Bannerdown News - From March 2013

Our new Duo Discus had arrived!

The much anticipated new Duo Discus has finally arrived on site just in time for the weekend.  Pic’s to follow…..

Date posted: March 22, 2013 by admin

Turbo Charging for the new 16.

Getting Logstar to charge for Turbo Minutes is ‘work in progress’. At the moment, the cost should be added by manually adding to the launch or soaring fee. The maths is easy – it’s £1/tacho minute.

This put the onus on pilots to be honest and own up to having run the Turbo and DIs to chase etc. It also means that the incoming pilot would be advised to check the Hobbs meter against the Turbo note book (currently with the Logbook in the parachute room, all ready to go) and haggle with the out going pilot!

Date posted: March 11, 2013 by Carl

FD Fuel


Mark Critchlow and I have been discussing the best fuel for FD and its brand new engine – this was prompted by the research into the best fuel to use of the Duo’s Turbo.

I’ve read the Rotax Service Instruction (S.I.),SI-912-016 – Selection of suitable operating fluids for Rotax engine type 912i, 912 and 914 (Series), found here; Rotax 912S can be run on RON 95 fuel as the minimum standard. Nothing to say we can’t use a higher spec if we chose to do so.

Oscar did a bit of investigative work into the RON rating of unleaded fuel typically available at forecourt pumps and has advised that ‘normal’ unleaded is often lower than RON 95 and quite variable from forecourt to forecourt.

To be assured that the fuel we put into FD is ‘at least RON 95’ it seems that the best option is to use Premium unleaded fuel. I know this will be a few pounds more expensive per bowser run but if it meets the requirement, its got to be the right choice. It might also give FD a tiny bit more power – never a bad thing.

Date posted: by Carl

ASK21 Aerobatics and recording

Calling all Aeros pilots, Logkeepers and Inspectors….PLEASE READ

The BGA has issued advice about the structural lifing policy for the K21 and how aerobatic flying influences edibility for subsequent structural life extension. The implications for K21 operators is that aerobatic flights need to be recorded. All pilots/logkeepers need to do is use the comments function in Logstar (press F2) and the record the fact that aerobatics were flown on a particular flight – nothing more. There is no need to comment on what’s been flown, G recordings etc – this is all taken care by a series of simple assumptions issued by the manufacturer and the BGA.

Inspectors – I will write a ‘how to guide’ to live in the front of the Archive but I would like an aerobatic count made at each ARC. Once I work out how Logstar can do this for us, it should be quick and easy to do and it will protect the resale value of our K21 for the future.

If you’re really interested, follow these links:

Date posted: March 10, 2013 by Carl