Tuesday, March 20, 2018

March 18th

I'm starting to come down with a cold, so I decided against going flying.  Especially after Tim wadded his Carbon Cub :o(

Sunday, March 18, 2018

March 17th

We got the 503 mounting crate all put together, and a shipping quote, so now I just need to wait for payment, and drop it off at Fedex (they want >$200 extra to come and get it, which is unreasonable).

In the evening, we watched Thor: Ragnarok, which wasn't as funny as the ads made it seem, but was still good.

March 16th

Got the correct M10x1.5 bolts for mounting the 503 to the crate, and mounted it.  I'm going to put it in the other way round (so the inlets have more space), but I want to add some braces too.

March 15th

I've sold the spare 503 engine I had, so I started cutting up the pallet that the 582 was delivered on.  Part way in, I figured that I need to get the bolts to mount it to the pallet, so we went out to dinner and I picked up 4 M10 bolts at Lowe's.  Shame Lowe's seem to think that the standard pitch for M10 is 1.0 (metric bolts aren't as easy to get as imperial, so I just bought what they had), the Rotax uses the standard 1.5.  Bugger.

March 14th

I went to the EAA board meeting, as Cherish had asked me to back her up on the sponsorship proposal.  We've been talking about sponsoring kids for the ground school, which is $400, so several kids at a time isn't a massive financial risk (they also talked about spending >$4000 on racking for the hangar).  Basically I'd rather do something and get it wrong than do nothing, and I pointed out that, for example, $2000 of flight training (should be enough to solo a new pilot) isn't really useful to a 16 year old.  It's been decided to try a couple of iterations to see how it works out.