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  1. brinykraut it is mad max country! Mad Max filmed out near Silverton and some awesome trips and adventures still to be had in Far West NSW. Bourke and Wills did part of the Darling river and split their party at Menindee way back in the 1860s. You are right though, much easier to fly over! I learnt to fly Gyrocopters this year so want to fly the length of the Darling then the Murray as one of my first adventures. Planning to do the trip as a small group next year. That should be fun.
  2. Today we finally flew the Darling river between Menindee and Wilcannia today. Have covered it in each direction beyond that but for some reason had never done this short hop. Not much water in it around Wilcannia at the moment, mostly deep holes. Wilcannia township from the East looking West with the Barrier Highway centre. The Wilcannia strip is top right. The Darling River has a river distance of around 400km between Wilcannia and Menindee but is only 130km direct. Below - taken not far from Menindee.
  3. An early morning trip Flight home today took me past the Menindee Lake System in Far West NSW. Lake Wetherall (below) part of the Darling River system still with some water. Below. An empty Lake Menindee looking south with Lake Tandour off in the background The village of Sunset Strip on the edge of Lake Menindee have lost their water views with what looks like sand dunes forming on the Lake bed.
  4. Flight this morning from Stephens Creek to White Cliffs for a milkshake and a bucket of hot chips. By 11.00am it was rough as guts up to 7500ft, spew bag on the ready for my young bloke but to his credit he held on. Not a rain cloud in sight. Easy 10 minute stroll into town from the strip and well worth putting on the destination list for a couple of days. Above; 3500ft heading out before the thermals started getting too exited. Welcome to White Cliffs !!! ASIC not required!
  5. The Silver City Recreational Aircraft Club Broken Hill is exited to announce we will be hosting the 2019 ASRA Nationals. The event program is under development and will be published in the next few months and published in the ASRA magazine - Gyro News We are aiming to have a fun, family friendly, back to basics event. On behalf of the club thanks to the ASRA board who have been really supportive. Please book the date and have a plan to fly/drive/ride/train/bus with your partner/kids/mates/guitar and make a trip of it.
  6. Noticed on the RAA website today that in the members section under the Aircraft tab is a registration search function with a "coming soon" note. Curious to know how much information will be included here and when it will be online, airport operators will be hopeful. Here is the screen dump.
  7. Well I don't know how to fix this but I am very pleased there are people like Giles who are prepared to get in and help. Yes a hero, yes courageous and yes doing what he could to help people who, clearly, were not able to help themselves. I would hope I have the courage to step up if the need arose and equally hope if I needed help people would step up as well.
  8. "Avenues" such as clubs with club sponsored 3 axis aircraft with instruction in certified 2 seat aircraft, Drifters are an example. The demise of clubs where volunteers provide or contribute to instruction are almost a thing of the past for various reasons. I see Powered Paragliding as an example of a form of flying which is a fun without the control, they seem to be doing a pretty good job keeping safe without the bureaucracy. Incidentally, I am one of those people who front up every week and volunteer time and effort to contribute, however I can, to keep the aviation dream alive for others as well as myself in my area. That's how we try to make a difference, not by trying to get on the board of the RAA but being active on the committee of our local clubs (what is left of them) and working within the framework we have.
  9. It would be great if this reported growth was translating to extra activity, the reality I see is many regional clubs in decline, airport access getting worse by the day, and costs continue to escalate. Many avenues for affordable flying are already gone and unlikely to ever return. Who and where the increasing RAA flight hours are being flown I would like to know. You don't need a breakdown of demographics to figure out age groups if you are involved in the grass roots of "club life" (or whats left of it). I don't believe we are a group of people trying to character assassinate ourselves with words of doom but like many I am at a loss to see how we can invigorate interest in flight when we are competing with so many other less complicated and less expensive forms of entertainment. If you are part of a thriving and prospering aviation community please share your strategies with this group.
  10. Looking for any suggestions on where I could get a 3/8 UNF Curtis style fuel drain for a Jab 230 (belly headertank fuel drain). Want to be able to remove aging fuel from the aircraft without the mess and hassle of using existing drain or pumping from disconnected fuel line. Any other suggestions of how others are achieving this would be appreciated.
  11. Have had 3 days of fun flying, flights with my kids and then a fantastic trip as a passenger in a Trike this morning after bacon and eggs for breakfast. Following theTibooburra road heading towards Broken Hill which can just be seen on the horizon in the left of the pic.
  12. Sunrise and another early start. The village of Cockburn population 25) on the NSW SA border looking West with the Railway (left) and the Barrier Highway (right) converging with a light show not done justice by my phone camera.
  13. With temps in the low 30s last night it was still pretty warm at dawn for an early morning flight this morning. Going to be another hot one today. Ready for preflight. The Silvertown wind farm under construction. These turbines are the largest so far in Australia. More than 50 of them going in. The Mundi Mundi plain. From the lookout near Silverton you can see the curvature of the earth, not a bad view from the Jab either. Silverton looking north. Broken Hill with the Line of Load ore body and mines running through the middle of the city. Umberumberka Range with the long closed Silverton Tramway line heading off in the distance to Cockburn in S.A. Anyway that was my last flight.
  14. For Australia day today I had breakfast in Jindabyne, and made it home to Broken Hill for lunch. The Snowy Mountains with some early morning fog was very spectacular. On past the irrigated fruit blocks along the Murrumbidgee river. Then the familiar view of seemingly endless landscapes heading for home before the summer thermals really kick in. Pretty awesome Australia Day activity in my book. Hope you enjoyed your day.
  15. From an aviation insurance broker who has done a great job for me previously but comparing it to the RAA recommended broker this was their response; "Thank you for your email and the attachment. I note that the insurance is placed under the RAAus scheme which is underwritten by QBE and Agile. The way the market is going at the moment with premiums increasing two fold and other underwriters no longer insuring RAAus aircraft I would suggest you renew with the scheme when your insurance comes due." A recommendation of sorts for PSB and the RAA with a warning for things to come it would seem. My policy only had a marginal increase from last year.