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23rd Nov 2019, 11:25
Replies: 41
Views: 20,322
Posted By Slatye

Or a water tower. Both Starhopper and the Mk1...

Or a water tower. Both Starhopper and the Mk1 Starship prototype (that just failed) were built by a water tower company, on the basis that it's a whole lot faster and cheaper than building it with...
31st Oct 2019, 10:24
Replies: 13
Views: 2,126
Posted By Slatye

They actually cover that in the video - it'll...

They actually cover that in the video - it'll apparently detect this situation and take over, but if it's wrong or if the pilot later wakes up then they can easily deactivate it.

I don't see this...
24th Jul 2019, 10:57
Replies: 33
Views: 14,422
Posted By Slatye

bcatseye, markis10, and bankrunner - good advice!...

bcatseye, markis10, and bankrunner - good advice! I admit that I hadn't even considered the possibility of a small unlicensed airstrip, although I fly over them reasonably often.

FWIW - I've got a...
22nd Jul 2019, 14:02
Replies: 33
Views: 14,422
Posted By Slatye

So, what are the alternatives for Canberrans? To...

So, what are the alternatives for Canberrans? To the south there's Cooma Polo Flat (is there any sort of long-term parking available?) and Adaminaby Kennedy Field (definitely has hangar sites...
Forum: Tech Log
25th May 2019, 01:05
Replies: 117
Views: 24,173
Posted By Slatye

I'm not sure how you define "perfect", but for me...

I'm not sure how you define "perfect", but for me it would include following the manufacturer's recommendations on airspeed - especially during takeoff and landing. Say you're in a C172 or PA28 with...
Forum: Tech Log
20th May 2019, 14:01
Replies: 26
Views: 6,508
Posted By Slatye

Probably. I know that many of the open-source...

Probably. I know that many of the open-source autopilots for drones do; if you know how fast you're going (ground speed, not airspeed) and how tight the turn is then you can calculate what the...
26th Apr 2019, 13:18
Replies: 46
Views: 8,807
Posted By Slatye

The obvious questions are: - How are you going...

The obvious questions are:
- How are you going to cool it? I would imagine that we're looking at a large radiator, a lot of water, etc.
- How much does it weigh? Especially once you add the water...
24th Apr 2019, 12:35
Replies: 12
Views: 3,262
Posted By Slatye

That's a report for an older incident; it does...

That's a report for an older incident; it does not apply to the recent one in Wagga. However, the report does raise an awful lot of questions - to begin with, the only "Deltran 330" battery I can...
Forum: Tech Log
15th Apr 2019, 12:49
Replies: 21
Views: 6,363
Posted By Slatye

Yes, my apologies. Clearly wasn't thinking...

Yes, my apologies. Clearly wasn't thinking straight when I wrote that bit.
Forum: Tech Log
14th Apr 2019, 12:27
Replies: 21
Views: 6,363
Posted By Slatye

Yes. If you've got a massive thrust-to-weight...

Yes. If you've got a massive thrust-to-weight ratio then it's quite manageable. We used to do it with radio controlled planes all the time; most of the electric ones can easily fly with a 90 degree...
27th Mar 2019, 10:37
Replies: 80
Views: 20,582
Posted By Slatye

Yes, that's what I thought. If this was the...

Yes, that's what I thought. If this was the actual law, hardly anybody would ever pass a ramp check (and, since you can't even taxi without the required lights, I guess traffic would just stop. I...
25th Mar 2019, 10:50
Replies: 80
Views: 20,582
Posted By Slatye

As I found on the weekend... What lights do...

As I found on the weekend...

What lights do you need on an aircraft for day VFR? How about night VFR or IFR?

What lights do 99% of GA aircraft have?

Now read CAR 196.

As far as we could...
3rd Sep 2018, 15:26
Replies: 113
Views: 28,972
Posted By Slatye

I'm curious about whether it's actually illegal....

I'm curious about whether it's actually illegal. CASA says:



Seems to me that if you stay in Class G airspace, you're absolutely fine to go without a Mode S transponder (or, for that matter,...
6th Aug 2018, 12:58
Replies: 4
Views: 663
Posted By Slatye

Spot on. It's always the same problem:...

Spot on.

It's always the same problem: updating the rules only affects people who are actually following the rules. Making the rules tighter just punishes the people who are following them.

I...
31st Jul 2018, 07:45
Replies: 42
Views: 4,444
Posted By Slatye

My primary concern is that many (most?) VFR...

My primary concern is that many (most?) VFR aircraft have at most one VHF radio fitted. It's absolutely normal to have a situation where monitoring two frequencies would be good (eg. approaching or...
17th Jul 2018, 12:34
Replies: 54
Views: 9,639
Posted By Slatye

You can tell it who to give access to, but it's...

You can tell it who to give access to, but it's not a really secure system.

A secure approach would be where the data is encrypted, and you have the only key. If you don't provide the key, nobody...
18th Jun 2018, 14:41
Replies: 32
Views: 6,849
Posted By Slatye

My primary concern with moving a 601kg+ aircraft...

My primary concern with moving a 601kg+ aircraft to RAA is "what happens if CASA decides it's a bad idea and restricts them to 600kg again?"

How hard is it to move a PA28 or C172 back to the VH...
7th Jun 2018, 15:27
Replies: 9
Views: 1,252
Posted By Slatye

If the POH doesn't tell you, look up the part...

If the POH doesn't tell you, look up the part number for the propeller and grab the manual for that from the manufacturer's website. The C182 POH I just looked at said it uses the McCauley...
13th May 2018, 09:17
Replies: 20
Views: 2,864
Posted By Slatye

I can't help but feel that the diesel/Jet-A1...

I can't help but feel that the diesel/Jet-A1 piston aero-engine is going to be a short-lived beast. More likely in the very light range it'll be overtaken by pure-electric aircraft (as we have...
11th May 2018, 23:45
Replies: 20
Views: 2,864
Posted By Slatye

I want a diesel that behaves exactly like an...

I want a diesel that behaves exactly like an IO-320. Same(ish) weight, size, power, etc. Mixture, pitch, throttle manually controlled, for the same reason I prefer a manual gearbox in the car, and...
25th Apr 2018, 15:35
Replies: 13
Views: 2,382
Posted By Slatye

LeadSled - to be honest, it had not occurred to...

LeadSled - to be honest, it had not occurred to me that developed countries would have systems significantly different to our own with regards to endorsements. Presumably if you drop the endorsements...
24th Apr 2018, 16:43
Replies: 13
Views: 2,382
Posted By Slatye

Hasn't that always been the case? The avgas...

Hasn't that always been the case? The avgas Archer and Seminole would have been adequate for flying schools too - but we continue to see a wide range of aircraft in use.

I wonder what the rules...
4th Apr 2018, 12:28
Replies: 24
Views: 7,338
Posted By Slatye

That's over aviation, marine, and rail - and it's...

That's over aviation, marine, and rail - and it's notifications, not raw incidents. I expect most of the accidents are train-related simply because of the large amount of train traffic in cities....
11th Mar 2018, 04:48
Replies: 32
Views: 4,424
Posted By Slatye

Probably worth just talking to the school about...

Probably worth just talking to the school about it; if you buy the Sling you'll have to talk to them anyway in order to set up the lease. If it was actually capable of earning more profit than the...
15th Feb 2018, 11:20
Replies: 76
Views: 11,813
Posted By Slatye

I'm not sure that there's much to be gained....

I'm not sure that there's much to be gained. Propellers already give about 80% efficiency (ie turning 80% of the power from the engine into thrust).

I can imagine improvements in the power system...
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