Thursday, December 25, 2008

A new favourite

I just saw the film "Den brysomme mannen" (The Bothersome Man) for the
first time and loved it.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

imgp5655.jpg, originally uploaded by hangflyer.

I think this was Wongan Hills

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Salt Lake

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I did a 3.5Hr solo navigation exercise yesterday and practised using the VOR and NDB instruments. My flight took me over Armadale, Canning Dam, Mount Dale, Beverly, Cunderdun, Wyalkatchem, Ballidu, Northam, Clackline , The Lakes, Canning Dam, Byford, Forrestdale Lake before returning to JT. It was quite thermic and bumpy under the CUs, but at least the air was cool up there. Just past Wongan Hills I saw this salt lake and thought the cloud refection's looked worth a photo.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

On Track

I passed Performance and Planning and Meteorology this week, just 2 more
CPL exams to go next week (Navigation and Aerodynamics) and the written
exams are complete! I'll start studying for my instrument rating
straight away, but don't plan to take the exam for a couple of months.
I've got a huge solo nav planned for tomorrow, about 4hrs all over the
wheat belt with my first chance to practice using VORs and NDBs for
position fixes in the real world, it seems easy enough in X-Plane ;-)

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Looking Down

Looking up the Swan River towards Perth.
The Fremantle Docks.
Clear Right, Ahead, Left, turn Left. (Looking down on Lauch)
Approaching Cott from the South.

After a fun fly at Cott yesterday and with today being NW but with a swing to the west in the afternoon, I thought there might be some hang gliders down at Cott. On my way to Murray Field (ok, a slight detour) for some xwind practice I flew over Cott, but no one was there.
It was 90 degrees crossing RWY 23 and gusty and hard work, but I enjoyed every second of it and all the landings were soft and controlled on the centreline. I used the only 2 stages of flap and extra airspeed as recomended in the POH and it meant a little more float that usual, but no problemo.


Jason flies his Fun 160

3/12/08 was a good Cott day. Many were there, all had fun.

Karl got some video of me, and here it is!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008


I did another 2 hours in MTW today. It was hot. 36'C on the ground. I
was soaked in sweat before I got into the air, once clear of airspace I
enjoyed a little while at 4000ft where the outside air was a relatively
cool 18'C. I got the aircraft trimmed at 2500RPM and 4000ft indicated
and then got the gps to average the ground speed over a 2 minute run, I
spent 2 mins going first South, then West, then East, then North and at
the end had accurate average speeds for the 2 mins in each direction.
When I got home I worked out that the density altitude was over 5000ft
and 2500RPMs equates to approx 72.5% throttle. The result of the timed
runs was a 104knot average speed, this was actually pretty close to what
the ASI was showing me after I dialled in the height and outside air temp.
The book says I should be doing 108knots in this configuration, so I am
within 5% after 30 years, nothing to complain about there.
With the aircraft leaned correctly 2500RPM burns 28 litres per hour of
fuel, this equates to 14.6 litres per hundred kilometres at a ground
speed (assuming NIL wind) of 191km/h and gives a max range of 5 Hours 40
Mins plus a 45 Min reserve or 1073km or 580nm.

I spent another hour doing unusual circuits at Murray Field and then
30mins of PFL practice before returning to Jandakot.

On track.

MTW is behaving well, 15hrs and down just one quart of oil. Today I flew
down to Murray Field and spent over an hour doing circuits, there was
not much crosswind, but it was a bit bumpy and I did a few flap less and
glide approaches and all nice tight circuits. Then I flew around the
training area waiting for someone to say echo on the Perth Radar
frequency, when they did I closed the throttle and simulated an engine
failure. I got 3 in and they are getting smoother each time. Each day
this week will be a mix of study and flying as I have my PPL flight test
and the last of my commercial written exams to complete in the next 3
weeks. My next CPL exam is Performance and that's probably why I have
echo on the brain at the moment!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Testing times

I've completed all the required Navs for my PPL. I've also started my
CPL exams. The next month is going to be very busy for me as I try to
complete all my CPL exams. MTW is going great, I have done 12hrs on her
now and she is only down 1 Quart of oil, that could well have come out
of the breather so I am very happy with the engine condition. I'm
getting more comfortable in her, and yesterday I practised my flap less
crosswind landings and I'm pleased with everything.

Economy cruise is about 100knots when she is heavy and that equates to
about 28lt/hr or flat out she can manage about 115knots at 35lt/hr. So
far I have not been above 4500ft and I am keen to see how she performs
at her optimum height of around 8000ft.

She pulls up in around 100m for a properly executed short field landing,
but needs much more room to T/O (600m) and climb performance is never
impressive. Never any problem getting back down though ;-)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Long Nav

Did I mention it was a 3Hr 54 Minute Flight! The piper has about a 5
Hour Endurance at 2650RPM or 90% throttle. If I can live with 100knots
I should be able to get her down to 75% throttle and less fuel burn.

Monday, November 10, 2008


imgp5560.jpg, originally uploaded by hangflyer.

Here is the view back to Perth from over Cottesloe


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Here I am tracing down the coast towards the PowerHouse in Fremantle.

Observation City

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Here I am tracking South down the coast towards Fremantle after popping out over Observation City.

Perth Airport

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After being sent way north I was vectored in over Perth Airport, not something you see often from a small VFR aircraft.

Salt lakes

imgp5491.jpg, originally uploaded by hangflyer.

When you are navigating with a map these are invaluable, along with Major Roads and Railways and Grain Silos, Towns and Rivers.


