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Maj Millard

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  1. Rhysmcc.......contact the office if you don't already have access to your new website....they will supply you with the required password to initiate . The board and AGM minutes were published as required to the website . Yes Don was elected to the executive as treasurer in Lue of Taresa Avila who also was nominated as treasurer. Don has prev board experience plus a considerable background in large business in the accountancy area. He has also demonstrated his keenness to support the interests of the members, and is a regular participant on this forum. I personally welcome Don in his new role, and he is already making his presence noted, both as capable member of the executive and board member.
  2. Ron, I fly a later GR 912. The Lightwing uses a standard Clark Y airfoil on the wing.....it is what many other aircraft types use, and it is know for its stability in pitch and fairly wide CG range. The Lighwings were designed as trainers after all. I have flown a few other Lightwings including 032 the first factory production one, and the GA model with the smaller wing. I've never flown any where there is a hint of pitch sensitivity in respect to CG range. If you can dig up the Clark Y airfoil data you will see where the GC should be, and probably even the degree of range that the airfoil will tolerate. Unless someone has made any major alteration or unorthodox shifting of either engine or battery position, I doubt you would have any trouble flying and controlling the aircraft. Additionally the elevators are of a sufficient size to generally overcome any pitch stability requirements.
  3. Both gentlemen by the way very happy with what the RAA does and is doing. Michael Monck (Board President) sits on Warren Trusses Commitee on Avaition. We have very friendly connections with those who matter in Canberra today.
  4. Where do you get extreme aerobatics from that........an aggressive handling display maybe...
  5. FT you would have open access to the public face of the website but no access to the second level as you are not a member. Very simple solution really....pay your bucks and enjoy the lot.
  6. So on Page 3..sect 3 sect 1 and 2..it clearly indicates engine should not only be warm, but at full operating temps plus a film of fresh lubricating oil should be present on the bores. Pretty much what I was taught under the FAA system of training, and also aligns with AC43.13 recommendations. A lot of mechanics will drop the oil the first thing the aircraft comes in the hangar, after the required engine run. I don't,.....I jump straight onto the compression checks while everything is hot and I drop the oil after that is done. Keeping the hot oil in the engine helps keep the engine warm also for longer. This is handy particularly if you have a 'soft' cylinder and need to retest, as is sometimes the case on certain engines. Compression testing of 912s ( although a requirement) needs to be done as part of normal servicing however, in my opinion is usually a waste of time as I've yet to find a cylinder below normal specs ...unless of course that engine is very high time.
  7. Standard minimum safety precautions are to turn off fuel, mixture to idle cutoff, throttle to idle.mags off
  8. The suggested orifice in the leak down tested by the engine manufacturer is important if you want readings to be useful and accurate. Buying the tester that has the on/ off tap on the air supply to the cylinder is useful and makes the whole proceedure quicker and safer. Spend the extra money. Leakdowns are best done with two persons involved...one operating the tester...one holding the prop. In the states (GA) minimum cylinder pressure allowed is 50/80 PSI....here in Oz the powers decided our air is different to the rest of the world, and set the lower acceptable limit to 60/80 PSI.....strangely they are exactly the same engines worldwide so once again us thinking we know more than the engine manufacturers. Doing leakdown checks on a cold engine is pointless....most engine manufacturers recommend these checks be performed with the engine at normal operating temps. This is to ensure the thermal expansions of up to around eight different metals within the engine. ( Pistons, rings, cyl heads, cylinders, valves, valve seats, valve guides, case) to ensure correct and proper sealing of all these items. You also want that film of oil on the cylinder walls to properly seal the rings. You are after all checking that all these components are leak free and holding required compression in a normal operating scenero.
  9. Endorsements generally don't cost anything unless you need to do the hours for a cross- country for instance. If you have been previously licensed it will still be on file...you would have to do a BFR or whatever else an instructor required I suppose to become current just like the rest of us.
  10. Don't go off on some incorrect tangent now FT ...it's so unlike you. The whole MARAP process has been handled and set up by our very capable tech manager. Of course the board approved that process to go ahead, but we don't get into the finer details when something is being worked on at office level. That is not our job.Darren is the one who has the CASA approvals to approve the processes and changes. As I have said the 19 rego, thing only presented itself after the initial MARAP proposal saw the light of day. Any problems that that caused were considered and the appropriate changes were made. This highlights the flexibility built into these processes, and nothing really is set in stone if something can be shown to be detrimental to the members interests. Any other minor dramas I can help you with ?.......
  11. I don't see what your bitching about here FT......MARAP did originally include 19 regos but the was quickly sorted and eliminated from the requirement. Currently MARAP is working well and making quite a few members quite happy .We recently had our first proposal fully approved by CASA, which will give us freedoms by way of the current board that no previous boards ever even imagined.
  12. We have only so many staff assisting with the logging on (first time on totally new site) of over 10,000 members. All those members by the way using a multitude of different IT devices....I wouldn't call that 'poorly managed' at all....most members are already logged on and very happy with results.
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