Monday, December 28, 2015
I also managed to get CHDK working on the new camera that I bought to replace the one I gave Mum - before I realised how few cameras actually support CHDK :) The problem was the formatting of the MicroSD card - oh, and Windows won't format an SD card larger than 32Gb as FAT32, so I had to find an application to do that.
Sunday, December 27, 2015
In the evening we watched "Guardians of the Galaxy".
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
In the evening, I went and helped Vic get her stuff set up for a presentation about critters to the kids' club thing at the SPCA.
In the evening, we went to the EAA Christmas party, where Danny and friends provided the entertainment.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
I went over to the airfield and tinkered with the plane for a bit before going for a flight. It was nice out, if a little cold :o)
Friday, December 4, 2015
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
I'd bought a Nest thermostat, as part of my "if it has an IP address, I want one" binge, and it arrived, so I installed it. It's not markedly better than the old thermostat it replaces, but I can play with the temperature without getting out of my chair.
In the evening, we watched "Fifty Shades of Grey", and it was disappointing, even for Twilight fan fiction.
We went over to Sandra and Cindy's for a meet and greet. It wasn't terrible getting there - Galt always sounds so far away, but it's out in the sticks, which has Vic thinking about moving out into the sticks again. It seemed warmer down there, too, which is stupid - it's really not that far.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Vic was cooking, so I left her to it and painted the remaining 2 wheels on the van. It was deathly cold, so I ended up peeling the wheels and respraying them when it warmed up a little, as the paint wasn't too happy to be out either. The backs were OK, it was just the fronts that needed redoing, and they're all nice and clean now, so it didn't take too long to do.
We discovered that the TV doesn't like getting a 480p signal (from a DVD) on its 2160p input, so I switched it back to an HDMI 1.4 input. I _can_ do 2160p, I just don't have a reason to just yet (we have nothing that outputs 2160p. Yet).
In the evening, we watched "Max". Tilly was very taken with it, but it was a stupid movie.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
When we got back, I went over to the pancake breakfast. It was at the end of the session, so I ended up cooking my own damn breakfast / brunch / lunch, and cooked for a couple of other people who were also waiting.
Friday, November 20, 2015
I painted one of the wheels on the van with this plasti-dip paint, just to see how it came out. It looks good, but it'll take quite a while to dry.
In the evening we watched "Terminator: Genisys", which, despite the awful spelling, was pretty good.
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Sunday, November 8, 2015
We enjoyed the show, and Vic found a jacket she quite liked. It was $1500.
In the evening we watched "Spy".
Friday, November 6, 2015
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Monday, November 2, 2015
The clocks went back, so I spent some time going around the house (and garage) setting those all right. Tilly was most upset about her breakfast being late, but what are you going to do?
It rained on and off, so I spent the day just sodding about in the house.
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
I finished off the pilot's operating handbook, and now it's a lot more legible. I went to the airfield with a plan to centre the rudder pedals (I'd noticed that the pedals aren't level when steering straight). Getting the nose wheel straight was pretty simple, but then I decided to get the rudder itself centred - it's off a tiny amount. I undid the cables, but couldn't get them back together no matter how loudly I swore at them, so I went home. Vic needed to run some errands, so we did that, and stopped at the airfield and got the cables all sorted out.
I went to the airfield and played with the fuel probe again. Still no joy - it's reporting 3V when it should be reporting 5V :o(
I took the plane out for a flight around the patch, and ended up talking to Jack for a while when I got back.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Vic's been good, so I let her help me change the innertube on the bicycle. I'm trying one of the snot filled tubes - the idea is that the snot plugs the hole before the tyre goes completely flat.
I went to try and get the van smogged, but the nearest smog station had gone home early, by which time it was too late to try somewhere else.
Monday, October 19, 2015
After that I went home and we watched the amazing MotoGp race from Australia, then "Fast & Furious 7". It rained again in the afternoon, so I felt better about not trying to fly. Later on, we watched "One Day".
On the way home, I stopped in to try and get the van smogged, to be told that the DMV doesn't seem to have any data on the Executive Order that covers the engine conversion, meaning they can't smog it. I'll try and find a smog station that doesn't look that closely, or I'll have to talk to a referee, or even look at getting a new damned engine.
In the evening, we watched "Avengers: Age of Ultron".
Monday, October 12, 2015
In the afternoon, I did a little tinkering on the plane, then took it for a flight. As it was later in the day, the air was nice and smooth.
After dinner with Richard (his wife's out of town, so he gets to live like a bachelor for a change), we watched the excellent MotoGP race from Motegi. Sadly anybody but Pedrosa didn't win.
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Friday, October 9, 2015
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
I think it's a power problem, as the RPi's sharing a non-powered USB hub for power, so I've used a little USB battery as a UPS - if it needs more than the ~1A it can get from the hub, it can suck up the battery, and in the event of an(other) power supply, it'll be fine for longer than the router's UPS :o)
I had intended to go flying in the afternoon, but it was pretty windy, so I decided against that.
