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  1. Funny you should mention the Mirage Nev, finding cracks and evaluating the repairs in the Mirage was my job for a number of years at GAF Avalon. It was the ones in the main spar that slowed them up and basically turned a fighter jet into a taxi for the boss to fly around as the worst of them were limited to 3G The best ten years of work I had I reckon working on the jets. But yes the same things happen to the smaller lighter machines with a lot of hard work in some cases. How long has it been a flying school plane and who serviced it are questions to ask I guess.
  2. Thanks Bob, yes still a young whipper snapper and loving it. ?
  3. Your story sounds very familiar, I started my current flying four years back at 62 after a few false starts many years back, family kids etc. I fortunately still have my lovely wife who enjoys a flight with me every now and then. So yes do go and do it it’ll give a new focus on life and lots of great people to meet, when this covid virus thingy finally clears up. All the best.
  4. Hi Dave, Again welcome, I fit into the same situation as you when it comes to age and money and having had an aviation background some years back I only took to the air not far off three years ago. So a very similar pattern minus the GA start. I have to ask though, you mentioned you liked to learn something different each year if possible and I noticed your handle for this site is Astroguy, now that wouldn’t relate to one of your other learning experiences would it? Astronomy was, is one of my other passions but was forced to park the telescope due to shift work and that’s how the flying
  5. Ah, that'll be the anal probe Oh sorry that's the Aliens isn't it. Wrong group.
  6. :headset:This is how they do it. Long video, best bits when they get there in circuit.
  7. Not trying to hijack the thread here just sharing a memory. I liked the static balance rig on the back patio across the chair backs. It reminded me of when I used to build up the engines and props for the fine old Nomads and static balance them but we didn't use the patio chairs :-) Dynamic balance was done during initial engine runs. Shit that's about 38 years ago now, must be getting old. The picture comes from FaceBook, Danny Tanner posts a lot of old pictures he and his brother had done over many years. I would have loved to have taken a lot of pictures back then but GAF
  8. Charlie Drake should have taken notice of these rules
  9. What happened to the Blackshape Prime?????????
  10. A week ago I was extremely pleased to be able to take my cousin Margaret for a short flight. Both her and her husband Don now in their mid to late eighties had been the proud owners of. 210 Cessna and both instrument rated pilots. Margaret was most displeased when about fifteen years back Don had arrived home exclaiming, “I’ve sold the Cessna”. I think Margaret could have done Don a nasty if she was that way inclined. So it was with great pleasure we took the Pioneer Kite 300 for a spin and it was a perfect day on the Sunday morning. Lifting off of rwy 28 at Leathbridge it wasn’t long
  11. Have a look at this one, a Honda 130 fitted up, but what caught my eye was the wire locking on the front of the prop at 3:00 min in. If you can call it wire locked with a single strand, I count and a half anti locked, two neutral and two sort of positive. It would also seem nylock nuts are sufficient for the blade root clamping.
  12. Hi Ross, Sounds like you're having fun and keeping your instructor on his toes at the same time. Can't be all that bad if he's laughing and apologising at the same time. Crosswind keeps the feet busy, enjoy.
  13. The first time I saw that done was about thirty eight years back at Avalon on a couple of Army Nomads that had come back in for some mods. The factory had set them up as per normal but the Army boys had spun them around so normal ops were all at 12 o'clock. Yep a smart idea.
  14. Undercarriage testing from Bookface.
  15. What a day for flying at Lethbridge. It's been three weeks since my last outing and that was with the CFI for my XC test flight, Passed by the way so I'm free. Been that busy at work though and elsewhere and the weather has been atrocious. Finally the sun came out and the wind vanished but had to be at work by 2:00pm. The plane was free at 11:00 so a few circuits were in order. For the sake of brevity I'll refer to the planes out of the hanger as 1,2,3 - 6 etc. I get to the hanger and three of the six planes normally there were gone, a fourth about to be gone and mine about to make it fi
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