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  1. The Age regularly republishes old articles. Today’s is an interesting read about the crash of an RAAF Lockheed Hudson killing a number of VIPs.
  2. I’m pretty sure a 19-reg aircraft can’t be flown in D airspace regardless of the qualifications of the pilot. See 7.3 here.
  3. I took very few photos from the air, but it was a very pretty route. Narromine is a huge ex-WW2 training base, which Qantas used after the war. It's close to a pretty sleepy country town. The little museum there is worth a visit. Benalla also has a small aviation museum. The below Moth Minor was about to go for a fly, but didn't want to start.
  4. Low wing Brumby. Hence the Cowra stops...I took it back to meet its maker! I was lucky getting over the mountains into Port Macquarie without delay and on a weekend when the military restricted areas were inactive, but had a few extra days there waiting for suitable weather to get back. The first attempt saw me waiting on the ground at Port Macquarie for the forecast weather to arrive...it didn't, so another night. The next day looked like a repeat, so I thought I'd go for a local flight anyway, and the cloud cleared to the north, so I was able to safely clear the mountains, again with inac
  5. ICAO in the heading...spelt out in the text. so it's educational!
  6. With the relaxation of stay at home rules, I decided to take the Brumby to some warmer weather in Port Macquarie. The trip was Moorabbin to Cowra, then Port Macquarie where three nights turned into seven due to weather, then Narromine (including a visit to the aviation museum), back to Cowra, then Benalla (another aviation museum) and home via the Kilmore gap 13 days after the start. Wright Flyer replica at Narromine
  7. Clause 9 of the CAO provides that exemptions may be provided by CASA in writing. ATC is unlikely to know your licence or aircraft status and it’s not their job to ensure pilots are complying, it’s the pilot’s.
  8. Out of hours class D airports become class G, however, according to my reading of the CAO (see 7.1(i) and 1.2(e)), you can’t fly your homebuilt RAAus aircraft over a closely settled area.
  9. Clause 7.3 of CAO 95.55 has a shopping list of things you need to fly an RAAus-registered aircraft into a class D airport. An owner-built aircraft is not one, but a factory-built can be. It also says you need a CASA licence.
  10. My understanding is that an EFB mounted with a suction cup must be removed and stowed for take off, landing, below 1,000’ AGL and in turbulence. While my suction mount is very strong, I take mine off for landing as I don’t need the distraction of it falling on my leg when I touch down.
  11. Thanks for the responses so far. I'm thinking departing in the next week or so, so the biggest question mark might be COVID19, although I figure remote Australia is good! The Brumby cruises at about 105 knots and has almost 6 hours endurance, although the bum goes numb well before then! It runs on 98 Mogas or Avgas.
  12. Hi all, I’m thinking about flying my Brumby from Moorabbin to Jandakot (and back) and am looking for suggestions on places to stop/stay/refuel on the way and any other advice. I have not flown west of Kangaroo Island before and will have no particular timetable, so can take my time.
  13. It‘s possible to see the planned and actual routes on Flightaware. Seminole Travel Air
  14. I suspect the organisers conducted this under the provisions regulated by the Charitable and Non-Profit Gaming Act 1999 (Qld). There is a provision allowing raffles with prizes valued under $50,000 conducted by community associations to be conducted without a permit. Should unhappy purchasers of tickets wish to complain, the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation would be the place to go, although I suspect it would be a pointless exercise that would only hurt people who have given their time to support recreational aviation.
  15. I thought I’d wake this topic up with a report on my experience getting a Basic Class 2 medical today. Given I fly a Brumby VFR by day there was no need for my Class 2, so I completed the application for a Basic Class 2 online, printed that out and took it to my GP today who completed it fairly quickly (and for way less cost that a DAME charges). With no medical issues, I went back online and submitted the result (CASA don’t need any paperwork), paid $10 and received the certificate instantly. I was happy with the process.
  16. We have three main time zones, but several others affecting a relatively small number of people. The difference between Norfolk (eastern most) and Cocos (western most) Islands is 4.5 hours - https://www.timeanddate.com/time/australia/time-zones-background.html
  17. I flew my Brumby over HMAS Otama today, an Oberon class submarine decommissioned in 2000 and parked off Crib Point since 2002. Surprisingly I hadn't noticed it before! It reminded me of my grandfather, who in July 1917 as a Flight Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Air Service, was involved in bombing an enemy U boat. He was flying a Curtiss Model H12 flying boat, a twin-engine aircraft with a crew of four (pictured). His log book (which I have) reveals he then had around 90 hours flight time. It also reveals he went solo on his 14th flight with only two hours 15 minutes experience,
  18. I had a quick look in the Radiocommunications Act, but suspect it is legal to record as it’s not a private conversation, but a broadcast on a radio frequency that can be listened to by anyone in range with a receiver. It will change things if it’s not legal.
  19. Can you ask your solicitor to cite the relevant section of the relevant Act/Regulation on this?
  20. Terms for Monck and Middleton end 2020 Terms for Birrell and Bayly end 2021 This leaves Windle, Bange and Reid due this year.
  21. Starting to plan this trip from YTDN for late this month. Does anyone have a contact for the Maree ALA (YMRE)?
  22. I hitched a ride up from MB between Christmas and New Year in 1988. We stayed at the Maree pub...amazing to see all that water. I’m tempted to fly myself up in a month.
  23. Last year I purchased a VH-registered Brumby 600 which is hangered at YTDN. When I am in Melbourne, I fly it once or twice a week, but it's likely I will be away for several months this year, so I am thinking of making the aircraft available for hire. I am hesitant about making it available for training (although haven't ruled that out), and have no idea of the tips and traps of doing this, so I'm hoping the Recreational flying brains trust may have some advice.
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