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16th May 2022, 12:45
Replies: 2
Views: 2,885
Posted By Centaurus

Poor decision making causes fatal accident 737-800

B738, Calicut (Kozhikode) India, 2020 | SKYbrary Aviation Safety (https://skybrary.aero/accidents-and-incidents/b738-calicut-kozhikode-india-2020)
6th Apr 2022, 04:15
Replies: 7
Views: 2,292
Posted By Centaurus

While in Tarawa Stan made a credible fake sub...

While in Tarawa Stan made a credible fake sub machine gun using a Holden exhaust pipe and other bits. It was a bit too long to fit in his suitcase so he carried it wrapped in a hesian covering aboard...
5th Apr 2022, 04:46
Replies: 7
Views: 2,292
Posted By Centaurus

Vale Stan Gajda - Aviation Archeologist

Few on Pprune would have heard of Stan Gajda who died in a Perth hospital today. I met Stan circa 1982 when he lived on Nauru and I was flying for Air Nauru. We remained in regular contact for years....
2nd Apr 2022, 12:36
Replies: 6
Views: 2,325
Posted By Centaurus

The first time.

FIRST ENCOUNTERS .

This story is a bit long for Pprune but I hope the Mods will look the other way. Here goes..

It all started with Captain Lamb and Dick Nye in 1939, the year that...
8th Dec 2021, 10:44
Replies: 8
Views: 2,030
Posted By Centaurus

Thank you all for your assistance. I am most...

Thank you all for your assistance. I am most grateful.
3rd Dec 2021, 09:55
Replies: 0
Views: 689
Posted By Centaurus

Stangs and Vamps story

Another tale of yore.
Cent.https://www.radschool.org.au/magazines/Vol76/Page16.htm
29th Nov 2021, 11:46
Replies: 8
Views: 2,030
Posted By Centaurus

Tearing my hair out over repeated bounce backs.

I keep on receiving the following message even though my mail box (Outlook Express is nowhere near full. Have received similar messages for the past seven days .
Telstra techs advice me it is not a...
26th Nov 2021, 10:39
Replies: 15
Views: 2,999
Posted By Centaurus

Charlotte. Check your PM's. I noticed your...

Charlotte. Check your PM's. I noticed your Bristol base. I flew 737-200's for Paramount Airways out of Bristol in 1989. Loved the job and the staff.
22nd Nov 2021, 11:07
Replies: 25
Views: 6,137
Posted By Centaurus

Thanks for the accident report Megan. I was...

Thanks for the accident report Megan. I was unaware of the details before you wrote your post. Poor old George.
Re his RAAF Reservist status in Darwin in early 1953. All I recall was the RAAF...
22nd Nov 2021, 05:05
Replies: 3
Views: 2,283
Posted By Centaurus

Room with a view over the ocean.

ROOM WITH A VIEW



I have been guilty of a few idiotic things during my time in the RAAF in the Fifties. The following anecdote illustrates just one event. The Lincoln was indicating 160 knots...
21st Nov 2021, 10:27
Replies: 25
Views: 6,137
Posted By Centaurus

George the Stuka pilot.

Over the two tours of duty covering a total of five years with No 10 Squadron I flew 3000 hours on Lincolns. The Darwin SAR detachments which were normally a fortnight at a time meant that around one...
18th Nov 2021, 03:00
Replies: 15
Views: 2,999
Posted By Centaurus

On arrival at Williamtown to attend the fighter...

On arrival at Williamtown to attend the fighter conversion in early 1953, there was no engineering course on the Mustang or Vampire. We were handed a small booklet called Pilots Notes Mustang or the...
17th Nov 2021, 11:15
Replies: 15
Views: 2,999
Posted By Centaurus

Flying the early DH Vampire fighters with the "Elephant Ear" Intakes

A friend recently sent me a photo of the single seat DH Vampire Mk 30 used by the RAAF in the early Fifties. I flew them in 1953. . The dual Vampire Mk 33 came in later. No dual in those days.
...
2nd Nov 2021, 11:55
Replies: 8
Views: 1,759
Posted By Centaurus

The noise of the slats operating as the aircraft...

The noise of the slats operating as the aircraft approached the stall was most noticeable and probably saved the occasional life. I understand the reason for some operators removing the slats from...
30th Sep 2021, 12:52
Replies: 731
Views: 321,570
Posted By Centaurus

Sky Stories by Dave Unwin is another more recent...

Sky Stories by Dave Unwin is another more recent good read. The variety of warbird ex-military aircraft he has flown in his job as an aviation journalist is astonishing as are his astute observations...
24th Sep 2021, 12:31
Replies: 731
Views: 321,570
Posted By Centaurus

Biography of David Beaty MBE DFC* Winged Life

I have just read "Winged Life" the biography of David Beaty by his wife Betty Campbell Beaty and published in 2001. I discovered this marvellous book only a few weeks ago in a little old second hand...
29th Jun 2021, 11:42
Replies: 4
Views: 1,643
Posted By Centaurus

Deleting 3000 Sent emails on Telstra webmail at one selection instead of 50 at a time

Using Telstra.com webmail, I notice there are over 3000 SENT emails building up. The system only allows you to delete 50 emails at a time which will take ages. Request advice on how to delete all...
Forum: Tech Log
3rd Jun 2021, 13:25
Replies: 38
Views: 7,382
Posted By Centaurus

Never a truer word. In Australia there are...

