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Re: John Olsson

Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:33 pm
by AndrewB
Hi Ollie, this is great news! Hopefully when yours is cleared out they can focus more on mine :D. I spoke to Paul yesterday and he is still hoping to get EYU done for Xmas. Is the cooling issue sorted out?


Re: There's GOOD news & there's BAD news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 7:29 pm
by ollie
1st the BAD NEWS :x
ZU-OLY is sitting at George!!!!!
Arrived late Sunday afternoon with Gary Whitecross to clear blue skies and sweaty sock temperatures. Very excited abou test flying and the 6 hour adventure of flying back to Joburg. Various flight plans discussed. Layovers planned. Friendly accommodation arranged.
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Yes, the weather Gods were not on our side. Ever optimistic we were told by the locals "No problemo!!! - will burn off as soon as the sun comes up!!!" Yeah - right :evil: Needless to say we waited and negotiated that all female staff would dash naked up and down the runway to appease the Gods if it hadn't lifted by noon.
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As you can see Shadow lite are BUSY on all three Whispers with Len pushing to have them all out of site before end of December. To the left of OLY is Stan NIghtingales machine which is going through the polishing phase. Panel is fitted and finishing off cockpit area.

Dispite the dancing by the ladies we were resigned to take to drink and give up on this stupid idea of making like a bird :roll:
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Then it all started happening............... :)

Re: Happiness!!!!!!

Posted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 5:35 am
by ollie
The wind got up. The cloud base lifted slightly, The local air schools sprung into life and Jean said "Lets fly!"
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Gary has just under 300 hours on his Whisper now so I was very happy to take him along to do the test flights and run shotgun on the run back to Joburg. Off they went into a grey sky and turned out right for tests up and down the coast in the Herolds Bay area. Once I lost visual my nerves couldn't take it anymore and went into the offices to complete paperwork etc. with Les.
Hour later the cell goes and I am on my way!!!!!! :D :D :D
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ATC cleared us initially to 1200 and it was a right turn out over Fancourt to head east following the base of the moutains, Cleared to 1500 and we headed to Wilderness were the fun started. Needless to say I had a grin from ear to ear and was very happy with the overall handling charastaristics of OLY. The engine/prop combination is a dream with all temps and pressures running in the green. We dropped to 50ft above the waves just off shore for a short run waving to the beach crowd and finally popped onto Paradise Ridge, throttled right back and ridge soared all the way to Buffles Bay. Now there is a gentleman inthe hang glider community down there that has built a Hollywood style mansion on the ridge. The walls are floor to ceiling glass surrounded by a smart deck housing a plunge pool. It is in a very private spot with panaramic views of the Indian Ocean. With engine throttled back we were greeted by the site of the proud owner starkers woundering across the deck to the pool. He didn't even know we were there as we slipped past and on our way!!!

We returned to George with a 20 knt tail wind at 1200 ft just off the coast and headed inland to the base of the mountains again for a left hand downwind leg and safe landing back at George.
Faces say it all
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Its been a long wait but the finished product has been worth it. The Shadowlite Team under the direction of Len is great. The final snag list is cosmetic and now we wait for a suitable gap in the weather to shoot down there again and bring it back.
Another exciting adventure :D

Re: The Eagle has Landed!

Posted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 5:32 pm
by ollie
Firstly, belated wishes for New Year and Safe Flying to All

Sorry for the delay in giving all interested parties an update. Finally collected ZU-OLY on Sunday 21st December but for Stan and Andrews sakes, I recon both your aircraft will be flying before end of January - best of luck :D to PE on Saturday 20th as this was the only flight I could get in the height of our holiday season. Hire car to George with high temptation to divert to Paradise Beach as I saw the turning off the N2 highway. Low cloud, drooping eyes and the thought of getting involved in some bar with Bains pushed me on to George. Arrived to find the Outeniquas once more in cloud and wondering was this going to be two strikes out of two!!!! :(

Gary Whitecross was taking part in the SA Paragliding Champs at Portaville and had organised a lift to George for Sunday. I awoke Sunday morning to crystal clear mountains and the hopes soaring. I was at Shadowlite at 0800 to witness the first of 5 aircraft being collected, this one departing for Uppington over the mountains. All I wanted was to get OLY handed over officially, fuelled and ready to go. Imagine my disappointment when I realised I was back of the queue so I "chilled" and chased Gary's progress. ETA for Gary estimated 12.30. “Currently having breakfast in Robinson” - so we continued to potter, made plans for Shadowlite to overnight ship a host of stuff to my home address and lets just bug Gary again!!!

