The Jabiru story - Recreational Aviation Australia

The Jabiru story - Recreational Aviation Australia
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What is RA-Aus?
President’s Column
Calendar of Events
App of the Month
Pilot Notes
Happy Landings
10 Letters to the Editor
12 CEOs Who Fly
15 What Our Schools Are Up To
- Newcastle Aero Club
Recreational Aviation Australia Inc is an association
of recreational aircraft owners and pilots. It exists to look
after the interests of more than 9,200 members
across Australia. The members fly a variety of
aircraft under 600Kg, some factory built, others
built from kits, and some home built.
20 Zane Tully
Pilot talk
44 Steve Bell
Tech talk
47 Professor Avius
Instructor’s Forum
What qualifications do I need to learn to fly?
If you are medically fit and physically capable, and
you are above the age of 15, you can earn a pilot’s
certificate. You can actually learn to fly before then, but
you can’t go solo or get your certificate until your 15th
birthday. And if you are under 18 years old, you will
require written parental consent. Flying a recreational
aircraft is not as complex or demanding as other types
of aircraft. And once you have become a recreational
pilot, it’s a reasonably easy step to progress to more
complex types, if you are looking for a career as a pilot.
Holders of PPL, CPL or ATPL licences who want to obtain
an RA-Aus Pilot Certificate can undertake conversion
training at an RA-Aus flight training facility.
Every applicant must complete such dual training as
deemed necessary by a CFI and, in any case, shall
have not less than 5 hours experience, in an aeroplane
registerable with RA-Aus, which shall include a minimum
of one hour solo. Where do I start?
Just why
are these little
white birds
so popular?
Call RA-Aus head office in Fyshwick in Canberra. The
staff can help by telling you what’s required and point
you in the direction of the nearest flying school or club
to where you live. Or you can call one of the board
members listed here, who represent different Australian
regions. They can answer all your questions.
Finding your nearest flight training
facility (school)/club
Email [email protected]
On A Wing And A Chair
Endless Vistas
Perfect In Every Way
Chocks Away For Wide Bay
Flying Flea
Damned If You Do, Dammed If You Don’t
Water Flying
Back To Holbrook
31 Birds Of Plenty:
The Jabiru Story
56 Member’s Market
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Last month I asked all pilots to try and be careful if they hadn’t flown for a while. I advised
them to check their aircraft carefully because
Spring was often a bad time for accidents.
I hate to say it, but we have had another bad
late winter / early spring. It is not only recreational aircraft. General Aviation, both fixed wing
and helicopters, has also been involved in serious accidents. As far as I know, they haven’t
been caused by lack of flying due to winter or
lack of maintenance. Of course, the investigations have not yet been completed, so we can’t
be sure of what caused the accidents.
The only thing I can ask is please make sure
all the emergency procedures you were taught
when you learnt to fly are still at the same
standard or higher than they were then, so you
will be prepared if an emergency presents itself.
By the time you read this, we will have had
our Annual General Meeting and be starting
a new year. I can’t predict everything that will
happen at the meeting, but I can welcome the
new Board members who have been voted in
and thank those retiring members who have
been representing you until now.
Four new members is a major change for a
board. I have spoken to all four and I was impressed with their attitudes. They have all had
experience on boards and have a good under-
standing of their responsibilities.
Congratulations and welcome to Bill Cain,
Ed Herring, Don Ramsey and Gavin Thobavin.
This is the largest number of new members I
can remember for many years. I look forward to
working with the new Board.
In the coming year, we will be in a good position to bed down safety management systems
focusing on corporate governance; expansion
of risk management practices; information
management systems and finalisation of the
enhanced self-administration project. We may
possibly be also looking at re-structuring for
the transition to Part 103/149. We are in an
ideal position for the increased, in depth audit
planned by CASA.
We can look forward to securing more flying privileges and working as a united team to
achieve our goals, now and in the future. The
Board will be working to keep member’s current
privileges and to expand on them to increase
safety and enjoyment of flight.
There are areas of Australian airspace we
are forced to fly around / over. Dangerous “tiger country” or water. We need entry, or at least
transit, privileges. I expect the CEO and Board
members will also bring up other issues during
the board meeting which need addressing.
Sue Perakovic has quickly moved into the
role of Administration Manager. This doesn’t
surprise me after the marvelous job she did at
her first NATFLY at Temora this year.
Early September we held interviews for a
new Operations Manager and I welcome Zane
Tully as Operations Manager (moving from Assistant Operations Manager). And Jill Bailey was
appointed as Assistant Operations Manager,
the position which became available when Zane
moved. Zane will be on a fast learning curve
with 166 schools (and growing) to look after. He
has completed the new exams which were badly
needed, as CASA changes rules and regulations.
No doubt this will be an ongoing process.
These positions become available because
our previous Operations Managers, Lee Ungermann and Mick Poole, are now working for
CASA. At least we know that we have good people to deal with in CASA.
Lastly, it has been decided to have NORRAAus (Northern Recreational Aviation Australia)
Fly-in again in 2012, at Monto as it was in
2010. This event was a great success thanks
to a lot of work from our Northern Board members and I look forward to attending. The NORRA-Aus team is already working hard again,
not only to have a successful event, but to
make it even better.
Enough said. Time to commit aviation.
OCTOBER 2011 | Sport Pilot | 7
calendar of events
Barossa Airshow
Horsham Aero Club
Rescheduled Fly–In and
50th club anniversary
6 November
A family fun day. Rides, amusements,
static displays, stalls, food, wine. Fire
bombing display, helicopter joy flights.
Matt Hall, Australia’s only pilot to compete
in the International Red Bull Air Race
will perform. Plus South Australia’s own
aerobatic champion, Chris Sperou. Winner
of Community Event of the Year in 2000
and an SA Great Commendation in 2007.
Anyone not familiar with the 600m strip at
Rowland Flat should contact Steve Ahrens
for a briefing 0427 244930.
22-23 October
Camping available under wing. Food available
Saturday. 50th anniversary celebrations and
hangar dinner Saturday night. Breakfast
Sunday. Ph Garry Jelly 0408 519 956, John
Barber 0427 810 236.
Cervantes Fly-In
28-30 October
In conjunction with the Pearce Flying
Club, WA. Dinner on Saturday Night with
guest speaker (TBA) and Pinnacles tour.
Accommodation available upon request.
Expressions of interest to: Brian White 0427
084 313 or John Bartle 0418 944 302.
AAAA Tiger-Moth 80th
anniversary Fly-In
Mt Beauty Fly-In
Gathering of the Moths
18-20 Nov
Flyers of all denominations are, once again, invited to fly to the
sheltered Kiewa Valley, at the foot of the picturesque Victorian
Alps. Full range of accommodation available. Contact Mark
Ghirardello 03-57544572 or 0409 544572.
Great Eastern Fly-In
6–9 Jan, 2012
Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome
20th anniversary. Flying, Sun and Surf. Air Displays,
the Flying market, Great Eastern Drive-In, Pilot’s
Dinner, outdoor film night, camping, food, fun and
more! Contact: Gai Taylor 0427 825 202.
29-30 October
Leeton Aviator’s Club. Contact Bob Rankin
0427 552 846.
Moot Yang Gunya Festival and
Mundulla Show
3 March, 2012
We would love to have flying enthusiasts fly into
Bordertown, SA. Shuttle service to Mundulla
Showgrounds. Blessing of the Horse Sunday
at 7:45am on the main oval, followed by an
entire day of show jumping, dressage and
harness events. Vintage machinery display, giant
pumpkin competition, yard dog competition,
ute muster, indoor and outdoor trade sites,
camel & Clydesdale/heavy horses on display.
For more information
Gloucester Aero Club Fly-In
5-6 November
5th Catalina Festival
5 November
10 am to 4 pm. Ex-RAAF Flying Boat Base, Rathmines, Lake Macquarie, NSW. Float Planes,
Flying Boats, Amphibians. Goal is to erect a Commemorative Museum and Hangar saluting
all the gallant Airmen of World War 2 who served at the Base and display the Catalina Flying
Memorial. For more information, Bill Hitchcock 0438 448 115 [email protected], Mike
Usher [email protected]
Back to Holbrook Fly-In and Jab Fest
A relaxed weekend. Gloucester is west
of Taree in a lovely part of NSW. Lunch
Saturday. Dinner Saturday night with a
bonfire. Brekkie Sunday morning. Clubhouse
and camping facilities available (shower,
toilets, kitchen). Motels in town (book early). Nominal charge for landing, camping and
meals, as well as a chance to contribute to
the local Westpac Rescue Helicopter. RSVP if
possible by 20 October for catering. For more
information [email protected]
or on Facebook.
5-6 November
Sonex Regional Fly-In
Holbrook Ultralight Club will host the 6th Annual Rag & Tube fly-in and Jabiru Festival at
Holbrook Airpark. Forums Saturday afternoon. ‘Dinner among the aircraft’ Saturday night.
Hot breakfast Sunday morning. Underwing camping available. For more information www. or Bryan Gabriel 02 6036 2601.
Goolwa Airfield, South Australia
Details on or
contact [email protected]
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12-13 November
Tyabb Airshow
4 March, 2012
Flying operations began at Tyabb, Victoria in 1962. This milestone
will be the theme of the 2012 Airshow. Proceeds of the airshow
will benefit local charities, boost the town, the aero club and
private aviation. For more information
Clifton Fly-In
11 March, 2012
Darling Downs Sport Aircraft Assn. Inc. Annual Clifton Fly-In at
Clifton Airfield (Bange’s). This fly in has become an iconic event in
the region and is the premier attraction for all types of aviation in
southern Queensland.
Come late pm Saturday, 10th for BBQ, drinks. Fly or drive in, see
ERSA. On field camping, bring your swag. Advise for catering.
Contact: Trevor Bange Phone 0429 378 370; A/h:(07)4695 8541;
Email: [email protected]
OCTOBER 2011 | Sport Pilot | 9
letters to the editor
st r letter
A techy old pom
Lets get one thing straight, I had no quarrel with
the previous format of Recreational Aviation Australia Inc. Magazine. Neither do I have one with
the new format published by Stampils Publishing. However, I do have a little niggle about abbreviations sprinkled about the text in articles
printed in both formats.
Each month the editor chooses one of the Letters to the Editor to win a great prize. This month the star
letter will receive a year’s subscription to Av-Plan, an electronic flight planning app for the iPad (see p16)
Hard to please
I finally managed to sit down and run my magnifying glass over the past couple of issues of Sport
Pilot magazine. Unfortunately, I have yet to find
the “FREE pilot gear” advertised on the front cover. I did notice there are some contests but these,
by their very nature, aren’t free (and for everyone).
So I would be pleased if you could point me in
the right direction for the free stuff. Or, alternatively, just stuff it all into a mailing bag and send
it to me. The new magazine looks really great keep up the good work (and more FREE stuff.)
- Col Jones
Ed- Some people are hard to please, aren’t
they? Guess we’ll just have to stick some free
stuff into a mailing bag and hope it keeps you
happy, Col. By the way, this won’t work again if
anyone else out there is thinking of doing the
same thing.
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>> The offending words. Someone
doesn’t like free stuff apparently
Boonah is Beaut!
I have just been reading my copy of the
latest issue of Sport Pilot, I would like
to congratulate you on the magazine,
such a great improvement. I noticed
the ad asking for contributions which is
great as I am keen to send in photos
and stories.
My name is David Mason, 25 years old
and I own a Drifter aircraft based at
Boonah in SE QLD, I will try and pass
as much news and photos onto you as
I can.
I have recently become the secretary of
‘’Boonah Aviation Inc’’ which is the comittee in charge of running the airfield
and we are undertaking some great improvements to the airfield, it would be
good to have a small write up in the mag
about these upgrades sometime in the
I only bought my Drifter a few months
ago so would be keen to share my adventures with you guys as well. - David Mason
Ed- Keep it coming, David. We want
to hear from all the clubs and groups
out there. And by the way, if any of you
you haven’t been to Boonah, you don’t
know what you’re missing. It’s a great
Ra-Aus field
Something to say?
Email [email protected]
Don’t hold it in and give yourself a
Share it with the members and not
only will you get it off your chest. But
you could win some great pilot gear.
Every month, one Letter to the Editor
will be chosen for a special prize.
Maybe it’s you and your completely
reasonable opinion about the world of
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would still be no consensus.
recreational aviation that no one else
will listen to.
Email [email protected] and
have your say. (By the way - the editor
reserves the right to edit Letters to the
Editor to shorten them to fit the space
available or in case of libel.
We don’t want your completely reasonable opinion to land you in court.)
I am a ‘tetchy’ old Pom and I don’t much care
to have my reading complicated by clusters
of letters that need to be interpreted to their
full meaning (for example: CFI, VFR and so on). Lazy writing ‘will’ be tiring to the reader leading to the loss of interest in the article being
read, OK?
So, I think those who are entrusted to oversee
the RA-Aus have done well. They bit the bullet
and made the change, well done.
A reader did suggest a Quiz Section. I think
this could be good, but with only perhaps five
Four technical, which will have a definitive answer, and one of them being a bit more along
general/topical/controversial line, which would
still need an explanation from the questioner.
Congratulations on the new publication.
- Lloyd Kay, Bell Sport Aviation
Ed- Thanks Lloyd. All changes are the result of
members letting us know what they like and
don’t like about the magazine. That’s how we
keep improving it and make sure it is what the
Association wants.
And there is another thing too (just kidding). I
found my copy of the September issue a great
read and inspirational. The article on 16 year
old Solomon and his need to be a flyer. It’s so
typical of Australian generosity. His need was underfeature
stood and underwritten. Steve Tizzard’s greeting
from the ‘wilds’ of Canberra with the ‘go around’
advice will add maturity to
pilot thinking that there is
no shame in having to go
around if you have stuffed
Flying recreational
up your approach to landaircraft from your desk
ing. At last ‘actual’ flying
by Dave Tonks F
meets ‘simulated’ flying
with the perceived benefits
to both, appropriately on
the pages of Sport Pilot. I’m
feeling excited and inspired
and I think your new format
is great and I want to read
OR those of you who may not be aware of the
amazing realism now available for home-based
flight simulation, here’s a short introduction to
the hobby.
I have been a flightsim ‘nut’ for many years and have
enjoyed immensely the opportunity to ‘fly’ a wide range
of aircraft from my own study. Over the years, Microsoft
Flight Simulator has continually improved, with the current (tenth) version titled FSX.
The basic (default) aircraft which come with FSX are
a vast improvement on what was previously available,
but as with all such things, you really have to pay for
aircraft with a high degree of fidelity, particularly with respect to flight dynamics and sounds. Having said that,
there are a lot of good quality freeware add ons available, and some of these are good enough to be sold
as payware.
Flying Light
For many years, recreational and ultralight aircraftwere
a rare commodity in FSX. That has changed, in particular due to the brilliant work done by Anthony Lynch of
Ant’s Airplanes.
His website is at There you
will find a Tecnam Sierra and a Drifter. And if you perhaps wonder what the writer of this article looks like,
check out the bloke in the Drifter – it’s me.
