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Sam the Swiss

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  • Birthday 01/01/1963


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  1. What kind of PLB are you using in Australia, and what are the costs for the registration with AMSA?
  2. Great day for flying yesterday, though hot. First flight across the Alps with my son.
  3. That would bring me to Iceland, or Finnland, or Egypt, or even the Sahara starting from my home town...
  4. On my flight on Friday I asked ATC for a transit over Switzerland's biggest airport, Zürich (275'000 aircraft movements). Normally very dependent on the time of the day and often denied, ATC this time gave the permission right away and added: "you can make a low pass over runway 28, if you like." The situation makes things possible which are otherwise unthinkable (and otherwise normal things impossible). But I couldn't pass on this chance. The picture is not a beauty, but at this moment my license would have been in danger under normal cicumstances .
  5. BTW do you have vortex generators installed on your Nynja? Just asking as the higher MTOW will increase your stall speed.
  6. Hope to read some results when you have got it. Such promises make me sceptic, but their way to look at it impresses me.
  7. As the 912iS has a dramatically improved economy (25% I heard) the compensation of the carburetors must be limited. But probably still a lot better in real flying than most lycosaurus are flown.
  8. It seems to float, looking at the pattern. In the right corner you see a replica of the lake shore line, just as it happens from waves beating the sand back into deeper water. And the fuzzy stuff looks like wind crossed with current. In the mornings of the last few days before this flight our cars were covered with yellow dust. Conifer pollen season is almost over, but the meteorologists in the news said that it is dust from the Sahara. It happens rarely, but repeatedly in our region, more so in Italy or Spain. Looking down from the plain and having seen this I just have no other explanation
  9. Maybe that's another way to go, at least if I am flying in known territories.
  10. Ok, I will try to protect the screen from direct sunlight and then see, if overheating is less of an issue. I know that the newer series of iPad don't have this problem, but the one I've got is a iPad mini 3.
  11. I use the iPad mini with Sky Demon for navigation. On warm, sunny days I get the problem that the iPad shuts down because of overheating, not nice when you are.just searching for entry points of an airport solar unknown for you. I use the GPS which is in the iPad (it's a GSM/GPS version). Now I have heard the rumor, that using an external GPS source reduces the amount of energy used and thereby reduces also the risk of overheating. Do you have similar problems, or better: solution to this problem? I guess it's not the Sky Demon and it probably also happens with Fore Flight or OZ runways.
  12. Flat land is scarce there, I agree. But gliding back to the lake and ditch is a good survivable option. There are very few mountain strips there, all very short. I guess I wouldn't dare it if I suddenly would become a glider. On the other side of the ridge it's the glacier, and I don't want to try that. Later you can try the next valley, but you are right: people flying here tend to look very well after their machines... Thanks for all the comments!
  13. Had a marvelous flight last Thursday, from Basel over Bern, over lake Thun with interesting patterns of Sahara dust on it, along the north face of Eiger, climbing to 12'300 feet (my personal record :-)), over the Jungfraujoch, down the Aletsch glacier into the Goms valley and then over the Nufenen pass to Locarno.
  14. Electric CS propellers adjust slower than hydraulic CS propellers. The only time I can see that this really matters is when you do aerobatics, however.
  15. I checked it, yes, that's quite a distance. From Basel where I live I could get about everywhere in Europe except Scandinavia with a travel like that. What a huge country you have. And I complain for the 130 km to the alps :-) The terrain is very unforgiving, so your friend is short landing and - even better - good gliding properties. Right where the picture is taken you only have two viable options if the noise stops: close by, nearly below, is a mountain strip about 250 m long (but I guess difficult to hit if you are in that situation) and the other, probably safer method: turn around, glid
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