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About poteroo

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  • Birthday 20/09/1940

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    Brumby R610, VANS RV9A
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    Albany, South Coast, WA
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    Australia

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  1. Good post onetrack. Pilots continue to lose control when 'inspecting' potential airstrips from seriously low level. What you can't see from 150-200 ft agl isn't really much: because lower down you need to have your eyes ahead and cannot devote time to any 'strip inspection'.
  2. It was worth every cent I paid for it. Flew it for 2400 hrs over 13 years. It took me into almost every paddock in the WA wheatbelt: with its' 8.00 tyres and just me up, it had very good soft surface performance. In the air it was reasonable too: 98-102 KTAS on 27 LPH. I used it to deliver over 100 tailwheel endos, and the same in low level endos. Made a good trainer as the door sill was exactly the same height above ground as a C180/185, and that was with a full size Scott 3200 tailwheel fitted. It you could fly the 170, and many found it quite a challenge, most other tws
  3. This COVID pandemic is having the waters muddied via confusion over which cohort of the population is included. Denmarks data includes everyone over 12 - not just the over 16s. That makes the 70% benchmark espoused by our PM and the NSW Premier, look much less challenging - when it really requires a much higher number. What I think have not been factored into all the optimistic benchmarks are: 1. the 12-16 group 2. the significantly higher transmissability of the Delta variant 3. the wilful non-reporting of cases 4. the wilful non vaccination population who will con
  4. VH-OSZ is a Cessna 170A which was rolled out the Cessna factory door on 11th September, 1950. Yes, on 9/11 - the same date that 51 years later saw the terrorist attack on the USA. It was flown in the US by several owners, and in the 1990s it was exported to the Phillipines. Then it was purchased by a Melbourne helicopter operation and registered OSZ in Australia, with claimed 2500 hrs TT. We purchased it in 1992, and sold it in 2006, after having flown 2400 hrs on the airframe, and repainted it in WC Eagles colours!. It has since changed owners again, but has been really well maintained along
  5. The general public is being fed a diet of the 'silver bullet' is coming with vaccinations.....have faith! I'm amazed to hear/read the simplistic approaches being proposed. There is no silver bullet. With biological management, there is rarely one single solution:many inputs are needed, and in a responsive, integrated approach. If each of the inputs is 80% efficacious, but several are employed - it creates a robust, 95+% reduction of disease. The best examples in plant disease involve the use of several management tools, including resistance genes, quarantine, prophylactic chemi
  6. FDH was never returned to service following a landing accident at Karumba in 2015. It was a lovely example of the breed, was meticulously rebuilt and maintained, and a delight to fly. FDH is one of the highlights in my logbook. The aircraft destroyed was a Cessna 185, which I don't think was ever in RFDS service. In fact, I don't believe that 185s were ever in RFDS colours. Both Jan and Dan Ende were quite badly burned in the fire, and on a long road to recovery.
  7. Reportedly, with flying it's 300 TT, then again at 1000 TT.
  8. Low hours and a C180/185 can be a very chastening experience : instructors need to be right on their game when doing these t/w endorsements. Back in the dim past of the 60's, I had a junior commercial doing his 1st t/w on a C185. He opened to full power in the same way as a C150, and away we went - predictably through the LHS markers. In the process, his seat unlocked, and he went aft at great speed, with the seat running off the runners. (real men don't use seat locks!). He ended up in the rear row of seats - significantly altering CG for the remaining pilot to cope with. An empty 185 is a
  9. Every organism has a determinable mutation rate, and the probability of a new variant appearing is very much due to the total numbers and severity of the disease. Unvaccinated and travelling population, living cheek-to-jowl, both in/out of doors = higher probability of a mutation. A bad 'flu ' season in the N.Hemisphere probably means our vaccine will need changes to cover us before our winter. The 'normal ' flu vaccine which we receive takes into account as many of the previous years variants as possible, and our future is going to be one where our Covid jab does the same. Probable that the
  10. I'm uncertain as to the origins of COVID-19, but what I do understand is that each strain or variant has a mathematical rate-of-mutation: meaning that the greater the numbers of the virus, the greater chance there is of mutations occurring. However, whether these mutants are more or less virulent, more or less transmissive, more or less persistent on surfaces and, whether they alight on, and infect, a susceptible human, is unknown - at least for a start. When an organism, (virus, fungi, bacteria), reaches epidemic proportions, then more new strains can be expected - but in the greater majori
  11. I'm uncertain as to the origins of COVID-19, but what I do understand is that each strain or variant has a mathematical rate-of-mutation: meaning that the greater the numbers of the virus, the greater chance there is of mutations occurring. However, whether these mutants are more or less virulent, more or less transmissive, more or less persistent on surfaces and, whether they alight on, and infect, a susceptible human, is unknown - at least for a start. When an organism, (virus, fungi, bacteria), reaches epidemic proportions, then more new strains can be expected - but in the greater majori
  12. If ever there was a fit for strict liability, non-compliance with public health directions, after a pandemic has been declared, then it is with these so-called protests.
  13. ' Market ' based = whatever an equivalent sized airport is charging + extra for all the perceived 'additional ' benefits that their airport offers. Never a minus for what it lacks! Anything under $20 is actually costing the airport administration more than it recoups because of the overheads involved in processing invoices. (they take a long time to work out what we in small business know from way back!). Don't tell them this = red rag to a bull! As well, you're wasting your breath because council admins are the smartest guys in the room. Councils with RPT airport
  14. It would be near irrisistable not to do a spray height flypast in your F18 - shake up the spooks. If the RAAf doesn't then I'll take money on the USAF doing it. What an opportunity!
  15. Never tell CASA that you are losing filthy money due to delays - their charter does not cope with that! It's like a red rag to a bull.
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