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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-03-2021, 01:22 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,144
Posted By newt
I'm also going the dry transfer route, should be...

I'm also going the dry transfer route, should be sending an order as soon as I get a quote from a local supplier.

Really interested to see people in this thread reporting about longevity without...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-26-2021, 11:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 488
Posted By newt
Perfect, that's pretty much exactly where my mind...

Perfect, that's pretty much exactly where my mind has been heading. Very pleased to hear it's gone well for you!

- mark
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-26-2021, 09:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 488
Posted By newt
No, the aircraft has manual flaps and trim,...

No, the aircraft has manual flaps and trim, there's no GAD27 in this installation.

- mark
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-26-2021, 05:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 488
Posted By newt
G3X Touch Power

Working through some final details here:

The GEA24 and the GDU displays have "Aircraft Power #2" inputs.

Section 2.1.1.18 in the G3X Touch Installation Manual mentions the use of third party backup...
Forum: Alternative Engines 12-14-2020, 10:31 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,562
Posted By newt
We already know enough about aerodynamics to make...

We already know enough about aerodynamics to make very low-drag airplanes (the Eta sailplane exceeds 70:1), but the "normal" planform for a 2-seat sport aircraft or a 4-seat utility aircraft places a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2020, 03:59 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 148,596
Posted By newt
Near Harrowgate, South Australia

A copse of trees in hilly terrain near Harrowgate (http://media.dotat.org/~newton/jesus-lives.jpg)

Google Maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/dWdCZjFUGcJ1PwCL7

I've often wondered if they were planted...
Forum: Safety 12-07-2020, 05:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,737
Posted By newt
Australia has night VFR, but it requires training...

Australia has night VFR, but it requires training and a rating (which I hold).

The training is essentially IFR enroute with visual approach and departure procedures. You typically come out of it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-28-2020, 08:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,980
Posted By newt
Left the plane in the hangar. It's 110F and...

Left the plane in the hangar. It's 110F and blowing 42 knots. :D

Sent orders to eMagAir, an avionics shop and Vans; RFQ to Classic Aero for an interior, and the engine shop for the upcoming o/haul....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-12-2020, 04:27 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,600
Posted By newt
Large zip-loc sandwich bag from your local...

Large zip-loc sandwich bag from your local supermarket. Pull it over the filter and unscrew it inside the bag.

It takes some practice, but the location the oil spews from is pretty obvious and...
Forum: Autopilots 11-10-2020, 11:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,025
Posted By newt
The local Trutrak distributor has been in touch...

The local Trutrak distributor has been in touch with BendixKing:

"Small repairs need to be sent to the US and assessed (1 week turnaround). We can get the Vizion 385 unit overhauled or exchanged for...
Forum: Autopilots 11-08-2020, 05:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,025
Posted By newt
Mine developed what sounds like a similar fault...

Mine developed what sounds like a similar fault just this last week.

The unit seems to work fine, and if the light is falling on the display from the right angle, you can see that it "works."...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2020, 06:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,648
Posted By newt
I went through that shift very rapidly when I...

I went through that shift very rapidly when I went from being a renter to an owner.

I've been tracking where airplanes have taken me ever since.

http://www.octa.com.au/marks-landings.html
...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-26-2020, 08:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,412
Posted By newt
When you have one altimeter, you always know...

When you have one altimeter, you always know exactly how high you're flying.

When you have two, you're never quite sure.

- mark
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2020, 11:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 937
Posted By newt
There's a good li'l RV community in the Sydney...

There's a good li'l RV community in the Sydney area, plenty of us at Bankstown and Wedderburn. Don't be a stranger!


- mark
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-20-2020, 12:54 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 15,855
Posted By newt
You'd better not get any bugs on that paint...

You'd better not get any bugs on that paint during phase 1. :)

- mark
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-20-2020, 12:52 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,896
Posted By newt
I did a 3-day formation aerobatics course earlier...

I did a 3-day formation aerobatics course earlier this year on 44 degC days.

