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  1. For those with not so good eye sight (hmmm, and you fly a plane ) I have made the text on the site larger and pure black in colour
  2. In line with the proposed Site Menu Structure: What's New Forums Clubs Blogs Events Media - with sub sections of Gallery, Videos, Articles, Aviation News Resources - with sub sections of Downloads, Maps, Links, Tutorials, Tools and Calculators, Quizzes Reference - with sub sections of Aircraft, On This Day, Famous People, plus any other reference items Commerce - with sub sections of Classifieds, Suppliers, Pilot Shop, Product Reviews Members - with sub sections of Leader board, Online Users, Staff, Site Support (as it is now) Off Topic I have now created the new Resources Section. In this section, available by clicking Resources on the main menu, you will find the sub sections for Downloads, Tutorials, Google Earth Maps for Airstrips, Airports and Members. Coming soon to this section will be all the different Pilot Tools and Calculators and a whole new Quizzes sub section In the Media Section we are still building the Articles and Aviation News sub sections
  3. Info please , i am considing purchsing a sky fox gazelle CA25N . Question , what is the distance between the outer edge of the main wheel spats or the track if your a/c does not have wheel spats. I have a trailer but I need this info before I modify it . The specification does not mention the track or wheelbase.
  4. Sorry but I have been indisposed for the last few weeks...forced to do some house painting etc and some other things, but back now. In a few days Blogs and Classifieds will be back along with an entire site component for Clubs and Schools: And some great news... @Ahmed Zayed will be back making any tweaks, code changes, extra sections etc to make sure everyone is happy with the site and that it caters to all your needs. You will notice that it is IPS as I just lost far too much money trying to get things developed for Xenforo as I didn't want just a Facebook alternative but instead a full function support system for all pilots and @Ahmed Zayed has been working the last few weeks overcoming some of the previous issues
  5. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/06/24/britains-new-f35-stealth-jets-used-operations-first-time/
  6. Testing out the off airport operation of the Zenith Cruzer and STOL capability with 160hp
  7. 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, he first flew the Curtiss (twin) with less than five hours total time and he had his first forced landing (carby icing) at around nine hours! Things have changed!
  8. Today the site has been moved to a new server and it is in France. Even though our previous server was in Australia it wasn't optimised and needed a lot of work to firstly optimise it and then tweak the site. I believe that to obtain a greater audience and use of the site it had to be more appealing, performance wise, to the rest of the world but without sacrificing the performance to use all here in Australia. So I engaged a guru not only in server management but also a specialist in the site software we use and today he completed the setup of the new server, in France, and fully tweaked the site to get the best performance possible. The performance figures are: Load Times: Country Aust Server New Server Australia 1 sec 1.1 sec USA 2.8 sec 1.3 sec Europe/UK 3.2 sec 1 sec NOTE: WE ARE ALSO USING CLOUD STORAGE OF IMAGES SO THE CACHE NEEDS TO BUILD UP LOCAL COPIES OF THE IMAGES SO THEY MAY BE SLOW LOADING FOR A LITTLE WHILE I also have obtained a new Australian server which will contain Whats Up Australia (the off topic site), Clear Prop (the pilot supplies shop), Jackaroo (my personal domain and RecFly (my testing domain). As these are all specific to just Australia it is best to keep them here in Oz. Whats Up Australia is now also going to get a full makeover, including the move to a fully optimised version of IPS software, and promotion to make it a more social experience and a resource to discuss anything pertinent to Australia. Both Recreational Flying and Whats Up Australia will also have stronger ties to Facebook with 2 separate Facebook groups, 1 for each site, as well Before Whats Up Australia is moved I need to decide whether to keep the name WhatsUpAustralia.com.au or change it to a shorter iconic Australian name of jackaroo.com.au...Note that there is a new TLD coming out of just simply .au so no .com so I am thinking jackaroo.au sounds good...what do you think?
  9. It has been a good last few weeks for the site in our quest to having the greatest single repository of all information a recreational aviator needs to enjoy their flying safely and being more informed. All the Aircraft listings from the old site have now been migrated and @red750 is doing a great job on adding more and more aircraft into the aircraft section to act as a reference point on all the different aircraft out there...thanks Red More and more Events are getting added to the Event Calendar by @Old Koreelah helping us all to know what events we may like to attend in our flying activities, thanks O'K We have a new site Homepage that hopefully portrays an inviting message to all who visit us and hopefully get them to join in. The Clubs section has been renamed to "Groups" to reflect more of what that feature provides...still a little more work to do on that one Slowly we are getting the John Brandon Tutorials into the site which meets our objective of pilot education...give these a read to keep the information fresh to make our flying safer. I have also been slowly migrating many of the videos from the old site over to here. We now have the Maps section which not only adds all the Airstrips into a Google Earth Map but also site users that will enable members to perhaps go for a fly and meet up with other site members and form new friendships all having the same interest in recreational flying Thanks to the great @Ahmed Zayed the site has an amended Whats New, an accepted new site theme and many other improvements, some obvious and others not so obvious like enhancements with the Facebook and Twitter login, core software upgrades, Weekly Email, and many more so a huge thanks to Ahmed. And above all thanks to you the user for your great contributions to the site and creating an enjoyable environment and let's not forget the fantastic work that the Moderators do in supporting that enjoyable environment What's happening next... Ahmed and I are looking into bringing the Aviation News section back and are exploring different ways to bring the latest aviation news to everyone here. This will also support the new Articles System and Special Picks of Interest system I have commenced work with an IPS guru on server performance. I have been waiting for 6 months for him to become available and today we started the exchange of finer details for him to start work in a few weeks. This may see us end up with 3 servers spread across the world that continually exchange data so a user will experience fast performance no matter where they are in the world so hopefully we will see a greater international audience contributing to the discussions we have here on Recreational Flying (.com). So, I will continue with the Tutorial migration and the Video migration plus start experimenting with many different new sections like Famous Aviators, On This Day, Aviation Product Reviews and more. Also on the agenda is to migrate Clear Prop into the site but a Payment Gateway needs to be developed first before that happens. Hope this post keeps you in the loop on the site/resource moving forward and as ALWAYS, any suggestions on how we can improve the site for you is always appreciated...thanks