The reason I’m the bloke in the red helmet in the
software is because Anthony took all the photos of my
Drifter (0455) during the development of the software
aircraft for FSX.
He even took some pictures of the private airfield
where 0455 lives between flights (Roadvale) and modelled that as well, as a freeware add-on for FSX.
Anthony has also developed Boonah for FSX (also
freeware, with an incredible amount of detail). The Tecnam and the Drifter will set you back $20 each – and
as a flightsim reviewer who has seen a huge amount
of software, I can assure you they are both a bargain
at that price.
Apart from the ‘must have’ joystick or yoke, there
is not much else you need to end up with a basic,
good performing flight simulator on your home computer. There is an amazing number of aircraft from
which to choose, from trikes to the Space Shuttle. You can select simple aircraft, or those so complex it will take you hundreds of hours to get to a reasonable level of expertise.
You can practice cross country flights before you fly
them (and then be astounded by the similar view you
will see when you fly it in real life). You can even practice flying IFR entirely on instruments in a recreational
aircraft, (something you can’t do in real life don’t forget),
including SIDS, STARS and ILS approaches, in all types
of weather day or night, and program a huge range of
equipment failures during the flight to test your skills.
Boeing 747
sort of
Love the new look magazine. Yes I would love to
see some more articles on
flight simming, I started flying fight sims in 2002. I put
most of my hours into Microsoft’s FS products and
over the past five years or
so I have flown IL2 Stumovic, a world war 2 flight sim.
I would say that if the hours
I have flown flying simulator
games could be related to
real life, I would be a Boeing 747 Captain. Thousands of hours at a guess.
conditions. I would love to do more flightsim
articles for the magazine.
Touch and go gets
I was a little concerned to read the article entitled “touch and go ...bang!” in the September
issue of Sport Pilot.
The article was not well balanced, with bold titles, “negatives of the touch and go”, and” Positives of the full stop landing”, which don’t portray
a fair explanation.
Touch and goes form the basis for circuit training
in every school I have dealt with, and at airfields all
over the country they seem to be the standard tool
for teaching pilots to land. To say that they should
be reserved for the most advanced post solo student is the opinion of the author.
Now every student in the country is going to think
his or her instructor is putting them at risk by performing touch and goes. What rubbish! There’s a
reason there is an instructor onboard, and that’s
to make sure loss of control doesn’t occur, as
well as to efficiently teach the student the skills
needed to handle the aircraft both in the landing
phase and on the ground and during roll out.
The author’s reasoning is flawed in many respects: carby heat being returned to off in the
ground roll is but one example. Surely there are
far better and useful subjects Professor Avius
could write about, ones which don’t breed ambiguity and confusion among the student body.
Let’s face it, most RA-Aus aeroplane are not
complex machines. Transitioning from landing to
takeoff is not a huge concern.
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- John Drew, Student Pilot
More reader
suggestions A magazine landed, (pardon the pun) on my
desk a while back, “I don’t remember subscribing to that” I thought.
Looked attractive though. Then I noticed RAAus on it and upon closer inspection, a new
cover, a new inside…hmm, neat.
The pictures in the member’s market were a
bit out of whack, but overall, I was suitably impressed. (The pictures are better now though.)
I liked the new cover and layout. I had some
trouble working out when an article finished,
but now you’ve started putting the Radial Cowl
(from the SPORT) with the 3 Blade prop at the
finish. I really like that idea.
Very impressed with the whole thing.
Some have voiced concern at the change
without consultation – 12 months later there
So yes, please. Convince Dave to do some more.
- David Lefrancke.
P.S. If you need any help with anything flight
simming I’m your man.
Dave Tonks responds- Glad you enjoyed the
little flightsim article I put together for the last
edition of Sport Pilot.
Brian Bigg did a great job with the article - two
nice big pictures makes all the difference. I particularly liked the cockpit shot of 455 on
downwind for 04 on page one of the article.
I reckon you wouldn’t know it wasn’t a real
cockpit. Check out the gauges. Everything is
spot on, even the frequency on the radio. The
only thing I missed for Downwind Checks is
Boost Pump On (red light, bottom left of tacho)
- very accurate stuff folks, and the scenery is
exactly what you would see from the cockpit.
When I go to idle throttle at the start of the base
leg, I know the flightsim Drifter will touch down
exactly where the real one does in nil wind
Our club has operated for 25 years from a short,
narrow grass strip, training in Gazelles, Sportstars, Jabirus, Bantams and various other aircraft. In my recollection, loss of control accidents
in the landing phase by students have been zero.
- Andrew Campbell
Steve Tizzard CEO responds- I am not
surprised to read a criticism, in this case by
Andrew Campbell, regarding the article by
Professor Avius titled: “Touch and go ... bang”
in the September issue. The original article
went ahead for healthy discussion purposes,
even though I did not entirely agree with every
last word Professor Avius said. For example,
‘stop and goes’ were not mentioned (strictly for
long runways) or the option for a mix of stop
and goes and touch and goes. Let’s face it,
many now teach circuits big enough for a widebody jet, with as few as four to five circuits
an hour, with the commensurate reduction
in ‘runway time’ – brickbats or bouquets
Andrew Campbell should explain why
Professor Avius has flawed reasoning in
respect of “carby heat being turned off in the
ground roll”
OCTOBER 2011 | Sport Pilot | 11
CEOs who fly
make better leaders
t may come as no surprise to those of
us who fly, but two university professors in the US have found a link between success in business and flying. The
researchers, Matthew Cain of Notre Dame
and Stephen McKeon of Oregon, compared
179 pilot CEOs with 2,900 non-pilots in the
same position. They noted that risk taking
behaviour (such as flying a light aircraft)
makes an effective corporate leader.
Matthew Cain explains,
Many people who like to fly for sport do so,
in part out of a desire to experience new
sensations. This type of novelty-seeking
behaviour has been shown by psychologists to be correlated with creativity and
cognitive innovation. These are the same
types of individuals who may be well-suited
for entrepreneurship, since entrepreneurs
are often tugged in many directions at the
same time. The ability to balance many
tasks and make quick but calculated decisions are valuable skills in the business
world. This could also explain why hobby
pilots often make good CEOs. They are not
deterred by risk and are comfortable taking
their firms in new directions when needed.
So, the next time your spouse spies you
picking up the headset and keys to the aircraft, you can legitimately claim to be ‘honing your business initiative.”
Centenary of first Australian licence
Exerpt from Sydney Morning Herald,
Friday 17th November, 1911
The first Australian to qualify for a pilot
certificate of the Aerial League is Mr W.E
Hart, of Parramatta.
The flight was commenced at 5.20am
and completed at 5.56am, the distance
being covered an estimated 20 miles.
Mr Hart described five complete figures of '8' at an average altitude of 200
ft. He carried with him one passenger
(the son of the mayor).
A notable feature of his work was in
his skill in handling the machine on the
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ground. On completion of the test it was
found that one of the piston rings of the
engine had been faulty throughout.
It was an ideal morning for the test
which was conducted in a Bristol bi-plane.
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AIRBORNE XT912 Tundra, not a QUICKSILVER as printed
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the 11th of each month. Space can be tight so the earlier you send your
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what our schools are up to
Royal Newcastle
catches the Skycatcher
he Cessna Skycatcher has finally arrived and we’re excited about being
the first aero club to offer it for training
or hire.
This lovely aircraft is simple to operate and
easy to fly. It’s certified in the Light Sports category and combines state-of-the-art technology with the stability and reliability of Cessna’s
classic high-wing design. The Skycatcher’s unique control system
will immediately put a grin on every pilot’s
face. It’s mounted beneath the instrumental
panel, and behaves just like a floor-mounted
stick. Just like those on aerobatic aircraft.
Slide into the Skycatcher, and you’ll notice
a cabin markedly different from previous Cessnas or other light sport aircraft; it’s measurably wider. The windshield and windows are
large, giving the pilot improved visibility while
making the big cabin feel even more spacious.
The Skycatcher is the ideal for students as
well as those more experienced pilots looking for a modern and economical means of
It embodies
the same core
values Cessna
builds into all
its aircraft
recreational flight. With stable, forgiving flight
characteristics, students can learn the skills
they need to become safe and assured pilots
in a confidence-inspiring aircraft. Furthermore Garmin G300 all-glass avionics are perfect for total situational awareness. The G300 has been designed specifically for the Skycatcher. It features a single
flat-panel display which provides primary
flight, engine and moving map information in
a split-screen format. Our Skycatcher will be fitted with a second
multifunction display ideal for showing weather details. The display provides easy–to–read
windows for altitude, airspeed and heading as
well as engine operation data. Synthetic Vision
Technology provides a realistic view of the outside world for better situational awareness relating to terrain, course and aircraft altitude.
The Engine Monitoring function makes traditional round dials obsolete. You can select the
data you want to monitor and how you prefer it
to be displayed. The Skycatcher might be the lightest certified aircraft in the Cessna piston line, but
it embodies the same core values Cessna
builds into all its aircraft; reliability, durability
and safety.
Learning to fly has never been this easy or
For more information Royal Newcastle Aero
Club (02) 4932 8888. OCTOBER 2011 | Sport Pilot | 15
app of the month
Flight Trial AvPlan
Electronic Flight Bag
by Paul Turner
few months back, my good friend,
and Deputy Editor of Sport Pilot,
Kreisha Ballantyne, offered me the
right hand seat flying from Sydney to the
Bundaberg Airshow.
I thought it would be a great opportunity to
try out one of the new Electronic Flight Bags
which have recently come onto the market for
use with the Apple iPad. I have in the past used
a couple of electronic tools to assist with flight
planning, notably Copilot, OzRunways and the
iPhone NAIPS app. However, for this trip, I was
keen to try out one of the newest Australianmade products in this space, ‘AvPlan’ from
Kreisha was pilot-in-command and navigated
using ‘traditional’ paper maps and flight plans.
I kept a parallel plan using the AvPlan. This
allowed us to assess the relative strengths and
weaknesses of both paper and electronic tools.
AvPlan is a dynamic flight planning tool which
runs on the Apple iPad.
It simplifies and enhances the normal
flight planning process by integrating map,
aircraft and weather data with an intuitive
user interface. Through the GPS and 3G
connection on the iPad, Avplan brings the plan
to life and becomes a valuable aid to normal pilot
Normal Flight Operations
This product was clearly designed by a pilot, to
be used by pilots. It feels very natural and follows
the normal flight planning processes.
The AvPlan Story
AvPlan’s creator is Bevan Anderson. Bevan is both
an experienced private pilot and an Information
Technology professional. In a recent discussion,
Bevan gave me an insight to the history and vision
for AvPlan.
“I started the project in early 2010, when the
iPad was announced by Apple.
“I had the thought, ‘Imagine flying with a selfupdating flight plan. One which behaved like a
paper plan, but then linked to all sorts of other
useful in-flight information. One which harnessed
the power of NAIPS, but hiding the complexity. One
which provided me the information relevant to the
Ease of Use
With almost no training and limited practice, I was
able to create and use complex multi-leg plans.
Improvements to Flight Planning ■ Time to complete a complex flight plan,
including identification of waypoints, navaids
and airspace limitations was a fraction of the
time to complete the same task using paper
maps and printed publications.
■ Unlike paper maps and plans, incorrect
identification of waypoints is instantly obvious
and easily corrected.
■ The tool allows the pilot to easily and
quickly create and modify plans. The planning
process is enhanced and changes from a
static data recording process to a dynamic
decision making process.
Improved Flight Safety
No Electronic Flight Bag or Flight Planning Tool is a
substitute for good airmanship and should not be
used as a primary navigation instrument. However
on our flight, AvPlan still gave us:
■ Improved situational awareness via its
aircraft-on-map display and integration with
BoM weather radar information.
■ Rapid in-flight plan amendment and diversion
planning (simply ‘tap and drag’ waypoints to
instantly update the plan).
■ Continuous update of heading, and time to
destination information.
■ In-flight access to up-to-date weather and
task at hand, but did not bombard me or force me
to search for data.’
“This is the vision which started the project,
and I believe I’m well on the way to delivering it.
“The App doesn’t, and probably never will, ever
tell you where to fly. Most aircraft are equipped with
plenty of avionics which tell you that information.
In addition there are usually big windows with
lovely views of the outside which can also be used.
I don’t want this App to be viewed as just another
GPS replacement app - it is different to that.”
The App is sold as a subscription. There is a
base subscription which incorporates all the App’s
planning features, but only has a PCA chart and
>> Av-plan in action
■ Rapid and complete flight planning at the
beginning of each flight.
■ Easing the stress of flying into unfamiliar
territory, including accurately guiding us
through CTA (over the top of Brisbane Airport;
into Tamworth Airport) and avoiding CTA when
■ Quick and easy amendment of our planned
track to avoid rain showers as we departed
Bundaberg for home.
Overall Impression
When we started the journey, I was (at best) an
interested observer. By the end of the first day, I
was pleasantly surprised. By the time we arrived
at Bundy, I was an enthusiastic supporter. And
by the time we arrived back in Sydney, I had
become a devoted fan. This application has
changed how I think about the use of electronic
flight planning tools and will be a constant
companion for any flights I make in the future.
no ERSA, DAP, AIP and no other maps. The VFR
upgrade adds the ERSA, AIP and VFR charts. The
IFR upgrade adds the DAP and IFR charts. These
are available as monthly or yearly subscriptions
through the App, or as yearly subscriptions via The subscriptions on the
AvSoft site are significantly cheaper as they
bypass the Apple royalties.
The App runs on all Apple iPads (1 & 2) and
will be coming to the iPhone in the coming month.
Almost all features will be usable on the phone,
but it will be smaller. A subscription will be valid
on both devices - the subscriptions will allow two
simultaneous devices.
We have 15 Avplan Apps to give away! The best Letters to the Editor,
short stories and photos will win a year's subscription (iPad app only).
Send all opinions, tales and pics to [email protected]
16 | Sport Pilot | OCTOBER 2011
>> Steve Tizzard presents Dave
with a plaque from RA-Aus
>> Dave’s P and M
Quick Microlight,
powered by a
912 Rotax arrives
at Bankstown
>> Dave Syke
Caban and S s with Dave
teve Tizzard
>> Dave’s
UK licence
which is
a PPL (M)
On a wing
Wheelie, Dave
Sykes, arrives
at Bankstown
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nyone with even a remote interest in aviation will be in awe of this man’s bravery.
Dave took up flying after a motor cycle accident left him without the use of his legs. With his P&M
trike modified for his disability, Dave has racked up over
50,000 kms as a pilot.
“I call it the motorcycle of the sky” quips Dave.
“You’re out there, sitting in the elements, steering it
with your body.”
His latest adventure started with a bet in the pub.
“A group of us were sitting around drinking beer,
asking me what should I do next.”
“I said, ‘I think I’ll fly to Australia.’
‘You won’t,” said my mates.
“I will,” I said.
And there it began.