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Monday, September 28, 2015
We drove to San Francisco (very slowly, the traffic was appalling) so I could go and do some work, and Mum and Dad can finish up their holiday in the city. Work, yay.
In the afternoon we drove down to Los Gatos to have dinner with Vic's family down there.
Friday, September 25, 2015
In the morning I toddled over to Sacramento and took the Sport Pilot written test. It took me longer to ride over there than it took to do the test, but I passed (90%, yay).
We went in to the Galleria (again) to get the security tag taken off Mum's new trousers and to get some coffee.
In the evening, we went to a build it how you like pizza place.
Monday, September 21, 2015
Friday, September 18, 2015
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
I spent most of the day fiddling with my RFID project, and it's not working the way I want it to. I'd thought about stacked relays, but that doesn't seem to work either. Bummer.
I went out to the airfield and tested the prop pitch - it seems OK. The wind was coming from the North, so it was pretty bumpy, so I packed up and went home.
I watched "Dumb and Dumber To" - meh.
Sunday, September 6, 2015
I did some soldering, and went to the airfield to re-pitch the prop on the plane to try and reduce the EGTs a little. When I got there, Richard and Charlie were finishing up tinkering with Charlie's RV. He took it out for a taxi trial, and when he got back I ruined his day by pointing out a bubble in his new tyre. I re-pitched the prop to 0.02", and headed home.
At home, we watched "Gone Girl". Jeez, psychopath much?
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Sunday, August 30, 2015
When I got home, we went and got lunch before we watched the MotoGP race from Silverstone, despite knowing who the winner was (thanks, Facebook news feed).
Vic's discovered her 30th high school reunion, so we went out looking at dresses and stuff. Luckily I'm busy that weekend, so I don't need to be dressed up.
In the evening we went over to Gwen's, so Vic could drop off a couple of guinea pig fosters, and I could install their new printer.
When I got home, we watched "Ex Machina", which was a pretty intense movie.
Friday, August 28, 2015
I went over to the airfield and did 50 minutes with Mike, and got signed off to do the cross country and written tests. It was bloody hot out, so the plane didn't fly as well as I'd hope, but it should start cooling down soon.
Monday, August 24, 2015
Gwen came over with the kids, and they played with the guinea pigs and threw the ball for Tilly.
I went over to the airfield, and flew most of the way to Woodland (I decided I'd turn back at 19:00, so I'd have ample time to get back and land before it got dark).
I went over to the airfield, and bought the new sectional map (they came out on Thursday) even though it still doesn't have the freeway on it (it's only been there for ~4 years). I took the plane up, even though it was bumpy, and didn't have a great time.
I got home just after Vic, as she'd been stuck in traffic. She had our new helmets that Mike got for us using his contacts and discounts :o)
Monday, August 17, 2015
In the evening, I went over to the airfield, and flew over to Marysville and Sutter airports. I figured I should go home before I ran out of gas, as I hadn't filled up before I left :o) I added 5 gallons (but not full) when I got back.
Sunday, August 16, 2015
I took the DRZ over to the airfield for the Norcal Flight Centre pancake breakfast, but being there right at the end meant that I basically missed breakfast :o) Vic and I went out to get some lunch, after which we pottered about looking at things and stuff until we met Rich at Roseville Honda, where we talked for a while about things and stuff.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
We celebrated Tilly's birthday this evening, as I was in. She got a beach ball, and destroyed it in under 20 seconds.
When I got home, I tightened up the oil drain bolts on the DRZ, as there was a little spot under it where it was parked. I also put a new mounting bolt on the mirror, as I managed to break that tightening it up - I guess I'm lucky it didn't drop off when I was futzing with it while riding :o) After that, I spent about 10 minutes replacing both pulleys on my mountain bike's rear derailleur - both came in the set, so I figured they could both do with replacing. There's a plastic bushed one, and a steel bushed one. I put the steel one in the bottom, as that's what was there before. While I was at it, I cleaned the rear cogs and re-oiled the chain again, as it was easier than when there's a constant pull on the chain.
Monday, August 10, 2015
I went over to the airfield and finished cleaning the plane, then went out for over an hour and a half - I flew to the Feather River, from there over Far West Lake, and then up to Auburn. I was going to land there, but there were a couple of planes doing circuits, and landing every few minutes, so I just watched for a while, then went back to the airfield.
While I was up, I'd been getting called for work, despite not being on call - it had pretty much killed my phone's battery. I spent a while trying to get my phone charged enough that I could answer the call, and when I eventually did, it was a fscking robo-call. I went home in a huff.
