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    There are difficulties with Lithium batteries at...

    There are difficulties with Lithium batteries at low temperatures. Drawing current helps to keep them warm but I'd think twice before using them in a motorglider!
  2. Thread: Accident.

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    Accident.

    A man who fell into an upholstery machine yesterday is reported to be fully recovered.
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    It used to be that you had to use an approved...

    It used to be that you had to use an approved hand held of which there were two and both had been obsolete for years. I had an old A20 that had a naughty battery upgrade to make it work and it still...
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    I have bought an Eastern European prop made in a...

    I have bought an Eastern European prop made in a similar fashion out of lots of different bits. I would certainly never ever do it again. Quite apart from the difficulties I had getting it and...
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    Glad you went flying Ginge. The weather was...

    Glad you went flying Ginge. The weather was stunning yesterday but you really have to grab it while it is about at this time of year.
  6. Thread: Snow.

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    Big orange thing flapping in the breeze was a...

    Big orange thing flapping in the breeze was a clue but landing on snow is fun!
  7. Thread: Snow.

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    Snow.

    I was due some time in the C42. A look at the logbook showed that I haven't flown one for more than a year! So I am expecting to be as rusty as a Fiat. The sun is out, the wind is gentle and head...
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    Congratulations David. Enjoy your flying- it...

    Congratulations David. Enjoy your flying- it takes years off you!
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    Find out if there is a local LAA strut. Read all...

    Find out if there is a local LAA strut. Read all you can from the EAA. Have you a skill? can you sew, paint, wire, work wood, make metal or can you keep paperwork straight and photograph as you go? I...
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    Good. You are on the way. Before long, you will...

    Good. You are on the way. Before long, you will know that the standard unit of currency is the hour, that the weather Gods hate you personally and that working when the sky is blue is corroding your...
  11. Thread: I'm after...

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    Looks like I have what I need.

    Looks like I have what I need.
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    Nor, at present a cost that makes it viable...

    Nor, at present a cost that makes it viable although one or two outfits are making trainers with an hour's duration. Another fifteen minutes and four power packs and it could be possible but there is...
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    Let us assume an that the lighter battery weighs...

    Let us assume an that the lighter battery weighs twenty per cent of my old lead acid, in line with the bomb that nearly destroyed my aircraft versus it's now replaced and reliable SLA equivalent. Can...
  14. Thread: I'm after...

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    I'm after...

    a big tank (35-40 litres) for a
    MiniMax.
    If you know of one that is looking for an aeroplane, please PM me.
    Thanks.
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    Yes, Joan! That's the one, I think. Needs to be...

    Yes, Joan! That's the one, I think. Needs to be rescued and reactivated. Thanks for the memory refresh.
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    Vaguely.If it is the cup I think it is, it was...

    Vaguely.If it is the cup I think it is, it was taken from field to field to encourage visiting and visitors. Turn up where it was and claim it then let the world know it is at your home strip. Summat...
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    30 KW of batteries for an hour. That is forty...

    30 KW of batteries for an hour. That is forty Horsepower. An hour's use of a 447, Not a 912. How big and heavy would 30 KW hours worth of batteries be?
    The one from my old Mercedes weighs about the...
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    500Amps is a lot of trouble if it shorts out. It...

    500Amps is a lot of trouble if it shorts out. It would kill instantly if you were unfortunate enough to get too close as well. Now let's just get this in perspective. The world's largest nuclear...
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    Power to weight ratio. The only thing that...

    Power to weight ratio. The only thing that matters if you want a viable Flying machine. Batteries don't give it. Fossil fuels do. Many times over. So No. The Boss's Tesla busted a tyre. Two of the...
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    Scarecrow of the year.

    Despite Woman Belong Me telling me I was a shoe in for this one, it went to Worzel Gummidge.
    The citation said that he was always outstanding in his field.
  21. No, Harry. You can't. Due to the microlight being...

    No, Harry. You can't. Due to the microlight being a "non EASA"aircraft, hours flown on it cannot be used to revalidate a LAPL.
    An NPPL(M) allows a few privileges that the big boys don't...
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    I know it sounds harsh but you really do have to...

    I know it sounds harsh but you really do have to give it everything. Time, money and study. Flying is intolerant of mistakes so training is thorough and standards of instruction are high. YOU will...
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    If you don't want to blow all your money on...

    If you don't want to blow all your money on flying, walk away now. I told my boss that I would happily sell a kidney for it, which was true but he would not get into the ambulance.
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    Yes, many an intangible there. If a fellow part...

    Yes, many an intangible there. If a fellow part owner has languages, you might do trips abroad and learn foreign airfield terminology. One might be an ace mechanic so you learn how to look after an...
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    My apologies, I see you have tried the 42...

    My apologies, I see you have tried the 42 already. The Eurostar is different but you will find that out for yourself.
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