See you all next weekend.

The McCraken Country Club has now pretty much locked in our catering requirements, we will be well fed and I look forward to a wonderful weekend. If you are planning to attend and have not yet registered please let me know ASAP.

We have organised some good weather, even though Goolwa is starting to get cooler you can see our arrival day is advertised as being “Mostly sunny and pleasant”.

LOBO Landing Fairhope Alabama

Fairhope was a wonderful venue for the recent LOBO event.  The landing was primarily maintenance related and included a full tour of the nearby Continental Motors factory.

Fairhope was a wonderful venue for the recent LOBO event.
The landing was primarily maintenance related, and included a full tour of the nearby Continental Motors factory. An absolutely fantastic experience to see how our big bore engines are manufactured.

The streets of Fairhope were decorated with "Yarn Bombing"

The streets of Fairhope were decorated with “Yarn Bombing”, in support of the arts in Fairhope.

Very colorful and most unusual but fun.

Very colorful, and most unusual, but fun.

A beautiful Legacy panel Valin and Allyson Thorn took out the Grand Champion Kit Built award at Oshkosh this year. You can see why.....

A beautiful Legacy panel. Valin and Allyson Thorn took out the Grand Champion Kit Built award at Oshkosh this year – you can see why.

Nice finish hey...

Nice finish, hey?

Plenty of eye candy at the LOBO landing.

Plenty of eye candy at the LOBO landing.

It would be wonderful to see an Evolution in Australia. I am still buying lottery tickets.

It would be wonderful to see an Evolution in Australia.
I am still buying lottery tickets.

Transition Training. Member feedback.

Below is a letter from one of our LOBO Oz members.

The Super Legacy.

The Super Legacy.

 

Lancair Super Legacy Training in Tasmania

Have just spent three days exploring the capabilities of the Lancair Super Legacy RG with Gary Weeks and two mates in Devonport.

VH-LNZ is a twin turbo charged Reno Racer version of the Legacy, owned by Terry Travers who imported it from California. We recently joined LOBO Oz and met Gary and his immaculate Legacy at the Mudgee fly-in.

I had only just started flying the Legacy and gained a huge amount of knowledge from the presentations at the fly-in and invaluable advice from Gary Weeks, Gary Burns and many of the other members. They were also extremely supportive and generous with their time in assisting us to prepare for our trip to Warbirds over Wanaka in LNZ.

During all of this communication, we started talking with Gary about the possibility of doing some “transition training” in the Legacy. I had not done any real training other than flying with Terry who had done some training in California before the plane was shipped here.

I had been flying the Legacy very conservatively and well within its limits and my own personal minima’s. So after several weeks of strong westerlies and rain in Tassie, the weather cleared for three beautiful days of clear calm weather for putting the Legacy through its paces.

It is an awesome machine, and Gary opened our eyes to what it is capable of, how it behaves in different scenarios and how to make sure that we stay safe. We are not intending to go anywhere near the limits, but it is important to know where they are, how to recognise them, and what happens if you approach them.

We went through slow speed handling characteristics, stall recognition and recovery, steep turns, glide approaches, emergency gear extensions, engine management, instrument approach configuration, flapless landings, cross wind considerations, go-arounds and so many other helpful tips and advice on all sorts of topics, including Legacy specific maintenance issues, ditching and off-field landings, weight and balance, weather and icing, unusual attitude recovery and performance limitations. All absolutely invaluable knowledge that could one day save your life.

So if you haven’t already done it and you want to extend your knowledge of any Lancair you fly, get in touch with Gary or one of the other committee members and organise some training, or just get actively involved in the group, attend the fly-ins and benefit from the vast amount of experience and knowledge that exists within LOBO.

As a bonus, you will meet some fantastic people that enjoy sharing a common passion.

Thanks Gary for a thoroughly enjoyable and extremely valuable few days sharing your knowledge with us. We are very fortunate to have someone with your passion and expertise in the Lancair community.

Leigh Bryan.

LNZ and ZYA on a crisp Tassie morning in Devonport

LNZ and ZYA on a crisp Tassie morning in Devonport

 

Gary Weeks and the Students – Ian Emmett, Leigh Bryan and Terry Travers

Gary Weeks and the Students – Ian Emmett, Leigh Bryan and Terry Travers

 

 

A follow up on the High Altitude Flying post.

