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Aviator Blogs


Here’s a couple of our favourite Aviator Blogs.

We’d love to know your favourite’s and why!

 

Crikey – A reporter since November 30, 1960, Ben Sandilands looks at what really matters up in the sky: public administration of air transport and its safety, the accountability of the carriers, and space for everyone’s knees.

Kristen Alexander – Australian Aviation History. Some amazing stories and old photographs. Definitely one to check out.

Midlife Pilot – An Aussie bloke’s flying experiences. Down to earth musing’s on aviation, flying, Australia and learning to fly.

CQ’s Plane Spotter’s – Aviation news and aircraft movements in Central Queensland, Australia. Some pretty cool planes visit Central Queensland. Great photo’s.

Learn to Fly – Tips and advice about flight training.

Virgin’s Blog – Question’s to Virgin Australia’s airline pilots. We’ve trained a couple of those smart cookie’s ourselves!

Aussie Star Flight Simulation – Creating an active, learning community of flying enthusiasts who strive to achieve an as real as it gets experience.

 

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What’s Happening Today?


Before we tell you anything about anything – we need to let you know about a truly great deal available at the moment – We have a Factory Demonstrator SP2000 – two seat aircraft available for sale RIGHT NOW. This stunning aircraft is available for the amazing price of AU$120,000.00 OR NEAREST OFFER – All offers will be considered. This deal will not last long. The SP2000 Features: Autopilot, Odyssey Glass Panel, VIP Prop, 4 point Harness, Microair Transponder, ICOM VHF Radio, Optional Cert. of Airworthiness. This aircraft has 60 hours flying time. Please contact us immediately! fly@lightwing.com.au or call (02) 6686 8658

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2014 has taken off like a rocket here at the Australian LightWing Factory.

Today in the Australian LightWing factory we are focusing on the wings, fuselage and power plant for the new aircraft currently under construction for our excited return customer in Central Queensland, inland from Longreach.

The new aircraft is a combination of technologies developed here at Australian LightWing. It will feature the strong and light weight fabric fuselage of our original aircraft design principals – the ALW GR and ALW Sport models, combined with the more spacious fuselage (and therefore cockpit) of the newer models- the complete ALW SP Range. This new aircraft design features a high wing, large baggage area, the Rotax 912 100hp engine and is a tail dragger, which is all focused on combating the harsh, unforgiving and beautiful Australian outback.

This aircraft was to be called the Tapis – but the original Tapis design has a nose wheel! So we are currently workshopping the name of the new aircraft- Do you have any ideas or suggestions you feel we should consider?!?! We’re brainstorming ideas that hope to define the fusion of our tried and true design principals of the ultra light fabric body, with the strength and power of the new airframe and power plant. We appreciate and look forward to your ideas! Please share them either in the comments below, via email (fly@lightwing.com.au), or with us and our aviation community on the Australian LightWing Facebook page.

The fuel tanks are currently being pressure tested and fitted to the wing main spar, whilst the rear spar is also being prepared. The Fuselage is being fitted out with the ALW foot pedals, wood paneling and upholstery. The power plant is also being prepped for attachment for to the firewall. You can take a closer look at the progress on a factory walk thru video (“Australian LightWing: New Fuselage” Monday 20th January 2014) at our Youtube channel and also on the Australian LightWing Instagram page, which hopes to provide some beautiful shots of the extreme attention to detail we take with our aircraft design and manufacture. We’re proud of our aircraft, and we want to show and share it with you!

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In other news, The Australian LightWing Team were delighted to attend the Great Eastern Fly In at Evans Head last week. The Fly In was captured by the awesome crew at the Byron Bay Echo DailyNet Team. You can view the video here. You’ll catch an interview with our very own Nick Hughes at about 6.30mins! Onya Nick! You can sign up to their daily email send out of news and entertainment for the North Coast.

Also in the Factory, we are working on the Australian LightWing Flight Simulator.

And, we have invested in a new coffee machine for Christmas. So expect updates on our passionate, friendly and efficient work as quick as you can say caffeine high.

Thanks for reading our Factory Update, if you would like any more information, please contact us, or sign up for our newsletter!

Many thanks, and we hope to see you soon,

The Team at Australian LightWing.

Don’t shoot the messenger


Don’t blame the executives. Or to put it another way, don’t shoot the messenger !

I recently travelled to Canberra to attend the  extraordinary RAAus AGM. I went there not expecting too much, at least Jenny and I would enjoy a weekend away and a stay with good buddy and LightWing owner George Jennings (Snowman). We got both.

The meeting presented a clearing area for some members to get their gripes off their chests. There were many motions put and much hot air dispersed. Eugene Read, for example, was castigated for being a month late presenting the accounts, he had the accounts on the day and they looked great- RAAus is in the red by a small amount, I suggested the audience look at the vacant shops in Canberra, in the street outside the venue, things are tough, but RAAus is doing just fine financially. I moved a vote of confidence in the board but no one took much notice of this.

Paul Middleton was under fire from the critics but he drew the analogy that all the various aircraft that had been picked up in the CASA audit as not complying where like rocks in a sieve, some fell through while the sieve trapped others. This suited my perception so I volunteered to be a rock in Pauls sieve.

That got a laugh and the meeting needed some humor !

