Monday, April 12, 2021

April 12th

I've taken the week off to do some flying with Henry, so I went to the airport.  He'd already had a flight out to Folsom Lake, so we chatted and looked at planes and stuff, then went and got some lunch.  Afterwards, we took the planes out for a short, bumpy flight.  Hey, it was the early afternoon - I'm sure people in fixed wings weren't having any fun at all :o)

April 11th

I went to the airport and helped Henry, one of Randy's friends who's travelling the country, unload his gyro from his trailer and install the rotor with the winch attached to the side of the trailer.  While he headed out to lunch with his brother in law, and I went for a quick flight.

In the evening, we watched "Godzilla vs. Kong", an animated movie with a few people thrown in.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

April 10th

I picked Randy up and we flew to Oroville for their display day.  Bill was opening the hangar when we left, and he beat us there in his RV-6 by about 30 minutes :o)

The wind had picked up by the time we headed home, so we ended up landing on 33, when we'd taken off on 15.  As I approached Lincoln, Steve asked if I'd mind him going past me in the T-6, and I said go for it.  He flew over me, about 100' above me, making me jump and wish I'd had the GoPro running.  Talking to him later, he hadn't seen me at all - I said it was cool, but maybe let's not do that again :o)

Once down, we tinkered with Randy's pre-rotator and control rods - we couldn't figure out the slight drag he's noticed a couple of times, but we did adjust things a little, so maybe that'll go away.

Friday, April 9, 2021

April 9th

I went to the airport, did a thorough preflight, then took the plane out for a test flight.  I did 5 circuits, then went and flew over the house before landing and putting it away again.

It also caught me playing with slow flight for a few minutes...

April 8th

I went to the airport and finished up the 200 hour service on the plane - just cleaning and greasing things, mostly.  While I was there I took a look at Randy's plane, he's had a few incidences of resistance in moving the cyclic, so we're going to take a proper look at it on Saturday - nothing jumped out at me though.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

April 7th

After walking Tilly, I settled down and joined the last bit of Auburn's Zoom meeting to hear about the planned longer runway and extra hangars, then joined the Lincoln IMC Club meeting to hear about how the ILS works.

Monday, April 5, 2021

April 4th

I flew to Oroville to meet Chris and Tim for breakfast, and we wandered over to the hangars to talk to Merle, who's tinkering with a Onex.  I also got to chat to Peewee, who's something with the EAA chapter there - they're hoping to get the city to charge cost for their avgas on their display day next Saturday.  I don't care, but that'll cheer up a bunch of guys at Lincoln who usually head up there.

As usual, I was too low for the ADS-B stuff to show up.

When I got back, I started in on the 1200 hour service for the plane.  I've done all the engine work, now I just have some greasing to do on the pre-rotator and rotor head and I'm set for another 100  hours :o)