 Patrick Bridge who is one of our LOBO Oz members has provided this Paper on Decompression Illness. I highly recommend that if you occasionally fly high, you should have a read. Pat is in the early stages of building a Lancair IVP, his day job is as a military test pilot at ARDU where he regularly flies the PC9 which is unpressurised. Here is a drop box link to the article. https://www.dropbox.com/s/0hfscf8supvxjni/DCI%20Paper.docx?dl=0

Patrick Bridge who is one of our LOBO Oz members has provided this Paper on Decompression Illness.

I highly recommend that if you occasionally fly high, you should have a read.

Pat is in the early stages of building a Lancair IVP, his day job is as a military test pilot at ARDU where he regularly flies the PC9 which is unpressurised.

Here is a drop box link to the article:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/0hfscf8supvxjni/DCI%20Paper.docx?dl=0

Bill Harrelson to Speak at LOBO Oz

Bill Harrelson pictured in his Lancair IV after his polar circumnavigation in January 2015. On February 20, 2016 - Bill Harrelson, LOBO Oz member and EAA Lifetime member, who successfully circumnavigated the earth via the polar route earlier this year in his modified Lancair IV N6ZQ, will be the featured guest speaker at the LOBO Oz (Lancair Owners and Builders Organization Australia) fly-in to be held at the NSW Sports Aircraft Club Napper Field airport at Wedderburn over the 19th to 21st February 2016. “Bill Harrelson had a Walter Mitty dream, one of building an airplane in his hangar and flying it around the world in record time,” said LOBO (USA) President Jeff Edwards. “He fulfilled that dream earlier this year while the world watched his adventure unfold on the Internet.” In February 2013 Harrelson concluded a record long-distance flight (7,051 nautical miles) flying N6ZQ nonstop from Guam to Jacksonville, Florida. “Bill’s inspirational efforts in designing, building, and flying the plane highlight the unique capabilities and efficiencies of modern homebuilt aircraft when flown by a true aviator,” Edwards added. Bill and his wife Sue are heading off in their purpose built long range Lancair 1V on a little holiday through the Pacific and eventually to Australia. How good is it to be able to jump into the aircraft you built, a proven long range Lancair of course, and fly it away on holidays to any destination in the world? Bill and Sue are on their third build at the moment, and I am really looking forward to having them entertain us at LOBO Oz fly-in in February. If you would like to learn a little about flying for range and LOP operations, or even flying non-stop for 38 hours, then I could not think of a better person to listen to. Folks, don’t miss this one, as we will put together an interesting programme for the weekend.

Bill Harrelson pictured in his Lancair IV after his polar circumnavigation in January 2015.

On February 20, 2016 – Bill Harrelson, LOBO Oz member and EAA Lifetime member, who successfully circumnavigated the earth via the polar route earlier this year in his modified Lancair IV N6ZQ, will be the featured speaker at the LOBO Oz (Lancair Owners and Builders Organization Australia) fly-in to be held at the NSW Sports Aircraft Club Napper Field airport at Wedderburn over the 19th to 21st February 2016.

“Bill Harrelson had a Walter Mitty dream, one of building an airplane in his hangar and flying it around the world in record time,” said LOBO (USA) President Jeff Edwards. “He fulfilled that dream earlier this year while the world watched his adventure unfold on the Internet.”

In February 2013 Harrelson concluded a record long-distance flight (7,051 nautical miles) flying N6ZQ nonstop from Guam to Jacksonville, Florida. “Bill’s inspirational efforts in designing, building, and flying the plane highlight the unique capabilities and efficiencies of modern homebuilt aircraft when flown by a true aviator,” Edwards added.

Bill and his wife Sue are heading off in their purpose built long range Lancair 1V on a little holiday through the Pacific, and eventually to Australia. How good is it to be able to jump into the aircraft you built, a proven long-range Lancair, of course, and fly it away on holidays to any destination in the world?

Bill and Sue are on their third build at the moment, and I am really looking forward to having them entertain us at LOBO Oz fly-in in February.

If you would like to learn a little about flying for range and LOP operations, or even about flying non-stop for 38 hours, then I could not think of a better person to listen to. Folks, don’t miss this one, as we will put together an interesting program for the weekend.

If you think it is too far to come for a LOBO Oz fly-in, think again – and consider the distance that Bill and Sue will be covering to kindly give their time to our LOBO Oz group. See you then!