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  1. I’ve read the Rotax manual and know the max temps and so on but I’m chasing actual in field CHT temps. At what point would you start to think the engine is getting on the warm side? I’ve just installed a 912 and only have 2.1 flight hours on the (second hand) engine. I’ve only ever flown Rotax’s before mainly in Tecnam’s where they run nice and cool. What temps do people usually see in flight and climb? Thanks ?
  2. Does anyone in the experience trust know where to buy the rubber donuts that are inside the front gear leg of a Skyfox Gazelle? Front strut leg is a bit clunky. I don't have a picture. Thanks in advance
  3. My old apprentice master taught me to use Resorcinol when constructing wooden airframe assemblies, but that was years ago, and glue technology, like everything else has progressed. Now we have the two-part epoxy glues and the straight from the glue pot polyurethanes. I'm not going near PVA glues. Resorcinol is a 2-part glue, making high strength bonds, but is not gap filling. Since it is not gap filling the contact surfaces to be glued together have to be near perfectly fitting, which means that cutting of mating parts has to be as close to perfect as possible, and the parts have to be clamped hard during curing. Here's some info about its pros and cons: https://www.christinedemerchant.com/adhesive-glue-resorcinol.html Epoxy is also a 2-part glue, making high strength bonds and is gap filling. As with Resorcinol, the two components must be mixed in the correct proportions for complete setting of the glue compound. The strength of bond formed is dependent on the formulation of the resin and hardener - probably the factor which affects the price. Since epoxies are gap-filling, the accuracy of fit of components is not as critical as with Resorcinol, however, moderate clamping of the joints is necessary to reduce the width of the gap. Polyurethane is a one-part glue, making strong bonds, but a good gap filler. It is not as strong as epoxy in wood-to-wood joints, but making bonds that are stronger than the wood. Like epoxies, the formulation can be dictated by price. Apart from the need to have close-fitting joints, care must be taken to prevent foaming of the glue which occurs in damp conditions. Although the foam might appear to be filling gaps, the glue joint is weaker than where the glue has not foamed. Here's some guff 'n' stuff about polyurethanes https://www.christinedemerchant.com/adhesive-glue-polyurethane.html So, what type of glue would you recommend now for airframe construction?
  4. Has anyone done the conversion to Rpl recently ? I have the Navigation endorsement just looking at how the process of carrying it over Works and if GA Nav is the same or seperate. Thanks guys. Andy
  5. I am interested in the short field capabilities and very low stall performance of these aircraft. Does anyone know if any of these aircraft have made it to Oz? http://www.katmai-kenai.com/
  6. Does anyone know of a business capable of repairing a hand held radio? I have a Vertex VXA-150, which wouldn't turn on one day. Battery good, but screen blank and no noise. The couple of firms I have contacted only want to sell me a new radio and I already have two handhelds, the other one works but not well.
  7. Currently the Off Topic site is named Whats Up Australia (.com.au) which I feel is a bit long. I am about to rebuild that site into something more powerful and sociable so I am wondering whether to just call it Jackaroo (.com.au)...what do you think? The Off Topic site is purely for discussions on anything to do with Australia...politics, news, current events and affairs etc.
  8. Has anyone had experience using Loctite style locking of aircraft bolts? What type of locking did the Loctite style glues replace? Nylon, metal crimp, wire, split pin?
  9. shafs64

    Savannah stall.

    Hi wanted to know it normal for the Savannah to high nose attitude when you are trying to stall it. Paul
  10. Would love to see your instrument panel set ups! Post some pics, and maybe list what instruments if its hard to make out. I'm interested in steam gauge type setups. Not too interested (and cant afford!) glass cockpit setups. Also, what are peoples thoughts on the essentials. For instance, I virtually never look at the VSI. I was thinking I would be naughty for not fitting one, but on another thread somewhere someone pointed out that on an RA-AUS plane its not really needed. In which case I wouldn't feel bad leaving it out, AND my wallet would feel ok about it too 😄
  11. As a relative newbie to aviation. What is the general time frame for investigating aircraft crashes and incidents. I understand this could sound a bit like a " how big is a piece of string" type question. But just interested to know so one couuld study cause or factors reguarding aircraft incidents. Cheers Craig
  12. Next month we have the RAA Board Elections. The candidate profiles are in the current Sports Pilot magazine and there are contact numbers and email addresses. I am emailing questions to the candidates and deciding for whom I am going to vote. Overall I think the current management have done a good job of furthering the RAA and member interests, but there could be more cooperation and engagement with the rest of the aviation community's interests. Also the small but annoying distractions like the "freedom to fly" registration were not welcome and a sign of either management judgment error or hubris. We all make mistakes and group think mistakes can happen with any board that may or may not be being dominated by a small clique. Any questions the community should be asking? In my dilettante position of complete amateur, I would be interested to see anybody's informed comments. There are a couple of other management questions such as senior executive's business interests and association corporate structural changes, now is the time. Thanks, Frankus
  13. Looking for advice I noticed a Cherokee for sale with about 300 hours remaining before hitting TBO hours. However it recently had a full "Bulk Strip" incluing new bearings, gaskets, camshaft, internal bore etc at a cost of $10k (which was roughly half labour). The comment from the seller was "The engine can go past the TBO for all ops other than Charter which I doubt you will need. Especially as it has had a recent extensive overhaul. We can't understand why it was not zero timed at the overhaul." For the purposes of comparing other aircraft for sale, how much life in hours would it be reasonable to assume a bulk strip gives?
