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  1. onetrack

    Airstrip naming

    Good God - Iveragh? - who thought that name up? Reminds me of the old Bill Wannan yarn, with regard to the pronunciation of that fabled and legendary Outback Train Station, named Eurelia. Bill yarned that every time the train pulled into the station, the Engine Driver called out, "YER-A-LIAR!! ... YER-A-LIAR!!" - and the Guard called out in response, "YOU-REALLY-ARE!! ... YOU-REALLY-ARE!!" 😆
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    RAAus to disclose member details

    The tax monies garnered from aviation fuel taxes, do not go to airport owners or operators. Virtually all fuel taxes collected on aviation go to ASA and CASA. The report below, despite being over 20 yrs old, shows the fuel taxing regime within Australia. Not much has changed in 20 yrs, only the amount (in cents) collected. In particular, Figure 1 is a clear outline of revenues and returns to the varied parties. TAXES AND CHARGES IN AUSTRALIAN TRANSPORT: A TRANSMODAL OVERVIEW
  3. This is a particularly sad event. But it must make the instructor who taught her, wonder what went wrong in his training of her, and whether he should have concentrated more on her weaknesses in navigation, or concentration, or general flying skills. To run into cumulogranitus just 100M below the peak of the mountain range is the most basic and most unforgiveable flying error you can get. I was under the impression that you are always taught to ensure that there's lots of air between you and the highest known points of terra firma along your route. In every case I have read about, where a CFIT into high ground occurred, there were serious deficiencies in the PIC's navigation and flying skills that were never addressed - or their training was deficient. I understand the flying conditions were more than likely pretty atrocious, and mountain rotor turbulence could have played a substantial part in the reason or reasons for this crash. However, one would expect, it would have been hammered into her, to be particularly alert to the phenomenon - even more so, in the area she was flying into, which is well known for some of the worst types of these events. The sobering part is, if she had had a full complement of pax, we could have been looking at possibly Australias worst air disaster since Lockhart River. I trust the investigators find something of value in the wreckage, to determine the reasons behind this tragedy - but by the sound of it, they are going to be struggling to find any mechanical evidence of any value. ATSB - Mountain Wave turbulence
  4. I was under the incorrect impression (from an aging memory) that the reason for this crash was a washer was left out from a tail rotor mechanism fastener, leading to movement that fractured the fastener - leading to tail rotor breakup. I also recall the investigators went through the rubbish bins in the workshop and found the missing washer, thus proving their suspicions correct. However, the report simply says in this crash, the tail rotor fastener fractured completely, due to early-onset metal fatigue - and checking of several other similar machines also showed fractures starting under the fastener heads of two more fasteners. As a result of the investigation, the manufacturer reduced the programmed lifespan of that particular fastener, from 2500 hrs to 300 hrs. So I'm confused now (easily done today). Does anyone remember which helicopter crash it was, then, that was caused by the missing washer under the tail rotor mechanism fastener? It was a major crash, with serious loss of life.
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    Antoinette V16

    Yes there is! - A very powerful aircraft, of course! What else? 😆 Antoinette V16 aircraft
  6. The machine leaves more questions unanswered than it answers. Q 1. How are the authorities going to treat this machine? It's an aircraft, so where are the rules and regulations for the operation of this thing? Q 2. At a maximum height of 16 feet, it's not going to clear a lot of powerlines and other aerial wiring in populated areas. In fact, it will be in direct conflict with them. So it would have to be operated at around head height or even less. That makes it exceptionally dangerous for people on the ground. Q 3. I can see some potential for the rig to be used in emergency work in marshy ground, exploration in remote areas, and in farming operations, in open paddocks/fields. But if the countryside needing to be accessed has trees more than 16 feet high, what then? Duck between the trees, and duck the passing swishing branches? I think the applications for the machine are going to be extremely limited, and the controls of its operation, very tight. Meantimes, back at the Ranch - how are the Dubai Police getting on, with their hoverbikes?? New Atlas - Dubai Police hoverbikes Can you imagine what a bank-robbing crim could do with a high-powered weapon - or even a shotgun, to one of these things?? Talk about a suicide mission. I guess the next American version will have it sorted - a .50 cal Browning MG mounted in front of the operator, will be their answer. 😓
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    Bertin X-8

