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  1. deadstick

    Bad Experience with Jabiru

    Ladies and gents, I would like to share my experience thus far with this product and the factory that makes them. I own 2 Jabirus, a 230-D and a 160-C both aircraft have been an absolute nightmare when it comes to reliability. The J230 suffered its first engine failure at 225 hours requiring a complete Top end, subsequently it suffered multiple component failures up until its final demise at 700 hrs with Jabiru admitting it was the failed thru bolt design that destroyed the bottom end and not once did they offer any support even after requests. The J160 suffered an in flight engine failure under 200 hours since the factory performed a top end overhaul( thru bolt failure)! since I have owned it three heads have failed due cracking and valve seat movement multiple other component failures and the nail in the coffin for this engine was a valve seat falling out at idle on the first pre-flight run up of the day all within 300 hrs of the Top end overhaul. The factory have not once offered to help, never shown the slightest empathy or a desire to support a customer, and display a complete disregard for factual evidence when providing an excuse why a component failed. I have been bullied, ignored and treated like a fool. Not one Jabiru engine in my local area has made the 1000 hr TBO and not one owner would purchase another Jabiru. The business manager has treated me with arrogance of the highest order and display's what I can only describe as an extremely deceptive nature. The business manager flat out refuses to return my property, and will not listen to any reason or evidentiary facts stating that they must return it. One investigation conducted by the company as to why a cylinder dropped a valve seat and had cracking, had three different conclusions over multiple days. I regret the day that I purchased both of these aircraft, they have cost me a small fortune to keep running and I warn others to do their home work thoroughly before spending your money with them.
  2. The RAAus Board met on Friday 31 August 2018 and Saturday 1 September 2018. The purpose of the meeting was three-fold. Firstly, the RAAus Board has engaged a specialist consultant to undertake a full performance evaluation of directors and the board as a whole with a view to assuring members that the Board operates at an optimum level. Secondly the Board and senior management met to discuss the future strategic plan of RAAus. Using feedback from the member’s survey, statistical data and the input of staff and managers, the Board has developed RAAus’ 2019-2023 draft Strategic Plan. The plan will be further reviewed in November and a draft plan presented to members at our AGM. The outcomes of the Board meeting are detailed below. Annual Performance RAAus recorded a 3% increase in membership numbers during the financial year 2017-2018 as well as a 3% increase in the number of registered aircraft. The Board was particularly pleased with the overall improvement in our safety record, where we recorded our safest year in ten years. In all we recorded three fatal accidents during the financial year, the lowest since 2017. Our serious accident rate has also halved in the last four years. Our financial result was also a good one. RAAus recorded a surplus of $187,368 for the financial year ending 30 June 2018. Full audited financial records will be shared with members prior to this year’s AGM. Safety The Board approved the RAAus Head Office Safety Manual and RAAus Flight Training School Safety Manual. Over the coming months RAAus will continue to work with our flight training schools to ensure our safety performance continues to improve. Audit and Assurance As part of our ongoing preparation for Part 149, the Board approved an overarching audit and assurance policy. This policy sees the continued commitment of RAAus to trust our members, schools and maintainers. It also maintains our pragmatic and sensible framework with regard to auditing the operations of our schools and maintainers. MTOW and CTA RAAus continues to make progress on these two proposals. A weight increase to 760kgs has been given in principle support from the regulator, as previously advised to members. In terms of CTA access, recent announcements made it clear that RAAus members who learn to fly in certain controlled airspace can continue to operate within that space based on the exemption certificate of the flight school they learned to fly at. RAAus continues to work with CASA on finalising further access to airspace and our weight proposal. Other matters The board discussed a range of other matters, including the 2018 member survey (a summary of results will be shared with members shortly), commercial opportunities to add member benefits, AirVenture Australia 2018, changes to the office structure within RAAus, and landing fees and how best to ensure members meet their obligations when using airfields that charge fees. The board will meet again in November.
  3. Everyone is welcome to join the Albury Aero club in their annual display at the Albury Air port. 26th to the 28th of Oct ——sorry I could not change the dates on the above display , these are the correct dates
  4. I flew with Chieftain Aviation back in the early '80's. Had an absolutely marvelous instructor named Marc who has gone on to be one of QANTAS's finest captains on the A-330. I continue to fly in Canada and yesterday, aboard a WestJet flight from YYT to YYZ, the Operating Captain was from Oz! At the end of the flight, he and I had an opportunity to share some common interests, including the fact that we had both trained at Bankstown. "What are you doing in Canada?" I asked. "I married a Newfie" was the response. Just to clarify for my Australian friends who may not know the term "Newfie", it refers to those who come from our eastern most province -- Newfoundland. So, Capt. Nathan from Oz who has given up his dream of flying "QF" and has replaced it with "WS", welcome to Canada!
  5. Luffy


