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About Friarpuk

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  • Birthday 28/12/1969

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  • Aircraft
    Skyranger Swift
  • Location
    YKRY - Kingaroy Queensland
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  1. Thanks. It was a joy to make the trip and make a video of it so others could enjoy it too!
  2. Indeed! I would do it again tomorrow. It was such a pleasure to fly the Nullabor!
  3. Yeah Jemma with my pvc wheel chock. She couldn't wear it like that now. She was just five then.
  4. In June 2013 I moved my plane from WA to Qld. I followed a front across and because so got favourable tailwinds. I cruised just under 90Kts but got ground speeds of 105 to 115 Kts because of the south westerly winds behind the front. The only adverse weather was on day three when I caught the front at Port Augusta and had to fly under cloud through a pass in the Flinders Range. Day one Katanning to Esperance to stay with friends. Day two Esperance (Myrup), fuel at Caiguna, Eulca wee break, Nullabor Roadhouse for fuel to Ceduna. Day Three Ceduna to Port Augusta and Mildura for fuel then Temora. Layover day four with friends at Temora. Day Five Temora to Narromine for fuel and then to Steve Hunt's farm near Warialda for lunch and fuel, then home to Kingaroy. All up with favourable winds, the first three days, the four days of flight took 22 hours and I covered a distance of 2200 nautical miles. Enjoy the video.
  5. Flying the circuit at Kingaroy Queensland. Trialing my new 360 camera, Samsung Gear 360
  6. Friarpuk


  7. Indeed! Already on the list for the bank manager.
  8. So I went out to the airport and had a look. The Skyranger has many endearing features but it aint that easy to get a good look at the back of the engine. I think it is a 6 way male plug and a 6 way female plug. Not all the plugs have wires running through them. I gave everything a wriggle and nothing obvious stood out. Started the engine ran rough for ten seconds while rpm was around 1500 - 2000 pushed her up to about 2500 and it came good. I could not fault it in the run up so I went for a fly and as per usual did not miss a beat for the 1.7 hrs I was up. I constantly checked magies while up there and just the usual expected drop on both. One of these days I am going to have to pull the engine out to fix it and the wretched oil leak I have that drops enough oil down onto the spat when the engine is cooling but is not enough to reach the bottom of the spat. The seal on the back of the engine is the culprit so the LAME says, along with it being a real bugger of a job and it needs special tools. Which translates into the LAME telling me it's going to be expensive. The silly thing is at this point in time I am only putting about 500 mls of oil in the engine between each 100 hrly. BTW I did enjoy the flight yesterday. I circumnavigated the Bunyas to look at the wind farm emerging out of the nth western end of the range near Porter's Gap and then to say g'day to dad and my brother with flyovers at their places, a circle around Bell before flying back over the Bunyas before landing back in Kingaroy just on sundown. Puk
  9. I I have a chance to go and check it out a bit more tomorrow. Will let you know. Thanks Heath
  10. I built my Skyranger in 2009 after purchasing the engine from Flood Imports in 2008. I believe it is a 6 wire plug.
  11. No problem re battery not being charged. I run a solar panel to trickle charge the battery, keeping it topped up all the time.
  12. Thanks for taking the time to tell me of you experience. I will look into it. I suspected that it might be something like that. Wiring those plugs to the magneto switches in the cockpit, I recall, was a bit of a pain in the posterior. Regards
  13. I have not been on here for a while and I am dammed if I can find the video section in the media. And videos I have uploaded in the past now only appear as pics. Not sure what is going on.....????
  14. Hi I have about 500 hrs on my Rotax 912 and recently on startup it one of the magnetos is dead for about one minute and then comes good. Has anyone heard of this or had this issue? Any pointers would be appreciated! Thanks Friarpuk
  15. Remembered when it was too late. Was out L plating with my son on Saturday.
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