What is that cloud forming over the Outeniquas??????? It cant do that not until we have got over the tops and into the Karoo :? Whats that! The 0800 departure had been forced to land at Graaff-Reinet due to low cloud in the interior! By the time Gary arrived and we got Jean's attention for the hand over, the peaks were covered in cloud. Quick weather update from Bloem confirmed that the low cloud had dispersed in the interior and Cunims to the north and East over Lesotho. Some sweet talking to George ATC gave us clearance to fly "through" the Outeniqua Pass below cloud so we were on our way!!!.
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After fuelling up and early clearance left for the pass I was happy to see clear blue skies on the other side of the pass. With Gary and all his experience in the left seat we followed the pass into clear air and gave George our status and I took over and climbed to 9500ft over the Groot Swartberg and headed for Bloem New Tempe with De Aar as an alternative. I don’t mind admitting I flew like a one legged blind drunkard initially but settled down under Gary's patient instruction.

Hang on!!! Why is the fuel sight tube showing half empty when by my calculations we should have only used 10 litres of the 85 litres that I know I filled before take-off? Are we loosing fuel some how? 50nm into the trip and looking down over the Karoo- no roads, no anything - time to Climb/Confess/Conserve :shock:

A quick "go to" on the Garmin 296 showed it was back over the mountains and head for Oudtshoorn. Communication to CapeTown ATC to let them know what was potting and accurate flying as we watched the miles roll back and the fuel level drop even lower in the sight tube. ATC were superb and kept in constant touch confirming course heading and distance which while reassuring wasn’t needed as we could see Oudtshoorn clearly as we crossed the Groot Swartberg just north of Stompdrif Dam.
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Gary landed in a strong crosswind as if he was handling a crate of cracked eggs much to the pleasure of the three people at the gas pumps who were convinced we were in for a hard time given our wing span and cross wind. On filling we had actually used just under 18 litres. The sight tube given the relative position of dash to fuel tank in normal flying attitude only indicated the top 15+ litres in the tank. Fortunately I had fitted an electronic fuel monitoring system which turned out to be deadly accurate.

Contact with ATC once more to confirm our situation and flight plan reactivated we took off for Bloem. I could not believe the strength of the thermals so late in the day as we crossed the Karoo. I swear if I thumped my head one more time into the canopy I could have got a job as a garden gnome. If only we had time to cut the engine a soar - now that would have been special!!!
Now we were relaxed but alert as we crossed the Karoo checking map against GPS against visual. Not a place I would like to come short. Could be a long and lonely walk out!! :(

Gary has landed at New Tempe on many occasions and had it visual long before I could make it out. We landed with about 30 minutes of daylight left to a deserted airfield with the exception of the EMS helicopter paramedics who were busy putting their baby away for the night. With their help we secured OLY for the night and visited Bains Lodge where the beer was cold, the stakes large and the mosquitoes ferocious!!!!! :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

We had organised a taxi to take us back to New Tempe at 0800 and filling up the fuel monitoring system was spot on with 65 litres being consumed on our leg from Oudtshoorne for a distance of 340 nm. I now moved into the left seat and we departed due north to avoid Bloem air space and then headed for Springs via Welkom, Kroonstad, and Vereeniging. 2 hours 10 min for the final leg of 205nm to be greeted by family and friends :D :D :D
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So now the flying really begins. Totally different to the Falke with all the characteristics of a tale dragger. Have to be on my toes with the rudder peddles but in the air she is a dream.

Watch this space for the enjoyable hours ahead!!!!

Re: Nearly there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 3:36 pm
by ollie
Good news :D
Engine not damaged on my grass cutting exercise and back at FASI long ago awaiting installation. Email confirmation yesterday that my prop is on its way from NZ (+/- 10 days). Manfred has completed majority of the repairs but working with resin and glass an issue at the moment given our low temperatures. Have taken the opportunity to fit Russell's new rudder pedals, also fitted the spring loaded canopy mod and have been polishing the wings for all its worth cos Mr Bain's said it was good for the soul :?
Many congrads to Mr. B and his long suffering wife Alison on the birth of their beautiful second child. He may even get proper wings now!!!!!!! :lol:

Re: John Olsson

Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 10:29 am
by AndrewB
Hi Ollie,

Sorry to hear you are doing the waiting thing again. I visited Stuart at Paradise Beach a couple of weeks back, and saw some of the great new ideas and possible modifications - very tempting but I'm enjoying EYU too much to have her sitting in a workshop! Almost 60 hours now clocked up with some amazing flying weather at this time of the year in Plett.



Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 2:08 pm
by ollie
Many congrads on the hour building!!! Time you posted some pictures and exploits. Hope we will see you at the Natal fly in later this year :D