Many litres of water. Quite a few Hydralyte supplements too (miracle stuff in hot weather, if your local drug store...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-13-2020, 05:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,735
Posted By newt
VuPlex comes off the same production line as...

VuPlex comes off the same production line as Plexus, but is available in the cafe blinds section at Home Depot for $5 per can, instead of in a specialist aviation shop for $20 per...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2020, 02:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,948
Posted By newt
Lake Mungo

Six RVs and 11 people went from Sydney to Lake Mungo National Park, a round trip of about 970 nautical miles, held over a holiday long weekend.

Fantastic flying in the outback. Lots of photos and...
Forum: International 06-09-2020, 06:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,245
Posted By newt
Fantastic to see Marcel's RV-4 airborne! - mark

Fantastic to see Marcel's RV-4 airborne!

- mark
Forum: Formation Flying 05-25-2020, 12:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,363
Posted By newt
Sydney Airport has published a video of our visit...

Sydney Airport has published a video of our visit on their youtube channel.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSANvFKfQ4k
Proper professional job.

- mark
Forum: Formation Flying 05-23-2020, 12:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,363
Posted By newt
"This beauty can suck an entire formation of RVs...

"This beauty can suck an entire formation of RVs into its engines at once!"

- mark
Forum: Formation Flying 05-22-2020, 08:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,363
Posted By newt
Sydney Airport?s Facebook update. Bit more social...

Sydney Airport?s Facebook update. Bit more social media on the way, apparently.
https://www.facebook.com/296830467022294/posts/3072489596123020/

- mark
Forum: Formation Flying 05-21-2020, 09:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,363
Posted By newt
Want to see it again, except this time in 4K...

Want to see it again, except this time in 4K resolution 360? video?
https://youtu.be/0rh_gslIALk

Sydney is a gorgeous city. This has some great views of the inner harbour with the downtown skyline...
Forum: Formation Flying 05-19-2020, 08:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,363
Posted By newt
Kevin made another video. Departure from Sydney...

Kevin made another video. Departure from Sydney with ATC audio. Extra bonus wake turbulence on late final (it slammed me ten seconds later too, dammit)

https://youtu.be/um0DQi3eBp8

- mark
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2020, 07:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,832
Posted By newt
I've always had a 1" x 3" strip of hook velco on...

I've always had a 1" x 3" strip of hook velco on the cockpit sidewall, with a strip of felt velcro wrapped around the pencil.

Works for anything else that needs to be temporarily secured too.

-...
Forum: Formation Flying 05-17-2020, 07:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,363
Posted By newt
As a final post-script: Taking a 4-ship...

As a final post-script:

Taking a 4-ship formation into Sydney Airport was utterly ridiculous, completely unnecessary, a dead-set senseless thing to do. And I?m so glad we did it :)

Social...
Forum: Formation Flying 05-17-2020, 07:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,363
Posted By newt
We spent nearly an hour in parking bay 71 doing...

We spent nearly an hour in parking bay 71 doing interviews and a photo shoot with the media unit, taking selfies, and marvelling at the fact that we're the first formation of EAB aircraft to ever...
Forum: Formation Flying 05-17-2020, 07:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,363
Posted By newt
RV 4-ship into Sydney International

The Australian state of New South Wales rolled-back their stay-at-home order for COVID-19 on Friday, so it's the first time we've been able to get out and fly airplanes in two months.

With the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-18-2020, 09:31 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,586
Posted By newt
I would buy the heck out of a set of Vans...

I would buy the heck out of a set of Vans glasses.

- mark
Forum: California 03-18-2020, 09:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,263
Posted By newt
If the same thing happens to Airventure this...

If the same thing happens to Airventure this year, I want to be on record as the first person to call it "CoughKosh."

- mark
Forum: Safety 03-10-2020, 11:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,406
Posted By newt
ATSB report into a flipped RV-6A

ATSB has released its report into a flipped RV-6A at William Creek, South Australia.
PR: https://www.atsb.gov.au/media/news-items/2020/landing-accident/
Full report:...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-05-2020, 06:54 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,872
Posted By newt
TT coupled to a 430W here too. If I?m on altitude...

