Brisbane Airspace restrictions 11th-18th Nov 2014

September 9th, 2014

A newsletter arrived in my email inbox this morning from Rob Knight of the Brisbane Valley Sport Aviation Club Inc regarding temporary airspace changes in the Brisbane area during the G20 Summit to be held on 11th – 18th November. Thank you Rob.

If you plan to do any flying around Brisbane whilst the G20 Summit is being held, you need to read this attachment.

For full details, please click here: The G20 meets the Recreational Pilot

Also attached to the same email, the official AIP Supplement H62/14 dated 11 Nov 2014

Don’t try flying in close formation with an F18, as Rob suggests. :o)

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Tornadoes of the UK Kind

July 31st, 2014

Speaking of Tornadoes, as I did in my last post, I’m sitting here today watching a Tornado fighter doing practice runs against a target down on Salisbury Plain. Not, I hope, Stonehenge.

Here, by the way, is on our new narrowboat “Harlequin” at Devizes Marina in Wiltshire. Yes, if you’re interested in some of our other travels in and around England, you might find Euronomads.com interesting.

Anyhow, I find it a real treat here in England, to see some of the money spent by the UK Government belting around at 0.9 Mach and not much more than 1,000 feet.

Sandra informs me that Salisbury Plain is a major area for military operations in the UK, a fact that was also made clear a few days ago by the sound, from perhaps 20 miles away, of the heavy whump of artillery practice.

Another treat from a few days ago was the low-level (about 200-300 feet) flyover of two C-130 Hercules “playing tag” around the countryside.

Most of all, though, I find the howl from the Tornado engines simply stirs my blood. Can’t explain it, but I bet you know what I mean.

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Pssst! Want to Buy a Harrier?

July 28th, 2014

Yes, folks, one lucky gentleman has bought himself a Falklands War veteran 1976 Hawker Siddeley Harrier; a steal at only £105,800.

And a woman Tornado pilot bought herself a 1988 Panavia Tornado F3 for £36,800.

Details here: Fighters Auctioned.

It might cost a little more to operate than your average Drifter, though.

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MH17

July 19th, 2014

Apologies, again, for a non-ultralight post…

And please excuse my slightly philosophical ramblings.

If you’re like me, you often watch the in-flight map on the screen in front of you when travelling internationally. And many times have I wondered just why we were flying over areas which are known hotspots.

Just 5 weeks ago, Sandra and I returned to the UK, on a Singapore Airlines flight. At the time there was some serious shooting going on in both Syria and Iraq. Nevertheless, the track took us over the southern part of Iran, into Iraq and then a little northwards, finally coming out near the Black Sea coast of Turkey. From there, across the Black sea, and over Bulgaria, I think.

When over southern Iraq, I noticed a fighter aircraft departing an airfield towards the north. What was his mission? Who knows. I was probably the only one with his window shutter open, watching. Such is the curse of the “somewhat knowledgeable” aviation passenger.

We were not too far from the Crimea, although safely out of range of surface-to-air missiles, but it did make me wonder how the world’s airlines decide where it is safe to fly. An article in today’s news suggests that there was a Singapore Airlines flight only 17 miles from MH17 when it was shot down.

Had the timing and the jetstream been slightly different, it could easily have been us.

A little over a year earlier, we were on a flight from Beijing to Amsterdam, and I recall passing to the north of a town in Russia where about 3 days later, a meteorite entered the atmosphere and disintegrated, resulting in a blast that caused over a thousand injuries. Just a matter of timing; lucky us.

Or there’s the time I departed Washington Dulles for Heathrow on a United Airlines flight. When? Sept 10, 2001, 8pm.

I have to say, I wish travel by ship was more affordable.

Happy flying ’til next time. Or maybe we should all stay on the ground?

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Boeing 787-9

July 18th, 2014

I received a few emails this morning about the Boeing 787-9 and it’s presumed aerobatic abilities. Some people even questioned that the video they saw was real.

Apparently, it was.

Here’s the original link I was sent: Time video

And here’s another video from the Sydney Morning Herald: SMH Video

Looks fairly convincing to me.

I have to say, when we attended Farnborough a few years ago and watched a demo flight by the then new A380, we were very impressed by it’s handling abilities. And the crew was pulling very much the same sort of stunts as was the crew of the 787-9.

We were amazed by the 380′s “low and slow” abilities. It looked like it was just going too slow to fly. But no, it really is a great aeroplane, as, it appears, is the 787-9.

Apologies for the non-ultralight nature of the post. I just thought you’d find it interesting.

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Scott Winton

June 24th, 2014

Another article reproduced by kind permission of Arthur Marcel, about ultralight aviation pioneers, this time about Scott Winton.

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Thank you Arthur.

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In Case You’re Sometimes Tempted….

June 16th, 2014

Here’s a photo and text emailed to me recently. Don’t try this at home, kiddies!

How low can you go?

Time for an old fashioned beat-up? The price of irresponsibility can be high. This is a real photograph!

Sometimes the regulatory authorities seem to over-do the restrictions on pilots at Airshows, Races and Displays. There are some sound reasons they do this. A review of the fatal crashes at such events in the last ten years is sobering. Go back 40 years and it is staggering. Some really horrible crashes have occurred. Some pilots do get carried away with showing off. Collisions occur, mechanical failure can be catastrophic (especially near the crowd) and low level aerobatics have frequently turned fatal. Thinking you are nearly as good as Bob Hoover, Lefty Gardiner or Steve Hinton in their prime is a fast way to die. Give it a big miss!

Leave Airshow flying for the experts.

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LGT Stratos History

June 13th, 2014

Another article reproduced by kind permission of Arthur Marcel, about ultralight aviation pioneers, Charles and Helena Ligeti.

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Thank you Arthur.

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Jump for your Life

June 9th, 2014

Found another really nice base jumping video…. just thought I’d like to share it with you. Enjoy…

 

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Ultralight Pioneer Sander Veenstra

June 8th, 2014

Today, an article reproduced by kind permission of Arthur Marcel, about ultralight aviation pioneer, Sander Veenstra.

Please click on the box at the top right of the post to view with Google Docs.

Thank you Arthur.

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