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Frankus1aust last won the day on November 5 2016

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  1. Nobody likes an unsolved mystery. Particularly in aviation. Here is an engineering presentation from an Engineering group that makes very interesting viewing (if you can get past the accents and acronyms). Best thing I have seen for a while and represents some very competent work
  2. Re the opening comment from Neel on this link, https://www.smartcompany.com.au/entrepreneurs/influencers-profiles/soar-aviation-neel-khokhani-flight-school/ Yes he was fired, but not for telling the owner in question how to run his business. As he was dismissed he accused the owner of being a racist. The owner answered "I wasn't a racist but I am now". This operation had "shonk" written all over it. The industry has enough challenges without get rich quick parasites fleecing it of resources.
  3. This is a pump up and sell exercise. Everything at Soar is working from the lowest denominator of cost and is a business model we have seen in other industries that delivers for the owner, and not the students. I have been waiting for the homing pigeons to return for this enterprise for a while. Frankly, it's overdue. Lots of empathy for the students and no sympathy for the owner. This industry has enough to deal with without this kind of operation "asset stripping" the training industry.
  4. Hi Ian, looks in good shape. I have a Gazelle and the previous owner removed the nav light, wiring and switch. Would you have any idea where I could get another one or maybe a picture of your light and fitting if you get a chance? Cheers, Frank
  5. Yes it seems happiest at around 75 Kn. An ideal hour builder as it takes hours to get anywhere. However the cost per hour is cheap and I think there are a few flying schools still running them. It took 8 hours flying time into a 20 kn headwind to get it from Moruya to Melb. Following the road, I was impressed when I raced past a truck. Only to realise he was changing a Tyre. (A little exaggerated but not far off).
  6. Thanks Guys for the info. I will remove the leg and have a look.
  7. And last question, ('till next time), can anyone suggest where a person could buy the rubber donuts that go in the nose wheel strut?
  8. What I am looking for are the rubber donuts that go in the front nose gear strut that dampen the landing shock. Basically just rubber washers.
  9. Thanks and I called but they didn't seem to know. I'm guessing it is a part that may be on other aircraft so any suggestions would be welcome
  10. Does anyone in the experience trust know where to buy the rubber donuts that are inside the front gear leg of a Skyfox Gazelle? Front strut leg is a bit clunky. I don't have a picture. Thanks in advance
  11. There is the drone license which allows you to be exempt from those rules. You will also need to submit a flight plan and read the local Notams and list a Notam of your activities under some circumstances.
  12. I am guessing it comes back to the point of "professionalism" and threat and error management. The professional makes themselves educated on the rules and skils, and when there is an ambiguity applies the TEM process to determine risk and take sensible command action. To get a (suitable) RH seat passenger to hold the aircraft straight and level (under supervision) while the pilot is attending to a necessary task for the safe conduct of the flight, would to me not be breaking the rules. Before any non standard action, it's always worth concerning your future explanation during tea and biscuits at CASA HQ if you have a non standard outcome. (Circumstances alter cases).
  13. Hangout at Moorabbin for a while and there are any quantity of stories on Soar. Not all are sourer grapes. The business model looks like grow with lowest common denominator and flip for a big cash out. The price is false economy for the student and a windfall for the company.
  14. It was a good event and well attended. The Saturday dinner was a bit of a chaos with the food (compared to last year) but the company was good. Weather conditions were ok though a dust storm later Saturday arvo. Sunday fly home weather was good. The event is well supported locally by the council. It would be great if RAA could have been there in a more collaborative role, but for reasons we all know, probably won't happen any time soon. With a more "all aviators under one sky" participation, the trade distributors for aircraft and accessories would be there in greater numbers. The trade side of the event is an attraction, but the traders need a good chance of a ROI to show up.
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