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About snarf007

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  • Birthday 13/12/1976

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  1. I have been on this site for 3 years and with the software change I stopped visiting. Guess I just did not like the new layout, but honestly can’t say what I don’t like about it. I first stumbled across recreational flying when looking for pilot resources and enjoyed the educational/ tutorials that were hosted on site. The fact that it is mainly Australian content is awesome and I love the weekly emails. If I see a topic I like, I will check it out. I am also a member of VansAirforce and spend a lot more time on that site and make the yearly donation. The more technical forms are more interesting to me. Look at how VansAirforce presents adverts, might be a way to cover the sites costs, without diminishing the user experience. Frans
  2. Hi from Hervey Bay and Maryborough. The Maryborough Aeroclub is now open most Saturday mornings and only a short 30min flight from Gympie for most RAA aircraft.
  3. These kind of accidents makes me angry. Marginal VFR and high terrain.... ADSB track disappears 1nm west of Mount Moombil
  4. My RPC took 23 hrs. Only did 5hrs PIC during training, so after getting minimum of 10hrs PIC I did my passenger endorsement. 10hrs for XC endorsement (2 nav’s with instructor, solo nav and exam nav). Cost $10000 over a year. After 110hrs logged in RAA I did RPL conversion. RPL conversion took 7hrs of ground school and 5hrs of flying with BFR included. Cost $3600 (medical and ASIC included) Controlled airspace took 11hrs of ground school and 8hrs of flying. Cost $4100. GA is way more expensive than RA and I recommend the RA route to anyone wanting to fly. GA from start is only better if you want to do CPL, so you have more GA hrs logged. Next step for me is PPL theory exam 😩
  5. The planes get a good hose down at the end of the day. I have seen the Air Fraser GA8’s up close and it must be a full time job keeping them serviceable, given the harsh environment they operate in. Wonder if it was the same aircraft that lost a wheel a few years back? https://www.atsb.gov.au/media/1287920/ae2009045.pdf
  6. Home made “engine saver” could be a good solution for high humidity areas. Fish tank air pump plumped into a chemical dehydrator to pump dry air into the crankcase via the oil filler cap. https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/eppages/engsaver.php
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  8. I have the Uavionix Ping and it works as advertised.
  9. I just completed my RPC to RPL conversion yesterday. Took 3 days, 10hrs of ground schools/ briefings and 5 hrs of flying (incl 2 hrs of instrument flying and x-country). Once I receive my RPL, I must still do a flight review and complete my 172 endorcement. My plan is to proceed onward to PPL. The cost has been a real shock to the system and makes me question if it is worth it. My cost for RPC to RPL so far; Medical exam $280, processing fee $75, english exam, ASIC $234, foreign police checks $500, plane rental $756 (thankfully tach time), instructor $2316, still have to add the cost of C172 endorcement, flight review and controlled airspace endorcement...
  10. Allows you to access NAIPS and to file a flight note if you are so inclined.
  11. Thank you for the info. I am doing my RPC to RPL conversion next month. Have heard of a few people doing conversion over a weekend, but seems to depend heavily on the CFI’s attitude towards RAAus.
  12. Wonder if the new airport manager is the driving force behind the landing fees?
  13. I have no info about Bundaberg, just my personal speculation.
  14. Just got the email, the rumours were true. Council is introducing landing fees for all users (recreational aircraft included) at Hervey Bay and Maryborough. Seems like they are following in the footsteps of Gympie. Bundaberg beware, you’re next.....
  15. But none of them has got a nice club like Gympie!
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