    I find the fact that a large number of these early flyers, tinkerers, and aircraft engine and airframe builders, seem to originate from the bicycle and motorcycle fraternity. Bertin was a bicycle mechanic, then a motorcycle mechanic. I guess dealing with light weights and small engines, as in motorbikes, would translate pretty easily across to flying machines. I think it also helped to be a bit of a mad bugger, a real risk-taker, as so many of the motorcycling and motorcycle racing fraternity seem to be, both then and now.
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    Bertin X-8

    Here's an obviously rare photo of Leonce Bertin from 1910, posing alongside what appears to be one of his earlier engines, a single cylinder version. The hypnotic stare of Bertin into the camera lens appears to me, to indicate a man of great intensity and drive. Leonce Bertin - 1910
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    Bertin X-8

    I ran out of editing time on the previous post, and I wanted to outline that the 1908 Bertin helicopter utilised fixed biplane wings, with a propeller for lift - but the improved 1912 version utilised a rotary wing for lift - as well as a propellor for lift. One can quickly see that although Bertins ideas for lift were going in the right design direction, he was obviously not aware of the need for added controls to resist rotor thrust torque, nor does he seem to have designed in much by way of rotor control, to control direction and speed of travel.
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    Bertin X-8

    Leonce Bertin was quite an inventive fellow. He also designed a helicopter first in 1908, and again in 1912. The 1912 model appears to be powered with a 4 cyl version of his neat little engine. What is more - the rotor was designed in the shape of an aerofoil, rather than a propeller shape, as in current (rotary wing) design. This shows Bertin was aware that more than a simple propeller was needed for lift. The 1908 model utilised biplane aerofoils, but the 1912 version utilised a monoplane wing. There is a photo on the 'net (not readily accessible) of Leonce and his son Rene in the Bertin monoplane, apparently taken on the day they crashed (14th July 1913), which resulted in the death of both father and son. Bertin helicopter - 1908 Alamy stock photos - the 1912 Bertin Helicopter
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    SSB Lithium Iron batteries

    Bruce, for aviation use, the lithium batteries do provide an enormous advantage with regard to weight. However, I wouldn't write L-A batteries off just yet, the L-A manufacturers are fighting back with a consortium dedicated to making serious improvements in L-A design and output, to try and counter the lithium attack. Gridtential gets $6M from Battery Strategics to advance Lead Acid batteries The global manufacturing level of L-A batteries is still 10 times that of Lithium manufacturers. Even Tesla's gigantic lithium battery manufacturing factory is not going to make a major dent in L-A production, globally. However, I believe L-A will continually lose ground to those applications where the weight penalty is a significant factor in the sale. Supercapacitors and ultracapacitors designed into electrical systems, along with batteries, hold great potential for vastly improved performance, particularly where there are demand spikes in power requirements. The latest ultracapacitor developments are quite exciting, and could alter the electrical landscape substantially, with particular regards to energy storage and useage smoothing. Very recent research developments are tantalisingly close to the possibility of making ultracapacitors replace batteries completely - even Lithium batteries. Alternative to traditional batteries closer to reality There are batteries available now, such as the Ecoult Ultrabattery, which uses the CSIRO-developed, combination supercapacitor and L-A battery, to produce vastly improved battery performance, faster recharging, and quick response to power demands. In particular, the Ultrabattery performs exceptionally well when operated at PSoC, which normally kills L-A batteries rapidly. The Ultrabattery promises a 10 yr life from their L-A technology. Ultrabattery technology
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    SSB Lithium Iron batteries

    Markdun, you're right. All technology has its drawbacks, I've had L-A batteries explode on me, and seen some spectacular hydrogen explosions from batteries gassing without adequate ventilation. The big weight factor of L-A batteries causing cracking is a good point, one I had not considered. Acid corrosion is not the problem is used to be with better L-A battery design and better sealing. The simple fact is, you need to familiarise yourself with every downside of the technology of the product you're using, imagine every possible scenario where that downside could rear its ugly head, and plan and design accordingly. The figures to date show that the LiFePo4 battery has provided low enough numbers of "mishaps" in ground-based equipment, to the extent that those numbers are quite acceptable, as regards the risk profile. However, I have not seen any "mishap" figures related to aviation use of LiFePo4 yet, perhaps the numbers in aviation use are too low yet, to start providing quality stats.
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    Small turbines 100hp 130hp