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My last Solo Navigation exercise before my PPL flight test went well and really tested my ability and confidence. It was from Jandakot to Corragin then Beverly and finally Northam before returning to Jandakot via a corner of controlled airspace. It was a hot and thermic day and quite bumpy, but the Piper is so much more stable than a 172, easier and more relaxing to fly. The DG stayed wonderfully aligned with the compass, requiring regular checking but no regular changes.
I have yet to work out the average speeds and fuel burn, but I am guessing that I was averaging about 110knots and 36lph. I had to dodge gliders at Beverly and deal with crosswinds and rotor at all 3 airfields, but it was no problem. On the way out I had to track around a fire at Canning Damn as the smoke meant no VMC was possible. When I got back to clackline and got my transponder code I was initially told there was no entry into controlled airspace, that was until it became apparent that there was no VMC possible anywhere near canning damn and I was vectored north of Perth before getting an overfly to Observation city and an awesome flight down the coast, returning to Jandakot via the Power House in Fremantle.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008


Monday was an excellent Cott day, Karl, Mike, Jason, Rob, Caine, Gavin,
Shaun and myself were all there and we all flew. I got Karl, Rob and
Caine to fly my glider and everybody loves a Fun 160. It was gusty at
times and off to the North as well, but everyone did great, safe top
landings all round. Karl was up for ages and flew like a champ in
changeable and tricky conditions.
I'm still waiting for MTW to be ready for our adventures together,

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Mike Tango Whisky

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Piper Cherokee PA28-140

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She was born in 1976 and factory corrosion proofed. Despite having been unloved and unused for the last couple of years she is in great shape, mechanically excellent and with a full set of night VFR instruments and all working accessories. 150Hp is not going to make her an amazing performer, but she flies nicely and I can't wait to get to know her better. Even with a 1940's technology 5.2 litre push rod engine she still manages to get MPG that shames some cars driving on the road today.

Solo Nav

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This was taken by me on the way back from Bunbury in a Cessna 172.
In theory I am just 2 more flights away from my PPL flight test.
There are a heap more photos from the flight from Jandakot to Boddington and Bunbury and then back to Jandakot on my Flikr site.

Thursday, October 23, 2008


I passed my PPLA theory exam! Yay again!

Weather permitting I am flying down to Bunbury by myself tomorrow as my
first Solo Navigation exercise.

Only 3 more Nav flights before I have my flight test and get my full
licence, fingers crossed.

Weather permitting that could be next week. Yay!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008


My PPL is going great and I hope to have my Navs completed within a few weeks. I stitched together some shots of Jandakot to create a panorama view. Last week I became a member of the RAA and did an hour in a Jabiru 160C and I should have my RAA licence before my PPL if all goes according to plan.

Saturday, September 27, 2008


Bim & I mixed it up at Cott this afternoon. It was strange air, mostly
due west but with big holes. I top landed once and had to beach land
twice because there were too many spectators to scrape in safely on top.
A challenging day but Cott is always fun!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Back in Oz

After a couple of months in Europe I am back in Oz again. Summer was not
great, yet again in the UK. Whether it is climate change or just that I
am so thoroughly spoilt by the Australian summers I'm not sure. I drove
to Switzerland in my last week to see family.

I flew back into Exmouth as that's where I left my shell in storage.
After a week of Exmouth sun I decided to head down to Perth and I had an
entirely uneventful journey until I got about 300kms from Perth and the
right hand side leaf spring on the caravan disintegrated whilst I was
driving. Luckily my iPod had broken and so rather than listening to loud
music I was able to hear the leaf springs snap and I managed to keep the
caravan under control and get it stopped on the side of the road. The
axle was trying to get away and so I had to reverse back up the road to
get it back under the caravan and to a more level place for repairs. I
drove into Perth and got a new leaf spring and then changed it in the
mud at the side of the Brand Hwy and made it safely to Perth.

After so much travelling I am going to be in Perth for a while as I work
towards my CPL.

On Friday I did an hour of circuits at Jandakot and then drove down to
Cottesloe and flew there too.

My internet connection is not good today so I will upload photos later.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Computer Animation

It's getting pretty good now. How much of the Olympic Opening Ceremony
did you think was real? What about this?

Off to CH before I head back to Oz.

Friday, July 25, 2008

20 Years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the things you did do - Mark Twain

Monday, July 21, 2008

Telstra WTF?

This is the reply I get from Telstra this time, no shit. Verbatim.

I don't understand it, it does not make any sense. I think they must use bots that pick random english phrases out of a database and send pointless messages like this to save having real people there.

Dear Rolf S*******,

Thank you for your email dated 20/7/08 regarding your concern.

We apologise for the inconvenience this may have caused you. Please be informed that for
your account to be addressed. If you require immediate assistance and wish to Contact
Telstra Mobile whilst you are roaming on an overseas network, you can do so by calling +61 2
9396 1193 or +61 439 125 109, which is a 22.57 cent call from any Telstra mobile. This
charge does not attract GST as the call originates from outside of Australia.

You are also able to book a reverse charge call through the international operator. The
number to book for Telstra Customer Service is 617 3336 6252.

Please do not hesitate to contact us via if you require further information
or assistance.

Thank you for choosing Telstra online.

Yours sincerely,
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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Telstra getting worse all the time.

Thank You

Thank you for contacting us. You will shortly receive an email from us with a tracking number.We will aim to respond to your question within two (2) business days.

Oh goody another tracking number! 21 Days since the last email and still waiting for a resolution.

Nowhere on the Telstra site does it tell you how to access your messagebank messages from overseas. What moron is responsible for the worst Telco's web site in the world?

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Shellie Beach - Deja Vous

Before Easter I was camped down at Shellie Beach and I had the pleasure to meet a lovely family with a talented designer in their midst. In addition to much useful and interesting information about the Rainbow Coast you can find a small video of me on their web site linked below..

Saturday, July 12, 2008


My latest round trip from Essex in England to the Tirol in Austria and back again. I was driving a 15yo Suzuki Jlx 1.6 and discovered you can really affect the fuel economy with your right foot. I managed 7lt/100km at a steady 90kph or 17lt/100km at 140kph! Almost a 2600km round trip and except for the bad weather and non stop accidents on the A6 in Germany it went well.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Telstra ruins the iPhone

It could have been so good. The biggest 3G network in Australia that
works in most of the large towns and bigger rural communities, together
with the iPhone. Distance could have been beaten for once and for all by
technology. Everybody would have wanted one. I wanted one.

But alas we return to the subject of Telstra and their unfair monopoly
in Australia.

Lets have a look at the comparison between the UK where O2 might have a
monopoly on the iPhone itself, but not on the phone networks.

In the UK O2 offer all their plans on an 18 Month contract, 18 months is
a long time in the world of computers.

Telstra only offer 2 year contracts, the first example of their
evil-because-its-easy business practices.

In the UK O2 offer the iphone 3G on many different plans ranging from
30pounds a month upwards. They all include unlimited free data, after
all lets face it, there is NO POINT having an iPhone unless you can
connect to the internet and actually use it for what it was designed for.

As an example on the 35 pound per month plan with O2 in the UK you get ,
unlimited 3G data, unlimited WIFI data through the biggest UK network
with over 9500 hot spots, 600 minutes and 500 texts. Not a bad deal.

