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Old 4th Jun 2008, 11:55
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He forgot to mention the dozen or so somersaults he had to perform on the wingtips
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Old 4th Jun 2008, 11:55
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Bendo:

When did you ever fly a Jab? Or were you just pulling that throttle between your legs!
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Old 4th Jun 2008, 13:36
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I have flown the following ultralight types: the Jab, the Lightwing, a Foxcon Terrier and a Saddler Vampire.
so what did you think of the Vampire?
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Old 5th Jun 2008, 07:08
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Wheres this?

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Old 5th Jun 2008, 08:33
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not sure where that would be 'tinpis' but have you been hijacking the spy satellites again mate?


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Devil "turn me wallaby loose ,goose"....or was that 'Bruce'

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See post#3392........the FTDK is very talented and sings and accompanies himself on guitar.........!

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Old 5th Jun 2008, 15:57
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See post#3392........the FTDK is very talented and sings and accompanies himself on guitar.........!
So three GPS's a Tablet PC and plays guitar when flying on instruments???
Where does he find the room?

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Bit busy over western Queensland this morning???



Tinpis. Dat your humpy, Bro? Nice humpy! You got plenty geen cans I'll bring all me relos over.

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Old 6th Jun 2008, 03:26
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Port Augusta gliding club strip and buildings east of Ypag.

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Old 6th Jun 2008, 09:29
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I have flown the following ultralight types: the Jab, the Lightwing, a Foxcon Terrier and a Saddler Vampire.
so what did you think of the Vampire?
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Well not a bad little machine. A little heavy on the controls and had a "funny" feeling in the rudder pedals trying to achieve balanced flight although I think this would undoubtably come with time in the machine. It did respond nicely to control inputs and I believe they are aerobatic or at least stressed for aerobatics? One thing though was takeoff. The brief I had before the flight was to give a "genuine" tug on the control column at about 45kts to get the aircraft into the air. At first I moved the stick back but the nosewheel didn't seem to want to lift, a bit more of a tug and then it leapt into the air.

I did only get to do 30 minutes in it and I am sure all the the above would become familiar with more time. It was strange but it was a delight to fly! What is your experiences, I believe you fly or own one?

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Old 6th Jun 2008, 10:34
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yep, i fly and own one, one of the original skywise built ones, mine was built in 81! and has done just over 500 hrs..

it is true about take off and landing, both are pretty unusual.. the reason being is that the vampire has a symmetrical aerofoil (perfect for inverted flight) but unfortunately when on the ground, it has a negative AOA, so as you accelerate down the strip, its pushing itself harder into the runway.. hence requiring a decent pull on the stick to get airborne. but once it rotated past 0 deg AOA it would jump up catching you by surprise if you are not prepared for it,
this is usually because by the time you figure out just how much of a pull back you need, you have accelerated past 50 to 60 kts! landing is similarly difficult, one the mains touch down, the nose will be forced down pretty hard as the wing comes back down to a negative AOA, this happens quite quickly, and has already resulted in my aircraft having a nose wheel failure on landing, it didnt collapse, but fatigue resulted in the rudder linkage rod shearing on touchdown and no more steering!

yaw is interesting, even though it has twin rudders, they dont have a great amount of movement, and the lack of a rear fuselage makes its "waggle its tail" in rough air. also having a very large elevator and horizontal stabilizer right behind the propellor means power changes require a fair bit of a trim change. but nothing you dont get used to.

even with these traits, it still feels like a very solid aircraft via the stick, flies more like a C152 and not as light and twitchy on the stick as you would expect with something so light. funnily enough, it has more room in the cockpit that sitting in a 152! plenty of shoulder room, and rooms for maps and such.
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Hey Ultra

this should get ya all excited...........

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Old 6th Jun 2008, 12:23
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Ahhh yes, the green carpet of Camden Haven! i still cant believe no one moved the fire under that massive tree stump there! the soft grass made sure my take off used the most runway a vampire has ever needed!
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the soft grass made sure my take off used the most runway a vampire has ever needed!
Tell me about it!!! I bet I used even more!

I had the cleanest plane there, talk about rain on the way down, its 5kg lighter due less bugs and paint!



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Old 6th Jun 2008, 21:13
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Bloody hell ! well spotted 185

Er...is it still active? 34 years since I was there...
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Where is?

Bit of an unusual angle - took me a while to figure it out myself - and I took the pic!



Another tricky one!



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Bowen (aka Sleepy Hollow!)

and

Final for RWY14 at Bundy!
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Well now! That was a challenge, wasn't it!

OK, last shot!



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Broke Conrod...



Esperance???
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