In his four month, 21,809 km trip, Dave has been
and a chair
trapped in a sandstorm in Saudi Arabia, blown
into a ditch in Pakistan and caught in monsoonal rain so bad in Burma he lost the use of
his transponder.
“I was completely frightened, but you either
die or carry on. You have to find the strength.
I’m on my third transponder, due to the weather. My cameras have packed in. Everything
electronic has gone wrong. But as long as I
don’t lose this” he says, holding up the allen
key to his wheelchair,”I’ll be fine.”
Flying over 20 countries, with no ground aids,
Dave claims the most difficult aspects (other
than unpredictable weather) are the language
barriers. Despite that, he seems awed at the
level of kindness he received along the way.
“I was really touched by the people in the
poorer countries, like Burma. The hospitality
was amazing. In fact, I’m going back for my
holidays. The people who have the least, offer
you their last bowl of rice.”
Things were easier for his last leg down
the Australian east coast. After departing
Wallsend in Newcastle, Dave tracked down
the chopper lane at 500ft to Long Reef, orbiting the harbour and flying over the south tower
at 500ft.
“Flying over the harbour was the best feeling in the world. This has been two years in
the making. I was flying over the Opera House
thinking “my mates won’t believe it.”
Dave was escorted to Bankstown by Dick
by Kreisha Ballantyne
Smith in his helicopter, and greeted by the
press, local aviators and, of course, RA-Aus.
CEO, Steve Tizzard presented him with a plaque
on behalf of RA-Aus, and a cheque for Dave’s
charity of choice, Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
And one other donation which moved
Dave to tears, a scholarship for a disabled
flyer in Australia.
When asked what’s next, Dave replied,
“I would like to carry on around the world, if
I can find the funding.”
How about it any well off recreational flyer
out there? Want to see Dave finish his journey
around the world? Maybe a couple of beers in
a pub with him will convince you he can do it,
on a wing and a chair.
OCTOBER 2011 | Sport Pilot | 19
TEXAN $110,000
Pilot talk
Zane Tully
Acting Operations Manager
Once the decision to go around
is made, do not procrastinate
Aviate - Navigate - Communicate
The Go-Around
In last month’s issue of Sport Pilot our CEO,
Steve Tizzard, mentioned the importance of
making the decision to go around. That got me
thinking. There is more to a go-around than
meets the eye and yet it seems to be an exercise least practiced. I would therefore like to
share my thoughts on the go-around by further
expanding on Steve’s advice from last month.
My first step was to consult CAAP 166-1(0):
Operations in the vicinity of non-towered (noncontrolled) aerodromes and discovered this
brief insight into the procedure. Paragraph
4.7.1 of that document states: A pilot who
elects to abort a landing should manoeuvre
to keep other traffic in sight. Maintain a safe
distance from all aircraft and rejoin the circuit
when it is safe to do so.
Once the aircraft is at a safe height; retract the
flap progressively (if fitted to your aircraft type),
never all at once.
Retracting the entire flap at once and/or
having minimal power applied, may cause the
Suggested go around
The brief nature of this description further
inspired me to write this generic overview of a
safe go-around procedure.
The decision to go around should be made
earlier rather than later. This is so that the goaround can be conducted in a calm relaxed
manner, at a safe height above the ground and
at a distance from the runway threshold which
will allow room to manoeuvre, if required. Once
the decision to go around is made, do not procrastinate.
Increase power positively to full throttle:
maintain balance with rudder and keep the
wings level with aileron. Use elevator to adopt
the attitude for best rate of climb. This combination should equate to the arresting of the
descent while maintaining a safe flying speed.
Remember, the nose up pitch may be very
pronounced (depending on your aircraft type)
due to the built in forces which may be exacerbated by the aircraft’s configuration for landing
(in most cases the pilot may have set a significant amount of nose up trim). Therefore trim
as required to reduce control column forces.
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aircraft to descend, which is not desirable. A
radio broadcast declaring a “go-around” is
recommended, but at no stage should a radio call ever interfere with flying the aircraft.
Remember your priorities...AVIATE-NAVIGATECOMMUNICATE.
Always maintain a safe flying speed and
keep all traffic ahead and below in sight. A manoeuvre which may assist with keeping traffic
in sight is as per the diagram in CAAP 166-1(0)
para 4.7.1: By adjusting the aircraft flight path
to the right hand side of the runway centreline.
However, this should only be performed if and
when it is safe to do so.
Conducting a go-around over the runway
centreline may create a situation whereby the
aircraft taking off is established into a climb underneath the aircraft conducting the go-around
(and in the blind spots of both aircraft), thus
creating the risk of a collision. So, keep a good
lookout to SEE AND AVOID.
In contrast, an aircraft which established
on a final approach, flying above the aircraft’s
normal approach speed, not in landing configuration; then flown parallel to the ground at low
level for a considerable length of the runway,
ending with a conversion of speed to altitude,
does not constitute a correct go-around procedure. This type of manoeuvre is known as a
‘beat-up’, but it is in fact showing off.
CASA and RA-Aus take a very dim view of
this show-off manoeuvre. It is very clearly low
level flight (below 500’) without meeting the
regulations as stated in CAO 95.55 section
8, Provisions Relating to Flight Height Limitations. For this reason, any substantiated evidence received by RA-Aus of showing off will
be followed up and investigated. More often
than not the decision to show off falls within
the realm of Human Factors, for it is generally
conducted when there is an audience.
The go-around is a legitimate manoeuvre
which should be practiced from time to time.
It should always be considered a viable option
for the safe operation of an aircraft. This may
be because of an interrupted approach, an
approach which does not fit the pilot’s parameters (as per our CEO’s article last month) or
one that just does not seem right.
Whatever the reason, there is never any
shame associated with a pilot’s decision and
execution of a go-around.
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reader’s adventure
enn Wattie, Peter
>> Ian Loveridge, GlCastelino, Luc Palisse
Williams, Jonathan
by Jonathan Castelino
ix Pilots, Three Aeroplanes, CAVOK for
Five Straight Days and Endless Vistas
of an Incredible Aussie Outback. What started off as a casual conversation
over instant coffee in a hangar at Tyabb on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, turned out to be
the trip of a lifetime. Luc Palisse and his mate, Jacques-Florian
Letourneulx, a fellow pilot from Noumea, New
Caledonia, paired up in Luc’s Fly Synthesis Texan TC 600. Peter Williams paired with Tooradin
CFI, Ian Loveridge in Ian’s Texan TC 550 and
Glenn Wattie and Jonathan Castelino in their
Jabiru J230D. Peter did the prep work including an excellent route selection and booking accommodation and fuel (he had done a similar trip
last year.) 11 June: Airborne on a clear morning, tracking for Swan Hill for fuel and then on to our first
stop, Mungo Lodge, NSW. Mungo Lake was quite distinct with its
“Walls of China” and the Lodge’s gravel cross
strips. Our versatile Texans were perfect for
a short field touchdown on runway 17 at the
Lodge where the accommodations and dining
are excellent, great for unwinding after a nice
day in the air. 12 June: Low fog cleared and we took the
“scenic route” to Broken Hill following the Darling up to Pooncarie and a very full Lake Menindee, then a short facilities break at Wilcannia’s
“Arrivals Hall”. Two Chieftains, two Texans and one Jabiru
230D arriving at White Cliffs at the same time
made for an interesting approach but good airmanship all around ensured safe landings for
all aircraft. Jim, the local CFA member, took us to see
“Mad Jock’s” opal museum where for a princely
sum of $5 per head, we got the grand tour with
the added attraction of Jock’s off the wall anecdotes resounding along the mine shafts. Departing White Cliffs, we made for Broken
Hill where we picked up a hire car and checked
into the Gateway Motor Inn which afforded us
very nice large and well appointed rooms. 13 June: Took off from Broken Hill and we
tracked towards the Flinders Ranges to Lyndhurst, SA by way of Lake Frome which was uncannily akin to the Whitsunday Beaches with its
patches of water and white salt bed. Lunch and
refuel at Lyndhurst where we met fellow pilots
from Aus Air Services, Tooradin VIC who were
operating Lake Eyre Scenic Flights. Heading set for Marree where we picked up
the Birdsville track, with a short detour up the
Cooper Creek to view the punt (only used when
the Birdsville track is flooded), then over the
Goyder Lagoon, past the winding Diamantina
River and finally landing at Birdsville. Off to Little Red where one of the best sunsets awaited us. A truly spiritual experience.
An excellent steak and wine at the legendary
Birdsville Hotel capped off a long but exciting
day of flying. 14 June: Birdsville to the almost full Lake
Eyre North by way of the Simpson and Tirari Deserts. We just had to spend time over
the Lake. Reluctantly, we had to tear ourselves away
and headed to William Creek where we enjoyed
some nice tucker. Airborne again. Southeast over Lake Torrens
en route to Rawnsley Park nestled in the southeast end of the magnificent Wilpena Pound. An endurance of 4.5 hours + reserve allowed us to spend about an hour over a sur-
real and dry Lake Torrens after which very light
winds along the ranges made the Rawnsley
Park approach a non-event. Excellent accommodation and food at the
Wilpena Pound Resort capped off an amazing
day, our last on this trip. There were a few momentary sad faces, this being our last night, but
we made every moment count. 15 June: Another flypast over the Pound - a
great way to end the trip. Lunch stop at Mildura and then about three
hours of flying brought us back home. The Rotax 912ULS fuel burn average of 18 litres per
hour at 65% power ensured our Texans averaged 110 to 115 KIAS with plenty to spare.
Arguably one of the best touring light sports aircraft around, the Texans also give its pilots one
of the best views from the cockpit. Approximately 2300nm (4400km) over 5
days through some of the most incredible parts
of this great country. For some of us naturalised Australians, the
sheer vastness of this country and the ability to
travel great distances without the burdensome
bureaucratic requirements of border crossings
is truly appreciated. Next trip? The Great Australian Bight!
OCTOBER 2011 | Sport Pilot | 23
aircraft build
>> Kenny’s immaculate kit built Rans in all its glory
in every way
24 | Sport Pilot | OCTOBER 2011
enny Edwards admits to being a perfectionist, but he didn’t need to tell me.
I knew it the moment I set eyes on his
immaculately constructed Rans S7S Courier.
Our encounter took place at Watts Bridge
Memorial Airfield in June. Kenny was on leave
from his day job in Papua New Guinea where he
flies heavy lift helicopters. He is also an experienced LAME. When on leave, he hangs out at
Watts in a rented hangar, building aeroplanes.
The Courier is Kenny’s fourth build. His previous efforts had already won awards on the Australian homebuilding scene by the time he started construction on the Courier in late 2008.
by Arthur Marcel
The plane had its first flight in mid 2010.
It has been given RA-Aus registration 197222 and has now completed all its mandatory test flying.
Kenny’s Courier is an exceptional aircraft,
but not just for the quality of its build. It is powered by a Rotax 912 ULS driving a three blade,
Sensenich Airmaster AP332 constant speed
feathering propeller, giving the aircraft maximum versatility and range. The aircraft has
even longer legs thanks to its Turtle Pac “Little
Buddy” auxiliary fuel system.
This electrically-actuated transfer, bladder contained system is easily and quickly
installed into or removed from the rear fuselage without special tools (a screwdriver is all
that’s required). It extends the aircraft’s normal cruise endurance by over two hours and
weighs less than 5kg without fuel.
The Courier’s all white colour scheme has
been achieved using the PolyFiber system
and is without blemish. The instrument panel is a fully functional work of art. Honestly,
there is no way to describe this aircraft other
than ‘perfect’.
OCTOBER 2011 | Sport Pilot | 25
Reporting - what’s
in it for me?
Steve Tizzard
very incident and accident which occurs in Australian aviation is reported to
the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.
These run the gamut from hitting a lizard on the
runway to an engine failure resulting in a forced
landing. If something reportable happens, a Responsible Person (this is a legal term) lets the
ATSB know about it.
Last year, the ATSB received more than
15,000 notifications. These were processed
and analysed, and a decision made if they
needed to be investigated. And all were recorded in the database. Even if not investigated,
notifications serve a valuable purpose. The database provides a detailed portrait of Australian
aviation. They allow researchers, investigators,
and aviation stakeholders to examine trends,
identify patterns, and target problem areas. It’s
one of the most important tools they have.
However, there are concerns incidents involving recreational aircraft are going unreported.
“The number of aircraft registered with RA-Aus
is increasing rapidly,” says Steve Young, the ATSB’s
Notifications and Confidential Reporting Manager.
“In fact, activity in this entire sector of the
aviation industry is swiftly rising. But the rate of
occurrence reporting appears quite low.”
Troublingly, it also appears the existing data
does not provide a full and true picture of incidents and accidents.
Traditionally, ATSB investigations focus on
fare-paying passenger operations, with limited involvement in RA-Aus aircraft. For many
people, this raises the question: ‘why should I
bother reporting to the ATSB?’
“To begin with,” says Young, “people are legally required to report accidents.
“But beyond that, occurrence data plays a
valuable role identifying emerging safety trends
and issues.”
With the growing interest in recreational
flying, occurrence reports to the ATSB can pay
major safety dividends. ATSB research and statistical reports cover a variety of subjects, including ageing aircraft, performance, skills and
experience, and accident and incident rates.
The ATSB also develops safety and education
material where safety issues are identified.
‘Professor Avius’ mused in the RA-Aus magazine, “…how often do we disagree with the
statements found in articles and the analyses
of incidents and accidents…”
Experience tells us that if we know a source is
trustworthy and known to us, we are more likely
to trust what the data is delivering – we may even
learn from it. However, understanding the data
requires consistent and comprehensive reporting.
Developing an open and
mature reporting culture
As of January 2011, there were more than 3,200
aircraft with a valid RA-Aus registration, approximately one-fifth the size of the CASA ‘VH’ register
(approx. 14,300 aircraft). However, the difference in reporting levels between ‘VH’ and ‘NonVH’ for registered aircraft less than 2,250 kgs
MAUW is staggeringly disproportionate.
“Take into consideration the fact that,
under the ATSB regulations 1 , all aviation stakeholders must report occurrences to the ATSB,”
says Young.
“The ATSB has received, on average, 125
reports a year for the past four years for RA-Aus
aircraft. This represents around four per cent of
the aircraft on the register. By comparison, the
‘VH’ equivalent averages 2,450 reports, equating to slightly more than 17 per cent for the
same period. If RA-Aus occurrence rates were
comparable to the ‘VH’ equivalent, the ATSB
should expect to receive around 550 reports.”
If this seems unreasonable, think of it in
terms of “one report, once a year, for one-in-six
aircraft on the RA-Aus register.”
What do I need to report?
“If you’re in doubt if something needs to be reported,” says Young, “report it.”
“The ATSB prefers over-reporting of incidents to under-reporting. Over-reporting helps
us to provide a more meaningful basis for conducting trend analysis and research.”
The aviation industry has a responsibility to
report safety matters as an ‘immediately reportable matter’ or a ‘routine reportable matter’ under
the TSI Act/Regulations. If you are unfamiliar with
the legislation, visit If you’re not
sure if you should report an incident, call the ATSB
on 1800 011 034. But if in doubt, report it.