In Australia where Telstra have a monopoly you can go on a $350 a month
plan and pay over $8400 for your iPhone and STILL have to pay for your
data usage at the pay as you go rate of $2 per megabyte after you have
used the free $15 of data included. Calls cost much more than in the UK
too and you get less of them.

Yes that's right folks, Telstra have created a world where you can pay
$350 a month for an iPhone and get 7MB of included data usage, not even
enough to download one email with a couple of quality photos each month.

Telstra sucks. Telstra has a monopoly. The government and the ACCC are
failing the people of Australia by allowing this to continue.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Europe (UK)

Is where I am at the moment. I'm really just here to visit family, but if I get the chance to fly I'll jump at it. I'm heading off in the direction of Austria tomorrow, a long way for a European to drive (I'm in the UK at the moment) but not for an Aussie ;-)

Telstra (the stupid useless overpriced monopolistic morons that they are) are driving me nuts at the moment. I think I am going to have to get a satellite phone for my bush travels, the fact is that the next G network sucks, is unreliable and horrifically overpriced and the coverage is abysmal. The worst thing is that there is no customer service at telstra, everyone who works there seems to have lost the will to live and hates the world and you can tell this when you are unfortunate enough to have to deal with them.
I still say Vodafone are the benchmark for a mobile phone carrier, they are helpful and competitive and constantly evolving and getting better at what they do.
Telstra are like some sick joke.

I notice that globalstar are now down to just 45cents per minute for outbound calls on their satellite phone service, which is pretty impressive considering that it just works anywhere. Inbound calls are free and its 30cents to send a text message.

OMG I just checked my Telstra mobile bill and they are charging me $0.98 cents every month to process my payment, no shit, they debit me automatically every month and actually have the audacity to charge me extra for paying them. No other carrier does this, this only happens when you have a monopoly and you can sodomise your customers at will with impunity. Not only this but I see that they are charging me an extra 5 cents to supply the delivery report for each delivered text message. And they charge me for listening to the voicemail messages that are left because my phone never rings because their coverage is so lousy.

I went for paperless billing with everyone as soon as it became an option, because in case no one has noticed we need the trees to convert C02 into glucose and electrons are 100% recycled. But I hated doing it with Telstra, some companies actually pledge to use the saved money to plant a tree or something, telstra just make more profit and laugh.
It gets better, you can't even download a PDF of the paper bill or see it on-line, instead all you get is the front page summary that tells you nothing about exactly how they came up with their ludicrous charges. When you eventually find the buried link on their 'so not user friendly web site that is so slow that you can write a blog entry like this whilst waiting for it' you get a text file in comma separated text format and called "select". What kind of a stupid moron came up with that? Who ever you are I hope you read this and then choke to death on your own stupidity.

What I end up with in a spreadsheet for gods sake is this:

Service Number Call Type Date Time Place Called Number Alias/Nickname Rate Duration Incl GST$ Caller Group
0428 400 xxx
National Direct 30 May 10:08:00 PM Exmouth 0427 773 xxxMNET 35 03:30:00 PM 11.22 (unallocated)
0428 400 xxx
National Direct 03 Jun 10:35:00 PM Exmouth 0427 773 xxxMNET 35 07:30:00 PM 14.02 (unallocated)
0428 400 xxx
National Direct 09 Jun 06:57:00 PM Exmouth 0427 773 xxxMNET 35 04:00:00 PM 11.57 (unallocated)

I am looking at this and trying to decipher it, I guess the MNET means I called another poor unfortunate telstra mobilecrapnet customer. But what is with the duration? Can you have a duration that is AM or PM? I know I never spent 3 hours and 30mins on a call and even if I did telstra would want my first born child, not $11.22 so it must mean 3mins and 30 secs for $11.22 or $3.20 a minute. So it IS cheaper to make calls on the Globalstar Satellite network. Also telstra are charging me 30 cents per SMS which is only 3 cents less than Globalstar would.
Telstra Suck. Period.

Whilst I am at it I better warn people about the worst phone in the world, its the Telstra badged ZTE F165. It has a pointless little antenna that you can pull out when you have no coverage, it won't make any difference. I have done tests and the pull out antenna makes NO DIFFERENCE to the signal strength or coverage area, and yet they conned me into paying (and yes i feel so stupid now) hundreds of dollars for it on the grounds that it had significantly better reception than any other phone. The reality is that I have done tests and compared it to their cheapest and its exactly the same. With the notable exception that when you have a weak signal putting this phone close to your head causes it to drop out, that's right, I have to make all my marginal calls on speakerphone because my brain interferes with the phone or something. Go figure. If we were talking about a tiny Ma and Pop operation I could understand how they suck so badly, but this is a company that made 5.7 Billion Dollars from their mobile phone network in 2007. Yes, that's Billion and I can see why, charge like a wounded bull and give as little as possible.

Telstra make me angry, in case you failed to notice, they raise my blood pressure.

Http:// could be there just for Telstra, but it's not.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Poor Bill

I feel your pain Bill. Every Microsoft user knows it. It would be wrong
to suggest it is just Windows that is the heart of the problem, I think
the disease spread through Microsoft and infected all their products a
long time ago. I think you will enjoy using Ubuntu in your new non MS life.

I have to credit for leaking this email from bill, I have
copied it here as it is so poignant. Enjoy.

*From*: Bill Gates
*Sent:* Wednesday, January 15, 2003 10:05 AM
*To:* Jim Allchin
*Cc:* Chris Jones (WINDOWS); Bharat Shah (NT); Joe Peterson; Will
Poole; Brian Valentine; Anoop Gupta (RESEARCH)
Subject: Windows Usability Systematic degradation flame

I am quite disappointed at how Windows Usability has been going
backwards and the program management groups don't drive usability

Let me give you my experience from yesterday.

I decided to download (Moviemaker) and buy the Digital Plus pack ...
so I went to They have a download place so I went there.

The first 5 times I used the site it timed out while trying to bring
up the download page. Then after an 8 second delay I got it to come up.

This site is so slow it is unusable.

It wasn't in the top 5 so I expanded the other 45.

These 45 names are totally confusing. These names make stuff like:
C:\Documents and Settings\billg\My Documents\My Pictures seem clear.

They are not filtered by the system ... and so many of the things
are strange.

I tried scoping to Media stuff. Still no moviemaker. I typed in
movie. Nothing. I typed in movie maker. Nothing.