TT coupled to a 430W here too. If I?m on altitude hold and it?s thermic it?ll ?hunt? for height which, depending on the thermals, can involve quite significant pitch and speed excursions.

If I go...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-05-2020, 06:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,014
Posted By newt
Hey, Mike — Which Part of AU? There are a hep if...

Hey, Mike — Which Part of AU?

There are a hep if RV people in Sydney. DM if you’re here for a while or here often, we’ll roll out the red carpet.

- mark
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-17-2020, 06:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,956
Posted By newt
Okay, I find that slightly confusing. I have an...

Okay, I find that slightly confusing.

I have an alternate static for IFR, which, when opened, vents the static line to cockpit.

There's a bit of instrumentation disturbance when I open it, but...
Forum: International 02-03-2020, 03:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,139
Posted By newt
Jeremy Miller is based on the Gold Coast, we...

Jeremy Miller is based on the Gold Coast, we contracted him for a few days to come down to Sydney with us. He has all the necessary Part 61 stuff (one of the best airshow pilots in Australia, and is...
Forum: International 02-02-2020, 07:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,139
Posted By newt
Video debrief: I can see exactly where this one...

Video debrief: I can see exactly where this one turned to worms. :D
https://youtu.be/dpaERkL1kU0

- mark
Forum: International 02-02-2020, 06:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,139
Posted By newt
Formation aeros

Eddie Seve, Mal Kains, Glenn Bridgeland and I brought Jeremy Miller and Michael Jorgensen to train us in formation aerobatics this weekend.

The most intense training experience I've ever had. 115?F...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-27-2020, 10:31 PM
Replies: 297
Views: 347,306
Posted By newt
There was a puddle. It seemed a shame to waste...

There was a puddle.

It seemed a shame to waste it.

http://media.dotat.org/~newton/puddle.jpg

- mark
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2020, 08:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,145
Posted By newt
Took a colleague for his first small airplane...

Took a colleague for his first small airplane flight. Our planned lunch in the Hunter Valley was interrupted by a wall of weather North of Sydney, so we turned around and said, "Hi!" to Kevin and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-23-2020, 11:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,419
Posted By newt
A ziploc bag with a can of VuePlex and a...

A ziploc bag with a can of VuePlex and a microfiber towel for the canopy.

A second ziploc bag with a rag and a spray bottle of Meguiars Quik Detailer for everything else...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-23-2020, 11:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,657
Posted By newt
An appropriately angled LED, maybe with a...

An appropriately angled LED, maybe with a reflector and diffuser, mounted in the fiberglass fairing in the fuselage to empennage transition would probably be easier, give you more internal space to...
Forum: RV-10 01-20-2020, 02:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 645
Posted By newt
Sum up two bathroom scales under your cradle....

Sum up two bathroom scales under your cradle. That'll give you a rough indication for the weight of your wing.

- mark
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-09-2020, 04:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,464
Posted By newt
I took off in a Scheibe SF-25c Motorfalke after...

I took off in a Scheibe SF-25c Motorfalke after flying my RV-6 for a year.

Climbing out over the upwind fence, I genuinely thought there was something wrong with it and I might end up decking it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2020, 07:02 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,349
Posted By newt
Or perhaps misrigged. A reweigh and a rigging...

Or perhaps misrigged.

A reweigh and a rigging check will work it out one way or the other, and suggest whether the airplane needs tail ballast or a HS angle of incidence adjustment.

- mark
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-06-2020, 11:52 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,340
Posted By newt
Australia has no time for caring about FAR...

Australia has no time for caring about FAR 21.93.

- mark
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-06-2020, 10:38 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,340
Posted By newt
One of these days I'm going to hand my RV's keys...

One of these days I'm going to hand my RV's keys to one of the CSU owners in my formation group and find out just how good they really are :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkUxspoeZzk

- mark
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-06-2020, 05:03 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,340
Posted By newt
The ATSB thinks this fatal accident was a carb...