Now, I did a little research prior to going to Canberra because I knew the trip was going to cost, so I wanted my moneys worth. I had found that there where “issues of governance” that the RAAus agenda needed overhauling and so on.  Call me old fashioned  but I like concrete things, things that cast a shadow,  “issues of governance “ don’t cast shadows and I have difficulty coming to terms with “issues”. I prefer  Middo’s rocks.

I described how an Australian LightWing owner who had owned a GR LightWing on a 10 sq mile property out the back of Bourke for about 25 years, had been pipped because he had a non-compliant propellor fitted to his aircraft and this had been picked up on his registration renewal. Now just have a think about this. This guy has been flying for decades, minding his own business and the CASA audit picks up this non-compliance, you could say “good job CASA” as this is pretty good auditing, but, the reason for this is simple. Back in 1985 when the aircraft was first registered the specifications showed a Catto prop. Back then there where few options when it came to props, Bolly had not been invented nor had Ivo or Brolga, so we selected the Catto. Problem was that over the years, alternatives came along. To vary a prop on a CAO 95.25 aircraft takes a lot of work. A CAR 35 engineer must be employed to do the sums, flight testing, reports etc and you can blow $5 to $10 K easy, so we never went down that path. We simply fitted mainly Bolly props and left the approvals to Bolly, which he obtained, not all strictly Cosha (that’s the jewish term meaning ok isn’t it ? it pisses me off when the spell check has no alternatives) but workable, safe and cost effective. Nevertheless, a rock in Pauls sieve.

I tried to explain all this to the meeting, the story meant a lot to me as it exemplified the situation and showed it for what it was, a storm in a teacup in this particular instance. No doubt this non-compliance was minor and there where a few major instances where imported aircraft simply and clearly did not meet the standards under which RAAus had accepted them like LSA or CAO 101.55 but most non-compliance issues were simple paperwork things and many were, and remain, the fault of individual members failing to send the appropriate photograph or form. About now the meeting is getting pissed at me and my rock analogy and I am starting to doubt the wisdom  of my weekend away in the nations capital.

I came away from the meeting with the belief that RAA was in good shape albeit with a few stuff ups to be sorted out, none the least of which appears to be a law suit over a fatal accident involving a non compliant aircraft, oops !

For the rest of the weekend we explored Canberra, the  National Museum is  a great visit and the small steam driven paddle steamer (George is one of the engineers on this national treasure)  parked out the back was a real step back in time. We lunched in the revolving restaurant  overlooking Canberra at a surprisingly low price for fantastic food. A big thanks to George for acting as our tour guide for the weekend. George has been busy volunteering many weeks of his time sorting out us rocks at RAAus headquarters… thanks George !

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Second Biennial NORRA-AUS Monto-Fly-in


Hey there! We hope to see you at the Monto Fly In September 29 to the 1st October.

 

Hughes Engineering will be taking along one of our superb SP2000 aircraft to view and experience.

We love a good fly in and this one will be great!

We hope to see lots of other aircraft from the Australian LightWing family there so come along and check out these great aircraft.

 

Monto is located in Far North Queensland near Gladstone and Bundaberg. It’s going to be a beautiful trip. Here’s a few airport details in case you’re going to be flying in http://www.flightstats.com/go/Airport/airportDetails.do?airportCode=MNQ

 

You can find out more information about the event at the RAA website here: http://www.raa.asn.au/norra-aus-2012/

 

See you there!

 

The Australian LightWing Tapis


Introducing the new aircraft in the Australian LightWing Range of Aircraft –

The ALW Tapis.

The ALW Tapis is a high wing variation to the exceptional SP Range of Aircraft.

The ALW Tapis will feature a Glass Cockpit, Variable Inflight Pitch Propellor and a fully upholstered leather cockpit.

Available as a two seat aircraft, with an 8 metre wing span and feature cabin dimensions of 1.15metres wide and 1.01 metres high.

The power plant for the ALW Tapis aircraft is the Superior I0360 – 180 hp.

As with the complete range of Australian LightWing aircraft, the colour scheme and paint work is completely the customers choice.

More information can be found at the Australian LightWing Website at www.lightwing.com.au

Australian LightWing visits Metal Work in Italia!


The Metal Work Engine

Pictured: Howie Hughes, CEO of Australian LightWing, visiting the Metal Work engine factory recently in Italy!!!

With horse power ranging from 80hp to 130hp, the ‘Metal Work’ gear drive engines promise a substantial technological improvement over the current range of Rotax engines.

In particular, the soon to be released: 130 hp engine with a capacity in excess of 2 litres.

Watch this space as more details are available after we visit the Italian factory in late march 2011.

With an equivalent weight to the Rotax, but sporting additional 30 horse power, and also a similar size package the Metal Work engine promises to be a great improvement.

Call or email us for price or availability NOW!

And Remember to WATCH THIS SPACE for more information coming soon!!

Temora Easter Airshow


Hey!!

We hope to see you at NATFLY 2011 at Temora in just a few weeks now!!

Good Friday, 22nd April to Easter Sunday, 24th April

Come and join us at Temora! We will see you there and you’ll see the ALW SPEED!!!

NATFLY looks set to be bigger than ever – so come and visit the event that brings us all together. Make sure you mark this weekend in your calendar.

For more information check out the RA-Aus web site, and for accommodation information, please contact Ann Pike at the Temora Tourist Information Office. Ann has details on motels, hotels, B&Bs, home-stays and much more!

Email apike@temora.nsw.gov.au or telephone 02 6977 1511.

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