June 19, 2018. Issue
Digging continues in the
backyard. Finally got to the reason the sprinkler system
Roots growing into a T-connector. Light at the end of the
tunnel...and an end to hand watering in this heat. Ugh.
Milestone: Finish Kit Arrives ...longranger
I took delivery of the finish kit late Saturday afternoon. On
Sunday morning I had an hour or so to get started on unpacking and
inventory before getting ready for Fathers Day festivities. So far
I’ve found the wheel fairings, empennage fairing, wing root
fairings, canopy latch bar, and some hinge material, but mostly it’s
just paper. I have laid eyes on the canopy, and what appears to be
the wheel kit and tires (didn’t unwrap them yet). I assume the
engine mount and a bunch of hardware are buried under the canopy.
The 'New' Flying Vest
...SRU-21/P on long term loan from a buddy who used it
He asked if I wanted it. Yes. On the
interwebs they talk of the pockets being used for grenades and extra
ammo magazines. I'll probably go instead for my phone, my PLB,
a handheld radio, an extra camera and some candy bars. Maybe a
mirror signal and knife. Stuff you want with you if you're
upside down in a tree. More as I figure it out. More
pics of it
for more info on this vest. Lots of 'em online for sale.
Flew with it Monday a.m. and it was a nice improvement over the fly
fishing vest I had.
From the interwebs...
7A Status Report ...jcarne
Oh snap, look who made some progress today! I may need to finally
move them wings off to the side of my garage, things are starting to
34th Annual Father's Day Fly-in Breakfast at Beach City Airport
Picture shows three of four 12’s at Beach City this morning for
Father's Day fly-in. We got there late (9:30) and had to park out by
the road. Probably 100 airplanes showed up. I wish I could have
taken a picture of my iPad ForeFlight screen showing ~15 targets all
converging with eight planes in the traffic pattern at the same
time. Good time had by all…
Debris in my fuel tanks
I have no idea what these white flakes are or where they came
from! I saw these just when I was about to fill up today. I
cancelled my fuel request and will drain the tanks tomorrow and try
to fish them out with some kind of long tweezers or thin needle nose
pliers. Or any other tools would be good for this? I've seen these
long claw-type tools, but don't know what they're called or where to
These things look like paint flakes - the only thing is my plane is
not painted white anywhere. The second possibility is they're pieces
of teflon, but the only place where I have a *tiny* bit of teflon is
around the threads on the fuel drain plugs. But I really don't think
it's this either. Any ideas what these things are and how they got
in my tanks? They really look like paint flakes.
I've had this plane for over two years and have never seen anything
like this. I usually look inside my tanks before I fill up. I
installed fuel injection in March. Last month/ about 10 hrs ago I
inspected the fuel filter and it was clean. Any ideas??
7A Rebirthing Update ...kentlik
Finally got the canopy trimmed to final size! I think...Just to
Baffle Question, #4 hotter, Question . . pict
In 20 hours of flight #4 CHT has always been hotter. It does not
seem that the GAMI test points to it being out of line A/F wise.
The #2 head was blocked and un blocked with zero difference to #4.
The oil shutter was operated full open and full closed, no change in
The fin flashing under the plug was reduced and dropped the diff
from ~35F to ~15-20F. All other heads are within a 2F bracket.
edit: Swapped the probes from 2 & 4 and the high temp became #2 high
as it was now in #4 head.
Has anyone determined that the baffle flap wrapped over the fins in
the picture below has any effect? I am thinking it is the only thing
left and a bit tentative to just cut it off without and external
stiffener. The trouble would be worth it if anyone has data it will
have an effect, though.
Any experience with this in VAF land?
[ok I admit, 15-20F is not bad, it just has me stumped. I gots to
know . .
Osh Van's Banquet Tickets ...now online.
Limit 350 attendees.
From Cynthia at the Mothership
Just an FYI for our RV community: I will be out of the office
from July 19th through July 27th,
so if FAA 8050-2 Aircraft Bill of Sales are needed, or an ownership
transfer needs to happen, those things will need to be done before
or after those dates.
Cynthia A. Schrantz
Van's Aircraft, Inc.
14401 Keil Road N.E.
Aurora, Oregon 97002
503-678-6545 ext. 322
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