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About riverduk

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  • Birthday 04/03/1959


  • Aircraft
    Airborne Trike
  • Location
    Northern Victoria
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  1. Maybe not as flash as satellite messaging but good in phone coverage areas is the Emergency+ App it has a button for 000, police 131444 and also the SES. It also gives your current Co-ordinate location along with an address, ideal in an emergency situation, if you remember to use it. I was unlucky / lucky to have my Ford Terrorist, er Territory catch on fire November 2019 whilst towing a caravan to Deniliquin, just rung 000 but would have been better to use the app to ring fire factory, I was able to give approx location and in the end just told the operator to tell them to look for the sm
  2. Hmmm, thinking back to my training days, I did learn to do "standard type" crosswind landings but my instructor also taught me a different technique, not sure how it would work in a fixed wing aircraft but certainly was a good alternative in a trike. Basically, on the downwind leg, take note of the x wind factor (via wind sock) then on base, fly past the end of runway to a point where, as you turn to final you can line up the trike with the end of runway directly into the wind (or relatively close to) this actually makes the decent into the runway somewhat easier than a x wind battle from heig
  3. What a shame to see those 4 aircraft just sitting out in the weather like that.
  4. Hey Mach, a really great suggestion regarding your cockpit and having survival equipment close to hand in an emergency, it's something that I had not given a lot of thought to, probably due to my choice of aircraft, but something that would need good consideration for pilots of fixed wing aircraft. For me, my KTI was always on my arm, in supplied holder, attached to lanyard around my neck with aerial out and ready to use if required, with my plan being to activate it prior to landing, that way it was going and I would be located regardless of my physical condition. Sadly it is no longer an
  5. Give Denis at Bright Big 4 a call, not only is he a very welcoming and helpful chap but also as a pilot will be able to give you a good heads up about the area
  6. Personally, when I look up during flight, I'm more than happy to see a big kite just above me, lot more reassuring than looking up and hoping the blades are still there, as we say here in Oz, yeh .........NAH!!
  7. Hmmm, just wondering if the "King Song" would be classed in the same category as Segways and similar equipment, if so, unless things have changed in the past couple of years, they are actually illegal to use on public thoroughfares, footpaths, places, without, wait for it, the appropriate licensing and permits, even those little hoverboard thingy's that were all the go a couple of years ago are actually illegal in public places. A couple of years ago my wife and I looked into starting up Segway tours in our local area, it could be done, as it already is in other areas, but the amount of redt
  8. “Elderly” is just a matter of perspective, about 6 years ago whilst in Dunedin NZ it was revealed to me that at the age of 53 I was an “old c...” At first I was insulted but on reflection I decided to take it on as a badge of honour, I had made it there while the young fellow who all but flew out of the back window of the car he was in, as he let me know of my new found status may not have seen 20 if his particular behaviour continued as it was. Elderly, no, experienced! and that is exactly what was required in your particular circumstances recently, so congratulations on walking away from
  9. Hi Danny, possibly worth a call to the ultra light museum at Holbrook in NSW Contact Us. they have a few U/L engines, both one offs and commercial on display there, so someone may be able to help, cheers, Ross
  10. Obviously no "failure of calculation" back in the good old days Bex Sorry Bex, must have hit a raw nerve, The sad truth is that the $20 uni would probably last just as long as the $800 "Ubeaut" special so which is the garbage? I do get your point though, I was, however, commenting more on the fact that back in the day most people took a lot more pride in their workmanship, stuff was just built to last. Today with our "disposable" mindset, its more like, build it as cheap as possible so that when it stuffs up we can throw it out and buy another one, I guess there is just no room for pride i
  11. "After 37 years, engineers this week tried to fire up a set of thrusters on the craft - and they worked perfectly." Of course they did, stuff was built to last in the good old days, not like a lot of the garbage built today! Read more: NASA fires up Voyager thrusters dormant for 37 years | Daily Mail Online Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  12. Not so sure about the shopped bit, if it is, its a damn good job, here's another video: And I'm still looking for the credit card!
  13. I'm not going to get into the debate about drone and their pilots, I have one that I built myself as a bit of a learning curve, wasn't sure why at the time but now I know. How would RAA or CASA register this baby and what licence would you require? I'm in love and yes! I'd fly that! ...............Now, where's the credit card?
  14. Hey Peter, thanks for the write up, thoroughly enjoyed it, hoping to get there soon myself, cheers, Ross
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