    Hi Everyone, I'm a recreational pilot from Redcliffe Australia, fly C172's with the Redcliffe Aero Club...Luffy
  6. Fraser Coast Wings and Wheels Event. Saturday 11th August Maryborough Airport and Harvey Bay Seafood Festival Sunday 12th August. Here is a action packed weekend or day Flyin event worth considering. Maryborough Aero Club are happy to provide a breakfast for those who are coming along and where possible will provide transport to and from your motels. Karen, events co-ordinator, suggests we could otherwise use the local taxi service that wouldn’t be very expensive as the motels she recommends are literally only a couple of minutes drive down the road. Maryborough Motels that Karen is recommending are McNevins Motel Maryborough 188 John Street Maryborough Email: [email protected] Phone: 41 222 888 and Best Western Kimba Lodge 177 John Street Maryborough Phone: 41 233 999 Both of these are in the same area and are actually straight across the road from each-other. Please let Karen know if you would like to attend the Spit Roast dinner, on the Saturday night as there will be limited seating so she would need a firm number by 1st August. Cost for the Spit Roast dinner is $30.00 per person. Karen is not sure on the cost for the breakfast as yet but will probably be somewhere between $10 and $15 per person Confirm your attendance and dinner bookings for the Wings and wheels event with Karin Middleton, ASAP. 0429 111 260 For those interested in the Harvey Bay Seafood Festival, we will fly over to Harvey Bay airport and book a Maxi Cab to enjoy the food and atmosphere of this yearly festival
  7. jmal


    yeah gidday to you all... writing this from Barbados waiting for a Jetblue flight. Have a Jab ULD parked a half kilometre from where I live in Surrey UK. Sad that the local airline LIAT is so badly mismanaged losing, unbelievably, BB$100 million a year...the company also having misappropriated the employee pension fund. Having said that the ATR76 are flown very well and the staff take pride in the airline. Just completed an 8 day expedition to Mt Roraima and heading back to London via Boston to visit my daughter. Hoping that the recent heatwave, thunderstorms and hailstones in the UK have not damaged the Jab wings... Tried to upload some pictures but too large...will try later...gotta go now...see yah JMAL
  8. Hi everyone, I am a flight instructor teaching Light Sport and Private Pilot in Las Vegas, NV. I currently have an Evektor SportStar MAX and a SuperPetrel LS Turbo. We fly almost every day out of hangar G73 at North Las Vegas Airport (KVGT). I am also a LSRM-A and iRMT and we do our own maintenance. Give us a call at Light Sport Aviation LLC (702)656-3845. [email protected] Great place to get checked out in the SuperPetrel LS Turbo and get your seaplane rating at the same time. Ernie Swallie CFI, CFII, MEI, SP, LSRM-A, iRMT [email protected] (702)656-3845
  9. stevron