    The Szorenyi rotary engine is the latest development in rotary design. However, it appears to be likely to suffer from the same problem as all rotaries - trying to ensure a durable and reliable seal between rotor and stator. This niggling problem is likely to be worsened if the Szorenyi rotary engine reaches much higher revolutions than the Wankel. New 4 chamber rotary engine
  14. I don't think the Wright Bros would have got off the ground if it were not for the generously unpatented work of a lot of other aerial experimenters - including in particular, the austere bearded gent who graces our $20 note. But the device that really ensured the Wrights got airborne, was the wizard of a little lightweight engine, produced by the equally brilliant Charlie Taylor. Charlie not only built the Flyer engine from scratch, to the Wright Bros sketches and specifications - he also built the wind tunnel that Orville and Wilbur used extensively to prove up their theories. Perhaps if Lawrence Hargrave had succeeded in producing a workable lightweight engine, he would be the recognised pioneer of aviation, rather than the Wright Bros. Charlie Taylor - The man aviation almost forgot Biography - Lawrence Hargrave
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    SSB Lithium Iron batteries

    Bruce - Despite the story being repeated, and referred to, continually - it's not true. Definitely an urban legend of the 1st order. In the same league as the Choking Doberman. Snopes - Cruise control crash urban legend The stories of RC aircraft powered by LiPo's, regularly crashing and burning, are, unfortunately, true. They are the real, "bomb waiting to go off", in the Lithium battery stable. You can get LiPo-Guard protective safety bags, that are designed to prevent your house from burning down, if they catch fire when charging - which they are known to do.
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    SSB Lithium Iron batteries

    There's probably one main reason why Jabiru are reluctant to endorse Lithium batteries - even LiFePo4 batteries. And that reason is - despite LiFePo4 batteries being advertised and regarded as "benign" and "completely safe", they will still go into thermal runaway at temperatures around 270°C. They do have a lower heat release signature during thermal runaway, than the other lithium batteries. However - this simple fact means that if you install a LiFePo4 battery and are unfortunate enough to crash, and have a fire start in the wreckage, then the LiFePo4 will actively feed that fire, once the battery reaches the above temperature. One could say, "Well, if you're on fire after a crash, you or your aircraft are finished anyway". However, there are many survivors of aircraft crashes which ended in a post-crash fire, and if one can reduce the on-board items which will feed that fire, then that must improve the chances for the survivor/s of the initial crash impact.
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    Nice new planes for RFDS

    They're fast, that's what the RFDS want. Distance is the killer in Outback Australia, a lot of people have died before they could get crucial medical attention. I'd like a ride in one, but not as a patient. If you crash your vehicle in a remote region, and are badly injured, you just might be very appreciative of the PC-24. I believe their biggest supporters are the people whose lives have been saved by them. I've no doubt, the RFDS has the condition and capability of every unsealed runway sorted, down to the nth degree - and they normally work on just landing at the closest suitable strip, and bringing the patient/s in by road, from the scene of the mishap.
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    SSB Lithium Iron batteries

    Bruce - It's possible to add an electrical "soft start" to DC motors, but it needs electronics added, and therefore adds more complexity to the starting system. Leece-Neville Prestolite manufacture a new range of heavy-duty diesel starter motors ("Titan") that are in-line, reduction-drive starters. They have a "soft start" built into the design mechanically, the pinion is engaged early, and the reduction gears ensure a gradual take-up of starter motor power. This design could possibly be introduced into the smaller starter range, if the demand was seen to be there. A mechanical soft start mechanism is the better (simpler) design.
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    Small turbines 100hp 130hp

    32 litres per hour of diesel fuel consumption just for the 100HP model means this design has no economic advantage over any IC engine, whatsoever. An improvement in reliability and smoothness, perhaps - but I can't see light aircraft owners beating a path to their door, waving handfuls of notes.
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    Aussie UFO sighting in rare audio

