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  1. 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. First flight of the flying bike. R/C at the moment with a crash test dummy as the rider. Where it will lead, who knows. http://www.wimp.com/flyingbike/
  5. Yesterday we announced the addition to the site of a new feature where you can integrate your Facebook and Twitter accounts if you have them with Recreational Flying. Today, another new feature but this time for ALL users is the new Recreational Flying "Friend Inviter". With this you can use this new inbuilt feature to send an email to your friends inviting them to join you here on Recreational Flying. Apart from the standard email you can use in the Friend Inviter, if you use Gmail, Yahoo, Facebook or Twitter, the Recreational Flying Friend Inviter can also automatically connect to any of these services for you to allow you to select specific Contacts or Friends and send them an invite to join you here at Recreational Flying. You can also use this great new feature to even see which of your friends are already here on Recreational Flying...perhaps you may not have even known that some of your friends are already here. To use the Recreational Flying Friend Inviter, simply hover/click your username in the top right corner of the site and from the drop down list of your Settings and Services, click "Friend Inviter" in the right column: A page will display showing you the different services you can use to invite friends to join you here on Recreational Flying: If you click the "Email" icon on the right, a box is displayed where you can send an individual email to a friend...it even has a pre written message that you can use or you can enter your very own message: If you use Gmail, simply click Google or if you use Yahoo, Facebook or Twitter, simply click their icons. You will be asked if you authorise the App to display your contacts. You will then see a list of friends that are already on Recreational Flying and then a list of Friends that you can invite to join you here. This is a great tool that I really hope you will all use to get your friends to join you here on Recreational Flying. So come on, let's build up this community with people you know as well as making even more new friends all with the same common interest of recreational aviation. Will take a short break on new features but coming soon are: 1. An Aircraft Showcase 2. An Aviation Services Directory 3. Clubs and Schools 4. NEW Resources including articles and "How Tos" 5. A site Support Help Desk...and more
  6. Received from RAPAC. Aeronautical Information Package (AIP) Supplement (SUP) H95/15 – VHF Frequency Change Ballina (BNA) 124.3 to 126.05 Effective 12 October 2015 has been issued. You can access the AIP SUP H95/15 via the Airservices website:http://www.airservicesaustralia.com/aip/aip.asp. This email is intended to provide forward notification to aircrew, aircraft and ground operators, and air traffic control in relation to the upcoming changes to the Ballina (BNA) ‘on ground’ radio frequency.
  7. OK, so you're not into gyro's but this is real interesting, Enjoy, learn or scoff. Imagination leads the way.
  8. Six one is the original photo I send to the model maker. Came up good I think .
  9. Hi All Just a note to say that in the coming days the site will receive a big enhancement update. Some of the things that are coming are: Extra Poll Options When you create a Poll you will have extra options available to you: User Online Indicator If a user is currently online a little flag will appear with their avatar on posts etc. This will help you to know if the user is currently online so PC'ing (Private Conversation) may be better used Post Replying By Quoting A big change is going to be in the way you can quote and multi-quote other posts in your post creation. You will have the option of just highlighting certain text in a post and clicking the quote button and just that text will be quoted. The same goes for multi post quoting. You can even then drag and drop the quotes into a different order that suits you. Here is a video of how this will work: There are many many other small enhancements coming with the update which is currently in its final stages of testing...we continually strive to provide a greater and more pleasurable use of this great resource to you all on Recreational Flying
  10. Can someone advise me on what brand fuel and oil hoses to use on 5 year replacement that are not part of the Rotax system. Example oil hoses to oil cooler and fuel hoses to gascolator ? I know to use the kit from Rotax for the rest of the rubber replacements.
  11. After a few months the plywood chrysalis had metamorphisised into a vivid alloy butterfly.
  12. Aviation is proof that given, the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.
  13. I departed Albury for a luncheon at Shepparton 12/9/15 , shortly after departure the radio started to fault , I headed for Yarrawonga, rather than the risk of returning to the Controlled air space of Albury. On the ground Peter from Yarrawonga Flight Training assisted with knowledge , tools etc , I would like to thank Peter for his valuable help. After a short period of time the fault was resolved and I was under way to Shepparton, on arrival at Shepparton there was a number of planes and people at the aero club. Lunch was a 3 cause deal for $10 very tasty. After some light hearted conversation , problem solving, enlightenment on aeronautical knowledge and other issues, we departed Shepparton and returned to Albury via Benalla. There's something to be said with flying in beautiful weather , consuming good food and meeting like minded people , well done Shepparton Aero Club.
  14. What a great series, not only educational but it showcases people and our great country...I am glad I took the time to watch the 10 parts to the series, well done CASA.... CASA Out-n-Back David
  15. 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
  16. So, you want to be an airline pilot? - Airline Pilot Central Forums This would actually suck
  17. Hey, just wanted to update everybody. Our online flight school, “Mario’s Flight School” is making some good progress in developing more aviation tutorial videos. Please be sure to check out our stuff, linked below. If you like what you see please spread the word. If you don’t like what you see please message me ideas to make it better, if you have any. Thanks! Mario. Website : http://www.mariosflightschool.net/ Youtube Channel: http://goo.gl/MIiXSQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA5VJdsIfxg
  18. Here's a site worth a look: GEOFF GOODALL'S AVIATION HISTORY SITE - Photographs OME
  19. 1/6 scale MiG-15 flown at BMFA Buckminster. Powered by a JetCat P-100. So realistic.
  20. The people on the board are from the peer group of members, so they may or may not fire a blank now and again. They should not be expected to suddenly have a level of posting expertise that is perfect. A forum particularly is a place which breeds quick responses, which sometimes my be more measured if the person was spending 300 hours writing a submission. Better to get their thoughts in rough form rather than not get them at all. Oddly enough, for about five or six relatively recent fatalities it was their failure to fly a perfectly good glider that killed them rather than the engine stopping, and without those statistics RA woulod be looking a lot more reasonable in terms of risk factor, so he may well be on the money.
  21. Hello I was wondering if anyone out there has any experience with the Lea Kestrel aircraft and would you mind if I asked you a few questions?
  22. 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
  23. Hey guys, Had my first taste of flying out of a grass strip to practice soft field operations today. Great fun! Got to practice short field takeoffs and landings as well. You really have to be proactive with the throttle when on final at 55kts! These kind of training exercises really improve your flying skills... feeling more at home in the Jabiru with every lesson now :)
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