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September 26, 2016. Issue No. 4,211.
Guess who has an amateur radio license,
Technician class, as
of 3:30 PM Sunday, September 25th? Yup!
If you're of the opinion that this is a hard test, please let me help
alleviate those fears. Just go to this page,
click on and print out the
Technician Study Guide
- 14 pages). Study it for two hours the morning of the test, arrive an
hour early and study for one more hour in your car. Glance at
this chart a couple of times. Drink a Dr. Pepper. Pay
the $15* to take the test and score a 91. Go to Jason's Deli
afterwards and get a salad because you feel guilty about that Dr.
Now begins the process of researching which APRS
tracker to purchase. I'll probably end up just asking Sam or Pete or one
of the other RV folks already doing it, and go with whatever they tell
me slash suggest. Open to idears...
The nice guy at the testing center said I should get something in the
mail in about 10 days. I'll let you know what my call sign is when I
Sport Class Start Reno ...Tim O'Brien photo via Bob Mills
Jay Pratt's 70th Birthday Pics
It sure is enjoyable to be able to visit
with friends. Some of these folks I don't see enough, and it's just
a lot of fun to get to catch up. Our entire family had the pleasure
of attending Jay Pratt's 70th birthday party. A few of the usual
suspects arrived in style from the air, and I was on the ground with
a long lens for the arrival. Our son Tate manned the other camera
and got some pictures of the birthday boy and the festivities.
Fun had by all and we all wish our friend
Jay many, many more happy birthdays like this!
RV's at U.S. National Aerobatic Championships (OFFA 70+) ...ronschreck
We have arrived! Bill "WillyEyeball"
McLean and I arrived at North Texas Regional Airport (KGYI) this
"afternoon. It's a "Bucket List" for both of us old geezers: a first
attempt at IAC competition at the national level! Bill has been
flying his RV-4 in competition for a few years longer that me and he
does things with that old -4 that you wouldn't believe. And he does
it with 160 horsepower and a fixed pitch prop! I have seen him wipe
up the tarmac with Extras and Pitts so I'm anxious to see what he
does here in Texas. Bill is an optometrist by trade and does
research projects for the US Army at Fort Rucker. (Thus the
WillyEyball handle.) He signed up with the Air Force early on and
was denied a pilot slot because of less-than-perfect vision.
Besides, they said that pilots are as comon as dirt. What they
needed was an optometrist.
We met up in Grenada, Mississippi on the way to Texas so we could spend a
few days together practicing our Sportsman routines before heading
to Texas. Bill lives in southern Alabama and I live in North
Carolina, so Grenada was a great place to meet and they have an
aerobatic box right on the field!
Tick, tick, tick -- fixed! ...Ed Wischmeyer
On the last flight in the RV-8, right after
takeoff, there was an unusual sound somewhat like the electric fuel
pump. I landed immediately, and then...
The pulse repetition rate seemed too slow to be engine related, but
first priority was getting the plane on the ground, not debugging
the problem at low altitude.
Next day, took the cowl off, and Mike, my IA, inspected the engine
carefully. Nothing. Loose rubber strips flapping? Nope, but close.
On the RV-8, there is an air intake under the right wing to provide
fresh air to the back seater. Mike found that the scat tubing had a
tear, and perhaps that was the culprit, with the tube flapping back
and forth. He managed to cut out the bad portion of the tube and
then reattach it, something I'm not sure I could do.
This morning, it was time for the test flight. Tower cleared me for
takeoff, maintain runway heading. Uh, no thanks... if the problem
wasn't fixed, I wanted to be able to turn downwind immediately.
Takeoff clearance declined. And on the takeoff, I was aware that
landing on the crossing runway would have been dicey, at best.
But the good news was that the noise had gone away. Once again,
reinforcing the safety adage that in a homebuilt, every flight is a
test flight. And that's not a bad attitude for spam cans as well.
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