The ATSB, in co-operation with other self
administering agencies, is developing a more
robust on-line form. This will be tailored to meet
Sports Aviation specifications and should take
only 10 to 15 minutes to complete. The on-line
submission sends the report directly to the
ATSB for processing.
Comment by Steve Tizzard, RA-Aus CEO:
RA-Aus applauds initiatives, such as this one.
In fairness to our members, the apparent
disproportionate occurrence reporting for ‘VH’
and ‘Non-VH’ light aircraft also stems from an
era when we were under the mistaken impression our reports were not wanted by the ATSB.
Further, our operations are day only, VFR,
non-aerobatic and to a larger extent, purely recreational i.e. no commercial pressure to complete an operation. Accordingly, our operations
may generate fewer reports than would be expected from general aviation.
And I have a real example of how a supposedly one-off event can save lives.
About 35 years ago I was teaching aerobatics in a Cessna 150 Aerobat. During a stall-turn
to the left, the trainee was slow in closing the
throttle. I moved my left hand to close the throttle and, in so doing, undid the safety harness
locking mechanism. I ended up partially on the
instrument panel. There was turmoil in the cockpit until I was reseated and strapped in again.
I was able to demonstrate to a LAME how
the incident happened - the inside of my left
elbow undid the safety catch. I submitted a
Form 225 (Incident Report) to the forerunner of
the ATSB, then known as BASI and was subsequently very careful when teaching aerobatics
in that type of aircraft.
About five years later, the evening television
news led with a story from overseas of a girl
who fell out of an aircraft while her father was
doing aerobatics.
I contacted BASI and suggested this accident may have been similar to mine - it involved
the same type of aircraft. I was initially told my
incident was the only report of such in Australia.
However, two or three weeks later, the same
officer advised me there had since been many
verbal reports of similar incidents. The final outcome was that the type of seat belt under discussion was then subjected to specific checks
at regular intervals.
The moral of the story is simple – report all
incidents and allow the experts to determine
what action, if any, is to be taken.
1 Transport Safety Investigation Regulations 2003 (TSI)
OCTOBER 2011 | Sport Pilot | 27
n July of this year, 11 aircraft and 24
people departed on an aviation adventure which took in some of Australia’s
most magnificent landscapes, wildlife, flora
and people. I could go on forever about the
breathtaking seascapes of South Australia,
the wide desert terrain blanketed with ancient formations and lakes. The sight of animals and plants prospering from the recent
rains. Or the iconic outback characters and
settlements we encountered. But this is a story about the application of
the theory to the practise of flight and the opportunity to correlate the two, for an optimal
learning outcome.
Our flight path took the gaggle of aircraft
from central Victoria to south western NSW to
north central SA Lake Eyre, Coober Pedy, then
down to Ceduna for a circumnavigation of the
Eyre Peninsula, with the final leg to Central Victoria via Mildura.
Along the way our pilots had to contend
with weather conditions which required the
utmost attention.
The experience level of the group ranged
from 5500hr professionals to newly qualified
pilots; and some navigational students with a
range of experience in between.
The question is what do we label this sort of
aviation? Is it an art form, a science or academia
and how best to learn it?
Some of you will remember feeling defeated,
stressed or just frustrated at the questions in
your pre solo test / BAK / PPL / CPL tests. They
seem ridiculously tricky, irrelevant, obscure or
impossibly unclear.
Are the examiners sadistic? Is their sole purpose to torment or spoil an otherwise perfect
past time?
But going for a flight in the real world quickly
reveals why the theory is there in the first place.
End of daylight/beginning of daylight (EOD/
BOD), UTC, ARFOR/TAF interpretation, PNR, Fuel
planning, TEM, Vertical Navigation, GPS usage,
range and endurance, PRDs, human factors,
general knowledge, airmanship proficiency levels
matching experience, operational met, backing
and veering winds, cross wind components.
We had to contend with all of these issues
during our adventure - not as threats, but as
day-to-day considerations. The very nature of the Australian continent
means such considerations are very real.
Not to deal with them would be to question
whether or not a pilot has sufficient back-
as a trade
by Sue Carroll
Departure Times, effect of further south in winter.
Pilot in command – management of pax timetables to prevent
late departures.
PNR (Point of no return)
Fuel planning
TEM - Threat and Error
Human Factors
General Knowledge
South Aust time zones – correct communication of ETAs at busy
RPT airports, pilot awareness,
Accurate reading of changes, times, RWYs – cross winds,
Notams, VMC, alternates
Not only for larger commercial type aircraft – smaller aircraft
endurance limitations when encountering strong headwinds –
critical knowledge area
Accurate pre flight planning, decision making / alternates when
forcasts are not accurate. Understanding Range and Endurance
11 aircraft in company - Threat and Error Management –
Undesired aircraft states - Ground handling / navigation error
identification, Circuit arrivals and departures planning. Pilot
fatigue and proficiency / experience for conditions presenting.
Weather, airspace penetration avoidance. Counter measures –
Day to day planning briefings, actions and review at end of each
flight legs.
Vertical planning, flying on top, accurate map reading, backing
up with GPS – not other way around! Prohibited and Restricted
areas permissions/penetration avoidance,
Carby icing conditions, ammeters, oil levels, preparation
prior to adventure, 100 hourly status, emergency supplies –
consumables, tire tubes, proficiency to use
High and Low systems, resultant winds – backing and veering
understanding means efficient planning to avoid headwinds
where possible. Deviation around small shower cells, risk
ground knowledge to conduct such flights
safely and successfully. All of these items are covered throughout all
levels of theory testing. They directly affect all
flights, and never more so than when undertaking an outback adventure - it all comes together
and makes sense.
Reputable flight schools train and follow
syllabuses structured by the regulator. Theory
courses are also structured to support key areas of underpinning knowledge.
Once a pilot has passed the tests, they are
deemed licenced to a safe standard. The licence is not a station at which you arrive, but
just a point to continue learning. This was the overwhelming feedback from
participants of our adventure. “We learnt so
much!” some said.
“I feel like I learnt as much again during the
fly away,” said another.
I contend that learning to fly isn’t merely an
art form or science.
It can’t be completely learnt as a university
course or degree, so can it be taught successfully by teachers with limited experience? We learn best when we put students with
teachers who have passion and real experience to pass on. We learn best when teaching
combines theoretical and practical experience
together, not one without the other. Learning to fly is more like a trade, on the
job training from a master skilled as a teacher,
experienced and with a course delivery which is
comprehensive and complete.
From the CFI to the newest pilot and
everyone in between, flying in Australia offers the perfect blueprint for each of us to
continue improving our mastery of the trade.
Learning and loving to fly in a safe and secure environment.
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>> First pre flight checks
Birds of
by Kreisha
>> Engine workshop
ou see them here. You see them there. On country
strips, on farm properties and at flying schools nationwide, you see them absolutely everywhere.
They are, without doubt, the most ubiquitous aircraft on the
RA-Aus register. No prizes for guessing to which award winning aircraft I’m alluding.
Anyone who flies - from Drifters to jets - knows about Jabiru.
Just why are these little white birds so popular? And with
sales figures of more than 1800 airframes and 6000 engines
worldwide, there’s no debate they are popular.
Jabiru aircraft are without exception, Australia’s most outstanding aircraft success story.
Many pilots, even if they don’t fly the Jabiru aircraft, use the
Jabiru engine.
I asked Sue Woods, Jabiru’s business manager, for her
thoughts on the company’s world-wide success.
“In Australia, nothing comes close to the power and performance of the J230,” she says.
“We have sold 816 J230/430s worldwide. The MTOW
(tested to 700kg but in Australia limited to 600kg under the
LSA category) in combination with the 120hp engine is proving
extremely popular.
“They are used in so many applications. Besides recreaOCTOBER 2011 | Sport Pilot | 31
Top: Robyn Richardson cutting fibre
glass cloth Below: Dick Evans
picking parts for assembly
>> Tino
and Leith MModesti
tional flying and flying schools,
Jabiru’s (specifically the J430) are
used in Africa as air ambulances.
In South Africa, Jabiru aircraft are
also used for carrying cameras
for mineral exploration; the low
magnetic signature of the aircraft
is ideal for this. In the U.S. the aircraft are used to carry million dollar
equipment for police surveillance.
The J230 is now available on floats
in the U.S.”
Where Jabiru began
In early 1988, Rodney Stiff and Phil
Ainsworth formed the Jabiru company to develop a highly efficient,
composite designed light aircraft.
After only four years the Jabiru LSA
55/2K model was type certificated
by the Australian Civil Aviation Authority under an Australian standard (CAO 101.55).
One month later, their Italian engine manufacturer (IAMEKFM112M) advised that it was
ceasing aircraft engine manufacture. The KFM engine was then the
lightest 4 stroke engine available
on the market and the Jabiru aircraft had been developed around
this engine. Earlier prototypes
powered by 2 strokes had proven
to be unreliable and the 2 stroke
concept had been abandoned.
Relying on their previous experience in the sugarcane harvesting
equipment industry, Rod and Phil
decided there was a significant
opportunity to develop lightweight
aircraft engines in the 30-120hp
range. The first step was to develop
a 60hp engine to power their new
(engineless!) Jabiru aircraft.
In an intensive research and
development program, the Jabiru
1600cc engine was developed
over a period of 18 months. In
March 1993 this new engine
was approved by Australian CAA
for installation in Jabiru aircraft.
54 '1600' powered aircraft were
manufactured over the period April
1993 to March 1996.
Jabiru displayed its aircraft
with the 1600 engine at Oshkosh
in 1994. The reception of both
products was extremely encouraging, but, more significantly, the
company learned the market was
demanding a larger capacity engine. It began the development of
the 2200 engine immediately. The
new engine was first displayed at
Sun 'n Fun in 1995. The first 24
were released to the market in
September the same year.
After Sun 'n Fun 95, Jabiru decided to offer the aircraft as an Amateur-built or Experimental Kit. An
intensive program followed from
which a kit constructor's manual
was developed from the company's existing aircraft QA manual. In
>> Props
SEPTEMBER 2011 | Sport Pilot | 33
>> Fusela
>> View hangar
Top: New engines
Top left: Airframe parts packaged
Bottom left: Mould making
June 1995 Jabiru shipped its first kits to USA.
FAA formally accepted the Jabiru SK airplane
as eligible for airworthiness certification under FAR 21.191 (g) on February 8,1996.
And, twenty three years later...
Jabiru, at peak production, produces airframes at the rate of 20 per month and engines at the rate of 90 per month. Aircraft
and kits have been sold to 16 countries and
engines to 31 countries. In keeping with its
mission of providing affordable flying, and to
assist in its engine installation into other aircraft types, Jabiru has developed, and continues to develop, Firewall Forward kits for most
popular light aircraft (check for
more info). This program has been substantially supported by Jabiru's international distributors who have worked with the company
to rapidly extend the range of aircraft types
now fitted with the Jabiru 2200 engine. Firewall Forward Kits (or Firewall Rear Packages
for pushers) are now available for many types.
When asked about Jabiru’s
future, Sue has this to say
“I hope to maintain my father’s mission to
make flying affordable by providing a strong
aircraft at a price that is far more reachable
than the price of the new Cessna 172.
“Our market is changing from flying enthusiasts to turn key pilots. There is a lot more
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competition now with over 100 other Light
Sport Aircraft manufacturer as well an ever
growing array of “boys toys” competing for the
dollar once the family has left home and the
home mortgage is paid.
“Keeping the product competitive in the
changing market is always a high priority. Being in the aviation business is challenging, but
the reward for us is to hear the airways abuzz
with Jabiru call signs as we fly to the numerous air shows around the country. “We would like to see the Jabiru as numerous in provincial towns as it is in Bundaberg.
“And more instructors like Cliff Banks
from Swan Hill who has over 12,000 hours
on them.”
The Jabiru product range
• Jabiru Type Certificated, factory manufactured aircraft.
• Jabiru Amateur-built or Experimental Kits.
• Jabiru Aircraft Engines.
In addition, Jabiru manufactures its own
propellers, wheels and brakes and control
system components. A range of propellers,
specifically designed to complement Jabiru
engines, is being developed.
>> Packaging of
airframe parts
OCTOBER 2011 | Sport Pilot | 35
Chocks away
by Kreisha
for Wide Bay
’d like to say we co-ordinated
the weather, as well as the
event” remarked Ainsley Gatley of Event Networks, the organiser
of the Wide Bay Airshow.
And maybe she did, because the
weather, like the show itself, was superb. The circuit was buzzing as we
flew in around lunchtime on the Friday, with some orbiting to allow the
RPTs to land. With the unicom guiding us in, we touched down on grass
runway 25 and were marshalled to
parking by an enthusiastic and helpful crew of volunteers from the Griffith Aviation university.
Already, on Friday afternoon,
there were 25 aircraft parked ahead
of us, and another one was landing
every few minutes. A total of 75 RA
-Aus aircraft flew in; about the same
number as the VH crowd. As soon as
we unloaded and tied down, a volunteer car arrived to taxi us to the show.
With Friday being the Trade Day, I had
a good browse around the stands,
catching up with Skyshop, Bose, QBE
and CASA, while being treated to the
Roulettes practice display.
Saturday and Sunday brought
stunning weather, the likes of which
is always expected in Queensland,
but not always delivered. With a
slip-slap-slop, we headed out to the
>> Photos: Paul Turner
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in the sky
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black box for light aircraft. Wingmate records flight data directly onto an SD card
For a full list of features, visit: WWW.WINGMATEAVIONICS.COM
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and with a Google Earth export feature it is ideal for any experienced or novice pilot.
OCTOBER 2011 | Sport Pilot | 37
1 Anton and Jacky Meier
with the Sportcruiser
2 SeaMax and Phil Woodbridge
3 Zane Tully and Kreisha
4 Paul Bennet’s Pitts
5 Yakitty Yaks
6 Grand Dames
7 RAAF Roulettes
8 WIde Bay Organiser
Ainsley Gatley
9 Jabirus
field early to watch the displays and
meet the aircraft demonstrators.
Highlights of the show include
the Roulette display, the Jabiru
formation display, Matt Hall (as
ever!), Paul Bennet and a wonderful array of warbirds including the
Wirraway, Winjeel, Avenger, DC3,
Spitfires and Yaks.
The static displays included a
wide selection of RA-Aus aircraft,
including the Sportcruiser, Ibis,
SeaMax, Super Petrel, Airborne microlights and of course, the Jabirus.
Prominent industry figures
present were Peter John of CASA,
Matt Hall, the Royal Australian Air
Force and, of course, our very own
Zane Tully.
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As the event came to a close, so
did the weather. Around 4pm, the
sky darkened, the wind picked up
and an innovative man started selling tie-down kits. Happy to spend
another night in town, my co-pilot
and I headed to the RSL for another
fabulous local steak.
With a turnout of 17,500, an
event like this absorbs the entire
town - not just in the turnout of
locals, to volunteer and run food
stalls, but also for the hoteliers, restaurants and pubs.