So I gave up and sent mail to Amir saying - where is this Moviemaker
download? Does it exist?

So they told me that using the download page to download something
was not something they anticipated.

They told me to go to the main page search button and type movie
maker (not moviemaker!).

I tried that. The site was pathetically slow but after 6 seconds of
waiting up it came.

I thought for sure now I would see a button to just go do the download.

In fact it is more like a puzzle that you get to solve. It told me
to go to Windows Update and do a bunch of incantations.

This struck me as completely odd. Why should I have to go somewhere
else and do a scan to download moviemaker?

So I went to Windows update. Windows Update decides I need to
download a bunch of controls. (Not) just once but multiple times
where I get to see weird dialog boxes.

Doesn't Windows update know some key to talk to Windows?

Then I did the scan. This took quite some time and I was told it was
critical for me to download 17megs of stuff.

This is after I was told we were doing delta patches to things but
instead just to get 6 things that are labeled in the SCARIEST
possible way I had to download 17meg.

So I did the download. That part was fast. Then it wanted to do an
install. This took 6 minutes and the machine was so slow I couldn't
use it for anything else during this time.

What the heck is going on during those 6 minutes? That is crazy.
This is after the download was finished.

Then it told me to reboot my machine. Why should I do that? I reboot
every night — why should I reboot at that time?

So I did the reboot because it INSISTED on it. Of course that meant
completely getting rid of all my Outlook state.

So I got back up and running and went to Windows Updale again. I
forgot why I was in Windows Update at all since all I wanted was to
get Moviemaker.

So I went back to and looked at the instructions. I
have to click on a folder called WindowsXP. Why should I do that?
Windows Update knows I am on Windows XP.

What does it mean to have to click on that folder? So I get a bunch
of confusing stuff but sure enough one of them is Moviemaker.

So I do the download. The download is fast but the Install takes
many minutes. Amazing how slow this thing is.

At some point I get told I need to go get Windows Media Series 9 to

So I decide I will go do that. This time I get dialogs saying things
like "Open" or "Save". No guidance in the instructions which to do.
I have no clue which to do.

The download is fast and the install takes 7 minutes for this thing.

So now I think I am going to have Moviemaker. I go to my add/remove
programs place to make sure it is there.

It is not there.

What is there? The following garbage is there. Microsoft Autoupdate
Exclusive test package, Microsoft Autoupdate Reboot test package,
Microsoft Autoupdate testpackage1. Microsoft AUtoupdate
testpackage2, Microsoft Autoupdate Test package3.

Someone decided to trash the one part of Windows that was usable?
The file system is no longer usable. The registry is not usable.
This program listing was one sane place but now it is all crapped up.

But that is just the start of the crap. Later I have listed things
like Windows XP Hotfix see Q329048 for more information. What is
Q329048? Why are these series of patches listed here? Some of the
patches just things like Q810655 instead of saying see Q329048 for
more information.

What an absolute mess.

Moviemaker is just not there at all.

So I give up on Moviemaker and decide to download the Digital Plus

I get told I need to go enter a bunch of information about myself.

I enter it all in and because it decides I have mistyped something I
have to try again. Of course it has cleared out most of what I typed.

I try (typing) the right stuff in 5 times and it just keeps clearing
things out for me to type them in again.

So after more than an hour of craziness and making my programs list
garbage and being scared and seeing that is a terrible
website I haven't run Moviemaker and I haven't got the plus package.

The lack of attention to usability represented by these experiences
blows my mind. I thought we had reached a low with Windows Network
places or the messages I get when I try to use 802.11. (don't you
just love that root certificate message?)

When I really get to use the stuff I am sure I will have more feedback.

When Seattle Pi recently asked Gates about the email, he replied,
"There's not a day that I don't send a piece of e-mail ... like that
piece of e-mail."

So Bill, or anyone suffering the indignity that is MS just go here and with a couple of simple clicks of your
mouse you can install Ubuntu from within windows into its own little
space with no harm to windows or your stuff. I can't promise it will all
work perfectly for you the first time, or that there won't be some sort
of learning curve for anyone confronted with a new OS. I can promise
though that is free and that every new version gets better and more
useful. After thinking about it now I think that the best thing to ever
happen for Linux is MS, I bet that's where 90% of new Linux users escape
from. Oh and by the way Linux now has great working alternatives to
pretty much all the MS software, there is NO LONGER a reason to buy
Windows just so you can work with MS Office documents.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Mixed Emotions

I made it to Perth. I have had something to eat and I am in a motel room
near the airport. It has been quite a mixed day, where do I begin. The
starter motor arrived and it was easily fitted by me and it worked as
advertised. This solved the major problem and enabled me to move the
caravan into storage and get myself to Learmonth Airport in time for my
flight to Perth. Learmonth is a laughably small airport, they get a
couple of jets a day and a couple of helicopters. I have done circuits
there in the Trike and whilst it is a huge expanse of concrete and
impressive from the air, its not very exciting at the terminal shed.
Unbeknownst to any rational human beings left though, it is obviously
the heartland for the filthy terrorists as is only too obvious when you
look at the airport and see that there are 2 people working in the bar,
3 looking after the baggage, check-in, aircraft and passengers and a
totally insane 6 security staff. The security staff were made up of the
usual type, too old to retrain for a skilful job and too old to work at
McDonald's or too young to interested in a career, and so they stand
around the high tech security equipment trying to intimidate the
passengers and justify their positions. Lets face it, these are not the
sort of people that guard the president or anything important, if there
really was a credible threat then planes would be blowing up left right
and center and people would be stabbing fellow passengers and staff on
every flight with the toothpicks and pens that they smuggled on board.
These security people are useless and only serve two purposes, firstly
so that the powers that be can point to some practical thing that they
are doing somewhere, because lets face it neither the foreign policy or
the applied security procedures are actually likely to do anything to
reduce the likelihood of aviation targeted terrorist attacks and second
so that when the inevitable (and not preventable with this kind of
useless security) attack takes place they powers that be can blame it on
the security staff on duty.

I have travelled allot around the world with my laptop and its leather
briefcase in the last 15 years, actually there have been several laptops
and briefcases. In the early days I used to carry a forever useful set
of jewellers screwdrivers and a small pocket knife with me but I got
sick of having them confiscated on the roughly 50% of occasions that
they were discovered. I have lost count of the times when they
confiscated a small screwdriver from me in Perth Airport and then as we
are served lunch less than an hour later on the flight I am given a full
compliment of metal cutlery, it makes me want to cry that humanity is so
stupid that we engage in this sort of behaviour.

