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No shortage of Trainee pilots nowadays 🙂

As usual BAL are trying to ream the next best thing to recover their expensive purchase…

During the late 1990’s the Australian Federal Government, lead at the time by the Liberal Prime Minister Mr John Howard, brought forward the proposal of privatising Australia’s airport infrastructure assets.  Underpinning this proposal was the argument that the government at the time would need to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in airport upgrades – money the government simply didn’t have.  Rather than look towards the Australian tax-payer for additional funds, the decision at the time was made to sell off the airport assets off to private ownership, with a view that these private companies would invest and built our aviation industrial capabilities.


This should be a barrel of laughs…. bring your beer and chippies..take a place unde rthe supplied umbrella and watch the spectacle…

Following the successful Camden Airport Emergency Exercise in October, Sydney Metro Airport will hold its Annual Emergency Exercise on the northern side of the Airport on Tuesday 2 December 2008.

The aim of these events is to test the Airport Emergency Plan by exercising the roles of the NSW Fire Brigade, the NSW Police Force and the Ambulance Service in conjunction with the Airport Management company’s own staff.

A simulated emergency will be created involving an aircraft accident and a large number of casualties. The incident will practise emergency response, casualty care, fire fighting and command and control.

Viewing areas will be established for interested parties and NSW Police will ensure spectators do not enter restricted areas or aircraft operating locations.


Density Altitude…

When it comes to good old-fashioned hangar flying sessions, one subject that almost never seems to be discussed is density altitude. The reason being, too many pilots do not know enough about the subject. Yet, because of the inescapable influence density altitude has on aircraft and engine performance, it is important that every pilot understand its effects. Hot, high, and humid weather conditions can change a routine takeoff or landing into an accident in less time than it takes to tell about it. There are three important factors that affect air density; ALTITUDE, TEMPERATURE, and HUMIDITY.


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“I survived a Piper Seneca in flight break-up” Reprinted from Aviation Safety, April 1982

Flutter Survivor:

“I survived a Piper Seneca in flight break-up”

Reprinted from Aviation Safety, April 1982

I found your article on Seneca tail flutter quite Interesting and it brought back some sobering memories of December 27, 1976, as I am one of the pilots who luckily survived a Piper Seneca in flight break-up, I would just like to add some comments that may help aircraft owners realize the potentially serious problems with trim tab free play.

The flutter testing flights for N33589 was not taken as very dangerous because of our previous success with the Seneca. In fact, I had just completed a series of flutter flights on a Seneca II equipped with Robertson spoilers and tip tanks. The accelerometer traces were good, but the camera that recorded the speeds and altitude malfunctioned. The FAA wouldn’t accept our data without speed verifications, and by the time the bad film was developed the aircraft was reconfigured for delivery. The owner was impatient and wanted his aircraft, The FAA allowed us to deliver this aircraft with some restrictions, and flutter testing was to be completed on N33589.

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Bad trend for the plog!!

Well, looking at those dates it would appear i have not blogged anything for some time, does not mean i have not htought about it tho!! 🙂 .What has happened in the last month of any real significance???

not a great deal i am thinking, however a few memorable notes to reflect on …..

second solo flight after a substantial amount of aircraft downtime, surprise, surprise!! second solo flight consisted on 4-5 ccts with the instructor on the saturday morning, it was quite busy which resulted in a number of go-rounds, good for practice. I then proceeded to do 3 solo ccts which all went sweet. Lucky i got a keen instructor who keeps pushing me to keep flying….then again i am just an hours slut!! 🙂

third solo flight, what a gem, scared absolutely shitless but is was fun , no major f*** ups which is always good!! even had a runway change in there!

fourth solo flight…had major head-ache..was tired..first few ccts went well..greased them in….last few were terrible, cross-wind had come up and i was struggling, bounced the last few in…must practice cross-wind technique…

will be heading out the training area for training area training..too many trainings in there!! should be fun..better than flying round in cirlces all day!!

newsworthy item – a duchess came down during the week, it appears the pilots are ok. They were doing a engine failure approach….one engine fully feathered, for some reason unknown to myself the tower initiated a go-round, of course the poor ol’ duchess cant do anything with an engine out! It would be nice to know the facts..will have to wait until the ATSB report comes out.