I’m sure a town famous for
rum and ginger beer is delighted
to have yet another feather in its
sunhat in being linked to this international airshow.
OCTOBER 2011 | Sport Pilot | 39
reader’s story
flying flea
by Philippe Bouillet
he Flying Flea was designed in
the 1930s by Henri Mignet, an
enthusiastic and genial handyman now considered the father of
light aviation in France. The Flea was
Mignet’s 14th prototype, and the second to fly. Mignet published a book
describing the birth of the Flea and
its success was immediate.
About hundred Fleas were built by
amateurs in the year following the release of the book. Since the builders
were from all walks of life, except the
aviation business, it is not surprising
a number of fatal accidents occurred
soon afterwards.
The Flea acquired a bad reputation which still exists today.
In fact, the accidents prompted a
thorough investigation into the causes and the design was modified to
improve the stability of the machine.
Rules governing the balance of the
aeroplane were determined by studies
in wind tunnels. Mignet continued his
research and published the plans of
the HM290 in 1945 on a single sheet.
But World War II as well as personal dramas in Mignet’s life in the
post war years, prevented the Flea
movement taking off and developing.
After the war, Mignet left for Argentina, where he continued to invent new
aircraft. In 1977, another Frenchman, Rodolphe Grunberg, redrew
the plans of the HM293, and his own
building success gave a new life to
the Flying Flea movement in France.
>> The flying fle rolls
OCTOBER 2011 | Sport Pilot | 41
reader’s story
>> The flea’s cockpit
Coming to
an airstrip
near you
Does your aerodrome
have an interesting
or colourful history?
A club which hosts
regular events or
flyaways? We’re looking
for airstrips to feature
in upcoming editions.
Email us: [email protected] with
500 - 800 words and
three jpeg photographs.
What’s so special about the Flying Flea? and I had our maiden flight on March 12, 2011.
Quite a few things, actually. It is relatively small, I had no prior experience on a Flea and was a
the biggest part is only 2.5 metres long. The two bit nervous at first, with a tendency to overcorwings are in an unconventional tandem configu- rect. That disappeared in a few hours and I’m
ration. The back wing has a fixed 6 degree angle starting to know her better.
with the fuselage, the larger front wing’s angle of
She takes off in a short distance and is very
attack, controlled by the stick, varies from 0 to fun to fly and land. Cruise is at about 50kts at
14 degrees and works as the elevator.
5500rpm, so I have plenty of time to admire
The aircraft has no aileron. The
the scenery.
side movements are the result
No need to tell how rewardof the deflection of the large
ing it is to fly an aircraft
rudder, itself controlled
you’ve built yourself. The
by the stick. The parFlying Flea attracts a
ticular wing arrangelot of people when
ment prevents the
I taxi back to the
Flying Flea from
parking area.
properly stalling. InOf course, if
stead it descends
you are into high
gently and remains
speed flying macontrollable even if
chines, this one is
you keep the stick
not for you. But if
fully backwards.
you like the sound of
HM293 is made
the hand planed shav>> A Flea in flight
of wood (spruce and
ing wood; if your budget
plywood), fabric and metal
and time are limited and
fittings. It can be built as a tailthe sky is appealing to you,
dragger or a tricycle. According to
the Flying Flea is really a project
Mignet, anyone who could build a packing case worth considering. You’ll collect many friends
and drive a car could fly a Flying Flea, which ex- on the way.
plains the voluntarily simple design.
There are three Flying Fleas on the AustralI built 10-7589 in my garage, without any ian Recreational Aviation Register at the mofancy tools or machines. I am much indebted ment: two HM293s and a two-seater Balerit.
to my friend, Glenn, for his fantastic welding I hope we’ll see more of them in a non-too disskills, and all the others who have lent tools or tant future.
offered advice and encouragement.
By the way, I fly at Penfield, Victoria, in case
My Flea is powered by a Rotax 503, and she you’d like to have a closer look.
OCTOBER 2011 | Sport Pilot | 43
Tech talk
with Steve Bell
Propeller strikes
Every now and then I receive an incident report indicating that an aircraft has sustained a propeller
strike. There is no problem with this, but there are also
a number that go unreported. In most instances the
owner of the aircraft fits a new propeller and continues
on normally, and this is where the problems begin.
Every time an aircraft has a prop strike, maintenance and engine checks must be performed, before
the next flight. After all you don’t want a further problem should the engine stop, or in some cases the propeller exits the aircraft. Propellers are normally bolted
to the engine either directly or through a gearbox or
drive train. It should be remembered an aircraft propeller is being driven by the engine. In
doing so is absorbing all of the horsepower the engine can supply and in
most cases this is a very delicate
arrangement, but when a propeller
strikes something hard, it will cause
a momentary stop. In some cases
the stoppage is so small that the aircraft operator may not even notice,
but the engine will. The question is
where does all of that horsepower go
if the fuel is still being burned?
Instead of the power being transferred to the propeller it is being sent back to the engine, but now in
the wrong direction, so we have the pistons supplying
energy to one end of the crankshaft, while at the other
end the excess energy will be placed on the crankshaft
in the opposite direction. This will cause a momentary
twisting of the crankshaft, and after all the crankshaft
is not designed to be twisted. This twisting will cause
minute changes in the structure of the engine reciprocating components, which may eventually cause the
shafts to fail.
What I am getting to is that every time a propeller
strikes something hard with the engine going; there
may be damage, so it is absolutely essential that the
engine is checked.
These engine checks after a prop strike can vary
between a simple flange run out check and engine run:
all the way up to an engine strip down. I have examined
a failed crankshaft, where it is obvious that there has
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been a propeller strike, where it can be seen that there
was a small crack caused by the impact, which grew
over time. after all there is fuel burning quite rapidly in
the engine, which causes small stresses on the components at each stroke.
In every case, if the propeller is subject to a prop
strike, the engine manufacturer’s instructions should
be studied, and the engine checked strictly in accordance with those instructions. Any time a prop strike
causes an engine stoppage, the engine must be
stripped down and the components checked for damage. Any damage found must be treated as serious.
Don’t let this happen to you!
Control Rods
1. Is this aircraft cable wear acceptable?
>> From bottom to top: note the minor
wear – usually caused when the cable runs
over a pulley or through a fairlead, (middle)
note the spaces between the strands has
joined, this is enough to change the cable.
Top – this is worn beyond limits – remember
2 strands broken or worn beyond 40% in
one bundle mean the cable is unserviceable.
When refitting cables make sure that
each cable is within its tension limits (and
account for the ambient temperature), when
there are two cables on a single control
each cable tension should be the same.
From AC 43-13
Control Cables and Control Rods
Transferring your movements in the cockpit to the
part of the aircraft that causes the aircraft to change
direction is an extremely important system. But with
this in mind aircraft control systems are probably the
least inspected and maintained. This is not because
people do not want to do the work, but because rarely
are people told what to look for. There have been a
number of control cable failures reported in the recent
past, which could have been prevented. All cables
that can be accessed should have a visual inspection
during each daily inspection.
All control surfaces should be checked for excessive movement at the same time. So what are we looking for? Wear on a control cable could be shiny areas
where the strands of the cable have been rubbing, or
broken strands.
Excessive wear is where the space between two
strands of a cable has joined.
Cables where two or more strands are worn
beyond 50% should be replaced and wear between 40 and 50% should be closely monitored.
For broken strands it depends where the
break is – a single broken strand within 25cm of
a join, fairlead, pulley or swaged end means the
cable should be replaced. In other areas two or
more strands can be broken, providing there
are no more than one in each bundle of strands.
2. Same cable with tension released
Control rods have a rigid section with (normally) ball end at each end. The biggest trap
with these is to have one end with little thread
showing and the other end just in safe. Most
control rods have a small hole drilled just
before the threaded portion. If a wire can be
pushed through this hole then the rod end is
not into the rigid pipe enough and may fall out.
Each rod end usually has a ball joint which
must be kept clean and lubricated (see the aircraft manufacturer’s instructions about what
lubricant to use and how to service the rods).
Finally the jam nut should be tight and locked.
All cables and rods must be adjusted in
such a manner that the control movement will
match the cockpit control movement and so
that the control movement is precisely what
the aircraft manufacturer recommends.
Happy and safe flying and fixing.
3. Same cable tension released and bent
When a cable is seen to be worn, it should
be removed and inspected, this will show any
broken strands. So the answer to number 1, is
no. This is usually done during each 100 hour
But we don’t want this to occur: -
>> Typical (non ball) rod end,
notice the locked nut.
Or this in an engine.
Each Cable is made of a number of strands
twisted into a bundle, and then several bundles
are twisted together.
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Flight instructor’s forum
Facilitated by the aviation guru - Professor Avius
I have
Some years back, two blokes were flying
around the outback in a tandem seat aircraft.
They were having fun and didn’t particularly
care that they were illegal because they were
flying at treetop level. There was one tree higher than the others and, of course, by tempting
providence, it was inevitable this pair would
smack into it.
When the noise of ripping and crumbling
metal died away, they found themselves sitting with the wreckage of the destroyed aircraft around them. The only sound in
the outback wilderness, apart from the
ticking of the engine cooling was of a
Kookaburra (a Jackass!), chortling from a
nearby tree.
The following conversation followed:
• Front seat pilot: ‘Didn’t you see that
tree poking up in front of us? Why didn’t
you avoid it?’
• Back seat pilot (somewhat annoyed) ‘Of
course I saw it but I thought you were flying the aircraft!’
Luckily their wounds, although severe,
were not life threatening.
I have often wondered if these blokes
learnt anything from their experience.
One of the first airmanship points in
the syllabus is that of establishing who
has command. The British use the very
formal ‘You have command’ with the reply
‘I have command’, to effect the transfer
of control. I have noted that our colloquial
‘Handing over’, Taking over’ is more common in Australia.
Whatever form is used, the importance of knowing who is flying the aircraft
is critical, regardless of whether it’s a rag
and tube ultralight or a massive 747.
As in most things in the art of instructing,
the procedure for the handing over of control
is not as simple as it first may appear.
As flying instructors, we have a responsibility to make the student pilot aware of just
what the procedure involves and how to effec-
tively carry it out.
Also, as the flying instructor, it’s important
not to gloss over the explanation of any of the
airmanship points.
Procedure for transfer of
control of the aircraft
During the pre-flight briefing
• Explain the importance of establishing who
has command of the aircraft. There should be
no confusion as to who is doing what;
be felt guiding the student’s input. It is to be
stressed the student should still initiate control input and not assume the instructor has
taken over;
• When the student takes command, their
hands and feet must be on the controls ready
to take over before acknowledging ‘Taking over’;
• Most importantly, the student has to develop
an ‘in-command’ attitude. The student should
be told that all decision making and the consequences of the subsequent actions will be the
student’s. That student is now ‘The Captain’ with all the attendant responsibilities of being ‘The Captain’.
During the flight
• Take every opportunity to practice
the transfer of control. This can happen during the taxiing on the very first
• If the student does not respond correctly, reinforce the procedure and
keep on reinforcing it until the correct
response is made;
• Ensure the procedure is fairly formal. There is really no place for ‘She’s
yours’ or ‘You got ‘er’.
Remember, the instructor has the responsibility of inculcating a lifetime
good habits in the student.
During the debrief
• Reinforce the airmanship point and
if the student has complied, congratulate that student, so they are left with
a ‘feel good feeling’ as they wend their
way homeward.
Sometimes an instructor may wish the student to have a “feel” for what is going on. In
these circumstances the instructor says “follow me through” and the student places his/
her hands and feet lightly on the controls
• Likewise when the student has taken control. The instructor’s input may sometimes
During subsequent flights
• Do not accept that the transfer of control
goes unacknowledged. Insist on compliance
by immediately reminding the student of the
correct procedure.
As usual, comments are invited from instructors, pilots and students.
Email contributions to [email protected] or [email protected]
OCTOBER 2011 | Sport Pilot | 47
pilot notes
Sonex Waiex
Airframe: 119 hrs ttis.
The aircraft touched down smoothly and on the
final part of the roll out, the bolt securing the
axle and wheel assembly to the left hand main
gear leg sheared. The wheel assembly rotated,
causing the aircraft to veer off the runway.
The aircraft received minor damage.
TL Sirius
Pilot experience: 17 hrs, 2 on type
Conditions: Light winds and turbulence.
The student had undergone some dual training
on the aircraft and had just completed an
uneventful solo circuit. On the subsequent
landing the aircraft ballooned, then landed
heavily on the nose wheel. The nose gear
collapsed and the aircraft came to rest with
major damage to the propeller and nose gear.
The pilot was not injured.
Rand KR2
Conditions: Light winds, nil turbulence.
Pilot experience: 1500 hrs, 4 on type.
After touchdown, the aircraft bounced lightly
and began to veer off the runway. Despite
corrective action, the pilot was unable to prevent
it running into very soft ground at the edge of
the runway where it came to rest inverted. The
pilot and passenger received minor cuts and
bruising. The aircraft received major damage to
the propeller canopy and airframe.
Festival R40
Pilot experience: 1012 hrs, 11 on type.
The student was side slipping the aircraft on
landing and left recovery from the manoeuvre
too late. The aircraft struck the ground with its
wingtip causing minor damage.
Zenith CH 701
Pilot experience: 1650 hrs, 35 on type.
As the aircraft touched down on a strip which
was covered in long grass, the nose wheel hit
a hole in the ground, damaging both the nose
gear leg and the propeller. It then bounced
back into the air before landing heavily and
coming to rest. The pilot and passenger exited
without injury.
Teenie 2
Pilot experience: 160 hrs, <1 on type.
After doing several taxi runs, the pilot took off
and completed a circuit and landing. On the
next circuit, the aircraft flared early, ballooned
and landed heavily. The pilot braked lightly but
the aircraft veered off the runway and into some
grass where the right undercarriage leg failed. The
aircraft came to rest with further damage to the
underside of the wing. The pilot was not injured.
Skyfox CA22
Pilot experience: 200 hrs all on type.
The aircraft was being flown at low level over
a large expanse of glassy water. The pilot
executed a 180 turn followed shortly after by a
similar turn. At the completion of this turn, the
port wing and undercarriage struck the surface
and the aircraft came to rest in about two
metres of water where the pilot exited uninjured.
The pilot admitted to having consumed a small
amount of alcohol earlier in the day. The aircraft
received extensive damage.
>> Incorrect ply tyres may cause damage
Chinook WT 11
Engine: Rotax 277, 554 hrs ttis.
The engine had just undergone a major
overhaul. On the first flight after reinstallation
of the engine, it failed due to seizure of the
piston, which had been incorrectly installed.
The piston rings had entered the exhaust
port and the piston was destroyed. Further
faults were found in the form of an incorrectly
tensioned inlet manifold stud and a deformed
crankshaft seal.
Jabiru 2200
Engine: Jabiru 2200, 675 hrs ttis.