Today I was travelling from Exmouth to Perth on a SkyWest Jet with 2
small pieces of hand luggage, my laptop in a leather laptop bag and a
small canvas bag with some clothes and some shells and fossils I
collected in it. Neither item weighs more than 7KG and they would both
fit into the overhead lockers just fine, I know because I have done it
on many occasions. First I was told that my laptop was too heavy to take
inside the plane, I was solemnly told it was dangerous because of its
weight and had to be checked into the hold. I was a little surprised as
this is a new one for me, I though that for example a brick was a weapon
because it could be used as a primitive bludgeoning tool and we all know
about the many stories of planes being hijacked by brick wielding , er
brickmen I suppose and how so many banks have been robbed and the
general loss of innocent lives lost on account of bricks, but laptops,
sorry I missed that one. So too stunned to argue I allowed a fragile
sticker to be placed on my laptop bag and I watched it loaded onto the
cart with all the suitcases with some trepidations. In my experience a
fragile sticker is often misinterpreted as "makes a cool tinkling noise
when dropped" by illiterate baggage handlers, but I digress. To be fair
the Skywest check-in guy did tell me it would be placed on the top of
the heap gently, when my fingers were slow to release the bags handle as
I passed it over the counter.
I needed a drink at this point so carrying only the tiny little canvas
shoulder bag I had a beer in the bar before passing through security
when they called the flight for boarding. Security made me remove my
belt and put everything I had though the X-ray machine. I was reading a
paperback book and I was careless enough to walk though the scanner with
the book in my hand!. There was no beep as I had nothing metallic on me,
but I was barred entry on account of the paperback I was holding. As far
as the security staff were concerned it could have been dangerous, so I
invited them to have a look at the book, and not to fear it, but they
sent me back out and made me place the book on the X-ray machine by
itself so it could be irradiated for the betterment of humanity.
Seriously, I know books have long words in them but they really are not
scary or dangerous.
I was just mildly irritated at this point when an old female who should
not be working with people asked me what was in my bag as she handed it
back to me, I mentioned shells and clothes and fossils. She made me
empty the bag and seemed to take delight in identifying the larger items
as prohibited by federal law and not going with me. To be completely
honest it never occurred to me that if I turned up with a fossil of a 3
million year old sea creature inside a lump of limestone the size of an
orange that it was going to label me a threat to society, I pointed this
out. To no avail, it was a rock, it was a blunt instrument, it could be
used as a weapon. It was starting to occur to me that it could indeed me
deployed against the head of a security guard in an airport but I would
be worried about being allowed to board the plane and more worried about
damaging a perfectly preserved example of life before security guards
I was so calm and rational and I pleaded for them to let me on the plane
with my bag. No way. Leave it here with us and we will dispose of it or
keep it and don't board the flight were my only options. I could see
them loading the baggage onto the plane just beyond the gate and I knew
that once the manifest was done and the doors closed they were not
allowed to put anything else into the hold of the aircraft. I begged the
security staff to ask a member of the airline staff to put my bag in the
hold before they completed loading, they would not help.
In the end once all the bags were loaded and the passengers boarding I
finally got hold of one of the check-in staff and asked if they could
put my bag in the hold and was told it was now impossible as the
manifest was done and the doors closed. I knew this was coming and was
past believing that things were going to go my way, I can understand how
putting things onto a plane but not recording them is an obvious
security threat and like most people when faced with a rational argument
did not feel entitled to argue the point. I was told to write down my
address in Perth on a bit of paper and it would be sent down as
unattended baggage the next day. I was just writing down Perth
International Airport and my flight number of the next day and starting
to explain the situation when a female SkyWest employee emerged from an
office behind the counter and asked how much the bag weighed, it was
duly weighed and found to be just over 7KG. Perhaps in the hope that It
would illicit a marriage proposal from me she instructed her obviously
subordinate employee to load the bag onto the aircraft despite his
protests about hatches and manifests. I could have jumped over the
counter and hugged her, but I know inappropriate behaviour and so
restrained myself to just a heartfelt thanks. It was a victory for
sanity over insanity and it was a clear example of why we need
management around to make those difficult decisions.
On my way through security with no hand luggage the security staff
seemed pleased with their work, I heard the old female say "he said he
only had shells!" as I approached and you could see that the highlight
of her day, or possibly week was preventing a would be terrorist like me
from carrying out my terrible plan to transport a small fossil by air.
I guess my looks must have been pretty dirty because I got a unified
chorus of "We don't make the rules" and "It's federal Law" and "I'm just
doing my job" as I passed through. I couldn't resist looking
thoughtfully at my very heavily buckled trouser belt as they passed it
back to me and asking if they were sure that it couldn't be used as a
weapon because I felt that if it was a small fossil versus a heavy
buckled leather belt the later was probably the more dangerous weapon,
but not having been to security guard school I was unfamiliar with their
perverse brand of logic and so would defer to their educated opinion.
The final comment from the last guard was that they did not choose the
rules and my reply was that they choose how to enforce them and my issue
was never with the law, my issue was with the wholly inconsistent and
subjective manner that each different security guard chooses to
interpret them.
The flight was fine and despite being down a crew member the cabin staff
performed admirably and in spite of the last minute flight cancellation
and the extra hassle for me as a result I am not upset with SkyWest at
the end of the day.
Tomorrow I am a guest of Malaysian airlines and I will be sure to make
sure that anything even remotely dangerous is checked in, even my reach
toothbrush, which would no doubt be classified as a weapon after the
operation needed to remove it from the backside of a well deserving
security guard.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Starter arrived and fitted and working. Sounds and looks like a cheap
Chinese copy, but that would be in-line with expectations. Just about to
move caravan into storage and then its bye bye Exmouth... I wonder what
Skywest define as dinner, I find out in a few hours time....

Monday, June 23, 2008

So I went for a walk on the beach.

And why not enjoy it on my penultimate day in Exmouth, as an enforced
pedestrian until my new starter motor arrives tomorrow. I enjoyed the
cool breeze and the warm kiss of the sun on my exposed skin and was very
relaxed and at peace with the world when I returned to my caravan to
find I had a missed call. It turns out that skywest have decided to
cancel my flight on the morning of the 25th that would have got me into
Perth in time for my international flight to London but helpfully put me
on one that arrives just after my international flight has left on its
way to Kuala Lumpur. Not good. They cheerfully offered me a refund but
I needed a solution and the only one available was the flight on the
evening of the 24th so I get to spend an extra night in Perth and one
less in Exmouth. Tomorrow needs to go according to plan now ;-)

Auto Pro Exmouth Save the day.

