Monday, June 18, 2018

June 17th

On the way to the airport, the window in the van started opening, being fully open by the time I got there.  I pulled the inner stuff off, but I don't have a clue what I'm looking at, so I just put a zip tie around it to hopefully hold it closed.

I noticed that one of the wheels is leaking a little brake fluid, suggesting I didn't do the greatest job of installing the new O rings.  Despite this, I took the Magni out for just over an hour, and got bounced around a bit.  When I got back, I spoke to Tony, and he'd had the crap kicked out of him in his Just Summit and Cessna, so I felt better about it :o)

At home, I took a look at the window regulator in the van, and I need to take it out and get a look at it.  There are all manner of things that could be wrong, and some are easy to fix, and some will require a new regulator.  Bah.

June 16th

I started the day cooking pancakes at the LRAA historic aircraft day.  We didn't have a massive number of customers, but there were a fair few from outside the airport, so we're starting to make progress.

It was a bit windy to look at flying the gyroplane, so I just went home afterwards - we went to Caroline's housewarming, where we met the guy who was Michael Douglas' young body double in Ant-Man.  He's her realtor.

Friday, June 15, 2018

June 15th

After charging all night, the battery on the van was below 12v, so that's toast.  After work, I took it out and we went and got a new one.  Oh, but that was fun... the Vanagon comes with a Group 41 battery.  They're not made any more, so I went to a Group 48 last time I got a battery.  Those  were replaced by the H6 battery, which is about 1/2" too tall for the battery space.  We ended up with a Group 40R, which is a lot cheaper than the H6, but a fair bit less powerful.  Still, less powerful is better than not there, eh?

June 14th

I'd intended to go and fly the gyroplane, but the van's battery was dead.  Odd, I thought, so I put it on charge and left it.  Checking though, the battery is almost 11 years old, so it's probably had it.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

June 12th

We met Jen for dinner, then went and watched "Deadpool 2".  I laughed.  I cried.  I hurled.

June 10th

I went over to the airport and took the brakes apart again, this time putting them together with some special O ring grease that Jack has - I figure the problem here was lubrication, so extra lubrication should help.  I also filled the pistons with fluid before putting them back in, and didn't press them back in until they were connected to the brake lines, so there shouldn't be air in the lower system.  Jack brought his pressure bleeder, and we used that to push fluid in from the bottom, so that looked like it was done.

Tom showed up to buy some old 2 stroke Rotax parts I have, and we spent a while chatting - enough that walking backwards and forwards to Ken's hangar (so he could also buy some manifolds that Ken has) meant I got sunburn on my head :o(

I took the gyro out for a flight - I had thought about doing some circuits, but there were already 3 planes in the pattern, so I went and pottered about elsewhere.  I came back when my head was getting sore from the helmet, so I was up around an hour.  The brakes weren't dragging when I got back, so I'm calling those fixed for now :o)

Sunday, June 10, 2018

June 9th

We went to Richard and Sue's memorial service, and got out just in time to see the Ravens doing the "missing man" flypast.

We then went to the airport and looked at the brakes on the Magni.  We figured out that the pistons weren't coming out straight, and using the wheel to hold them in a little meant they came out straight and could be sorted out just fine.  One piston was, I thought, bottomed out on reinstall, and Jack ended up helping pop it out with air.  At first it wouldn't move, and it seems that it had got crooked, too.  Pushing it in a little further meant it came out OK with air.  I still need to bleed the brakes up, but other than that it's getting there :o)