Spent the weekend of the 23rd up at mums in the lovely countryside, always a nice drive up there…just as long as u dont have to do it too much!!!

Work is exciting as ever, CASA212 is bleeding off, thank f***….no got crazy pod shit….never thought i would be doing this kinda work when i graduated.

Had my review last week, was ok, got payrise and all…still think i am seriously under paided. key points for this month are….do work to hard…its not worth it!! have a life and be fit and healthy…this is more important than a career.

Another item of interest!! had the phone disconnected for about 6 weeks…what a blessing!!! shoulda paided the bill i suppose tho!!..oh well the 60 buck connection fee is heaps less than what it woulda cost to have it on with this household. Speaking of rippoffs…bloody parking fines….fined for parking nose to kerb instead of ass to kerb…the worst part…i went back to the car to put the snorkelling gear in the boot and the parking inspector was two cars away giving some other poor prick a fine….they could have a least said something…lousy f***s

This weekend has been interesting…mums been down, sisters have come out to play…makes for one very stressful visit!!! nonetheleess life will go on..

hopefully the next plog will be sooner rather than later….

First Solo Flight

Well after nearly 14 hrs of flying i have gone solo for the first time, and was i sweating bad…… Started off with normal cct, was a little high in the approach and a little late in the flare but we did not even feel the wheels touch!! Certianly helps when u have flown the last two lessons in 14-16 knot winds with a crosswind component of 10 knots!! Makes flying in smooth weather a breeze.

The second cct was a flapless, it was perfect, maybe a little high again, but hey, better to be high than too low right. Again the landing was greased in….The cct was looking pretty busy by this stage, maybe 4 other aircraft had joined, must have had something to do with the perfect weather for flying! Glide approach was next,keypoint i did maintain was my glide speed, got it straight away and maintained pretty well all the way! Did not even need flaps. Next was my worst, the darn go-round, the main reason i find this hard is when there is alot of traffic u really have to be situationally aware of the other a/c so u can slot in on the downwind leg. This was probably my best go-round, out of my huge total of 3!!.

Somewhere in there was the engine failure after takeoff…that was fine, man i hope that never happens in really life…you would be rooted. Finally a fullstop to let the instructor out and takeoff by myself!

I have to say my solo cct was pretty good, all radio calls and procedures were spot on, even with the increased traffic. It was amazing to see the difference in how the aircraft flew with only me in it…climbed like a bloody rocket!!! a rocket listing to one side tho!! My landing was great, flared at the right time, greased it in, took the second taxiway where i had to wait for more traffic taxiing along! Picked up instructor and recieved the congrads from the tower and it was all over. In all a bit of a non-event, especially since i hardly bloody slept the whole night before!

Mental note for next flight: do not become complacent as experienced is gained.

Saturday Flying

Went pretty good, very busy in the ccst, got some more experience at differing radio calls and more or less different situations, need lots more like this, mix it up, improve my failing situational awareness!! had a few interesting glide approaches, made more so with the increased traffic, couple of go-rounds, one of which i royally messed up…not next time tho! nice bit of wind on saturday also, luckily tho not much crosswind mostly just straigth down the runway!

No solo for me on monday due to the unavailability of the cheif instructor, thats fine with me tho!! more practivce on wednesday…will definitely get it all spot on!! Also had half a brief on crosswind landings…

Friday Flying!

More ccts, not the best ones i have done but i think i may be getting there. I guess the darn 15knot crosswind did not help, felt like i was flying in a bloody washing machine!! Nonetheless it was a good experience and need more like it, i have been lucky enough to always fly in the morning when it is quiet and smooth. So i booked a cct lesson in for peak hour traffic at bumville airport! that sound be a barrel of laughs. should be going solo on monday morning, we’ll see.