I had a bad experience at a Perth Auto Pro once, it was one of those
occasions where he looked like he knew what he was talking about and he
even made a convincing argument but he gave a me a really bum steer that
cost me time and money. Every time since that I see that logo I think
dark thoughts, I guess that's the danger of a franchise/chain type of
operation. It was with mild trepidation that I went into the Exmouth
Auto Pro looking for a replacement starter. At the time I had removed
and tested the old starter and diagnosed the problem as being that the
gear was not engaging due to the fact that it was obviously worn out and
broken in that order. I supplied V.I.N's and Engine No's and Gearbox
Numbers and Model Numbers and even left the original starter on the
counter with my mobile number.
It was then that I rang Subaru and got my shock.
Then my phone rings and Auto Pro tell me it will be here by 10.30am
tomorrow as it is coming overnight from Perth for $388. Wow again.

Perhaps it is the availability of low cost after market parts that is
the reason that the main dealers don't bother to keep them any more?

My original Subaru (But badged Mitsubishi actually) starter motor lasted
250,000kms , if the new one does that again for $388 its a bargain.

I'm flying out of Oz the day after tomorrow so the timing is critical as

Subaru WTF?

I just rang Subaru in Osborne park and tried to get a new starter motor
for my 8/99 Subaru Outback.
My call was promptly answered and I got asked the cars V.I.N. as usual
and after a short wait I get told that the new starter motor is $1024, I
am already a bit shocked at the price, but wait there's more.
In the same breath the lady tells me that it will take 4 weeks to get
one as they are Ex Japan and she won't order it unless I pay for it first.
Wow. I thought it was just Toyota that didn't care in Perth. I am
guessing this must have something to do with the huge motoring groups
that have a stranglehold on the market here, no fair competition = bad
for consumer every time.
Get this, when I suggested that maybe it was unreasonable to ask their
late model car owning customers to not drive for 4 weeks because they
had no stock of common, small, low cost replacement parts locally, the
response was to try the wreckers!
Try the wreckers, cos we don't care.
When I suggested that was not really good enough and how could they
really not have any starter motors for a manual EJ25 based engine
anywhere in Australia she transferred me to a bloke that told me the
same thing without any willingness to debate the issue.

Nope its definitely got nothing to do with the car marque, its the Perth
main dealers that are completely useless.

By now you surely must have realised that my starter motor died yesterday.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Winter Arrived

Wow, after only seeing perfect weather here in Exmouth, today the skies
opened up and now the vibe is cool and muddy here in the caravan park.
My triking is going great, I flew down to Learmonth for some touch and
go's on the huge runway the other day and it was fun.
It looks like cooler weather ahead, I hope not for too long, already I
miss the sun!

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Sunset at the Hanger

IMGP3950, originally uploaded by hangflyer.

Every day here ends with a magnificent sunset. Often I am at the hanger enjoying a beer with Gav after a hard days flying ;-)

Victorious Gav

IMGP3905, originally uploaded by hangflyer.

Gav makes it look too easy and I feel sorry for the fish. Crazy huh. I got the whole thing on film and it was like swim down, stare into the eyes of 3 huge fish, decide 2 were too big, point the speargun at the smaller one and pull the trigger. We both saw a large shark but whilst that might be unusual in a swimming pool its pretty normal here.

The view East

IMGP3947, originally uploaded by hangflyer.

Bridge from afar

IMGP3948, originally uploaded by hangflyer.

Here is the new bridge from out at sea. Gav took me spear fishing. It was warm and windless and the water was very calm.

Friday, May 23, 2008


Screenshot-Untitled Window-1, originally uploaded by hangflyer.

I'm very relaxed when flying, as you can probably tell. Funnily enough in WA it is illegal to ride a bike without a helmet and yet helmets are just recommended when flying a hang glider. I do usually wear a helmet, but just occasionally it's nice to feel the breeze in your hair.

Gav woke me up at 6.15am this morning and I clocked up another 1.1Hrs in the trike over the canyons to the west side and then back again for a couple of circuits before landing. It was a very gentle bounce on landing, honest. I am very happy with my progress and Gav as an instructor.

Off to the golf course for some more FLPHG fun now.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Trike & Hanger

IMGP3804, originally uploaded by hangflyer.

Exmouth airfield where I am getting my microlight licence.

I had a great flight with the power harness in the morning, I climbed to 6000ft in an hour and used half a tank of fuel. There were a few bumps but mostly it was just a strong SW above 3000ft. I should have worn a jacket as I was planning to go higher, but it got too cold for me.

I took a little video with my camera and you can see the Exmouth penninsula from the air here:

Monday, May 19, 2008

The Internet is Soooo Coool.

Yesterday i used expedia to book a flight to the UK. Even though I am
only on a GPRS connection and it is slower than a 56k modem the internet
still works if you are patient. When I checked my passport I realised
that my resident return visa will expire in a few weeks. Doh. Usually it
means a trip to the DIaC office in Perth for a new one. That would be a
hassle considering I am in Exmouth. So I rang the department to ask if I
could do it via post and they told me to download form 10a5 and send it
in with my payment and passport. I looked for 10a5 but failed to locate
it. luckily though I found the ONLINE form and completed it and paid
with my visa card in 10mins. It is so cool that the powers that be have
embraced the power of the internet in this way, it was so easy. Its a
shame their staff don't seem to know about it yet.

Lighthouse NE

I had a great fly of the lighthouse this afternoon. I was not sure it
was going to be strong enough, but it was. It was thermic with one cycle
after another, in the sink I was only just maintaining, but in the lift
I was getting huge height. I landed on the road and got my exercise
walking back up to the top again. Awesome flight.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

IMGP3764, originally uploaded by hangflyer.

Splash.... Watch out for the Sharks ;-)

IMGP3751, originally uploaded by hangflyer.

The new bridge by night....

Friday, May 16, 2008

Looking down on Exmouth..

IMGP3690, originally uploaded by hangflyer.

I can see my caravan ;-)

So Green

IMGP3730, originally uploaded by hangflyer.

What military installation?

New Bridge

IMGP3700, originally uploaded by hangflyer.

And Oh so green everywhere....