  14. Hi folks Just dropped off my IPad today for its hunderd hourly and oil change. Bloke told me there was insufficient available memory to do necessary updates... and that he needed to kill some programs to create space. He looked and found that OzRunways was the app using the most space ( all those maps loaded I guess). My subscription has expired and I need to renew. So I told him he could go ahead and wipe the app and associated files. Did I do wrong? If I resubscribe to OzRunways i download everything again, right? Please tell me I haven't stuffed up... Alan
  15. Can anyone provide an update on owning and flying a Vixxen? There hasn't been much posted recently. It is on my short list, maybe a wish list, but who knows what the new year will bring?
  16. Hi, I was wondering how long it takes to get an RV kit transported out from the USA?
  17. I am currentlt visiting the US and was wondering whether my RAAUS qualifications are recognized here. Also was wondering what qualification rec pilots have here. Is it like we have in Oz, a "pilot certificate" or do rec pilots here just have PPLs? Would any Americans on the forum care to have a stab at this?
  18. Hey all, So my bird has a Rotax 912ULS with only 320 odd hours on it. The problem is, it will be 15 years old (TBO) in 3 very short years. So I have a few questions I would love your opinion on. 1) - Would you try to offload it now, and put that coin towards a new one? OR 2) - Would you wait for the 3 years and try and offload at TBO and do as above? OR 3) - Would you keep it and run it "On Condition" as allowable under RAAus? (Private use only) I would love to hear your thoughts. The engine has meticulously maintained, with all SBs etc completed. Just scratching my head on how to proceed. I want to keep the airframe (also only 320 hours in) as it's immaculate, and I love it. Anyways... Fire away. Cheers J
  19. This article by kitfox designer & manufacturer Dan Denny some time ago states that kitfox airframes are quite ok to carry an extra 300 lbs if you choose to do so, as the Skyfox could be considered a stronger version of the kitfox ,one could assume that an official weight increase to at least 550 kg should be sought from RAA. One could make the point that at the time the skyfoxes were being produced ,they were only certified to 425kg because that was the maximum approved weight at that time ,test data showed that they easily passed all safety testing with plenty of margin
  20. To replace or not to replace , that is the question . I have an Airborne Edge Outback 582 & although the hours are low , and it's been stored in a hangar , It has sat for years. It doesn't seem to me that the shock cord is as tight as those who share the hangar ... so Just replace & be done with it, or retighten & reattach ? Crimps or cable ties ? Any suggestions , tips or tricks greatly appreciated . Cheers Troy Rep.
  21. There are 2 ways we can provide you with the Whats New (Unread) Page and I would like you to vote on which one you would prefer so as to give me direction on the page. 1. The way it is now with ALL new items that you haven't read/seen in a list. This includes not only forum posts but also new aircraft entries, new tutorials, new videos, images, articles etc...or 2. The list to just contain new forum posts/threads in the one box plus new entries for each section in other blocks...blocks like the home page has The thing is there may be something in the other sections of the site that are of interest so the Whats New (Unread) page needs to reflect everything that is new to meet everyone's interest so it is about the layout that you prefer so please vote
  22. Hey all, So I have never really noticed this until I started doing my own maintenance, and one step is to measure how much force it takes to pull the prop through, and noticed recently that if the bird has sat for a month or so, the prop pulls through really easy. What I am saying is... when I turn up at the hangar and pull the prop through 5 or 6 times to burp the oil, she is really easy to pull through. If I do the same thing after i go flying, she is a lot firmer. Is this normal? My LAME seems to thing it's OK. She runs fine. Burns no oil, and is smooth. She is a 912 ULS 2008 with about 350 hours on it. All SBs up to date etc. Any advice would be appreciated. Cheers J
  23. Just curious about those of you who have built their Nynja. What was your experience with the kit? Did you enjoy building it? Were there many parts missing/ wrong size etc? How was the manual? Easy to follow or did you have to contact the factory a lot? How was the customer service when you contacted them? Asking for a 'friend' ?
  24. Hi, I've been trying to get some information about the M10 x 110 and M10 x 35 bolts that are used to secure the ring mount to the engine itself. Does anyone know the specifications for these? I'm assuming they have to be some kind of high tensile bolt rather than the sort you buy at Bunnings. Obviously they're not AN because AN don't do metric. Thanks, Marty
  25. In a desperate attempt to get some conversation going, I ask the following questions: One of the eight caps on my 912 ULS has been found not to meet the security/fit standard (loose) at the 900 hr service (now underway): Original plug is made by NGK and has the writing VDO5FMH 5KΏ on the side. · Q1 - Replace all 8? · Q2 - Replace the faulty one? · Q3 - Replace with another brand or type? · Q4 - Cheapest supplier? · Q5 - Other related comments? I look forward to some interesting suggestion and comments.
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