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  1. I found the updated version today when sticky breaking at the camera views on the coast ( dreaming how nice it would be to duck over for a quick trip) I didn’t mind the runway diagram with current wind directions at fields where available, it could help set you up for arrival in correct direction, as long as it is accurate. I assume the data is from atis, or awis. quick tap on the field for the details is handy if a detour is needed. my hardest task is getting the weight and balance chart correct. I had the 182 re weighed for the first time ( for accuracy). Guy who weighed it had done its original one way back in 63 when it was new. hopefully now I can enter all the fields accurately and not have a line dashing off the screen telling me it won’t fly right. cheers clinton
  2. Very sad to hear. More of our aviation family gone. RIP and thoughts out to all your families
  3. We had several people in a hanger, leasing off a partnership who leased from council. Thanks to council bs we now have an empty locked up hanger, with airplanes sitting outside, or stored a long way from home in some cases. This building was on airport when handed to council ownership, it was a recycled airforce building from the original airport. It would have been generating $800 per month minimum from the private planes in it plus more from the commercial operation in there. go figure
  4. Hydration pouch a good idea, most ditching would occur in sea water ( I assume in Australia anyway)
  5. The first tig i bought was the CIG inverter type which just happens come with a lift tig kit. It is a bit harder to learn on, but my lame mate used it for a lot of the repairs on the bushbaby airframe which worked just fine. not overly expensive and light as onetrack stated. You can now "buy" smaller argon bottles with no lease payments each year and a good bobbin regulator is a great investment. cheers
  6. Cameras on the day I turned back showed all clear at Armidale, and view from Tamworth was ok. It was once I climbed into the smoke above the range it got worse, what looked blue above me was just too high up to clear. Forward and below just went white in and instant. The eyeball on the ground is what I will be looking for, but the way it’s going, I will probably have to drive. All because no closer business wants to help this customer out. i was looking forward to going somewhere new. clinton
  7. A more concentrated heat source would have probably aided in the guys you tube vid to heat exactly where he needed it to be. That blanket heating of a MAP torch is not really suitable. I have a nice tig that with lots of practice I am starting to weld better. It won’t happen first time. I have spent hours watching a Lame mate welding for me and talking me through process. There are Tig welders out there cheaper now than ever before. It just takes more practice with them to learn the perfect settings for each job. I have a henrob torch that I first bought due to the field days demo, but far more tricky to learn on than TIG.
  8. thanks, I am going to use every resource I can find, I had a little encounter with smoke a few weeks ago which was scary- I didn't even make it out of the control zone and requested to turn back due to decreasing vis. . cheers clinton
  9. Are there any flying members based in Parkes able to give me a pilots opinion on smoke haze in the area. I need to fly VFR down to do a job there in the next 2 weeks or so. If you could pm me with contact details so I could maybe give you a call the day before to get an opinion on conditions it would be appreciated, it may be on a Saturday when I get to leave. cheers clinton
  10. What a terrible weekend. Condolences to all that know the pilots/passengers
  11. What sauce comes with the ribs??. Problem when cruising on boat. Everything becomes about food. No flying doing my head in.
  12. Like the new avatar Bex. did not recognise it at first ready the Thailand plane response. cheers Clintonb
  13. most of us seem to be the type of deviants who haunt both sites, so it makes sense to merge. I am particularly fond of the funnies, I always need a laugh to make the day bearable being at work whilst the sun shines and the winds are fair. cheers clinton
  14. I had a work warranty claim for work involving "plastic rivits". retail if purchased as $12 ea, we needed 8. we had an airbag with 3 turn up ($22.00 each time), then an air bag with 1 more from a different depot, with the other 4 on back order. Turns out after the stupid freight debacle- they were the wrong part. the correct ones were shipped direct to the customer by supplier after this in another freight bag with the other half of the clips he did not need, (another $18 dollar part by 8 units) all because 4 fridge shelves were not locked in place by factory worker. Efficiency at its best.
  15. Tamworth to Orange and back to drop a mate off before work this morning. 3hrs 12 minutes air time. Very nice way to start the day. Wind was all but non existent. Bumps were minimal. Added a new strip to my list of landing places. Found a weird anomaly with my iPad tracking though. There was an aircraft in same vicinity and height over orange- could not see and no reply on radio. Later when looking at my track history it shows me making a weird triangle hourglass shape over orange township. Has anyone else had this happen before. Also 2 “ghosting” planes coming towards me at Coolah at same height but not there.
  16. I found the zero forward airspeed when trimming back all the way a bit unsettling at first. It was an interesting ride though.
  17. Paper doesn’t go “flat”( as in battery’s), it’s really easy to delete. It doesn’t just die because you didn’t back it up because you were busy. I still have model plane plans that I drew as a teenager in a $10 crate (along with all of my original AUF newsletters and early magazines. Amazing they still work and don’t need an update, or worse not supported any more. great to see you are still around bex, all the best with recoveries, boats are deadly-mine tried to break my leg on the weekend, 6 weeks out from a cruise. Not needed cheers
  18. My 182 is usually a single seater, unless my no 1 little co pilot gets out of bed early enough, yes it burns fuel like a 10 litre Cadillac tank- but when I look out either side under those wings I still can’t believe I own it, I’m flying a couple of thousand feet up and loving it. If it brings you joy and you can share that experience sometimes with your family and friends it’s worth it. You only live once.
  19. sunday looked good, home base weather was terrible, so I chose not to go, wind, rain and bad vis out to the west. maybe next year-here's to hoping.
  20. All up I have spent 79 hrs with instructors, 6 hrs 20 years ago, the Raaus was around 35 inc endorsements then BFR’s plus I have grabbed an instructor after a bit of a scare on base to final until my confidence came back. It doesn’t hurt to ask for help.
  21. I took 26 hrs to go from RPC to RPL, found going to 182 for learning meant getting used to weight difference, performance, the prop and mixture stuff, then cross country and minimum instrument time. Also some time spent getting used to radio in tower time compared to CTAF time in Raaus flying.
  22. Very sad outcome. Friday morning weather was bad enough at Armidale, approx 500 feet cloud/fog at 0830. I headed west to go home to Tamworth and found clear sky 5 miles out, looking behind it was solid. Straight line track would have been over high unfriendly ground in poor conditions.
  23. Am looking at Sunday morning if weather is kind.
  24. 182 AH is a bit out and 56 years young. Maybe when STC model is available it would be a good replacement. looks good and seems very functional.
  25. Found them (Andrews race cars) very helpful for small quantities of 4130 also.
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