Sail Repair

IMGP3697, originally uploaded by hangflyer.

Sail repair in view, flies the same as before. Erosion below. Over Exmouth at Sunset.

More Power...

I was pretty disappointed with myself after I put the prop through the
gliders wing yesterday. Sure it was a good save of a difficult landing,
even just a moderate tailwind adds enough to your ground speed to make
it a very fast run indeed which is why it is so important to land and
T/O into wind. I could have done my prop or hurt myself as I don't use
wheels (too macho ha ha ha) so just a torn sail (and bruised ego) was a
good result. As always it resulted from me departing from proper
procedure and taking foolish risks. I actually thought about putting up
my windsock before T/O but as it was almost nil wind I didn't bother.
Experience should really have taught me by now that it is precisely on
the NIL wind days that you need a windsock as it is more likely to
suddenly change in direction. Ironically my last prop through sail
mistake happened here for the same reason, failure to pay attention to
the fact that the sea breeze has come in and the wind has switched from
a light NE to a stronger SW. I went looking for an industrial sowing
machine and found none. I went looking for sail repair cloth or rip stop
spinnaker repair tape but also had no luck. In the end I did the best
job I could sowing up the sail myself and I am quite happy with the
repair, I put as much load on it as I could and could not make it fail.
It is not a high wing loading in this area and I am absolutely confident
in the repair. After I rigged the fun once the repair was complete I
tested running with it to make sure there was no induced turn and it
felt fine. I flew from the golf course over town in the sea breeze, as I
got higher the wind speed increased and I found myself going backwards
at best climb. I got some great photos that I am uploading to Flicker
now. Everything is so green after they had 500mm of rain in one week
last month. The new marina has a bridge, I heard that the contractor
went broke after the last heavy rains as they erode ones earthmoving
progress. You can again really see how the Exmouth area (and lets face
it the whole of Oz) is just the result of a lot of rain/weather induced
erosion. Today I am a microlight student pilot.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Thanks Vista! (Yeah Right!)

When my old laptop died I bought a new one, it took me 10 mins to swap
the hard drive from the old laptop into the new one and then as usual
the first time it booted XP fine, just to show me that all my stuff was
there and that it was possible. Then XP installed a heap of drivers and
gave me a BSOD. On the next restart it locked up part way through
boooting (no doubt windows saw the hardware change and went into
punishing mode) and managed to hose the MBR for the disk. Painless
upgrade with windows? Perhaps buy a bigger house in the country but
forget anything from Microsoft.
So the new laptop came with Vista, I had only heard bad things about
Vista but decided perhaps they were unfair and I should give it a go.
Nothing good anyone says about Vista is true, in every way it is less
good than XP, less fast, less stable, less easy to use, less useful,
less predicable, less compatible, less customisable, in short it is
crap, complete crap. And I urge everyone to avoid it like the plague for
your own wellbeing and productivity's sake. I suffered it for a couple
of months on the road, not having a fast enough internet connection to
be able to setup a proper linux alternative on my laptop. It was hell. I
hate Microsoft for what they just put me through, it was stupid and
pointless. Lets face it windows 95 was crap, 98 was crap that we knew
better and put up with, NT was predictable crap which had a use, 2000
was the best crap so far, XP was initially a shock to most as after SP2
came out it became fast and stable and actually quite useful. I switched
from Mac to XP because XP was nearly as good and had a much cheaper
total cost if you built your own hardware and knew how to make it behave
I begrudgingly had to admit to people for years that XP was OK. Given
that I use Apple a measuring stick this is high praise indeed,
especially for their arch nemesis Microsoft. But Vista is such an insult
to the intelligence of a seasoned computer user, it is such a fine
example of everything that is wrong at Microsoft, it is so rude and
callous I feel personally slighted by Bill, I am offended and he and his
OS can get stuffed.
I learnt to love linux as Debian during my days as a builder and
maintainer of servers and networks. I learned that it was as reliable as
the rising sun and that if you left it alone it would never break, that
it only broke when you broke it and that it could do and learn anything,
you were the limitation with your puny IT foo. I used debian on my
personal machines out of respect for what was underneath, cos lets face
it the GUI was horrible and unintuitive and mostly broken. When Ubuntu
was born I heard and saw the shining star straight away, here was Debian
but with manners, dressed in a pretty dress and with make-up on. And
after a few years of being just OK it has arrived. I installed Hardy
using the WUBI loader right from my Vista desktop. It worked perfectly
from the first second. I had to learn a little about Ndiswrappers to get
the wireless card going, but everything else was setup perfectly out of
the box, it left Vista for dead, and its free.
In the last 2 weeks in my spare time I have customised my linux
experience and now I run my favourite XP games faster than vista or XP
using wine, I was amazed to find just how many programs work under wine
now. I like Thunderbird and can access my Gmail contacts via LDAP, I
like Firefox and use Gmarks to store all my bookmarks, I manage my Ipod
music with gtkpod, I have MY old copy of XP paused in Suns virtualbox
and I can be at a full screen XP environment in a second if I need to
run some Windows program. No more dual booting required. I have yet to
try and edit and burn a DVD but thats just because I have not needed to
yet. I can't wait to see how easy that has become. Open Source Rules.
Really I don't need to thank Vista for making move to Ubuntu, I should
be thanking the Open Source movement and all the people out there who
use it and contribute to it by developing software or using/testing it
and helping it get to where it is now.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Exmouth So Far

Today Gav took me for a flight in his trike and then I setup and flew
the fun and power harness from the golf course. I was having too much
fun and failed to notice the sea breeze had come in and ended up landing
down wind. I managed to run it out OK and stay on my feet but forgot to
stop the engine prior to landing and in the last few steps I pushed the
wing back into the prop as I flared. Doh, Stupid. Luckily the prop is OK
but the sail needs repairs. Hopefully I can find a sailmaker who has
industrial sewing gear and I can fix it locally. Meanwhile the Perfex is
rigged up and waiting its flight tomorrow. Thats the SAME prop through a
different sail again in Exmouth. 2 Years and hundreds of safe landings
and now it happens here again, what are the odds...

