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13th Apr 2021, 15:00
Replies: 4
Views: 1,017
Posted By Centaurus

Viscount uncontrollable in flight engine fire at night

Readers will be aware of the "Sticky" on the availability of the complete series of the former Aviation Safety Digest in digital form on the CASA website.

In August 1965, a Viscount 832 was...
12th Apr 2021, 04:17
Replies: 4
Views: 1,072
Posted By Centaurus

When RAAF pilots went crop dusting 1955/56

In 1955, with the rank of Pilot Officer, I was based at RAAF No 1 Basic Flying Training School, Uranquinty, 14 miles from Wagga Wagga NSW. I was one of about twenty flying instructors at the flying...
11th Apr 2021, 05:06
Replies: 2
Views: 888
Posted By Centaurus

How Aviation Safety Digest was born.

Background to the original introduction of Aviation Safety Digest.. Click on to the website www.mackaytiger.com.au

Click History and the drop down menu brings up Aviation Safety Digest. It...
Forum: Tech Log
8th Apr 2021, 14:51
Replies: 0
Views: 358
Posted By Centaurus

737 Classic complete loss of power to Standby ADI

Re B737 Classics. With total electrical failure including flat battery, which means no power to the standby ADI, how long approximately does it take before the standby ADI becomes affected so badly...
4th Apr 2021, 13:52
Replies: 6
Views: 1,051
Posted By Centaurus

Thanks for the thought. Being a member of the...

Thanks for the thought. Being a member of the CAHS museum I have already been given many copies of ASD's which are surplus to their requirements. Every few weeks members occasionally donate their own...
4th Apr 2021, 03:19
Replies: 6
Views: 1,051
Posted By Centaurus

The fate of old Aviation Safety Digests and their ilk

Inevitably the time approaches when one has to clean out the shed and dispose of all the old aviation magazines acrued over the years including about 200 Aviation Safety Digests, plus aircraft flight...
31st Mar 2021, 12:06
Replies: 33
Views: 7,272
Posted By Centaurus

Well, there you go. I never knew that. Thanks for...

Well, there you go. I never knew that. Thanks for the explanation. Cent.
Just shows one should never jump to conclusions. Reminds me of the time I attended the annual Battle of Britain display at...
28th Mar 2021, 06:43
Replies: 33
Views: 7,272
Posted By Centaurus

Thanks for all the most interesting replies. ...

Thanks for all the most interesting replies. Kicking out a window is what a solo trainee pilot did when his Winjeel caught fire at 3500 ft over RAAF Base uranquinty NSW in 1956. He was a short chap...
27th Mar 2021, 12:22
Replies: 33
Views: 7,272
Posted By Centaurus

Car electrical failure causes man to drown.

Not exactly an aeronautical subject for Pprune but worth heeding the lesson. Headlines in newspaper on Friday. "Man drowns while on phone to rescuers" The man died when he drove into a flood-affected...
24th Mar 2021, 13:20
Replies: 85
Views: 9,983
Posted By Centaurus

See that squadron flying hours to be drastically...

See that squadron flying hours to be drastically reduced on several RAAF types to save money. Why not make the 100 Years fly-past a virtual flypast. Saves heaps and lets more people watch.
Forum: Tech Log
21st Mar 2021, 12:13
Replies: 54
Views: 9,849
Posted By Centaurus

The classic of all time (no pun intended) was the...

The classic of all time (no pun intended) was the Garuda 737-300 that ditched in a river in Indonesia in January 2002 in an all flaps up configuration after flying into a 75,000 ft super-cell CB....
19th Mar 2021, 11:26
Replies: 31
Views: 3,651
Posted By Centaurus

Sounds like things haven't changed much since I...

Sounds like things haven't changed much since I failed my first flight planning attempt for the (then) Senior Commercial Pilots License or SCPL in 1968. Took four attempts to pass. Then on joining...
Forum: Tech Log
19th Mar 2021, 10:52
Replies: 54
Views: 9,849
Posted By Centaurus

Unintended slight thread drift. Having done...

