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1/14/2022.  Issue #5,486
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
  Need a Contract SIC?

Hangar Floor RV Reflection

...the RV-6 post flight.  Click to enlarge.  dr


Houston area monthly lunch (January 2022)

Hey folks, it's that time again! The weather forecast for this weekend is looking promising, so let's head on down to Lake Jackson for some seafood this month. That's the Runway Cafe at KLBX. We'll do the usual 11:30 meeting time, this Saturday (1/15).

I'll be flying an Archer down from Houston Executive if anyone is looking for a ride. Can probably only take one person though, unless it's two super skinny folks - I can do about 300# total pax weight.

For others flying, if you're willing to give anyone a lift, please share here so we can coordinate with the sadly planeless among us.


Comm Antenna - best mounting

Another thread mentioned finding loose screws mounting the comm antenna reminding me I had not checked those lately. I was surprised to find the 4 screws fairly loose, not snug by any means. My ship is an early build so here was the mounting dwg. which is now obsolete.


Alternator Load Analysis

Q: Anyone done/have a load analysis for their plane? My analysis looks ok for a 60A alternator for continuous flight.
60A x80% = 48A continuous load target. Stay less that this all good.



Connecting Rod lubrication

My colleage is worried about the aspect of connecting rod in two rear cylinders (3 and 4). He consider that is not enough lubrication at this point and is proposing me to make a hole in the top (1 or 2 mm) to let the oil fluid there. As I don't understand a lot about and I'm affraid to "touch" this important component of the engine, I would like to know if the gurus of Lycoming can give me their oppinions about. The engine is Lycoming O-320-D1A with 300 hours aprox.
In one of the picture I marked with an arrow the point in which he wants to drill the hole.


Another 'Retro' Paint Job


section 23 roll bar

When trying to put cleco in the marked places I find I need to put substantial pressure to make the holes align.
Did anyone encounter this?
What should I do?


Want to Work at the Mothership?

(Greg Hughes)
"We've been increasing pay for our employees as we go, and all of our employees are fractional owners of the company and share in the success of Van's through our employee stock ownership plan. And if anyone is looking for work in the Portland area, I have several production and warehouse positions to fill. And we'll pay you a competitive wage. Email me. Seriously."


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Start entering the 2022 stuff now!


----->>>>> How to Minimize the Chance You <<<<<-----
----->>>>> Could be Dealing with a Scammer <<<<<-----
...when using the classifieds.



Off Topic



My name is Doug Reeves and I have 2,400+ hours TT, including a PIC type rating in the Embraer Phenom 300 and an SIC endorsement in the Challenger 605.  I live in Dallas, TX and work part time in seat support at CAE in their three Phenom Level D simulators.  My ratings and background:

ATP CTP class taken Dec 2020.
ATP Written Passed Dec 2020. (90%)
All checkrides passed on the first attempt.

Phenom 300
PIC typed and current

Challenger 605
SIC Endorsement

Embraer Phenom 300
Level D Simulator
CAE Right Seat Program
( 650+  hrs w/motion on
during  263  sims)

Pilatus PC-12NG
(few dozen trips)

Cessna Grand Caravan EX
(few dozen trips)



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