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  1. <but I think about 50 hours a year for GA private pilots and 20 per year for RA. > From my observations over 25 years I would put those hours at 50 or more hours a year for RA, and 20 or less hours for GA......
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    Another NEW Savannah XL on its way

    Use a flashing LED and then don't need a resistor. Really catches attention better as well.
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    Power Plants

    Recently I flew out to view the new solar/gas power plant west of Dalby, Qld. The solar array in the background and backup gas generators foreground. Note how the gas plant is configured with six units, so that they can be fired up separately to match the load requirement, a very efficient arrangement. Also note how clean and tidy the the whole setup is. Another view of the solar array, and more ground prepared for expansion. Nearby is this old coal fired plant. Quite a mess.... And this is the coal mine that feeds that plant. An even bigger mess.... The coal-fired plant is much larger capacity than the solar/gas plant, but seems to me that we sure do need more of those clean, efficient type of power plants. Flying sure does give a very real view of what goes on down there.....
  4. The following is an account of an incident that happened to me near Ceduna several years ago, that I had published before. Then yesterday I found the same situation, that the rear latch of the door hadn't engaged properly. I was already 15 minutes out from the strip, and well remembered the incident below, but didn't want to turn back, big mistake! I figured that if I slowed to 50 and was prepared for the forces involved, I could close the door properly. Once again, I was firmly pulling on the door, but as soon as the main latch disengaged, the door snatched outward and then reversed and slammed in with the front edge inside the door post. Could easily have ripped the door off completely.... Then a hell of a struggle to get it closed properly..... I should have learned from that first experience, but hopefully others will pay attention and not make the same mistake....... Recently I had a violent experience while opening a door in flight. I had installed a three-way latch system that was very secure, but when I closed the door one time I must have been leaning on the door a little bit, such that the rear latch didn't engage properly and ended up on the outside of the door post, leaving a 20mm gap at the rear of the door. I didn't notice this until well into a x-country flight and thought it would be easy to close. I knew there would be an outward pull on the door, so held the operating handle in my left hand while pulling inward firmly on the fillet at the rear of the window. Then carefully eased open the main latch, planning to pull the rear closed and re-latch. As soon as the front latch released, the door snatched open violently, swinging up about 45 degrees, then reversed and slammed shut so violently that the flange at the front edge of the door ended up inside the door post rather than outside. The inner frame of the door was broken in several places, but didn't break away. I continued on to the next airstrip, now with the rear of the door sticking out 80mm, and a bleeding arm from some skin that had been lost in the incident. It all happened in an instant, but I did a horror vision of the door ripped off a 701 that Hans was flying. The door flew back and impacted the horiz stab, breaking a mounting bracket and leaving the stab askew...... A very close call..... This incident has demonstrated that opening a door can instantly change from benign to violent...... Totally unpredictable! Flying with a door removed is no problem, but DON"T UNLATCH A DOOR WHILE IN FLIGHT!!
  5. There's some very serious tiger country between Glenn Innis and Grafton. Heavy timber on steep rugged mountain slopes. The Gwydir Highway is very busy, and often covered by tree canopy. The Old Glen Innis to Grafton road is the way to go. It was the main road in the days of the bullock teams, so had to have grazing paddocks to feed the animals along the way. Those paddocks are still clear so there are landable options just about all the way, just follow the Mann and Boyd Rivers most of the way. There's even a clearing that appears to have been an airstrip near the junction of the Boyd and Nymboida Rivers. Starting from Glenn Innis, 20nm east along the Gwydir Highway you will see a steep valley to the south with green paddocks in the distance. Follow these valleys all the way down. Waypoints labelled on the VNC are Newton Boyd - Broadmeadows - Dalmorton - and Buccarumbi. Starting at South Grafton go direct to Buccarumbi then follow the reverse track up hill.
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    Birdsville Again

    It's all back paddock to someone. They manage their cattle and sheep down there, and call it home. I always take note of water points and the vehicle tracks that lead toward a homestead. Those locals are the most capable to access the country. I have instructions to the recipients of my SPOT messager to first try to contact those station owners if I message that I'm down and stranded and need assistance. And I carry cash to be able to pay for that assistance......
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    Birdsville Again

    Here's the story of my flight to Birdsville this year. Birdsville Again JG
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    Tie downs

    Yeh, Peter Gillespie, the new Savannah agent has taken on the tie-down project. He has them in stock now. 0408 376 540
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    Coominya crash

    Any word yet on the cause of the engine stoppage??
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    Cheap aeroplane

    This one now flying often at Kilcoy, Qld. Running well with Camit engine.
  11. Thanks for your encouraging comments. One caution that I did find for trailering aircraft around, is that most airfields are locked nowadays. And not always easy to find entry. Muwillumbah was open and is an excellent airfield, but on that SA trip I was locked out of Glen Innis, Peterborough, Leigh Creek and Streaky Bay. Padlocks on the gates and no mobile number to call to get access. The phone numbers in ERSA are usually for the Council office, so not active on weekends, and even when answered, the receptionist doesn't know who to contact. Took about an hour on hold for the receptionist at Pt Augusta to hand me over to a maintenance fella who then promptly came out to let me in, then I had to call him out again to get out again..... At Leigh Creek I had to be there at 0700 when he could let me in, but then I couldn't get out again until the next morning...... Streaky Bay is 9km from town and no one out there, so didn't feel like going thro the procedure to call the office and wait for someone ...... You'd think the least they all could do would be to post a mobile number on the gate for more prompt service.... And maybe use a code padlock so they could just pass on the code instead of having to leave whatever they might be doing and come out.... But I guess they haven't considered that because so few of us are trailering and needing access that way..... So in future need to plan ahead and make arrangements before arrival, but that takes much of the freedom out of the trip.....
  12. Here's some photos from the flights that I did yesterday. Into the Tweed Volcano Crater JG
  13. Gday All, Here's the story of my recent flights in South Australia. https://trailbiketosouthaustralia.blogspot.com/ JG
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    Tell us about your last flight

    That doesn't look legal, but this one was. Pretty amazing that they let them fly that......