I wanted to ask is there any good reason for making the port side panel hinged rather than being fixed like the starboard side? I guess it is intended for access to the back of the firewall and the rudder pedals but I question is this needed once the plane is built? My concern is that it may take a bit more work to make and I thought a good chance that it might become a bit untidy over time for little advantage. Any thoughts?
And if you are looking for a destination in NSW you can drop in here at Inverell. I have plenty of room in the hangar at Warialda (YWRL)if you want to stay over.
Hi Mark. Due to my 5':6" height and the long travel of the factory rudder pedal I needed to modify. Side entry a must. I needed to relocate my throttle and choke - side access a bonus. Everything from repairs, modifications even cleaning is done better with a side entry.
Mark, I had a property called "Glenelg" near Bundarra. I have great memories of Inverell, and our band did a big gig at Warialda Rail pub in the 80's. I also have a friend at Gilgai so I will keep your invitation in mind as my 'pup is a goer now
I was just wondering guy's did your flap and aileron assemblies come out as a nice clean straight finish all over ? seems mine ended up a tad,,,,,, yeah.. Its not like it is all over the show but it wasn't exactly how i envisioned the end result.
I was also wondering if anyone may have a nice collection of build photos I might be able to get a copy of on cd or something ? The drawings are ok in the manual but nothing seems to compare better than a good picture,,,, cheers...
Hi Brett, I could load a lot of photos onto a cd and post them to you. They would be of a lot of the build. also there is a builders pic collection in the Aeropup website. You might get some benefit from mine in completing the wings plus some of the fuselage shots. James Chase is the man for help I would think. He was excellent in helping me
Has anybody used Jacobs Well airstrip called Hecks Field? If so can anyone tell me anything about it. I am considering it as a way to get to friends at Victoria Pt below Brisbane but would like a little first hand info about it or how to get info about it. I have already used the Recreationalflying airstrips function but require more.
Brett and Mark......I noticed you guys are using the Aerovee engine. Can you give us some feedback as to how you are going with these engines. I looked at the web site and me being a keen fiddler of engines, the idea of assembling my own looks like fun! Out of interest, how much were they if you dont mind my asking and what extras need to be purchased to get it running?
As yet I have not built my engine. I think I will wait till the airframe is complete before I will build and assemble it so I can reduce the risk of corrosion with it sitting in my shed. I guess as for extras ,like any other motor depends on the airframe. aeroconversions web site has the layout of what is supplied ,,as for what it will cost depends on the exchange rate ,,with it dropping who knows with the gst and tarrifs the port will hit you with. A direct drive air cooled motor like this is a little limited as to what you can put it into ,, they say after the new mods the motor can swing a larger prop with less pitch but I guess time will tell as ppl try them out on slower flying airframes. good luck with what ever you chose to to do.
I have flown into heck field at Jacobs Well twice now. It has two strips which cross each other 18/36 and 10/28 CTAF freq 126.7. I you go to www.gcsfc.org.au you will find all the details you need including a schematic layout of the strip. the runways are good, gravel surfaces, but the taxiways are a bit rough.
I keep my Aeropup hangared at Caboolture which is about 30 mins drive north of Brisbane. If you are in the area it would be good to catch up.
Thanks Ducky, I will look at the address you gave. Tell me, do you fly in controlled airspace around Caboolture. I have a PPL as well as RAAus and soon to try my first into Adelaide CTA flying coastal with the Aeropup and wondered if any pup owner has had any experiences, problems etc with that.
Curandero, The CTA step around Caboolture is at 3500' so no problems. I haven't flown my Pup into CTA and don't really intend to at this stage, plenty of wide open uncongested places to visit elsewhere.
Anyway fyi, the Caboolture Aeroclub website is www.cabaeroclub.org.au if you do fly up this way in the future. It is a beaut airfield with accomodation, pub etc close by.
Ducky, thanks for that. I guess I also am looking for Rec Pilots who have flown in CTA without having a ppl. I know certain requirements exist such as the engine, radio etc but what about our license. I will go on the RAAus website and see if there's any info there. I could phone them too.
Curandero, I may be wrong, but as I understand it, at the moment to fly into CTA with a rec registered aircraft you would need a current ppl, radio & transponder, not sure about engine certification. RAAus are currently trying to gain CTA endorsments for its members.