  10. This article appeared in the Sydney newspaper, The Sun, on Monday, 4th September 1939 https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/24700144
  11. There's lots of discussion about new power plants lately. There are several power plants of different types near here, so I went for a look. https://flighttoviewpowerstations.blogspot.com/2019/07/blog-post.html
  12. I am sure that all users get a lot out of the site and there is still a lot more to come in the coming months but as you would have guessed, it does take a huge amount of time (more than a full time job) and money ($250 a month just for the hosting) to keep the site going. Over the years some members have gratefully donated towards some of the site costs by becoming First Class Members for a year and I thank them so much for their continued support. So like the old site I have created a small box in the side column of many of the site sections where you can click the button and be taken to the Donations and First Class Membership page for anyone that would like to support the site. Corrine, the kids and I thank you very much for your support
  13. Heard 5 aircraft fly over this afternoon in formation including some Bi-Planes and remembered there is a gathering of de Havilland aircraft at YCAB tomorrow. Copy of email sent earlier this month. https://mailchi.mp/5ac3fd30ed85/dehavilland-note-to-members?e=29084e70e5
  14. A student pilot has made a dramatic emergency landing at Perth's Jandakot Airport during his first lesson in a two-seater aircraft after his instructor collapsed mid-flight. The student, a man in his 30s, called air traffic control just over an hour into his lesson on Saturday afternoon after realising he was alone at the controls of the small Cessna. "He's leaning over my shoulder, I'm trying to keep him up but he keeps falling down," the student can be heard telling the controller. It was the man's first lesson in a two-seater as his wife and three children watched him from the ground. The air traffic operator kept the trainee calm as he talked him through an emergency landing. "Do you know how to operate the airplane?" the operator asks. "This is my first lesson," the student tells him. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-01/trainee-pilot-makes-emergency-landing-jandakot/11468580
  15. Hi all, From a report in the AFR: https://www.afr.com/property/commercial/from-battle-planes-to-offices-or-shops-the-oaks-is-up-for-sale-20190827-p52l3s Opportunity knocks!! (trying to be optomistic) Hopefully for an aviation lover! Don't know where they got the '200 flights a day' figure from! Chris
  16. It appears that airport-data.com has or is about to bite the dust. I have tried to access the site but get the message "This site can't be reached" a number of times over the past couple of days. I received an email from one of the Moderators who said he was probably the only one still involved, and that the owner had withdrawn all interest. Details about airports, which is what the site is (was) all about have not been updated for a couple of years - the owner is the only one who can update this information. I have received the above message on a number of sites bur after a few seconds, the site opens. If you click on the link in my signature below and get through, please let me know. Don't bother advising a failed attempt. A few of the former members have started their own photo database which can be viewed, but only uploaded to by members, and at the present time, membership is by invitation. It will be open for registration shortly. The site is https://www.airhistory.net/. There are a large number of Australian aircraft pictured on the site.
  17. Testing the insta 360 one x in a mates Searay . I love this camera and the plane https://youtu.be/EzqWwEKfh_s
  18. Sad to hear that the last UK flexwing manufacturer has gone into administration. No idea what that means for P&M Australia and ongoing parts support for what in Australia are type approved airframes now without a manufacturer https://www.bmaa.org/information-library/news/bmaa-news/p-m-aviation
  19. Hi all I’m new to this site and thought I’d share my custom engine installation video , i recently finished my scratch built Zenith 750 Cruzer https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU142N8QeW5HsukLxNOeEiQ thanks Mike
  20. While researching the MRH-90 for the Aircraft profile, I discovered this item dated yesterday, 24/7/19. https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6290013/defence-grounds-navy-and-army-mrh-90-helicopters/
  21. Friday 7th 3 planes left Albury for Benambra to meet with a local identity Ben Buckley and spend some time in this high country village. The trip to Benambra was just divine with pristine mountain views , snow and clear skies. We landed at the lakeside strip and taxied to Bens hangar. Though we knew some additional aviators might join us on this excursion and it was a Friday before a long weekend to our amazing surprise there were 11 planes in total lined up . What a fantastic sight , Ben was milling around talking to one and all ,aviators we’re doing what all aviators do when they are together ( comparing the performance of their toys at altitude) after a short time it was off into the village for lunch and a fine feast it was. The ladies at the local cafe excelled. Sitting around a fire eating and solving all the problems presented was extremely enjoyable. Later Ben gave us a talk on his thoughts on green energy and with a short demo of his solution to water useage and electricity production it was time to return to the air. My Brumby was not as lively off the ground at 2250 plus feet wet grass strip as it is at Albury’s 500 feet paved runway. To all who made this Village visit thank you , the town seemed happy to receive the additional revenue and traffic. Clear skies Stevron
  22. I recently bought a new ICOM A15 radio and would like to get a battery eliminator to run it off the aircraft battery (12v). Our club Drifters are fitted with them but they no longer appear to be a ICOM spare. It is a battery case with a lead able to be connected to A 12v source. Anyone know where I can obtain one? Wayne
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