurrence. We devised a system of rails to overcome it. Each glider was assigned a rail (overturned and pinned angle iron) for the main wheel. The tail wheel was on a dolly. The rails
  13. Slightly off topic. I had a Cassutt Racer that I wanted to put on the RAA Register. Steve Bell, from RAA, was happy to consider the proposition until I mentioned the 58 knot stall speed. I researched and found someone over in the USA that had brought the stall speed down to 45 knots by putting wing tip extensions on and reducing weight. While the CofG was fine he found the aircraft uncontrollable at speeds just above the stall speed. The Cassutt Racer has small tail feathers and at that speed the elevator and rudder simply did not work well. Even if you can get the weight down on 24-1524, a
  14. Yes a curious choice. There are many famous aviatrix's in the Australasian area that could of been selected if gender was a selection criteria. Bonney, Miller and Batten to name but a few contributed to the advancement of aviation. Jean batten's exploits (yes she was a New Zealander) in particular has impressed me. But then again they didn't write a book, which had quite a few historical names in it, and didn't pass away recently. I met Nancy Bird-Walton several times and found her personable but she most certainly was focused on her Australian Women's Pilot Association during those encounters
  15. Methusala I had a bit of interest in the Bede back in 2006 when Juan Jimenez held a workshop at Hoxton Park. The workshop attracted about 20 odd people and a couple from New Zealand as well. Juan supported a builders forum at the time and had bought Quentin's BD5-J. It seems it not only had thrust issues but there were oil leaks and installation issues as well. Juan took the aircraft with him when he migrated from USA to South America. He later sold it. I'm not sure where it ended up.
  16. The gyro is Australian designed and built. The proprietor sometimes uses the hangar I rent for storage of assembled aircraft prior to distribution. I've got to be a little careful and sensitive with my words because of the recent deaths. When I last saw him I inquired about his Christmas. He put his hands to his face and shook. After the Orange incident he had been around Australia and the world inspecting and test flying the aircraft he manufactured. He also indicated that the so called parts that had failed had been independently retested and far exceeded design. This latest incident w
  17. The Varieze has two rudders each activated independently by your feet. Accordingly, resting your feet on them is a big no no. Both rudders would move giving you some uncoordinated flight and an air-brake. Also, the springs for each rudder are light. Light shoes are the order of the day.
  18. Kaz I used to fly Cooma (Polo Flat), across the coastal range, and onto the coast regularly. Taking my Racer to my LAME in Moruya, attending BBQs at Frogs Hollow, whale watching off Montague Island, and visiting friends in Merimbula. The coastal range is spectacular with scenery only possible from the air. Well worth going out of the way for just to see the gorges off the escarpment and alpine lakes close to Bombala. If you are travelling in a straight line I'd suggest you stay high and avoid strong Westerlies. You will be within gliding distance of something safe nearly all of the time.
  19. FS Firstly, welcome. I see that you are new to the forum. This topic has been done a couple of times so a search will reveal previous threads. In a nutshell Canberra is available if you have the money. Polo Flat, just north of Cooma has hangarage and fuel but the owner is actively trying to sell the strip. Jindabyne had some hangarage available when I last asked early this year but is 2 hours down the road and has limited fuel availability. Canberra based SAAA members have spread themselves across several airfield including Goulburn, Tumut and Temora. Goulburn has some hangarage avail
  20. Alf I'm based now in Goulburn. Give John Ferrara, the owner (mentioned in the ERSA) a call. The rule seems to have been relaxed in recent times. His biggest concern is the mix of light aircraft with a parachute operation that can be intensive at times. A briefing is what I got and now operate most weekends with a VH registered Varieze. Steve
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