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Old Nov 19, 2012, 12:27 PM
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 07:48 PM
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If anyone is into DLG, there is an F3K comp here on the 8th Dec. I'll be entering
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 08:52 PM
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I come and watch, never seen in real life, only on vid's
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 09:17 PM
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If anyone is into DLG, there is an F3K comp here on the 8th Dec. I'll be entering
For sure, always wanted a DLG.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 09:21 PM
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Here is my new nose for the speedo. Looks a bit pregnant , but now I can get the AAA's in there without making config changes of the battery.
Still need to take a mold of the canopy before I destroy it to get the foam out of the fuselage.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 09:40 PM
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Nice work, Knut.
Amazing what can be done with a little foam, glass and epoxy.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 11:20 PM
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There are still quite a few imperfections, but I can't be bothered, who knows looking at the terrain in NZ, I will most likely have more on it after the first landing.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 02:26 AM
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Looks Great Knut! If you can get hold of some carbon or carbon/kevlar sock for it it will last forever!
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 03:03 AM
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looks cool, but your right, we spend heaps of time getting them looking just right, to scratch them to bits on rocks, so as jono says just DS fodder, build for a purpose, even the super ruff ones look good at 300 feet and going fast.

Just fly them like you stole them.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 04:44 AM
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Thanks for the positive comments.
I am very happy with the result, was already prepared to chuck it in the bin. But I wanted to take it with me as a backup model.
Will take my Banana for the light days. And thats it. Still tossing if I should buy a gopro for the trip to get some good footage. And then give it to Andrew to edit and put some flair to it.
If the speedo survives the trip I will probably make a new fuse for it so the back of it looks like it belongs to the front. Just would like to see the whole thing a bit beefier.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 06:21 PM
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Josh are we taking our speedgun along?
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 06:37 PM
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More radar guns the better. =)

Makes finding better speed reading locations possible and gives more of a chance of catching that elusive "Faster Pass"
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 08:20 PM
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I recently sent an email to the Dangerous Goods Operations & Compliance section of Qantas in relation to the trip as I wanted confirmation in relation to the transportation of Lithium batteries for 2 electric gliders

I had said the batteries are likely to be installed(disconnected with terminals taped) inside gliders but could be removed if required and taken in carryon baggage as I thought given the nature of the batteries we use I may have had issues with security.

I also supplied a picture of one of the batteries

This is the reply;

Hello Michael,

Thank you for your email. My suggestion would be to remove the batteries and take them as carry-on baggage. The batteries need to be protected from short circuit by place tape over the terminals or by placing each battery in a separate plastic zip lock sandwich bag. Because the batteries are not greater than 100 Watt Hours you do not require any pre-approval from the airline.

The new dangerous goods requirements from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) which is part of the United Nations states that all spare batteries must be taken as carry-on baggage only. Unfortunately if the batteries are disconnected they are considered as "spares" and must be taken as carry-on. I understand that what you proposed is a safe option but unfortunately it doesn't meet the regulations and I would hate for you to have any issues when checking in etc.

I hope this information helps but please feel free to call or email me if you require any further help.

Cheers

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Old Nov 20, 2012, 08:41 PM
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What are the best options for mobile data coverage arround the south island?

I am currently going through a restructure at work and looks like I will need to do Job applications and keep in touch with advertised jobs while over there (new jobs with be advertised on the 7th of december)
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 11:18 PM
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Hopefully Andrew can chime in here with his experience
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