Below is a letter from one of our LOBO Oz members.
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.
After careful consideration and correspondence with our members our February 19th to 21st, 2016 LOBO Oz fly-in has a new and exciting venue – Mudgee, NSW.
On Saturday February 20, 2016 – Bill Harrelson, will be our featured speaker at the LOBO Oz fly-in.
As a location, Mudgee has lots to offer and explore…
Folks, don’t miss this one.
Put the dates in your calendar NOW, as we will put together an interesting programme for the weekend.
Stay tuned for more details soon.
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!
LOBO Oz Port Macquarie Fly-in April 24th-26th 2015
Friday 24th Arrivals at any time that suits.
1700: We are planning a quiet get-together/meet-an-greet at the hangar, and will either have a simple sausage sizzle or perhaps order in some pizza; yet to be decided. Please BYOG.
0830-0845: Gather at the hangar. (highlighted area)
0930. Risk Radar introduction or other topics (to 10.30).
- Rod and the L39 depart for the Anzac Day flypast at Wauchope.
- The L39 returns.
1130. Maybe an hour session on Wing Cuffs and then Insurance, a representative from Aviation Insurance Brokers of Australia will be in attendance.
- Lunch today is a sausage sizzle / steak sandwich simple tucker. The tong master will be in action.
1315. Program (subject to change), discussion items may include:
- LOP operations
- Wing Cuffs
- Explosive decompression
- Trans Tasman
- Accident prevention and ATSB statistics
- Lancair specific maintenance items. Are you getting good maintenance, is your maintainer up to speed with Lancair specific items?
1530/1600 Show and tell
1715 to 1915. Twilight River cruise. $17.00 per head, there is a bar on board the vessel so just turn up.
- Dinner, $50.00 per head (3 course dinner with several options) plus drinks.
Aircraft type clubs are General Aviation’s best-kept secret weapon. While there are more than a hundred of them, they fly stealthily below the radar of most pilots, who seem to be blissfully unaware of their existence and benefits. Only a fraction of pilots belong to any of them, yet they offer the best value proposition in aviation: they’re cheap and they could save your life. – Max Trescott, Join An Aircraft Type Club and Save Your Life (Click on the link for the rest of the article)
So begins an article on LOBO (US) discussing ways to promote safe operations. Max Trescott goes on to explain how statistically, pilots who are actively involved in an organisation which have a strong emphasis on pilot training and safety, are less likely to be involved in serious accidents. Such organisations involve their members in events which promote the discussion of type-specific operations, and can share a wealth of experience as the group expands.
This is one of the aims of LOBO OZ.
As people join both LOBO OZ and LOBO (US) it is becoming clear that there are many of you out there, with great experience to share, along with a few precautionary tales that others could benefit from. We hope to give that shape and form here as our numbers grow.
As stated in Trescott’s article, it is a great move to:
Join the type club for the aircraft you fly most frequently. But don’t just write a check; become an active participant. Whether you own or rent, you’re bound to learn more about the intricacies of that aircraft model. And if your family is lucky, what you learn as a type club member may someday save your life…and possibly their lives too.
We know of several Lancair owners who have joined LOBO (US) – don’t forget your new local chapter in OZ!
And if you are still thinking about it, why not sign up to LOBO OZ now? We want to build local knowledge and showcase our great ‘Lancairs Downunder’!
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