The newly zero timed engine exhibited
several oil leaks which were cleaned
before test flying the aircraft. The leaks
reappeared after the test flight and were
traced to a crack in the No 4 cylinder base
Tecnam Super Echo
Airframe: 1300 hrs ttis.
A split was noticed in the left hand wheel
rim when the aircraft was returned to the
hangar after a day’s flying. The aircraft had
only performed one normal landing since
the last pre-flight inspection. 6 ply tyres
had been fitted to the aircraft in place of
the standard 4 ply units which may have
had some bearing on the rim failure.
OCTOBER 2011 | Sport Pilot | 49
water flying
by Dave Tonks
if you don’t
If it is not safe for amphibian
aircraft, then it is not safe for high
speed boats or jet skis either
ecently I became aware of a situation regarding the use of amphibian aircraft on freshwater lakes in South East
Queensland. Or, more to the point, the fact that
this is not allowed under any circumstances. This situation came to my notice when I was
informed a pilot had landed an amphibian aircraft on Lake Moogerah, situated about 6nm
west of Boonah. The information I have is second hand and
sketchy, but I was informed that (a) the pilot was
fined, and (b) the attitude of those policing this ruling (Rangers from South East Queensland Water)
were far from courteous and professional in the
carrying out of their duties.
I contacted Seqwater, the body governing 25
dams in South East Queensland, including the
seven dams which are approved for fuel-powered
boating. And I contacted the Minister for Energy
and Water Utilities,Stephen Robertson.
I received a reply which informed me that policy
did not allow for amphibian aircraft to use water
controlled by Seqwater for the following reasons:
1. “Paragraph 8.5 of the CASA Guidelines for
Aeroplane Landing Areas states that ‘Except in
an emergency, the consent of the owner/occupier
is required before a landing area may be used’. Seqwater has not given consent to any pilots to
use any of our lakes as landing areas”. (Please
note the use of the term “our lakes” – Seqwater seem to think that the lakes are ‘theirs’).
2. “Seqwater lakes are subject to fluctuating water levels and there may be submerged
hazards at different water levels”. Apparently
Seqwater believes, somewhat naively in my
opinion, that boat and jet-ski operators conduct “slow and close inspections of areas to
be used for submerged obstacles before then
travelling at speed” and that it is “not possible
for amphibious aircraft to conduct such safety
surveys to the same level of accuracy”. I can
just imagine some 18 year old powerboat driv-
surely it should be OK for amphibian aircraft to
undertake the same risks? If it is not safe for
amphibian aircraft, then it is not safe for high
speed boats and jet-skis either.
2. The number of incidents/accidents involving boats on waterways should be compared with those concerning amphibian aircraft so a proper consideration of risk factors
can be ascertained, rather than just to make a
sweeping statement along the lines of “boats
and jet-skis are safe travelling at high speed
on waterways and amphibian aircraft are not”.
3. The level of training an amphibian pilot receives is immensely different to the basic one
hour course required for a boat licence. Am-
all of the above, incensed that a government
department could make a decision to exclude
one particular category of participant from areas under their control which are available to
numerous other categories of participants. To
me, it is plain and simply discrimination.
Secondly, I find it concerning the people making this decision have done so without any investigation into whether or not the usage of waterway by amphibian aircraft is, in fact, dangerous.
They have simply decided this is the situation (based, I assume, on pre-conceived ideas
and concepts concerning amphibian aircraft). If the authorities concerned informed me
that a suitably qualified person with significant
>> Let us challenge this
obvious discrimination
er inspecting the waters of a lake before he/
she starts roaring around a dam at high speed
with two screaming kids clinging precariously
to the rubber tube/s being towed behind.
3. “Seqwater’s considered assessment is
that allowing amphibious aircraft to use their
lakes (again, “their” lakes) would create significant and unacceptable safety issues for other
recreational users”. In other words, it’s OK for
every other type of recreational pursuit using
the lakes, to the absolute exclusion of amphibian aircraft.
My argument to both Seqwater and
Stephen Robertson included the following:
1. If indeed the dams have “fluctuating
water levels” and “submerged hazards”, why
are high speed boats allowed to navigate
these ‘dangerous’ waters? If it is good enough
for boats to put up with these hazards, then
phibian training includes the importance of an
inspection of any waterway before considering
a landing or takeoff, including ensuring that
the landing/takeoff will not result in any risk to
other waterway users.
4. There is a definite level of discrimination involved in the decision that “allowing
amphibious aircraft to use (the) lakes would
create significant and unacceptable safety issues for other recreational users”. What about
considering the statement “allowing other recreational users to use the lakes would create
unacceptable safety issues for amphibian aircraft users”. My point is that no user should be singled
out for exclusion because of the unsupported
opinion that by including them, other users
MAY be put at risk.
I am, as one could expect from reading
experience in aviation issues (including the
use of public waterways by amphibian aircraft)
had investigated the situation and concluded
the use of amphibian aircraft posed a real
threat to the safety of other users of waterways, I would be inclined to at least listen to
their argument.
I am unable to take this matter further. I
have taken my argument, which I consider to
be a sound one, to both Seqwater and the Minister responsible.
The end result is that no change will be
considered to the discriminatory and fundamentally unfair situation regarding the usage
of freshwater dams in South East Queensland
by amphibian aircraft.
It is now up to others in the aviation arena
to take up this fight in order to obtain a fair
and just resolution.
OCTOBER 2011 | Sport Pilot | 51
water flying
f lying
by Philip Myer
ater flying is very challenging but immensely
rewarding - it is visual flying at its best.
I did my amphibian endorsement in a Cessna
185 with Rod Gunther at Williamstown, Victoria – a very experienced gentleman, high time water pilot and patient instructor.
A newly float-rated pilot will soon discover it is impossible
to solo hire a seaplane. If you really want to advance your skills
and use your endorsement as ‘a ticket to learn’, you will have to
buy your own aircraft.
I became an RA-Aus pilot after more than 2000 hours of
GA flying. After a lot of research, I bought a Foxbat A22LS fitted with amphibious floats from the US. Rod test flew the aircraft for me, after which I did a couple
of hours dual with him and then I was off to learn on my own.
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OCTOBER 2011 | Sport Pilot | 53
water flying
>> The amphibian is even more stable than the land-bound version
The Foxbat has some wonderful attributes as
a seaplane. It is very stable, even more so than
the land bound version because of the pendulum effect of the floats.
The speeds are low, but the stall speed is only
slightly higher than the land version. The visibility
is outstanding. The liquid cooled Rotax engine
keeps the temperature stable at 90ºC even after hours of water circuits. Its simple and reliable
starting is important on the water, because once
you push off the beach or dock, you have to get
the motor started quickly. The airframe is simple
and easy to wash and maintain, an advantage
for a seaplane especially one which operates
around salt water.
In the air, the amphibian handles very much
like the land version. The drag of the floats slows
the cruise speeds down to 80kts at 5200rpm
and 75kts at 4800rpm - but who needs speed
when you are water flying for the fun of it?
As novices, most pilots start out being ‘water
shy’ when it comes to landing and taking off. The
only way to ‘cure’ this ailment is lots and lots of
splash and goes.
Once you are in the groove, you ‘land’ and remain on ‘the step’, then reapply power to take off
again to only a height of 150ft or so before making another approach.
This way you build up a lot of landings and you
In the air,
the amphibian
handles very much
like the land version
expand your skill base. A full stop landing is when
you allow the aircraft to come off the step and
settle into displacement mode.
Taking off from the water involves learning to
get the aircraft on the step as quickly as possible.
You learn to ease the full back pressure as the
aircraft climbs up over the step. Then you learn
to feel for the sweet spot as the aircraft planes
on the top of the water.
Once on the step at full power, the aircraft accelerates to flying speed - which for the Foxbat is
35kts. You don’t rotate the aircraft because this
will only put the back of the floats in the water
and slow you down. Once airborne, you fly in the
ground effect until speed builds to 55kts for a
safe climb.
When comfortable with ‘normal’ take offs
and landings, you expand into cross wind and
glassy water operations.
Glassy water landings are amazing. As the
name implies, when there is no wind, the water
becomes mirrorlike and you cannot tell where
the surface is, making it very dangerous to flare
normally. The approach is made by establishing
a stabilised descent, with a fixed attitude and
power setting. You fly the aircraft onto the water,
not looking for the water, because this would
tempt you to flare when it is not safe to do so.
The Foxbat has an engine-out glide speed of
60kts clean and 55kts with flap. I find glide approaches rewarding, requiring good energy management with the need to make a continuous
flare to ensure a gentle landing.
Rougher water requires a relaxing of yoke
pressure after flaring close to water, to ensure
the floats are in a flatter attitude to cut through
the water rather than smack on to it.
The environment is always different and challenging and requires your full attention. You have to be
alert for changing conditions and traffic on the water.
River landing are the most critical. There is
not much room on the water. Most rivers are in
valleys, so the area must be thoroughly checked
out at a safe level first. That includes the landing, beaching, overshoot and take-off areas –all
before you descend to the water.
Landing and taking off from the water needs
100% of your attention but it rewards you with
200% fun.
OCTOBER 2011 | Sport Pilot | 55
members’ market
1886 Avid Flyer, 19-3304
X-AIR, TT 165hrs, 75hrs with Rotax 618, Ultralam
skins, Bolly prop & spinner. Spats, wide entry.
Hangared at Clifton QLD. $18,950. For history and
more pic’s e-mail [email protected]
2464 Zodiac 601XL-B
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Lowrance 2000c moving map GPS, ASI, Certified
Compass, Cabin Heat, Boarding Steps, ELT, Aux
Power Plug, Nav & Strobe Lights, Landing Lights,
Boarding Steps. Latest Model JABIRU 3300 Eng.
$125,000 inc GST. Ph 08 8767 2145, Mob, 0408
813 501
Exc. cond. 1674 hours. Fresh gearbox o’haul. Fresh
100 hrly.Fantastic trainer. Foldable wings for easy
trailering or storage. Full maint. history. VHF/UHF
radios. Good fun, economical aircraft. Based in
Moruya. Delivery options available. $35,000 Ph. 02
4478 6288/0411 480 393
2515 Sonex AeroVee
2570 Factory Completed Brumby
TT 55hrs. Jabiru 3300 120hp. Sensenich prop.
Dynon EFIS+EMS. GPS AvMap. A/P Trio. Garmin
GTX327. Com SL40. Cruise 135Kts, 22Lts. Leather
Upholstry and Trim. Always hangared. $129,000 no
GST. Ph. 02 6559 2599. 0408 312 601
2580 Tecnam Bravo LSA
TT 550 hours, Subaru EA81 engine, 80 kts cruise, 2
seats, radio/intercom, 56 litres fuel, luggage space,
$29,500 ono. Ph Ian 03 5127 2476
2280 Evans VP-1a Volksplane
VH-EVP for sale. Always hangared Melbourne. Superb
condition. 53 hrs TT. VW1600. Cruise 60kts. Empty
236kg Max 348kg. Load 83kg with full fuel. Fuel 39L at
11Lph. VH-EVP experimental but can be RA-Aus
registered. Very pleasant and fun to fly, no vices. Cheap
flying $10,000 ono. Ph 0401 388 651 or 0403 849 117
Jabiru 3300 TT AF and ENG 104 hours. Recently
upgraded. Beautifully built aircraft with superb looks
and handling. Full glass cockpit Dynon D100 D120
and Avmap IV. Microair transponder and VHF radio.
Suit new buyer. Reluctant sale. Visit www. for all build and flying photos.
$75,000 ono. Contact Dave 0407 008 896 email
[email protected]
80HP Taildragger, TT 80 Hours, Microair Radio,
Grand Rapids EIS, Garmin 196 GPS, Cruise 100kts,
Polished Metal. Currently VH registered. Will
register RA-Aus for new owner if required. Email
[email protected] or Ph Shane 0412 537 730
$50,00 Price reduced.
2523 Tecnam P2004B
2476 Hangars
Here is a plane that is a pleasure to fly & has been
maintained by Brumby at Cowra since I took delivery.
This plane is in as new condition & has always been
hangared. 60hrs TT. It has a Jabiru 3300 Motor,
Dynon Flightdeck160 with all monitors installed; inc
CHT, Fuel Flow, AH, Trutrack 2 axis auto pilot,
Lowrance Airmap 2000 coupled to the auto pilot,
Icom radio & intercom, Bendix king transponder &
leather seats .It looks & flys like a dream. Ring 02
6973 1261 or 0427 001 642
2571 Jabiru SK
2358 Quad-City Challenger 1 CWS
Clipped Wing Special, Single seat, vg condition, 345hrs,
Radio, GPS, elect. start Rotax 503 2-stroke, new tinted
windscreen, 4 strobes, flaperons, lambswool seat. Rego
to Sep 2011. You-Tube for wonderful flight examples.
Unique aircraft, flies itself. The Oaks. $9,990. John 0400
627 339 or email [email protected]
HANGARS For sale or lease. Scone Airport NSW
(YSCO). Brand New, Fully-Enclosed and Secure.
12m x 12m individual hangars. Sliding Doors 3.6m
high. Concrete Floor. Power, light and water.
Tarmac Apron and Taxiway. Freehold Title. Ph:
0429 810 008
2509 Lightning Aircraft
2525 Skyfox Gazelle
2403 X-AIR
(RA-Aus.19 Reg) Excellent condition, suit new buyer,
always hangared, low Hrs, Extended Wing Tips, Electric Trim & Flaps, Park Brake, 43 KtsStall, 136 Kts
Cruise. AVIONICS, Dynon D180,Garmin SL 40 VHF,
Garmin GTX 327 Transponder, Trio Auto Pilot,
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Immaculate condition only 165 hrs TT. 100hp Rotax
912. Dynon EFIS D100. Garmin Mode C transponder. Garmin radio. AvMap large screen colour GPS.
Dual fuel flow meters with electric fuel gauges.
Electronic trim. Fully maintained by LAME. Always
hangared. $118,000 + GST. Phone 0411 471 273
for more details.
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RA-Aus and Stampils Publishing reserve the right to withdraw from
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quality or faulty images.
TT 209hrs, 2200 engine overhauled by Jabiru at
140 hrs. New Prop, Good Panel, includes VSI, DG &
EGT, Icom radio, Garmin GPS III Pilot, 2 headsets,
Strobe, Custom stripes, Wheel spats. Always kept in
hangar. Located Bunbury WA. $45,000 ono. Hangar
also for sale $15,000. Ph Greg 08 9586 3964 or
0408 746 391
Complete Fuselage for sale. Straight, nil accidents. Includes stainless steel firewall, windscreen and doors.
Currently stored near Kingaroy Qld. Photos available
on request. $5,000 ono. Ph John 0427 757 922 or
email [email protected]
The ultimate STOL fun machine, this 95-10 built by
Robertson Aircraft Corporation using standard aircraft components. Massive 162sqft wing gives stall
speed of 15mph and cruise speed 38mph. Website
htm. Original Cuyuna 30Hp plus spare Rotax 503.