    Friday 27 July my self and a friend flew into Wangaratta airport, we were met by friendly people who offered us a drink and light conversation about the Wangaratta aero. We also had the pleasure to meet Steve Hobby a local lame who lent us a car, which was very gracious of if him. On our return, an offer from Steve and his wife plus the Bill Hall and his wife to join them for a bbq , Bill is the president of the Wangaratta Aero Club. If you call into YWGT they will make you free welcome .
  10. Since our beloved webmaster, Ian, is currently working in Sydney, why don't those of us in the Sydney Metropolitan Area meet up one evening in town for a steak, a beer, and a yarn? Ian says that on Tuesday nights the steaks cost $15 at The Great Southern Hotel 717 George St, Sydney. That is the Central Station end of George Street, just 5 minutes from the station. (Don't forget that Ian doesn't have wheels, and a bad record with Jetstar). There's parking at Wilson Parking - 187 Thomas St Haymarket $9.00 after 5:00pm and 5 minutes around the block to the Great Southern. Who's up for it on Tuesday 31 July, 6.30 for 7.00 ? OME
  11. Hello Everybody, I am not a pilot, but a willing passenger. I do 'low-flying' on a motorbike. I have a property close to the 'Airpark' at Cool Cove, and shall be retiring to there in the next 3-5 years, to live in paradise. So, when I get there, I would like to be able to provide assistance to local attractions and provisions, in exchange for maybe, or not, a flight to somewhere!!! The smallest aircraft I have traveled in was a Fokker Friendship. Tim.
  12. The Last Minute Hitch: 13 July 2018 - Australian Flying
  13. This is as much a discussion as an announcement. Currently Aircraft Agents can be a site sponsor for $100 a month which gives them a single display advertisement in the right column of several pages on the site. It is them and their support that allows this site to function. What I would like to announce is a new way in which Aircraft Agents can have even more presence on the site and with you, the users and the thousands of visitors that come to the site every day whilst also providing the users with an extra medium to interact with various different agents about their aircraft. Aircraft are not purchased by a display advertisement on a web site or magazine, they are purchased by having a presence and continual interaction with potential customers. What I am proposing is that Aircraft Agents can have on the site, as a sponsor, is: A full listing in the Aircraft Section that they can manage including details about their aircraft, its specifications, links to reviews or web site etc, videos of their aircraft and even their own Photo Gallery. Their own dedicated forum for them to use with their existing and potential customers 24hrs a day, 7 days a week Their own unique site user name of their aircraft and ability top promote their aircraft in their signature Their aircraft is featured on the site 3 times a year, and it is displayed as "Featured" on the Aircraft Section Home Page and also on the overall Recreational Flying Site Home Page at the very top. They can even pick the months they want to have their aircraft featured to perhaps tie in with some announcement in their forum or an event. Their name comes up in the top right column of most site pages when they come online PLUS they have an ability to have 1 to 1 instant chat with users on the site when the click the Instant Chat icon next to their name. They can have video conversations and even exchange files like spec sheets, or quotes or anything else, engaging with all site users You can currently see how the Skyranger is presented and featured in the Aircraft Section and on the site Home Page on display creating a presence to everyone for the Aircraft Agent. The cost for all this is less than half of what a quarter page advertisement is in a magazine that is just once a month...this here at Recreational Flying is 24hrs a day, 7 days a week of interaction and exposure to around 2,000+ unique visitors every single day and all for just $125 a month (a 1 year agreement invoiced each month). A magazine gives you a quick page flick exposure once a month, here at Recreational Flying over a month you get: Which shows over 16,000 odd unique visitors per month, more than many magazines, but what is great is that as well as 12,000 odd regular visitors, you are also reaching around 4,000 extra different unique visitors every month so your audience isn't stuck to the same people every month. The interesting thing is a visitor spends an average of around 9mins on the site per visit and you are getting exposed for that time rather than a few seconds page flick. For those that just want their aircraft listed in the Aircraft Section, the cost would be $300 + gst a year. Any thoughts?
  14. planedriver

    One for the ladies.

    The 'Middle Wife' I've been teaching now for about fifteen years. I have two kids myself, but the best birth story I know is the one I saw in my own second grade classroom a few years back. When I was a kid, I loved show-and-tell. So I always have a few sessions with my students. It helps them get over shyness and usually, show-and-tell is pretty tame. Kids bring in pet turtles, model airplanes, pictures of fish they catch, stuff like that. And I never, ever place any boundaries or limitations on them. If they want to lug it in to school and talk about it, they're welcome. Well, one day this little girl, Erica, a very bright, very outgoing kid, takes her turn and waddles up to the front of the class with a pillow stuffed under her sweater. She holds up a snapshot of an infant. 'This is Luke, my baby brother, and I'm going to tell you about his birthday.' 'First, Mom and Dad made him as a symbol of their love, and then Dad put a seed in my Mom's stomach, and Luke grew in there. He ate for nine months through an umbrella cord.' She's standing there with her hands on the pillow, and I'm trying not to laugh and wishing I had my camcorder with me. The kids are watching her in amazement. 'Then, about two Saturdays ago, my Mom starts going, 'Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh!' Erica puts a hand behind her back and groans. 'She walked around the house for, like an hour, 'Oh, oh, oh!' (Now this kid is doing a hysterical duck walk and groaning.) 'My Dad called the middle wife. She delivers babies, but she doesn't have a sign on the car like the Domino's man. They got my Mom to lie down in bed like this.' (Then Erica lies down with her back against the wall.) 'And then, pop! My Mom had this bag of water she kept in there in case he got thirsty, and it just blew up and spilled all over the bed, like psshhheew!' (This kid has her legs spread with her little hands miming water flowing away. It was too much!) 'Then the middle wife starts saying 'push, push,' and 'breathe, breathe. They started counting, but never even got past ten. Then, all of a sudden, out comes my brother. He was covered in yucky stuff that they all said it was from Mom's play-center, so there must be a lot of toys inside there. When he got out, the middle wife spanked him for crawling up in there in the first place.' Then Erica stood up, took a big theatrical bow and returned to her seat. I'm sure I applauded the loudest. Ever since then, when it's Show-and-tell day, I bring my camcorder, just in case another 'Middle Wife' comes along.
  15. Who was the first Australian woman to obtain a pilot's licence? AUSTRALIA'S PIONEER AIRWOMAN. - The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939) - 24 Jan 1920 Although the comments at the bottom of the article howl "sexist: OME
  16. Hi all, Just letting people know that I have my CH Yoke and Pro Pedals for sale currently on the Bay Selling them cheap, 50c start no reserve. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/CH-Products-Flight-Sim-Yoke-/321170837210?pt=AU_Input_Peripherals&hash=item4ac7460eda http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/CH-Products-Pro-Pedals-/321170843484?pt=AU_Input_Peripherals&hash=item4ac746275c
  17. cherokee28

    Just Landed !

