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About Bleve97

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  1. As an RA-aus pilot, as noted, you can get exemptions, but you don't need a PPL, you can have a GA CTZ endorsement ("PPL lite"), hold some sort of CASA medical, and both must be current.
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  3. It's a great story, and they did amazing things with the most basic tools, but they had the luxury of time - they were doing ~7kts, and had weeks to do it, and all nice visual clues that we use too, some of anyway, not all of which are terribly useful in aviation. They had multi-crew to manage the workload. If they got a bit lost they had time to fix it. You don't hear from the ones that didn't make it though ... Survivor bias again. Harold Gatty has an amazing story too, but .. they were _lucky_ and a lot didn't make it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Gatty Prince of Navigator
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survivorship_bias You don't hear from the ones that didn't make it.
  5. The 1:60 is essentially a dumbed down version of the Small Angle Approximation. It works because the hypotenuse and the adjacent are close enough in length that it doesn't matter in the case of using a compass or gyro for navigation in a very imprecise environment. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small-angle_approximation In the charter world, if you did any of this, you'd be looking for a new job. That's what TSO'd GNSS is for.
  6. We get some pretty seriously cold mornings over winter, and correct technique won't cut it. A battery booster is pretty important, and keeping batteries on charge overnight helps too. Sometimes we have to resort to shoving two hair dryers into the cooling vents for 20 minutes to warm up enough to start. Jabs don't like -1 degree starts
  7. Our procedure is electric fuel pump on til ToC.
  8. Any GA flight school can do it. We do at YLIL, a few trips in and out of YMEN and YMMB and you're done
  9. The converting exam includes HF, so you don't have to do both
  10. FWIW, most of my Jab 160 flying is RHS, I only fly LH if doing a maintenance or ferry flight. I found the initial move to RH was only tricky from the POV of the spinner bulge being on the wrong side and it took a couple of landings to get the plane pointed straight. Otherwise, no dramas. If the weather's a bit curly and I'm taking a Jab to Tyabb for maintenance, I fly RHS because I'm more used to it, less likely to test the width of the strip :) Recommended that you do a flight or two with an instructor, just to make sure you're not way off-line on takeoff and landing. The old whiteboar
  11. Casting the net wide! I have a desire to create some high resolution load charts for a PA28R-201 (Arrow V), which is to say that I've made a vector chart for the load envelope, metric and imperial, but I cannot use them, even though the data is exactly the same as the 100th generation scan/crappy print in the aircraft's PoH, just, it's an illustrator file so I can make nice big and clear charts for training exercises. I even sent the charts to Piper, who said : No, we cannot approve his charts. If he was in the US, he could hire a FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER) to ap
  12. You could contact the local operator and ask them :) But generally, noise is on climb, not descent.
  13. I've spent some time poking around with a multimeter on Jabs, and it's worth checking for voltage drops from the battery to the radio, to try to isolate where a loss could be. There's a few places that need checking - in particular both sides of the avionics switch and the 12v bus bar. It doesn't take much time and makes finding the problem reasonably simple. Same with earths, being a composite airframe, checking for resistance between the earth on the radio and the battery is worthwhile. I've stumbled onto 0.5-1 volt losses in places, that's enough to make the radio unworkable at low RPM.
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