Sunday, December 16, 2018

December 16th

The forecast was for rain, so I gave up on flying and ran some errands.  When it started actually raining, I was in the garage putting the DRZ back together.  I fired it up and let it warm up for a little bit, then turned it off and called that done.

December 15th

I'd been talking to Mike Duncan at Sunshine Flyers up in Auburn, and he'd told me they were having an open house thingy for Xmas, so Chris and I met at Auburn and attended.  We spent a lot of time talking to people about the gyros, and while he was flying their helicopter instructor, I ended up being interviewed for some local TV station - I didn't get their name :o(

I flew back and did a couple of circuits, then helped John, Frank and Frankie a bit with bolting the tail on to his RV6 - they're starting to look at painting the parts, and I have little arms so can get in the various little access panels to hold nuts and bolts and stuff.

December 12th

We went to the EAA Xmas dinner, and a good time was had by all.  I kept being dragged out to talk to people about the gyroplane (which is why I call it a "hello-copter").

Sunday, December 9, 2018

December 9th

The radiator has been leaking for a while on the Jeep, and as I didn't do it that long ago, I chased up the manufacturer and they sent me a new one.  That arrived in the week, so we changed that over.  It only took a few hours, but like I said to Vic, I don't want to get good at this.  I'm hoping this is the last time we ever have to do it.

In the evening I played my stupid Wordscapes game on my tablet - they have a tournament thing over the weekends, and I was running in 2nd place, but about 25% behind the leader.  He didn't seem to be playing, as he had such a large lead, so I thought I'd try and catch up - he started playing about an hour before the tournament ended, but by then I was in the zone and catching up well.  I took the lead with 4 minutes to go and ended up winning.  Yay, 4,000 coins rather than 2,000.  They're not actually worth anything, but you can use them to buy hints in the game.  I think I probably ruined his weekend :o)

December 8th

Randy called me in the morning to say he'd soloed his gyroplane, and it went just fine :o)

I went over to the airport, dropped a gas can full of fuel by the gyro, then went to cook lunch for the EAA presentation - the last time we barbecue this year :o)

Chris came over from Cameron Park and had lunch, and when everything was packed up, we went for a little flight - over the Feather River, along the Bear Creek to Camp Far West Lake - we toddled along the river heading towards Auburn for a little bit, then headed back - me to Lincoln and Chris to Cameron Park.

Friday, December 7, 2018

December 5th

I took the cover off the oil filter on the DRZ, to find the O ring looking decidedly the worse for wear.  I replaced that, cleaned everything and put it back together then started the engine again.  It doesn't look like it's leaking anywhere, but there's a lot of oil to clean off from the various leaks and so on.  I think this might be the end of the problems with the DRZ - now I just need to clean and degrease everything and put it all back together.  Finally.

December 4th

I put in an extra (just under a) litre of oil into the DRZ, and started it up.  There was a lot of oil leaking out of the oil filter cover, so I turned it off again, and now I'll wait for the oil to drain down again.