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  1. I wonder if our leaders at RAA are going to pushback or do anything about it ?
  2. Frank you old bastard - when are you getting the "push mower" out. I notice on the video with your departure the grass was a bit high. Stop polishing your propeller all day making these plane pornos! and do some work around the place. SSCBD
  3. I have not flown specifically a Jabiru 230d but looking to fly one in the next couple months with view to buying. However I flown have many other types in RAA aircraft and GA. I am interested in the quoted take-off performance of the 230d fully loaded at MTOW 600kg. Jabiru advertise these distances. Jab 230d take-off roll - 236 m To 50ft - 356 m Landing roll - 140.5 m (love the .5m) From 50 ft is - 534.5m (again .5m really) I assume this was done with nil wind, on tar and at close to sea level and at MTOW? (I hope) Question - And yes I know
  4. Ok seriously - I have had a few frights over the years with kangaroos when landing in the afternoon at some strips or anytime during the day. Yes I have buzzed the strip at ten feet and a few moved but still many stayed. The bloody things don't move even when I get the plane down to walking speed on landing they have still been standing 10 feet from the wing. So of course I expect one to run in front of the prop or wing as you wont be able to shut down and stop as fast as they can hop in front of you. SO has anyone used a horn on their aircraft for this reason. Is it e
  5. Is she the CFI or just an instructor? Is the flying school owned by someone else. If she is not the CFI or the owner go above her head and complain and get the truth plus they have lost money and reputation. If she is the god of the flying school - walk away. Sorry for your bad experience.
  6. Hi Bruce - can you tell me are you flying the Jab on the 500m strip. Can you tell me whats the problem with it - eg, the length or trees in front or the jab etc
  7. OME - Let's keep it simple. The circuit is at Old Mate's place at Wattagai. So why is everyone looking to fly low slow on base final turn? Because we were trained that way on L plates. Simple way out of it - is to extend you normal downwind by 20 to 30 seconds - at cruise speed for RAA or not over 100kts do your landing checks without slowing down. Next when you are ready at extended base, do radio call base with long final, with that out of the way - then turn, kill rpm and turn basically a continuous 180 degree turn onto final. Stop worrying about an extended center
  8. I have been flying for over 30 years. Still alive. I have never had a CFI ever say anything that I was doing wrong. (except they like to fly at this airspeed on downwind or finals or they like to have cruise power set at this number etc) All totally personal preferences of the Gods. ( Not having a go any any single CFI ). Never learned or was told anything new. This question is really for those who have been flying a while, not new pilots. Do we need BFR's and do they do anything for pilots that say fly 50 hours plus a year except cost money and time. I am Not saying t
  9. Quote - Westpac is forecasting the Australian dollar to rise to 80 US cents over the course of 2021. by - Prashant Mehra - AAP - Thursday, 31 December 2020
  10. This is all guess work. IT always depends on conditions and aircraft type, eg wind / no wind / gusts / turbulence from trees hangars etc - where you are eg terrain conditions at the end of the runway -- what you are in - aircraft type - also what weight and height you are at. AND how skilled or game you are to die. No one can give you an answer because it will usually happen when you are in dead mans curve anyway (forgive me the chopper pilots term). Remember when the noise stops along the runway - how long will the shock of - Jesus Christ last before you really act and think it
  11. Yep the factory confirmed it with the wing bolts. Don't see any problem with COG. Looking for next late next year so have time. Another mate of mine want to do the same flight with me from the USA so it might be two jabs. He has been flying for many years and can get some time on jab 230 in USA in the mean time. More fun and back up aircraft if any problem on one.
  12. Thanks splitsS - common sense - but will have oil in case with ground crew even if its VH rego I would still change it. The intention is sunrise departure to miss the heat if inland - coastal will be cooler usually and smooth air.
  13. Skip to answer your concerns. Do not take this a any shots at you. I am not a PC person, as I call a spade a shovel. However, I write things to make people think. The use of the word UTE is correct in the sense it has a huge rear empty space compared to other raa aircraft. Right? I have thought of using the VH J430 as I am still GA rated and started as ppl when I was 21yo, and pre auf and raa rated and have been for more than 30 years. I was also flying ultralights when you could not fly above 300ft or cross a sealed road. So I have a few years of flying in Australia
  14. I have moved to a new posting due to some sandpit fights with members that have nothing to do with the question! Remember I am using the plane as a type of all purpose UTE. Not the fastest nor the slowest but has say mission capability for the needs. Looking to stay in pubs or local accommodations most of the time. Camping overnight as a sort of last resort. But have a few friends (3 cars with caravans, campers) driving around Australia as well which I plan to meet at certain spots is the thinking as well, and will carry some stuff me me as well. So Gentl
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