Unintended slight thread drift. Having done several simulated approaches to a power on ditching at night in a real four engined maritime aircraft of another era, survival at impact depends heavily on...
16th Mar 2021, 13:29
Replies: 66
Views: 11,478
Posted By Centaurus

As a 50 year old was retrenched from a 737...

As a 50 year old was retrenched from a 737 overseas airline many years ago. Sat the written aptitude test at Moonee Ponds Junction to be a motor bike Postman. Easy test - couldn't miss. Even had my...
9th Mar 2021, 12:43
Replies: 26
Views: 9,715
Posted By Centaurus

Does anyone know if the journalist Geoffrey...

Does anyone know if the journalist Geoffrey Thomas ever held a pilot's licence? I am curious as my log book shows I did a dual flight in a Cessna 172RG with a Geoffrey Thomas in February 1996 at...
Forum: Tech Log
9th Mar 2021, 12:22
Replies: 14
Views: 2,209
Posted By Centaurus

There are still pilots that give a burst of power...

There are still pilots that give a burst of power as they flare in the mistaken belief it makes for a smoother touch down. Once a pilot is addicted to this technique it is hard to eradicate. (like...
8th Mar 2021, 11:40
Replies: 505
Views: 492,071
Posted By Centaurus

I remember arriving at Townsville in 1953 to be a...

I remember arriving at Townsville in 1953 to be a copilot on the old four engine Lincoln Bomber. The Commanding Officer shook my hand and said nice to have you in the Squadron. He then told me that...
7th Mar 2021, 12:32
Replies: 505
Views: 492,071
Posted By Centaurus

Back in the early 1950's Ansett and TAA had...

Back in the early 1950's Ansett and TAA had DC3's. At Townsville the main runway was 02 /20 which in those days ran close to the RAAF control tower and the hangars of the Lincoln squadron. Later,...
3rd Mar 2021, 08:58
Replies: 5
Views: 1,334
Posted By Centaurus

A former RAAF chief flying instructor and airline...

A former RAAF chief flying instructor and airline pilot of superlative knowledge. Maurie Baston will be sorely missed by his students and friends.
2nd Mar 2021, 12:38
Replies: 1
Views: 1,051
Posted By Centaurus

Ms Rowan Jackson

Rowan was an Australian pilot who moved to England circa 1999 and I think she was a first officer on Fokker F27's and later 737's with a small airline. I was her instructor in Melbourne circa April...
Forum: Tech Log
2nd Mar 2021, 00:37
Replies: 47
Views: 6,554
Posted By Centaurus

Blind following of flight directors yet again

B738, vicinity Bristol UK, 2019 - SKYbrary Aviation Safety (https://skybrary.aero/index.php/B738,_vicinity_Bristol_UK,_2019?ct=t%28%23708+Shortened+routing+leads+to+high+speed+un%29)

Pilots...
26th Feb 2021, 10:48
Replies: 2
Views: 1,151
Posted By Centaurus

A few more stories courtesy Centaurus

https://www.radschool.org.au/magazines/Vol62/Page16.htm

With kind permission of Trevor Benneworth the editor of The RAM (Radschool magazine) the magazine by and for serving and ex RAAF people and...
18th Feb 2021, 11:43
Replies: 62
Views: 26,467
Posted By Centaurus

Rather than ignore the FD which is giving...

Rather than ignore the FD which is giving spurious information, it would be easier to switch the FD off thus giving an uncluttered artificial horizon? That is what Boeing advise. If the FD is not...
16th Feb 2021, 12:25
Replies: 62
Views: 26,467
Posted By Centaurus

Believe me that moment will never come because by...

Believe me that moment will never come because by the look of things you are already hooked on to the automatics as a crutch. Do you mean you are 'uncomfortable' when hand flying? Hand flying -...
15th Feb 2021, 12:34
Replies: 8
Views: 2,206
Posted By Centaurus

Keep in mind in those days the Pilots Notes (RAF...

Keep in mind in those days the Pilots Notes (RAF and RAAF) for aircraft (Dakota, Lincoln and their ilk) did not have takeoff or landing performance charts. You just went and where the runway was...
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