Fly-Aways

Introduction

This new page is dedicated to the Ozaeros Team for planning and practice for aerobatic competitions. It also provides information on flying cross-country. The next contest is the Victorian Aerobatic Championships at Tocumwal NSW on 28-31 March 2019.

Aircraft

Super Decathlon VH-UPG and Pitts S-2C VH-DAJ will be participating in Graduate and Sportsman categories.

Competition Sequences

The Known sequences are not yet available as of writing this (7/12/18). Consequently the pilots have limited scope for practice and development of a Sportsman Free sequence.

Accommodation

The Ozaeros Team generally stays at the Kingswood Motel.

Flying the Super Decathlon

First of all you will discover that the dipstick is quite conservative when you go to fill the fuel tanks. After dipping, add approximately 10 litres to the numbers before ordering or adding fuel. While on the subject of fuel: the gauges are quite accurate 1/2 is close to half fuel and 1/4 is close to 38 litres. The minimum fixed reserve fuel is 30 minutes however the recommended is 45 minutes (use 23 litres) plus a variable reserve of 10%.

Plan on a TAS of 120 kts (a bit slower than the book) with a fuel flow of 36 litres/hour at 2400 RPM. MAP is 24″ at 2500 ft to 23″ at 7500 ft altitude. Take your time and lean the engine carefully – the EGT gauge has a long response time.

Fly-Away Kit

There are some essential things to take: fuel carnet cards, tie-down kit, pitot-tube cover and the security lock for the mixture. Wasps will quickly block the pitot tube so put the cover on ASAP and leave it on until you’re ready to start.

The fly-away kit includes a puncture repair kit, basic tools and spare screws. Keep off the grass as a bindy eye will disable the tailwheel tyre very quickly.

A small plastic ladder is useful too.