    I have little doubt that many people sight UFO's and do not report them to anyone outside their family or group of friends. I personally doubt these sightings are of alien craft, I believe they are almost certainly secret military projects. I wasn't aware of this particular UFO report, below, until earlier this year. It happened at Yerecoin in 1967, and the bloke involved was a no-nonsense type of bloke, who previously believed that anyone who reported sighting a "UFO", was a crackpot. What is unusual with this event, is it is a report where the person involved was almost able to touch the craft. It approached so closely to his Landrover in a paddock, that he had trouble getting the Landrover door open. Yerecoin UFO - 1967 I have a business associate who also encountered a similar sighting near Wickepin in the early 1970's. He was an agricultural contractor, and also a no-nonsense, highly skeptical type of bloke. He was driving along a gravel road in farming country in late afternoon, when he sighted this "grey-coloured, cylindrical" UFO sitting in the paddock about 300 metres away. Curious, he stopped his ute, got out, climbed over the fence and started to walk towards it to inspect it. As he approached it, it suddenly took off, straight up into the sky, and vanished at enormous speed. It was broad daylight, a fine day, this bloke never touched alcohol, and he wasn't a "BS artist". He told a couple of locals about the episode, they laughed at him and asked silly questions such as "what were you on, that day?" - so he refused to talk about the sighting ever again. He never reported the sighting to any authorities, and this is probably typical, of a lot of taciturn country people. In the late 1970's and early 1980's there was a rash of UFO sightings in the SE Wheatbelt of W.A. At least 2 of my employees had exceptionally frightening close encounters with "UFO's". I can assure you they all saw something that was unexplainable in everyday terms, which caused them great fearfulness. In one of the cases, there were two witnesses to the event, which happened at night in a paddock and which event caused electrical disturbance so severe, it caused their Hilux to stop dead, and affected the lighting on the vehicle (switched the lights on and off with no human intervention).
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    This popped up on Facebook

    I'll wager she's a bean counter. They're guaranteed to eliminate the fun factor in any equation or calculations. I guess this means that Gyrocopter Girl spent all her money on gyrocopter training and flying? - 'cos she apparently can't afford any clothes! 😆 I see she's taken to rotorcraft, currently (Syton AH130). I guess this'll mean she can afford even less clothes, now? 😉
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    The XPB Stage 1 underway.

    I'm sorry to hear that Bex has medical issues that have laid him (and obviously, his plans) low. I trust he recovers to 100% fitness, and comes back with bigger and better ideas, gleaned from the range of new people he's been in contact with!
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    Home, home on the mange

    So, we can expect the next development, in the vital uses to which the Camden Airport funds are being allocated, to be towards the eradication of the huge number of wombat burrows, that have undermined the main runway?? This is like a Monty Python skit.
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    A short story, then a long journey

    HITC - No need to take any personal offence, re my opinion of the difficulty of bending 6061-T6. The 'net is full of images, of less than satisfactory attempts at bending aluminium tubing, and 6061-T6 in particular. If you have had good results, it's because you have used very thick wall tubing, and you have also used a good quality mandrel bender with tight-fitting formers. Deskpilot - I acquired the 22.23mm (7/8") tubing on Friday afternoon, and made an initial attempt at bending a 500mm section, utilising my 1/2" steel pipe bender former. I studied the 1/2" steel former and concluded it is very close to the 7/8" aluminium tubing in profile. I thought it would suffice for the aluminium tube bending, but I was wrong. Despite packing with used garnet and exercising care, I didn't obtain satisfactory bends in the tubing, I ended up with some rippling on the inside radius, and some flattening on the outside radius. I've put this down to a less-than-satisfactory fit of the tubing in the former, and possibly, inadequate packing of the garnet. I should have rammed the garnet to ensure maximum compaction. I paid a visit to my local muffler and exhaust shop in the hope that they would have 7/8" dies for their power bender. Unfortunately, despite their helpfulness, I was out of luck, their dies don't go down to 7/8". The next step, I'm going to acquire a set of HVACR ratchet mandrel benders, which have tight-tolerance formers and followers. I reckon these will produce a satisfactory bend result in the aluminium tubing. Stay tuned for further developments.
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    SSB Lithium Iron batteries

    Markdun - I'm in complete agreement with Skippydiesel here. Lithium batteries don't need to "wake up". I'd suggest you have an electrical or wiring problem, which is presenting when dead cold and initial high amperage draw is present. I'd be looking for a dirty or loose connection in the starter circuit, which is creating resistance and preventing the starter from getting full voltage. Or, the alternative is an internal starter fault which is producing similar symptoms. "Poling out" is a fault which occurs when the starter armature bushes get worn and the armature drops too close to the field windings, creating a short-circuit condition, and slow starter rotation speed. A high resistance problem can sometimes be found simply, by placing your bare hand (carefully) on connections, or on the starter, and finding an area which is producing heat, right after the initial starting attempt.