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  • Archive for August, 2011

    YFT Flies to the Snow

    Sunday, August 28th, 2011

    Flight to the Snow

    Heading into the Mountains

    Heading into the Mountains

    Sunday 28th August 2011 dawned with frost and sunshine. Fifteen people arrived at Hangar 19 to preflight their aircraft and enjoy a flight into terrain to Mt Beauty for breakfast, then on to Wangaratta for lunch. For two pilots, it was their first big solo nav!

    Canola splashed yellow across the farmland as we flew towards Myrtleford. The meteorite crater loomed in front of us, with the snow covered mountains in the background. After turning into Happy Valley, we tracked towards Running Creek. (more…)

    Michael and Jacky Fly Their New Microlight

    Sunday, August 21st, 2011

    New XT-912 SST flies at YFT.

    Jacky enjoying perfect weather at Yarrawonga.

    Jacky enjoying perfect weather at Yarrawonga.

    Michael and Jacky arrived back at YFT on Saturday, trailering their new aircraft behind them. After rigging their aircraft and having their CFI give it a thorough check over, it was time to have it test flown. CFI, Peter, put it through its paces, and gave it the thumbs up…. “Very rice.” It was now Jacky’s turn to fly in their new aircraft, in almost perfect weather conditions. He flew around the lake and farmlands of Yarrawonga before coming in to land on runway 01. Then Michael flew over the lake and to the north, before trying out a precautionary search and landing over a paddock, before returning to the airfield, where he flew a few circuits and landed. An excellent day was had by the two of them, before they had to re-pack their aircraft onto the trailer and tow it back to Melbourne.

    Casey Goes Solo

    Sunday, August 21st, 2011

    Casey Becomes a Solo Man.

    Casey the Solo Man

    Casey the Solo Man

    Casey has been working hard over the last few weeks to build up his flying skills. Last night it all paid off when he went Solo. It was perfect weather and after a day of Navigation flights with other students it was Casey’s turn. He took to the air and proved his flying skills to his CFI and then it was time. Casey’s CFI climbed out of the aircraft and off he went into a beautiful cloudless sky. Casey’s solo flight was watched by his girlfriend, mate and other pilots. Well done Casey.

    Sonex… Ian’s labor of love.

    Thursday, August 18th, 2011

    What a Sonex.

    Ian's Sonex at Benalla

    Ian's Sonex at Benalla

    Ian  bought  a  full  kit  from  Sonex  at  the  end  of  2006.  The  kit  is  very  good  with  all  sheets  very  accurately  cut   and  rivet  holes  already  in.  The  aluminium  used  is  6061. Most  production  aircraft  use  2024. The  main  advantage of  6061  is  corrosion  resistance  and  it  is  considerably  cheaper as  well.   It  is  however  fairly  soft  and  difficult  to  solid  rivet  without  denting  it.  Because  of  the  corrosion  resistance  many  builders  paint  only  the  fibreglass  components  and  polish  the  rest.  Except   for  the  spars,  which  are  solid riveted, assembly  is  with  pop  rivets.  Ian  used  solid  rivets  for  all  internal  assembly  amd  most  of  the  fuselage  where  he  was  able  to  back  rivet  them.   Ian’s main  advice  to  anyone  wanting  to  build  an  aircraft  is to  network.   Find  other  builders  of  the  type  you  are  intending  to  build,  talk  to  them  and  hopefully  visit  their  projects.  Ian found  the  most  difficult  parts  to  be  the  canopy  and cowling.

    Ian and his Sonex

    Ian and his Sonex

    The  factory  supplies  engine  mounts  and  cowlings  for  three  engines.   They  are  the  Four and  Six  cylinder  Jabiru  and  the  Aerovee.   Ian  chose  the  Four  cylinder  Jabiru. For  carburettor  duties  he  fitted  it  with  a Rotec  T B I. This  caused  considerable  early  problems,  but  Paul  from Rotec  was  very  helpful, and Ian  is  now  very  pleased  with  it.  Ian’s  first  flight  was  on  the  29th July.   Ian  now  has  10hrs on his Sonex.   The  performance  is  good  with  1000 ft  min  climb  out  being  normal.   The  low  speed  performance  is  also  good  with  an  uneventful stall  in  the  low  30s.  2800 rpm  produces  a  cruise  of  about  105  kts.  With  a  fuel  capacity  of  60  Litres  and  a  fuel  burn  of  14  / 15  litres  per  hour  the  range  should  be  fairly  good.  Ian  has  to  fly another  15  hrs  in  the  local  area  before  being  able  to  try  out  the  cross  country  capability. Well done Ian, and yes, I think this Sonex is one of the best I have seen.

    Seafire Flies again

    Monday, August 15th, 2011

    Seafire Flies Again.

    “While Sarah Hill and I were taping the first Central Missouri Honor Flight special in the Ozark Hangar at Columbia Regional Airport in January 2009, I noticed Jim Cooper working on a plane in the corner of the hangar. I love airplanes and this sight piqued my interest.

    The corner was enclosed by plastic from floor to ceiling and inside sat a plane, wings folded toward the ceiling and a paint job that left more to be desired. It was the Seafire XV – one of only a handful still in existence. As soon as I saw the plane and learned a few facts about it, I knew I wanted to do a story on it and follow Cooper through the rest of the restoration process.

    Cooper had already been working on the Seafire for nearly a year and half by the time we met, but there was still plenty of work that had to be done. I started shooting that night and throughout the next year and half, whenever Cooper would move to a different stage in the restoration, he’d call and I would head to the hangar to shoot video. I didn’t shoot every part of the process, but tried to capture the big ones ?cleaning the plane, painting, revealing the paint job, testing the landing gear, testing the engine and of course the first flight.

    After 10 trips to the airport, 130 miles and nearly 6 hours of video, it was time to start the editing process. Once all the video was in the system, I spent 14 hours typing the details from of every sound and interview captured in the video. That log was essential in writing the story. I needed to know exactly what was said in order to organize everything into a story that would hopefully hold people’s interest. After I had a rough script written, I began to edit the video. After about 15 hours in the edit bay tweaking every little audio and video cut?then re-tweaking them?I was finally finished. Nineteen months later. It was a tough job picking the best four minutes from six hours of video, but in the end, I think I accomplished what I set out to do.”

    Icom Radio Specials

    Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

    September Shop Specials

    Icom Radios

    For September only Icom Airband Radio prices will be slashed. You can per-order by calling YFT Hangar 19 Pilot Shop on 03 5744-1466 or 0415 406 413 or email on yft@yarrawongaflighttraining.com.au

    ic-a110IC-A210 Mobile Transceiver (VHF)

    $1161.50 ea

    IC-A110 Mobile Transceiver (VHF)

    $1384.00 ea

    IC-A15 Pilot Handheld

    $313.95 ea

    IC-A6 Pilot & Ground Handheld

    $525.00 ea

    All extras and accesories also available.


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