    G’ day from Esperance , WA !
  18. In this lesson, I'm introduced to circuit emergencies - engine failures after take-off and within the circuit area. This is the most fun lesson I have had to date. More importantly it could save my life one day. ABOUT ROMEO JULIET WHISKEY: I'm a student pilot learning to fly in my spare time. I originally received 30 hours of flying instruction 17 years ago and now I'm back in the cockpit and learning how to fly all over again. Currently flying out of Wollongong (YWOL), Australia in light sport aircraft such as the Jabiru and Pipestrel alpha with Fly Illawarra: Fly Illawarra: http://www.flyillawarra.com.au/ Recreation Aviation Australia: Home - RAA Jabiru aircraft: Home - Jabiru Aircraft & Engines Australia Pipistrel alpha: Pipistrel USA, Sinus, Virus, Taurus, Apis LSA Aircraft Motorgliders Gliders
  19. I departed Albury on a beautiful morning with a nice tail wind for Swanhill . Topped up the tanks but could not find anyone to talk to. Off to Balranald for morning tea , got a lift into town with the owner of the local IGA super market. Nice little town, got a lift back to the strip with the help of Nelson brothers transport. Flew direct to Mungo lodge for lunch and meet up with 3 other planes from the Bendigo flying club. Mungo lodge is stones throw from the strip ,with a good restaurant and accomodation. We left Mungo for a bumpy short flight to Bindara station. The station owner graded the strip for our arrival, There is a sizeable tree at the start of the strip. There were cars waiting for us and we were delivered efficiently to the homestead. Accomodation at the homestead was pleasant , clean and comfortable. We were able to have a few drinks and a lovely camp kitchen meal . All in all a very good spot to either camp or make use of the on site accomodation. The homestead is on the bank of a river with river gums surrounding . I didnot partake in any excursion around the area but others did a walk along the backs and praised the tranquility . After a hearty home cooked breakfast it was off to Broken hill .Broken hill has a very long runway , fuel , cafe and a good tie down area. Some cross winds were present on our arrival and departure. The cafe was closing on our arrival , this was to cater for a senior citizen luncheon, fortunately I was still full from breakfast. Fuelled , we departed for Rawsley park. Flying at 6500 to escape the thermals, the flight was senic, interestingly beautiful. Arrival at Rawsley Park air strip was uneventful, the strip was in good order and being used by charter flights. Rawsley Park transfers to the motel area was via a people mover with an informative driver, who arranged a lift to the camp ground so we could obtain some refreshments. After a rest and some rehydration, it was off to tea , one word, fantastic, what a meal and great company. No fuel at Rawsley so we flew to Mildura . Mildura is another long runway air port but has limited information on parking . Our arrival found limited parking space (it was full). A cab ride into town , stayed over night at a motel . We meet for our last meal together and sadly departed the next day for home . A great trip with good people and would do it again in a flash.
  20. Jeffmac


    Hello all. New to this site and not very adept at the electronic media so apologies for any mistakes made. I fly an EA 81 powered Karatoo from Truro Flats in South Australia and in the process of construction of a Fisher Celebrity biplane also to be Subaru powered. The Celebrity is covered and in the early stages of completion. I have noticed several familiar names on this website and look forward to sharing experiences. Cheers, Jeff Mackereth
  21. The Thruster Owner's Support Group (TOSG) is available at www.tosg.com.au
  22. Deskpilot

    Reversing the trend

    In the R/C world, big, bigger, biggest seems to be the name of the game. Well, let's go into reverse and, although not the smallest now, just marvel at this tiny P-51 Mustang with retracts, lights and cannons. Enjoy
  23. BillLipson

    Looking for a ride

    Hi All Currently doing my license in a Drifter and looking to purchase a Thruster as my first aircraft. Very impressed with the amount of enthusiastic support on the Thruster Operators website/Forum. Is there anyone out there who might be able to take me up for a trial flight in a Thruster? Also really keen to look at some of the different models and discuss pros/cons with Owners. I'm considering a Gemini but thinking the more enclosed cockpits of some of the later models seems more comfortable? I live on the Sunshine Coast. Looking forward to hearing back. Thanks Bill