$5,000 John 0427 757 922
2641 JABIRU J120-C
Reg. 24-7002 Factory Built December 2008. Cruise
TAS, 105 Kts on 14 Lph. This aeroplane has always
been hangared. Approx 250 Hours Engine/Airframe.
Level 2 Maintained. Many extras. Genuine reason for
selling. Asking Price $57,000 ONO. Contact Steve
0457 179 960 Northam WA
2644 JABIRU LSA-55
2615 House & Hangar Temora NSW
2574 Savannah for sale
Rotax 912 ULS. 3 years old . 285 hours airframe and
engine. Regular maintainence by qualified LAME.
Warp Drive propeller. Fuel flow meter. XCOM radio/
intercom. COMMANT antenna. Original slat-wing for
true STOL performance - 26 knot stall. MOGAS used
for last 240 hours exclusively. Always hangar stored.
Good condition. Reluctant sale. $64,000 Ph 0417
141 542 Kym
TTIS 68hrs. Jabiru 2.2 Hydraulic Lifters. Sensenich 60
X 46 Prop 10hrs. Matco brakes ASI, VSI, ALT, TBI, 2 X
EGT, 2 X CHT. Icom ICA 200 radio & Flitecom
intercom. 2 X Avcomm Headsets. Lowrance C2000
GPS. Located Taree NSW. $62,500 neg No GST. Ph
02 6552 2383 Mob 0429 954 479
RA-Aus 24-4664 Immaculate condition. Always
hangared, Lismore area. Rotax 100 HP.
200Hours.120Kts cruise, 18 litres per hour.
Strengthened main undercarriage. Airmaster 3
Blade electronic prop and large wheels fitted for
short field perf. Separate foot and handbrakes.
Dual pole controls with electric trim. Dynon EFIS
D100, Garmin GPS Map 296, Garmin SL40 VHF w
Intercom, Garmin GTX 320A Transponder w Mode
C, Fuel Computer. Strobes, nav lights. Reason for
sale - new aircraft arrived. $130,000 including GST
Ph 0412 834 225
2634 Cheetah Sierra 19-5473
3 bedrooms, large living area, as new. 2 bathrooms,
steel frame. 1000mtr block. A/C double insulation.
Town water & gas. Hangar 18 X 12 X 5m. Power on &
toilet sewered. $450,000 Ph 02 6977 4781 or 0418
113 690
2629 Zenith STOL CH701
1600 hrs TTIS. less than 200hrs on factory rebuilt
solid lifter engine, with new through bolts, ignition
coils & leads. Full GA panel with Bendix King
transponder & Icom A200 VHF, Garmin 196 moving
map GPS. Recent 2-pack repaint, interior immaculate.
Always hangared, one of the neatest around. Flies
beautifully, cruise 95-100kts at 13-14 litres/hour. Full
L2/LAME history from new, Regularly serviced. Selling
to make room for new project. Located near
Launceston, Tas. $39,000 Ph 0419 375 291.
2647 Wanted
Damaged aircraft for repair or parts, or unfinished
projects, will consider anything.Ph 0419 476 677 or
email [email protected]
2650 Genesis Slipstream- 4142
Rotax 912 80 hp, 620 hrs A/F & eng.VFR
instruments & all standard engine gauges plus
dual EGT & fuel computer. VHF radio headsets &
coms. Always hangared. Have finished next one.
$45,000 ono. Delivery by air can be arranged.
Email. [email protected]
Phone 08 9655 3090
Always Hangared, as new. 100 hp Rotax 912 uls, 120
hrs TT airframe & engine. Warp Drive ground
adjustable prop. Stratomaster Digital panel, Garmin
296 GPS, Xcom VHF T2000 transponder. 2 sets of
OCTOBER 2011 | Sport Pilot | 57
members’ market
noise activated head sets. 2 axis electric trim, 70 lts
fuel. Take off in 150 mts land the same. 2 seat side by
side very comfortable & roomy. All log books, build &
component manuals. Hervey Bay area. Ph Terry 0400
411 772 or [email protected] $34,500 ONO
2652 Airborne 912 XT
Tundra, SST
wing. Helmets ,
Intercom, Radio.
Wing and Base
covers. Ballistic
Parachute. 14
hrs total time.
without BRS. Ph
Peter 0418 278
012 or 0418
681 898
Not being flown our Drifter needs a new home, wire
braced, upright engine mount, Rotax 582, electric
start, skins replaced, engine o/haul completed,
super aircraft, great to fly, good looking blue with gold
trim. Rego 25-0445. Make reasonable offer (03)
94396083 AH, [email protected]
2660 Thruster 95.10
Built in 1997, always kept in hangar, flown approx 400 hrs
Rotax 503 engine, health reason forces sale. At present
aircraft is stored under house. All in good condition
$6,000 ono. Qld Ph 07 5496 2116. Mob 0417 626 314
2661 BMW RT100 motor
2653 Savage Cub 2010
2662 HIRTH 2004
1000cc 70hp set
up for aviation
with Rotax
reduction drive &
twin ignition, 2
spark plugs per
cylinder, comes
with exhaust
manifold $2,500
Phone Tony 0429
132 128
Model 3701 3
cylinder fuel injected
100 hp 2 stroke with
reduction drive, prop,
spinner, fuel pump,
wiring & computer
only 61 hrs since
new $6,000 or
$5,500 without prop
Phone Tony on 0429
132 128
Rotax 912 ULS. 78 hrs. Vortex Generators. VHF/UHF
Radios and intercom. Rear Instruments and Controls.
As new. Many factory extras. Substantial savings on
new aircraft. Superb tail- wheel trainer, runways
optional. Phone Peter 0418 681 898
2654 SB Drifter
2 seater only flown 30 hrs. Fitted with Jabiru 6
cylinder engine. $45,000, cost $55,000 to build. Ph
0412 421 032
compliant,(recently changed from G.A. reg). Wings are
quickly detachable & a reg. trailer is included. $78,000
Ph. 0428 988 662 email [email protected]
2664 Flightstar IISC
2671 Jabiru SP 500/6 19-3717
Brand new, never
flown Flightstar IISC,
one of the last ones to
come from the US.
Has been assembled
with excellent
attention to detail.
Plane includes a fully
enclosed cabin, dual
controls, custom
carpet interior, Falcon
instruments, in-flight
trim, brakes and mylar
coverings. Plane is not fitted with an engine but can
be sold with a Rotax 582 with 212 hours, or can be
fitted with an engine of buyer’s choice. Please call for
more details: 0412 506 242
Factory built 2007 Reg 24-4926 Aircraft and
engine 230TT. Dual Microair radio and Microair
transponder. Garmin Aera GPS. Beautiful condition,
well looked after and always hangared. $65,000.
Ph 0438 634 411
2666 Europa XS 19-7850
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2676 Jabiru-Rebuild Project
Early model Jabiru damaged in EFOTF accident.
Airframe needs fibreglass repairs & repaint. Engine
needs repair (not major). 55 registration. Airframe
TTIS 2710 hrs. Engine TTIS 358hrs. $15,500 Located
Bowral NSW. For further information & photos email
[email protected] or phone 0417 429 369
25-0746 Factory built, 760 hours TT, tail plain complete
recover in fabric, new radio (M760), 2 x new helmets, new
rear cockpit instrumentation, modifications have been
made for ease of dual training. Phone 0418 859 049 or
email [email protected], South Australia
2681 Airborne XT912 Streak
3 wing only done
120 hrs coms
radio helmets
mostly flown
Hangered Coffs
$46,000. Ph.
0428 850 062
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Pilot, Garmin SL40 comm, Garmin GTX327
Transponder, 1000ll intercom, EIS 600J eng. Monitor,
Kannad 406 ELT, ASI, Cabin heat, Custom upholstery
Package, Landing Lights, Nav & Strobe Lights, Dual
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2685 Airborne XT912
Jabiru 3300 powered, retractable geared,
transponder, Garmin 296 GPS, Micro radio &
intercom, electric trim, VFR instruments, RA-Aus
Registered, fuel miser, 34kts stall, 130kts cruise.
All up 260hrs, this aircraft has been hangared,
service records up to date. Just a dream to fly, many
other extra’s $135,000, call Mark on 0448 387
828, No GST.
2665 Jabiru J160C
2663 Aero Pup
5” & 7”
From $149.95
Well maintained and hangared. 449.5 hrs. 123kts
@19ltrs hr. Sweetapple cruise prop, custom
extractors, 10 ply mains, 85ltr tank. STD gauges +
electric turn coordinator, volt meter, fuel flow meter.
XCom VHF & headsets, + UHF & 2xGPS. Grim voltage
regulator, Anderson jump start plug. Will deliver
anywhere. $55,000. 08 9921 8790
2680 Pioneer 300
2682 Jabiru SP6
2678 Rotax 912A 80HP
600 hrs since overhaul. 900 hrs to run. Includes most
accessories. $10,000 +GST. Ph Tony 0411 234 191
or email [email protected]
2679 Gazelle CA25N
1700hrs ttis.
Engine 450hrs
since top overhaul.
A1 condition,
owned by ex skyfox
factory chied
engineer. $38,000
no GST. Ph Tony
0411 234 191 or
email [email protected]
2686 For Sale Jabiru J-170c
Airframe 1400hrs, Engine 08hrs on new factory
recon. engine, latest mods carried out by Jabiru
factory. Fresh top overhaul, new tyres, Dynon 10 EFIS
plus analog instruments, Garmin 296 colour GPS,
external charge connector, Lambswool seat covers,
spats as new, adjustable rudder pedals, strobe, L2
maintained, always hangared, one owner since new.
$69,000 incl GST. Phone Bill 0429 054 205
2687 Cub Crafters Sport Cub S2
24-7928, Deluxe
panel, O-200
100hp engine,
140 hours total,
$145,000 plus
GST call Steve to
arrange a test fly
0414 444 971
19-4198 Factory assist build Nov 2004. 6 cyl engine
440 hrs TTIS Garmin 296, Big tyres, Large Oil cooler,
X Com radio, MP3, 85 lt fuel Tank. Full service history,
Always hangared. $54,000. Ph Barry 0418 105 232
2683 Lightwing 25-0699
Puddlejumper 14ft Amphibious fiberglass floats.
Retractable stainless steel undercarriage with brakes
and water rudder. Instructions and mounting hardware to suit most kit aircraft to 450kg. Brand new,
still in crates, selling at $4,000 below purchase price.
Bargain at only $6,500 ono. John 0427 757 922
Tundra 2008 model,
(red) STREAK 3 with
GRS chute, training
bars, prop net and
mud flap, chatterbox
intercom & headsets,
V rabbit antenna. Fly’s
62kt hands off.
Handles beautifully,
reluctant sale. TT 560
hrs, nil accidents,
complete log books.
All services complete.
$45,000. PH 0415 530 939 or [email protected]
2688 Eurofox 24-5052
TailDragger G.R. heleview model. Manufactured
1993. 912S Engine fitted new 2004, 600 hrs, VHF &
UHF Radios. Lawrence colour G.P.S. Aircraft is in good
condition & well maintained. $44,000 ONO. Ph 07
4039 7897
2684 Hangar at Gold Coast
Purchased Dec 2009, approx 434 hrs TT & 376 hrs
AT. One owner/pilot, never used for training or cross
hire, condition like new. Rotax 912ULS, 115 Tas at 17
ltr/hr,88 ltr fuel tank, full glass panel, EKPIV AvMap,
EFISD100, Xcom intercom, T2000SFL, Stratus50Digital Headsets, MT410G Beacon, strobe position &
landing lights. $85,000 Ph 0438 506 682
2689 Thruster T300 250068
Individual, secure, lockup hangar for sale at Heckfield
(midway between Brisbane and Gold Coast). Suit RV7
or similar sized aircraft. Power, water, security lighting.
Caretaker lives on site. $44,000. Ph 0414 180878.
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members’ market
Rotax 503. Engine, Airframe & Skins all in good
conditions. Located in SA. Urgent Sale $8,500 Urgent
sale. Ph 0408 816 556
2690 Zenith 601 XLB
This aircraft is the original Lightwing with a Rotax
912S Total eng time 106 hrs,VSI, ALT, ASI, Oil Pres,
EGT, fuel flow mtr, 2 fuel gauges VHF radio, 2
headsets, 80 ltrs fuel capacity, reg till Aug 2012.
Hangared Gold Coast $34,000. Ph. 07 32067075
or 0413 101 310.
2694 Supapup MK2
320hrs TT, Jabiru 3300, Hydraulic lifter with hollow
push rod upgrade, all AD’s current. Petroni 3 blade
prop, Cummins Spinner. Standard instruments and
engine gauges. XCOM radio, Micro Air Transponder,
Air Gizmo dock for Garmin x96. Electric flaps, Ray
Allen aileron/elevator trim controls on the stick. Matco
wheels and brakes. Excellent condition, superb to fly.
Hangared Cessnock NSW. $67,400 ono. Full build log
available. Contact Work: 02 9925 5032, Mob: 0402
829 966, email: [email protected]
2691 Lightwing GR 912S
2693 Airport Site
Cootamundra NSW
Vacant commercial hangar site. 2,000sqm, 50m
airside frontage. Level block, suit any aviation-related
enterprise (STCA). Positive Council support. All services available, sealed Council road access. $75,000.
Ph. 02 6942 2344.
2703 Jabiru J230
2700 Zodiac 601HDS
2692 Savannah VG series 2
Always hangared 560
MTOW, 912 engine,
455 hours engine and
airframe, kool prop
and tundra tyres,
bubble doors give 4”
wider, extended
lugguage bay, 150 ltrs
fuel capacity, X-con
radio and intercom,
Lowerance 2000
GPS, portable
beacon, standard
instruments with fuel
flow, built late 2005. $57,000. Email: [email protected] or Ph Tom 0419 414 031.
ASI & ALT, MicroAir radio & transponder, alternate
static & AOA. Rotax 100hp with WarpDrive prop,
carby heatrings & oil thermostat. Strobes, cabin
heat etc. Only flown on fresh water. $130,000, no
GST. Please call David on 0438 884 092.
Single seat aircraft. 86hrs on new dcdi 503, 114hrs
on airframe, always covered and hangared.
Excellent condition. Cruises at 70 kts, vhf radio,
plenty of instruments. Comes with a registered
custom trailer.Ph Steve 0447 331 708. Nth NSW.
19-4864, built under 101.28, brand new with
permit. Single seat wooden, VW 1835cc. Expect
90+kts cruise, stall 32kts. 14 lph, total 401. dual
ign. (Bendix mag. + coil), 25A alt. Fifth plans – built
by experienced builder. $19,000ono. Ph: 02 4351
1437 for more pics etc.
2695 ZODIAC 601HDS
2697 Jabiru trailer
Eng: Jabiru 3300. TT173 hrs eng airframe. Cruise
105 kts, endurance 4hrs plus reserves. Currently
reg GA experimental. Colour bright blue. Excellent
condition inside and out. Located Moruya. $29,000
ono. No GST applicable. [email protected]
Contact Sheldon 0427 102 540.