Saturday, May 10, 2008

4WD Practice

As I was leaving Kalbarri I had a flashback to the previous evening. I was about 120km from Geraldton and travelling at about 80kph with the caravan when I saw what looked like a video camera on a tripod by the side of the road. It was aimed at car window height and had an IR light next to it. I just saw this all out of the corner of my eye as I was driving, but I recognise most tech quickly. In the UK I know that the cops use these cameras to already have your licence and registration details when you get stopped further down the road and so it was no surprise when shortly  a cop appeared on the road and directed me into a parking area by the side of the road.
It was something amazing, perhaps 20 cops standing in a line on either side of the road all under floodlights. As soon as I stopped cops start going over the car and caravan and a few crowded around the drivers window of the car. One asks me if I have any illegal weapons or drugs in the car, I decide now is not the time to be smart and look indignant as I say no.
Then he asks me if I am doing anything illegal or if I have ever been in trouble with the police. I say other than minor traffic code violations I am a law abiding citizen.
Finally after they check everything they find one of my taillights out on the caravan. Just as I am trying to come up with some excuse to lessen the offence the officer in charge tells me that seeing as all the other lights work and the brake lights are the only ones you cannot check by yourself he will let me continue to Kalbarri tonight but I must try and fix the light in Geralton on the way.
As it was late and dark I kept going untill I made Kalbarri.
So I suddenly realise I need to stop and fix the brake light on the caravan, I should have waited for the next rest stop, but It suddenly seemed important that I fix the issue before I got stopped again. So I pulled over onto the soft shoulder at the edge of the road. Boy was it soft. I ended up bottomed out with the clutch slipping rather than turning the wheels... Being a 4WD professional I am adept at getting myself into situations like this and also at getting out of them. I was on plan B having tested plan A and discovered that all the digging and the sticks from plan A were not a completely pointless excercise and had I been trying to bury my car 6 foot further down the road it could have been called a sucessful operation. At about this point I hear my first car and look up to see a Jeep Cherokee coming down the road. I run onto the road and wave to the driver in the classic, hands over the head, I need help wave. He never even slowed down, looked me in the eyes and shot past. This kind of behaviour irritates me, he could at least have stopped to make sure that I had not been bitten by a snake or something. Generally in the outback people are amazingly helpfull and considerate of others, you have to be when you may be the only help for the next 100km. Afer a little thinking I decided that plan A only failed because the sand was unable to support the weight of the car, therefore reducing the weight would probably tip things in my favour, or easier to reduce the ground pressure by increasing the tires contact patch. Using some auto tyre deflating gizmos that were given to me by a dear friend many years ago I dropped all the tyres down to 16PSI and on the next attempt drove back onto the road. Now I was thankful that I had the cheap K-Mart tyre compressor which may have taken nearly 10mins to take each tyre back to 35psi, but was so much better than trying to drive the next 100km on 16psi.

Made It!

I arrived in Exmouth yesterday afternoon and checked into a caravan park and was in the ocean within 15mins. The weather is beautifull here as usual.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Excitement in Kalbarri

The Rolfy show rolled into Kalbarri at 1am, I parked in a nice beach carpark by the red rocks and went to sleep. By 9am it was already in the mid 20's and I was driven out of my bed as the caravan started to heat up. I drove straight to where the airstrip used to be and decided to set up on a vacant block that seemed out of the way. At the time it was NIL wind so I was planning to use the longest direction. By the time I got the harness setup and started it was blowing 6knots accross my strip. In my mind I rehersed the glider trying to turn into wind and me taking off successfully despite the crosswind. I made a mental note of the position of the many stakes sticking out of the ground and also planned to avoid them on T/O and landing.
I need to re-do the fuel system again, air is getting into the system at full throttle and this is bad. I had to abort the first 2 take-offs after the engine faltered during the run. The second time I didn't bother to walk back to the sensible starting point and just went from halfway down the useable space, I justified it at the time with the arguament that there were less stakes to avoid now.  It was a pretty good crosswind T/O but after the initial second of panic it was all relief as I cleared my caravan by about a foot. The slow circling climb to 3000ft was OK but I could tell I was nearly 1000rpm down on a properly tuned motor. From 3000ft I had plenty of landing options, just a long walk if I ended up being  forced to land elsewhere by engine problems so I headed towards the town and started to take photos. First my camera battery died so I missed alot of the shots I wanted. Then the engine started coughing and spluttering and it was only by constantly pumping the throttle I could keep it at about 5000RPM and maintain enough height to make it back to my car, it seemed to know when it had hung in  there long enough and died as I turned downwind on my standard-ish circuit....  A final recollection of the intended landing path between the stakes and a nice uneventfull crosswind landing. The 12knots on the ground made the landing easy but it took me ages to groundhandle the wing and climb out and detach everything with the gustly breeze. Based on yesterdays speeds I have another 10hrs of driving and I should make Exmouth around midnight tonight. Fun in the Sun, here I come!

Monday, May 05, 2008

Power Fun..

Karl and I flew at Sids again over the weekend. Karl aerotowed and I had fun with my power harness. A warm week ahead for Perth , but I can't wait to hit the road for Exmouth, leaving soon!

Monday, April 28, 2008


Friday was a great Bakewell day, Shaun led the way as usual showing
that it was not too east to stay up. When it turned ESE there must
have been nearly 10 aircraft in the air if you count the panties.. On
Sunday I realised I need to rewire my power harness for reliable
starting agan. Karl also flew from Sids to the race course in York!
Maybe Cott again this week..

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


The weekend turned out to be wet and windy. Karl and I tried Bakewell on
Saturday but decided not to fly, it was too cold for a start. On Sunday
we optimistically drove out to Sids in the hope of an aerotow, but the
weather was still uncooperative.

Today Cott was on, a bit northerly and lumpy at times but Jason, Rob B,
Shaun and I had a great afternoons flying and even Gerry flew his new

Tomorrow might be another Cott day, but a southerly one, fingers crossed...

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Back In Perth

Yesterday JC, Jumpy & I flew back beach. Today it was too wet and cold
to even try Myalup on the way up to Perth, but we had a look anyway...
I'm parked on Karls verge tonight and my internet is back to full
speed so I can catch up on my uploads over the next week. We are
hoping for a fly somewhere over the weekend...

Monday, April 14, 2008


JC and I drove to Sids on Sunday for some Aerotowing fun. Crossed wires meant that only JC got an aerotow, but I cut the keel on the Perfex and tried her with the power harness. Nice, around 20kph increase in max speed and easily another 15kph in level flight.
Last days in Collie for me, p
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Sunday, April 13, 2008

FLPHG Over Collie

JC & I flew over Collie today. We took off from the racecourse and flew over the town. There was alot of smoke.

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