For cars, that's pretty typical when you consider how much fuel is used in urban with frequent starting off from traffic lights. If I use the freeway from Campbelltown to Milperra on the way to Bankstown Airport, a distance of 22 kms, the distance to empty shown can increase by up to 10 kms. That's driving at at a steady 2500 RPM, or about 110 kph. The further you go at a constant RPM, the greater the range of the car.Doesn't only apply in flying.
So after all that, did he buy it? :)A recent flight. In Feb I took my RV4 down to Maryborough and the chap intending to buy it drove up from NSW. The sale was dependent on a demo flight.
Looking at him I reckoned I had better check W & b, he reckoned he was 100kg, which would put me slightly over max weight with the fuel I had on board, also I m sure the balance would have been out, so no flight for him.
We had a big storm overnight and it was still lingering, low cloud and skuddy rain. A Cessna Caravan came in, dropped off its passengers and departed. Weather still poor, but improving. Later the cloud seemed to have lifted, I reckoned there was 1000' all round close to the strip, but denser cloud to the SE.
I decided to do a circuit, just to demonstrate that the plane would fly and away I went. All looked good still good visibility beneath the cloud ahead, but next thing I am in that whispy stuff below the cloud, I have plenty of visibility just slightly downwards, but ahead no horizon. The only thing to do is descend and at this time I am going over houses, the altimeter reads 500' Round I go and I can see the airstrip, Over the river and back to a low base leg, no time to do anything except land the plane, taxi in.
The buyer said I disappeared from his view before I turned and he didn't see me again untll I landed.
I was well and truly fooled by the sight picture of the clouds, the ceiling looked higher than it was because I couldn't see that there was a great depth of those whispy tendrils hanging below the visible cloud. I hate skud running, because the temptation is to be as high as possible, which puts you in just the situation I found myself in. Luckily Maryborough is fairly flat and doesn't have any high obstacles.
Yes, Naoro is now abandoned - since the 80's I think. It was only 400m long, and every wet season, became sodden as the Brown R overflow. There have been other strips such as Manumu, (to the NW of Efogi), which we once used but are now gone. Menari is a newer strip, (80s), just E of Efogi, and notable as the closest strip to the Brigade Hill battle site, where Brig.Potts miscalculated the Japs ability to climb sheer slopes. Kagi is the location written up in WW2 history as where the advancing Japs held a huge lantern parade to frighten the retreating Aussies on the opposite side of the valley.Poteroo when reading stories like this I often look up the places on Google Earth; Naoro seems to be overgrown, but I looked up the other strips.
True, they did have these mountain artillery with them, and used them all the way up the Track from Kokoda to the top of the Gap. Potts knew about them, but the Brigade Hill setback was caused by Japs crawling up the slopes from the valley floor, and getting behind his HQ on the Track. I'm unsure whether the Japs actually managed to get their mountain artillery up and over the Gap to be used on the campaign through Kagi, Efogi, Menari, Naoro and Ioribaiwa. ? The Jap encircling movement, (despite being up a very,very steep slope, was what lead to the cutting off of many troops, causing a disorganised withdrawal. Potts and his HQ group only just managed a fighting retreat. I'm sure that is what Peter Brune wrote in his "A Bastard of a Place" which is regarded as a reasonable account of the campaign.Just a little correction there, Poteroo. Brig. Arnold Potts didn't miscalculate the Japs ability to climb sheer slopes - he simply didn't know the Japs had mountain artillery pieces that they manhandled up those slopes.
Those Jap artillery pieces slaughtered a lot of Aussies, and they had no artillery pieces of their own. Add in Jap snipers hidden up in trees, and the Kokoda Track was a deadly place, if you were an Aussie.
Onetrack,ust a little correction there, Poteroo. Brig. Arnold Potts didn't miscalculate the Japs ability to climb sheer slopes - he simply didn't know the Japs had mountain artillery pieces that they manhandled up those slopes