Warwick, Queensland. Will suit Jabiru aircraft up to
J230/430. $2,600 ono phone 07 4666 1676.
19-4913 85 hrs Dynon Flightdeck 180 EFIS/EMS with 6
off EGT’s/CHT’s interfaced with Avmap, Microair
transponder, XCom radio, Winter & UMA gauges, Sensenich
prop Cummins spinner, with original prop, wing & tail
strobes, cabin cover, 2 Bose headsets, two-pack paint,
$75,000 located Tocumwal call Eddie 0427 534 122.
Reg 19-5097. 585hrs TT Jabiru 2200 engine zero
timed at 300hrs. Beautiful 2 seater all alloy
aircraft. Easy to fly, cruises at 100kt. 80L fuel
tanks. Stall speed 40kt. Stall is very placid with no
nose or wing drop. Ground-adjustable carbon-fibre
prop. Comes with original build plans, all
instrument manuals. Very reluctant sale! $39,500
no GST. Adelaide area. Email: [email protected] or Ph: Matt 0408 089 173.
2704 19-0849
Minicab yellow fuselage and green cowling. Completed
and first flown in 1994, Continental C85 engine, 409
TTA, dual controls, heavy duty wing spar, 90kt cruise
at 14 lph, radio and intercom in good condition for
sale located at Aldinga SA $38,000 ono. Phone Scott
0404027818 or email [email protected]
2705 Jabiru J160C
19-5408 An award winning aircraft in good condition
TT490hr Rotax 503 DCDI electric start 30hrs since
overhaul Empty 288kg MTOW 430kg 50L fuel @15L/
hr Stall 30kt and cruise 70kt delightful fun aircraft
Comes with registered fully enclosed trailer.$15,000
ono. Located Caboolture QLD. Phone Harry on 0448
461 012.
MUST SELL NEW PRICE. 24 Rego, Aug 07. Airframe
and engine 425hrs. Rotax 914 turbo 2000hr TBO.
Autopilot. VHF and UHF radios. GPS, AOA,
transponder, in flight adjustable prop. Fuel mizer,
computer aided navigation (Fagawi and Mountain
Scope) and 120L/500+nm fuel capacity at 110kt.
Located Warwick QLD $87,000 Ph 0407 733 836
Overhead storage
of Recreational
Aircraft. Lifts
400kg. Suit tri-gear
& tail dragger.
New $4,800 Sell
for $2,000 each.
Near New. Two
Warwick QLD Ph
0407 733 836.
2699 A22LS Foxbat Amphibian
Under 50 hours. Dynon D180 FlightDek with b/u
24 5403 2008 One owner always hangared, regular
service by the book by LAME. No incidents or failure
of any type.320 hours Extra instruments dynon
d10a transponder GPS lowrance Northern rivers
NSW $60,000 ono phone 0419 598 357 [email protected]
2706 Subaru EA81 Engine
Completely reconditioned with new everything and
now better than new with crow cams and mildly
polished ports - recently advertised as a pair see
ad’ 2586 July Sport Pilot. One is now surplus to
requirements and will be listed on Ebay mid October
under “Subaru engine”.Located SE Qld. Enquiries or
pre-emptive offers 0488 271 936.
HorsHam aviation services
ABN: 65 007 339 451
Now Importing the eurofox AircrAft:
Quality Factory Built
Quick folding wing design
Glider Tow certified to 750Kg
Short take-off & landing
And Dynon Avionics Products:
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• Checklists
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PH: 03 5381 1727
Email: [email protected]
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members’ market
Extremely rare/unusual a/c, 95% complete. Third in series
by Jim Jentz of Victoria. Has flat twin cyl’ 440cc Zenoah
(40+hp) 2:1 belt reduction. Supposedly super safe and
stall-proof and can fly at only 20 knots (cruise 75knots).
Quirky and off beat! S.E. Qld. $4,990. Ph 0488 271 936
2708 Jabiru 160
Factory built. 790hrs tt. Top end overhaul by LAME.
Dual radios, transponder, Garmin 296 GPS. Always
hangared. $61,000 ono Ph 0412 857 107
Jabiru motor. 400 hrs. Electric carby heat. Patroney
prop. Wide entry doors.Aircraft has been well
maintained & regularly serviced. Motor has just had a
top end overhaul.Ultralam Skins replaced 2yrs ago.
Reliable fun plane. Criuse at 70kts burning 14 ltr/hr.
Hangared at Cessnock. $24,000 Sheree 02 4390
0005 or 0408 680 543.
1/5th share $17,500 with low monthly and hourly
cost. hangared at Gawler (YGAW) 040 5011 330 or
[email protected]
2712 Aeropup Two Seater
2715 Early Airborne Edge Trike
2709 JABIRU J170
New 2010.55hrs.6 cyl engine J3300. SENSENICH
prop + spare wooden prop. UHF radio. Garmin 496
GPS. 135litre fuel in wings (wet wings). Wing tip
strobes. $AU 78K. Ph Ken 0428 671 086.
2710 Engine 582
Blue head. 212 hrs. G.C. complete with radiators,
gearbox, exhaust, regulator and temp gauge. $4,000.
Phone 03 5750 1291. Mob. 0408 058 359.
Regn 19-5206 230hrs TT, Jabiru 4 cyl 85HP. Lame
owned, built and maintained. 90 kts economy cruise,
16 LPH, 96 Litres fuel in wings. Quick fold wing
system for easy trailering. Large luggage compartment. Always hangared. Award winning build and
finish. $53,000. Location Caboolture Qld. For more
details and photos, email Steve [email protected]
com or phone 0421 603 175
2713 SportStar Share at Gawler
Wizard or Streak for sale…to suit airborne 582. NSW
Sydney. Ph Bill 0411 127 998
Excellent aircraft flies
twice weekly, always
hangared. Rotax 582,
climbs 900fpm, burns
9L/hr solo, cruises
72km/hr, Betts and
crank tests OK,
pistons clean, almost
unstallable: Compass,
tacho, cht, alt, hrs,
radio. Reluctant sale
but going to the dark
side (3 axis!). S.E.Qld,
can deliver 100km free then $1/km.$5,500 Mob
0488 271 936
2716 SKITZ
2711 XAir 2.2
2005 model. Bendix/King radio and mode-c. Always
hangared and L2 maintained. Excellent fun aircraft,
Exp aircraft. Scratch built. Jabiru 80 hp engine. 380
hrs 85 knots cruising. Extended tank. $25,000 Ph
Phil 0418 452 301
Aerosport Aviation, Anton P +64 7 8295940 M +64 21 2895999
E [email protected]
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Ask Andre at Aerosport for
more information E [email protected]
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by Peter Johnson
Change of address
If you have changed your address
lately, make sure the RA-Aus office
knows about it. So your Sport Pilot
magazine will continue to find you each
month. Contact [email protected]
Previous editions
Missed an edition? Want to buy an
extra copy of the edition which has that
great picture of you and your aircraft
to give it to your friends and family?
Limited numbers of back copies of
Sport Pilot magazine are available to
buy. Contact [email protected]
hy don’t we have a little talk
about dipsticks?
We all think we know something about them. We have all encountered a few dipsticks in our time.
You walk up to your aeroplane in the
early morning, pull out the dipstick, see
plenty of oil on the stick. You stick it back
in and Bob’s your uncle (this means everything is OK). But is Bob a cross dresser? Or,
perhaps Bob is not your uncle but in fact
your aunty.
The plot thickens.
Do you know what? If this sounds
like you, you might even be a dipstick.
(Stupid person)
I know a dipstick who borrowed a fuel dipstick (piece of timber) from another aircraft
to check his fuel level. The problem with this
dipstick (piece of timber) was that it came
from a different type of aircraft. The dipstick
(stupid person) expected to read the litres off
the dipstick (piece of timber) but it was calibrated for a different aeroplane.
I have also met a dipstick (stupid person) who borrowed a fuel dipstick (piece
of timber) from another aeroplane of the
same type which had different tanks fitted.
The consequences of getting this wrong
could be very serious indeed.
For example, do you really know the
correct procedure for using the engine
oil dipstick?
Some are just dipsticks.
A Cessna 150 fitted with a continental
engine comes to mind. First thing in the
morning after the oil has settled overnight,
you might think it safe to read the oil level
by pulling out the stick and looking at it.
Guess what? You would be wrong. This
engine seems to get some sort of an air /
oil lock up the dipstick stem. If you use the
correct method, you will get a shock to see
the real reading. That involves pulling out
the dipstick and wiping it clean on clean
rag or tissue before replacing it momentarily and then pulling it out again. The second
reading will usually be much lower than the
first (false) reading.
Then there is another type of dipstick
which is an attachment to the screw in
oil cap.
What is the correct procedure to use
with this type of dipstick? An O 320 Lycoming engine type dipstick common to the
Piper Warrior comes to mind.
I also have one of these fitted to my
old BMW motorcycle (these engines have
been used in aeroplanes). A Jabiru engine
also comes to mind.
Do you screw it right in to get a reading?
Or do you only hold it down as far as you
can without screwing it in?
For the Jabiru, they don’t hold much oil,
so if you get this wrong the oil level could be
below the minimum allowed. It is either one
thing or the other. It is an oil cap or it is a
dipstick. Do not screw it down to measure
the oil. (Of course do screw it down when
you have finished reading the dipstick).
So unscrew the cap, pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean with clean rag or tissue,
then use it as a dipstick, (don’t screw it into
the thread).
Read the level and satisfied you have
enough oil, then screw it back into the
thread to replace it.
By the way, finger tight is enough. Do
not over tighten. I have had to use pliers
to undo some of these caps after heavy
handed dipsticks (stupid people) have replaced them.
Check with your Instructor (I hope he/
she is not a dipstick).
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back to
The Fly-In with
a difference
>> ‘David and Goliath’
Mark Buchanan taxies
his Drifter past the
Holden Airship
>> A happy Drifter pilot arriving at
the Back to Holbrook Fly-in; The CAB
Wasp…one of the pioneers; Jimmy
William’s immaculate, amphibious L 19
ho else could boast Australia’s largest
‘rag and tube’ brigade?
It’s interesting to realise a small seed
can grow into a large tree. In a similar vein, it’s interesting how a small idea can grow into something
much larger.
Holbrook Ultralight Club has had a long association with ultralight aviation and hosted the very first
national Fly-in (NatFly), for the AUF (now RA-Aus), in
early 1990. It was a discussion during NatFly at Narromine in 2006 which led to the Club hosting a fly-in
with a focus on ‘rag and tube’ aircraft.
The Back to Holbrook Fly-in, has now grown into
an annual event.
The last thing the planners of the 2006 Fly-expected was a rag and tube aircraft 54.3 metres (178 feet)
long, standing 16.8 metres (55 feet) above the ground
and powered by two 180 HP engines. But that was
what appeared at the first “Back to Holbrook” Fly-in.
At 4pm, the Holden Airship appeared out of the
setting sun to top off what was to be a very successful event. The crew had previously ‘overnighted’ at
Holbrook and considered it to be ideal for their operations, unaware the Club had organised a fly-in
that weekend.
The crew generously offered two seats for a flight
the following day. They were auctioned off at the dinner in the hangar Saturday night. The funds went to
the Australian Ultralight Aircraft Museum, which the
Club had set up that year.
Due to the growing popularity, the Club has held
the Back to Holbrook Fly-in every year since. In 2007,
heavy rain threatened the event. Only one aircraft
managed to make it in.
Despite the weather, that Fly-in was also big
success because more than 60 enthusiasts drove
to Holbrook to see the increasing collection in the
Museum. That collection grows every year.
The Club has also been able to attract speakers
willing to recount their often experiences building
and flying the early ultralights.
And learning to fly these machines without the
formal flight training we enjoy today. In 2006, the
Club’s own Neville White spoke about how and why
he built 16 models of the CAB Wasp in Gunnedah
in the early 1980’s. Bob Maiden, who donated a
Kasperwing to the Museum, described the fun he
had flying this unusual aircraft in the early days. On
another occasion, Ron Ligeti talked about his ongoing involvement in the futuristic Ligeti Stratos, an
aircraft designed by his late father.
In 2010 there was a variation. The “rag and
tube” theme was still there in a talk and video on
the development of the Free Flight Hornet by David
Betteridge. But local pilot Jimmy Williams flew into
Holbrook in his immaculate, amphibious Cessna L
19 Bird Dog and spoke about his experiences with
this impressive aircraft.
The “Back to Holbrook” Fly-in will be held again
on November 5 and 6. While the Club is noted for its
enthusiasm for encouraging the lower, slower, simpler end of the range of recreational aircraft, members own and fly diverse types of aircraft. So it was
decided to hold a Jabiru Festival in conjunction with
the 2011 Fly-in event and it is hoped this will attract
a large number of these aircraft. Jabiru Aircraft has
donated some trophies for owners and pilots. For
more information Bruce Avery 02 6041 6675 or by
email [email protected]
The usual trophies will also be up for grabs for
the rag and tube brigade. There will be a roast dinner Saturday evening in the hangar. Breakfast will
be available on Sunday morning. Who’d want to be
anywhere else?
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free gear
happy landings
by Nash Petrincic
y name is Nash and I love
flying so much that some
days that’s all I can think
about – I sit in class and stare out the
window at the Cumulus cloud formations and wish I was in among them.
When I was 7, I thought about
being in the Air force as a fighter pilot. By the time I was 9, I took a great
interest in aircraft and jets and borrowed books from the school library.
I was constantly using our flight simulator on the computer. I knew a lot
about aeroplanes and could easily
recognise them from the sky.
My dad shouted me a joy ride in
a glider back in June 2009 and the
instructor was amazed how much I
actually did know about aeroplanes,
flying and the instrument panel.
For my 10th birthday, mum and
dad paid for a membership with a
gliding school in Bacchus Marsh. I
attended every weekend, weather
permitting of course, and managed
29 flights in various gliders. At the
gliding school, I learnt even more
skills and technology and it was
great being around the members
who had the same passion for flying
as myself.
Due to some safety issues with
my height and weight - I am a light
framed person and not tall for my
age - my gliding membership was
put on hold. I was only allowed to
glide on occasions and my hours
were not going to be recorded as
valid. I am able to re-join the gliding
school when I turn 15 and I am sure
by then I should be tall enough and
weight more than I do now (I hope!)
Dad was determined for me to
keep flying because he didn’t want to
see me disappointed, so he phoned
up some local flying schools and now
once a month, I have a one hour flying lesson with Even Reeve at the
Melton Flying School.
I really look forward to my lessons.
It is so cool to be flying in a motorized
plane. Each lesson is different and
we cover all the various aspects of
flying and the instrument panel.
I now have a total of 9hrs & 30
mins flying.
I look forward to clocking up many
more hours when the weather fines
up. My initial goal is to join the Air
force cadets and gain as much experience and knowledge possible and
eventually become an RAAF pilot.
Nash and
dad Arma
Got an aviation moment you’d love to share? Your kids or maybe your club get together?
Send a photo as a jpeg attachment and a short explanation to [email protected]
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