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April 20, 2018. Issue
you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
22° Halo seen above
52F Thurs (storms soon).
Status Report ...jcarne 7A
Time for a good ole fashion priming and riveting session. Note:
priming the flap brace was a pain trying to scuff it!
I also built a wing cradle with the posts used for the left wing
The 'washer trick' cooling plenum modification. ...Jack Groat
I want to knock a few degrees of my #6 cylinder head temps, and
I've heard tell of a quick-and-dirty plenum modification called the
'washer trick' which apparently entails fitting a flat washer on the
back side of the plenum to space it out away from the cylinder head.
Looking at and all around my #6 cylinder I'm not seeing a place
where that can be done. The #5 cylinder has a handy plenum
attachment screw right on the back surface, but I'm finding no such
screw on the #6 cylinder.
I've already constructed a plenum bypass duct for the #5 cylinder,
which I just completed yesterday and I'll find out this weekend how
well it works, and I want to make a quick mod to the #6 cylinder
while I still have everything torn apart. If I can just knock 10
degrees off it I will call it good.
Obituary: Mr. Thomas H. Irlbeck
RV-8 builder/pilot. Friend to many.
Check Those Bolts are Pointed the Right Way ...Sibirsky
Nobody is perfect, not all ...DanH
Nobody is perfect, not all the time anyway. Think about all the
crazy stuff builders do, multiply by all the usual airworthiness
issues, and the answer is about 7 digits.
It's not easy guys. I was on a TC visit this afternoon. Look at
A oval swage sleeve, aka a Nicopress (TM) fitting. Pretty
innocuous, yes? Well, this builder was using aluminum swage
sleeves, so there are at least 12 of them in the elevator and rudder
cables of his Zenith, all totally unairworthy...and all covered
with heat shrink tubing. The correct sleeve is copper, plain or
zinc plated for galvanized cable, or tin plated for stainless cable.
Pretty good chance someone would have died following a heavy pull on
the stick. Any inspection is better than none.
OT: Bragging on my Wife
Susie volunteers at Medical City Denton. She and the other
volunteers were honored by the hospital at the annual 'thank you'
shindig at nearby UNT. Students majoring in hotel services
cooked the food and served it wonderfully. A nice dinner with
some nice people who help strangers who are usually under a lot of
She got her '500 hour' pin that will hang on her tag...
Pretty neat folks. I'm quite fond of one them.
Storing Wings ...John S
Here is what I did for my wings, just prior to roof and sides
going on. It is out of luaun with some cedar strips inside to keep
the bugs away.
Canopy Rail Support ...RV-12
The roll bar support arm, a part of the canopy rail on the
completed Mk 1 fuselage is easily bent. There is a tendency for
pilot and/or passenger to put their weight on this piece when
exiting the airplane. On the latest fuselage for the iS/U the
factory has addressed this issue by adding a supporting gusset.
Facility/Industrial Equipment Maintenance Position
Van’s Aircraft has an opening for a Facility/Industrial Equipment
Maintenance Position. Listed below are the required educational,
technical skills and general responsibilities. If you meet these
qualifications and desire to work for the world’s leading kit
aircraft manufacturer, please submit your resume to Bill Bobbitt at
billb 'at' vansaircraft.com. We will contact you for an
Van’s offers a very competitive salary. Other benefits
include 401(k) plan, Employee Stock Ownership program, health
insurance, paid holidays, and a generous vacation and sick time
Key responsibilities of the Maintenance Electrician/Millwright
• Perform preventive maintenance activities on heavy
industrial equipment such as cleaning, lubricating, inspecting,
replacing worn parts or adjusting as needed.
• Perform electrical, mechanical, pneumatic and hydraulic
systems installations, repairs, adjustments or improvements as
• General metal fabrication skills: Able to use mills, lathes,
drill presses, saws, calipers, micrometers, die grinders,
acetylene cutting torch, Arc/MIG/TIG welding, etc.
• Repair/reroute electrical branch circuits for existing
equipment for repairs or improvements/upgrades with the ability
to size and install the breakers, wire, conduit, j-boxes and
switch gear/disconnects as needed.
•Able to read electrical schematics and use same in general
electrical and network troubleshooting for industrial automation
and control, including, Profibus/Profinet (or similar network
protocols), HMI’s, PLC’s, PAC’s, VFD’s,
and remote I/O (ASi). Able to use DMMs and IR guns.
• Able to read, develop or program Siemens Step 7 TIA Portal
V13/14/15 PLC/HMI/Network ladder logic, sequential function,
statement or function block (SFC,ST,FBD) programs or similar
• Strong problem solving skills, initiative and able to plan
work activities effectively.
• General CMMS skills.
• Maintain clean and organized work areas.
Work Environment and Physical Requirements
• Work requires the ability to lift moderately heavy
equipment and materials (50lbs), and stand for extended periods
• Walking, climbing ladders and entering cramped or difficult to
reach locations may be part of daily activities.
• Use of man lift to access equipment for installations,
maintenance, repairs or adjustments.
• High School diploma or equivalent
• 2 years of secondary education in industrial automation and
control or equivalent in electrical/mechanical trade CEU’s or
• Current Oregon LME (Limited Maintenance Electrician) license
or able to obtain same.
• Documentation or able to get same showing you are a
“qualified” person as defined by OSHA/Oregon OSHA and NFPA 70E
to work on energized electrical equipment with the appropriate
• No less than 3 years of experience as a licensed
LME/Manufacturing Electrician and/or a Journeyman Millwright in
an industrial/manufacturing environment.
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