The ATSB thinks this fatal accident was a carb ice issue:
https://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2014/aair/ao-2014-149/

- mark
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-06-2020, 01:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 942
Posted By newt
Cool Technically correct is the best kind of correct

Push to talk is supposed to be intermittent :D

- mark
Forum: International 01-06-2020, 01:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,221
Posted By newt
It was very enjoyable. Except for the visibility....

It was very enjoyable. Except for the visibility. But, hey, I was in slot, I only needed to see about 50 feet anyway :D

- mark
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-05-2020, 09:30 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,340
Posted By newt
That is a fascinating consideration, and I'm glad...

That is a fascinating consideration, and I'm glad I asked here.

Thank you!

- mark
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-05-2020, 09:29 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,340
Posted By newt
That's certainly a consideration. But it butts up...

That's certainly a consideration. But it butts up against the extremely annoying way that I get left behind on the outside of echelon turns with RV-7s :) An IO-360 is less than 7 kg heavier than an...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-05-2020, 07:58 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,340
Posted By newt
RV-6 engine replacement

My RV-6 is on about 1830 hours. I'll have an annual condition inspection in October, then I think there'll be engine work in 2021.

Current engine is a carburetted O-320-D2A with a Sensenich...
Forum: International 01-02-2020, 08:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,221
Posted By newt
New Years Day 2020

Our formation group has established a bit of a tradition over the last few years, of meeting up late in the morning on January 1st and flying somewhere "interesting," usually for a spot of...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-16-2019, 02:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,016
Posted By newt
Is the main oil seal on the crank leaking, with...

Is the main oil seal on the crank leaking, with the oil finding its way into the induction system through the air filter/throttle body?

Your photos don't include anything about the general condition...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2019, 08:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,871
Posted By newt
I returned from Europe on Saturday and assessed...

I returned from Europe on Saturday and assessed that jetlag and fatigue was inconsistent with an IMSAFE check, so I visited the hangar to clean the dust and wildfire soot off the RV-6 and put it on...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-28-2019, 07:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,553
Posted By newt
That was answered ages ago. :D - mark

That was answered ages ago. :D

- mark
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-28-2019, 07:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,553
Posted By newt
How would approaching at any speed whatsoever...

How would approaching at any speed whatsoever make any difference to the touch down speed or attitude?

A properly held-off landing should result in the aircraft touching down at the same...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2019, 02:11 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,036
Posted By newt
I did the same thing Eddie did, in slot while he...

I did the same thing Eddie did, in slot while he was in #3.

It's Parkes, though. Not Parks. YPKS. :-)

We were supposed to arrive on Saturday, but dust storms, TSRA, and a TAF with VRB05G45KT...
Forum: GPS 09-17-2019, 06:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 902
Posted By newt
Does three hundred dollarydoos per year even...

Does three hundred dollarydoos per year even count as "pricey"?

- mark
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-12-2019, 12:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,236
Posted By newt
I always thought this happened because the fuel...

I always thought this happened because the fuel pressure sensors are automotive, and not designed for changing ambient air pressure, so they under-read during a climb.

I think it's pretty common in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-01-2019, 05:51 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 12,048
Posted By newt
I'm guessing you won't want to send test hardware...

I'm guessing you won't want to send test hardware to Australia, otherwise I'd offer to run it for you. I'll defer to someone else to help out with that.

(but it's very good news that you expect it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-01-2019, 02:28 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 12,048
Posted By newt
I echo Bill's appreciation for your response to...

I echo Bill's appreciation for your response to my missive, and look forward to an experimental product that works with G5's.

I also have the same GAD29 question (I don't have the -B, but can easily...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-30-2019, 11:03 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,907
Posted By newt
William Creek is a well-maintained hard surface...

William Creek is a well-maintained hard surface (bitumen) runway, so I don't know why that's relevant here.

- mark
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-29-2019, 04:47 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 7,094
Posted By newt
Every time I fly commercial in the USA, I spend...

Every time I fly commercial in the USA, I spend the whole time dumbfounded by the extent to which the country which invented the concept of commercial airlines has screwed it up so badly :-)

There...
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