Never a truer word. In Australia there are airline pilots who are have difficulty conducting a normal circuit in perfect conditions. Judging the base and turn on to final when hand flying is...
Forum: Tech Log
30th May 2021, 12:58
Replies: 38
Views: 7,382
Posted By Centaurus

Agree whole-heartedly. [/color] Another...

Agree whole-heartedly. [/color]
Another thing. In marginal visibility such as heavy rain that obscures forward vision or at night, it is good airmanship to stay at or above the circling MDA and...
21st May 2021, 16:11
Replies: 13
Views: 6,872
Posted By Centaurus

While that is true, the often sad part is the...

While that is true, the often sad part is the numerous instances of trainee pilots being scrubbed when with a little more patience on the part of the flying instructor the student would have...
20th May 2021, 15:39
Replies: 1,345
Views: 558,678
Posted By Centaurus

Another good report just out. Kathryn's...

Another good report just out.

Kathryn's Report: Loss of Control in Flight: Beechcraft B300 King Air 350i, N534FF; fatal accident occurred June 30, 2019 at Addison Airport (KADS), Dallas County,...
20th May 2021, 15:03
Replies: 0
Views: 302
Posted By Centaurus

Who reads digital Aviation Safety Digest on the CASA website ?

With regard to the former flight safety magazine Aviation Safety Digest currently available in digital form on the CASA website. While Pprune contributors and readers can readily see how many people...
20th May 2021, 01:53
Replies: 13
Views: 6,872
Posted By Centaurus

Sorry about the misleading wording of that...

Sorry about the misleading wording of that opening paragraph. The story was written a few years back. I have amended it to now read "Many years ago."
19th May 2021, 15:41
Replies: 13
Views: 6,872
Posted By Centaurus

You'll never make a pilot

YOU"LL NEVER MAKE A PILOT

Many years ago I logged twenty minutes in a scruffy little Cessna. With me was a quiet little boy about seven years old and his bubbly blonde mother. She had seen a card...
15th May 2021, 15:04
Replies: 21
Views: 5,552
Posted By Centaurus

That is understandable by todays standards which...

That is understandable by todays standards which are all about regulatory compliance. It was different then. Spinning was normal procedure and nothing to be scared of. Even at civilian flying schools...
14th May 2021, 14:24
Replies: 4
Views: 2,484
Posted By Centaurus

Apologies. Just been advised same story was in...

Apologies. Just been advised same story was in Pprune nine years ago. Memory lapse with age?
14th May 2021, 13:08
Replies: 4
Views: 2,484
Posted By Centaurus

A Date with Juliet

6th September, 1982.

Flight 420, A Boeing 737 to Hong Kong departed from a small island on the Equator at about the same time as an unnamed typhoon was born 2,000 miles further west. The...
13th May 2021, 16:20
Replies: 10
Views: 3,108
Posted By Centaurus

Martin Clements. I visited him at his house in...

Martin Clements. I visited him at his house in Clendon Rd, Toorak, many years ago. His stories of the Guadalcanal campaign enthralled me. On his mantelpiece was a figure made of ebony of Joseph...
12th May 2021, 15:13
Replies: 10
Views: 3,108
Posted By Centaurus

I was mystified by your reference to a coast...

I was mystified by your reference to a coast watcher or his marine insignia as there was nothing in the article about coast watchers.
I hadn't heard of Captain Ray Wensor probably because I never...
11th May 2021, 14:32
Replies: 10
Views: 3,108
Posted By Centaurus

Return to Yesterday

RETURN TO YESTERDAY

The best job that I ever had was flying the Boeing 737 around the Central and South Pacific. The airline was called Air Nauru. Many of our destinations were Second World War...
10th May 2021, 11:56
Replies: 21
Views: 5,552
Posted By Centaurus

A Mustang Memory

A MUSTANG MEMORY

Mention Australia and it is odds on that kangaroos and Sydney’s Bondi Beach will spring to mind. With its rolling surf and bikini clad babes, Bondi was my favourite hang-out as a...
7th May 2021, 01:44
Replies: 91
Views: 44,772
Posted By Centaurus

Thanks David. That certainly clears things up...

Thanks David. That certainly clears things up for me.
6th May 2021, 08:46
Replies: 91
Views: 44,772
Posted By Centaurus

Seems a perculiarly written go-around procedure....

Seems a perculiarly written go-around procedure. Is that a manufacturer's POH or a flying school document? Extending flap in a go-around is most odd. Similarly all this advice about trimming doesn't...
5th May 2021, 15:50
Replies: 91
Views: 44,772
Posted By Centaurus

I felt the ATSB report lacked investigative...

I felt the ATSB report lacked investigative depth. It was also damned annoying trying to read the politically correct "they or their" instead of "he". "He" being the student of course. Nothing worse...
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