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  1. Time Left: 2 days and 9 hours

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    Rotax 912ULS - 2350 hours - in training school aircraft - still in airframe till mid Jan - see running. Good condition - leakdown pressures better than 70/80 $5500 - reasonable offers considered. Contact Bill 0448 728 899


    Beerwah, Queensland - AU

  2. I had not taken any offence. I felt the original post was not having a shot but needed clarification. Those who know me know I’m pretty easy going and I think this attitude is not always accepted. I’m fine with that. Cheers all and end of discussion. Happy New Year
  3. I read this thread with interest as the aircraft involved is mine. Whilst the writer is correct in saying there was damage to the wingtip, he has somewhat exaggerated the extent of the damage. The incident, which was duly reported, also involved a prop striking the ground when the pilot hiring the aircraft was exiting a runway a bit too fast. This involved a gearbox removal and overhaul by Bert Flood and a new set of prop blades. Whilst this was being done the wing was inspected by a L2 and a Lame and found to have no structural damage. Damage was assessed as cosmetic and involved a 150 mm long abrasion to the fibreglass wing tip and slight scrape and denting to the lower wingtip skin which extended about 50mm from the tip. The last foot and a half was not bent up but needed replacing as it was all one piece and had the scrape and dent in it. I remember your visit and as I recall you cited time and weather as your reason for not choosing to fly with me, but I felt at the time that you were being polite and I had noticed your attitude change when we discussed th wingtip. Also I felt that my casual attitude did not sit well with you. I totally respect your decision not to fly with me. I have done the same with others. I would have had more respect had you spoken to me about your concerns but really have no problems. As for your concerns about me having trouble seeing the ground because of cloud, I don’t recall the context in which I said that, but I don’t deny it. I use my mistakes and poor decisions as training tools and never claim to be perfect. As anyone who has numerous thousands of hours experience will tell you, if they are being honest, it is easy to push the limits thinking we are ok only to then wish we hadn’t. I use my indiscretions as examples to my students as to how easy it is to get things wrong. I remember you were looking for an aircraft type to buy and I sincerely hope that your poor opinion of me did not cause you to shy away from the Savannah which is a mighty aircraft for those who want it’s special capabilities. I hope you have found the aircraft that suits your needs and that you are enjoying your flying. cheers. Bill p.s. thanks to the responder who suggested that I am a shonky operator. Been called lots of things in my time but this is my first shonky. Will wear it with pride
  4. Hi Mark The manual for the "S" model dated Nov 2014 still called for rivets only so those aircraft are not wrong. If they required changing ICP would have sent out an AD to all users. That said it is obviously an improvement and I will be incorporating it in my building and rebuilding from now on. Must be safer if the seat belts are ever used in anger. Cheers Bill
  5. Hi Can anyone give me info on the use of Opal 91 fuel as available in communities in NT. Can it be used in 912 ULS engine and does octane booster work with it. Cheers Bill
  6. Thanks for the replies I will call a broker and see what is available. I just was thinking others must have gone through this but none have replied. Cheers Bill
  7. Can anyone give me an idea of the cost of airfield operators insurance. I may have the opportunity to make use of a disused private airfield but the owner wants protection from liability. I would be happy to pay but would like to have an idea of what i need and how much it costs. Cheers Bill
  8. You should be able to go one day without a shower Scott, we won't talk about you. We will see you there Cheers. Bill
  9. I agree totally Ian. Just my opinion but if we increase weight limits, LAMEs are going to claim that they must maintain them. Also if we get CTA, CASA will most likely require aircraft using CTA to be maintained by LAMEs. It would be very surprising to me if this would not eventually lead to ALL RAAus aircraft being required to be maintained by LAMEs. The other benefit we (RA) have is a much more relaxed driver license medical than even the RPL driver license medical. I can't see CASA allowing access to CTA/CTR without a class 2 medical. For those who want those things, get an RPL and you have them. Cheers. Bill
  10. I have known Ross for quite a number of years and catch up at flying events. He had a unique way of making you feel that the time you spent with him was very important to him. A very easy person to know, like and admire. Jenni and I will miss catching up with him. We are very saddened. Condolences are offered to his family and close friends. R.I.P. mate Bill
  11. Must reply to this. There are three reasons to burp engine before cold start Check oil level Check compression Coat internals Oil levels need to be checked after burping to blow oil from sump to oil tank. Oil level then needs to be on the flat and preferably in the upper half. Compression check is an important check for overall engine condition. If you feel less compression than you are used to, don't fly but check further. Coating internals is important as oil runs down the side of cylinder and piston and winding over spreads remaining oil over surfaces while engine is not under load and is a good practice for long engine life. Hope this helps to answer questions Cheers, Bill
  12. Hi Rob Happy New Year Have you got the Savvy back in the air yet Would love to see some pics of the end result Cheers Bill
  13. Hi Neil I can help you. I have about 1700 hrs on Savannahs of all models. I am also a CFI and live in the area. Call me on 0448 728 899 Cheers Bill
  14. Hi Steve Long time no talk. I've been pretty busy. Only log in occasionally to catch up on news. How far are you along with the "S". the hangar is looking good. Looking forward to the Savannah Muster. Cheers Bill
  15. Hi Mike Glad you got back safely - unfortunate about the plane but that can be fixed. As to the toe brakes issue, I use my plane for training and found students were having trouble with inadvertent braking, especially on takeoff, so I adjusted the brake pedals to lean as far forward as possible. However with Mark being a big fella, he has the rudder pedals in the most forward position possible and this does not allow room for the brake pedal to be leaned forward. Take a bit of practice to always have your heels on the floor to keep toes off the brakes. Cheers Bill
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