In the afternoon, I went to the airfield, stopping at the new flight centre to see what they have in stock. I found out they're having a pancake breakfast next Saturday, so I got them to send me a flyer so we can tell the EAA chapter membership. When I got to the hangar, it was too windy to fly, so I went with the Jacks to get a root beer float. When we got back to the airfield, the wind ad calmed down, so I went out for 45 minutes. The wind (at ground level) was coming from the South, so I headed West, aiming for the Feather River. The GPS showed a fairly decent ground speed of ~60mph, which made me suspicious - was was showing ~40mph on the way back, having not got as far as the river :o) When I got back, I made a start on cleaning the plane, as it's got pretty dusty in the hangar.
Friday, August 7, 2015
Monday, August 3, 2015
I went over to the airfield and fixed Danny's little red cart - we'd used it to move his engine from his side of the hangar to mine, and it was broken then. Anyway, next time I see him, I'll give it back to him, and he'll be happy, as I think he misses it :o) It was quite windy, so all the smoke has been blown out. I went up and did a couple of circuits, but it was a bit late to be doing much else.
Sunday, August 2, 2015
I spent most of the day upgrading PCs to Windows 10. It looks a little bit different, and is maybe a little quicker but it was basically painless. I did take the time to get the Aten KVM switch on my desktop to work properly - I'd never bothered thinking that the Windows 10 upgrade would fix it. I had to stop it doing mouse emulation (scroll lock, scroll lock, m, enter) so that the Logitech unifying receiver would work correctly. On the plus side, it seems to switch a lot faster (not that I ever seem to run both systems at the same time, but if I did...).
Friday, July 31, 2015
In the evening I put a new tube in, with the usual struggle and cursing due to the V rims.
I tinkered around with my electronics project, but the damned RFID box only seems to put out 3V, which isn't enough to flip a relay, so I'll have to talk to the seller about it. Maybe I'll just buy another one while I figure this out - they weren't that expensive.
In the evening I went to the chronic pain class, and we talked about sleep. There's a plan where you only allow yourself the number of hours in bed that you sleep for, which sounds interesting but I have no idea how long I sleep, or how many times I wake up. The thing is, apparently research shows that 4 hours of solid sleep is better than 8 hours of broken sleep. Maybe I'll just figure I get 6 hours, and work from there - that'd mean going to bed around midnight, and getting up around 6am. We'll see.
We discovered that the HTPC wasn't downloading the guide, so it didn't know when stuff was on and record it. It seems that Microsoft had changed guide providers, and we were one of the systems that didn't catch the change. I ended up redoing the TV setup to get it to pick up the guide, and it took... a while... to go through all the channels and strip out the stuff we don't get, or want.
Monday, July 27, 2015
I went to the airfield and sewed up one of the elastic loops that hold the spare pieces of harness out of the way. It's, I don't know, stretched maybe, but it's definitely too big. No longer! It doesn't slide down and let the loose piece flap around any more. I was going to play with the compass, but the adjusters are too stiff, so maybe next time. I took the plane out for almost an hour and a half, and was just starting to put things away when Richard came over to ask for some help putting a Mooney away. He'd seen me fly over while he was swearing at the electric tug. We got the plane away, then figured out the problem was the charger built in to the tug, so we left it at that. After putting my plane away (and filling it up with fuel), I headed home.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
I installed an LED headlight on the DRZ - I took a bit of time tidying up the wiring and relays and suchlike, as that's another box to keep down there, and there's not that much space. It looks pretty bright to me, but I'll have to take it out at night to really see if there's a difference. The light uses 45W, rather than 55 or 60W, and is white rather than yellowish.
We went out to run some errands, and stopped at Roseville Honda to look at some helmets for Vic. They didn't have the Arai we wanted to look at, but I ran in to Rich, who I haven't seen for years, on his first day working there. While Rich and I were chatting, Vic found a Shoei she liked, and we played around with that to find it solves a bunch of problems. I'll investigate it, as I do everything :o)
I went over to the airfield, aiming to tinker with a few things on the plane, but totally failed to do them, and the wind was blowing in almost 90 degrees across the runway, so I gave up.
We met Rich and family for dinner, and ended up standing outside until gone midnight chatting :o)
Friday, July 24, 2015
Thinking about it though, I could maybe put the levers on the other way round - it's currently throttle - switchgear - clutch - brake. It might fit in throttle - switchgear - brake - clutch. Something to think about, anyway. The interesting thing is that I had to get a pressure switch, built in to a banjo fitting. I didn't know they made those, so live and learn.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
When Russ got here, we went out to dinner, and drinks were quaffed.
Friday, July 17, 2015
After that, I made it over to the EAA membership meeting in time for the last 20 minutes or so. We raised just over $8,000 for the chapter at the Tri-motor event :o)
Monday, July 13, 2015
Still on call, I decided to find all the parts for a few tasks on the DRZ I've thought about. I ordered all manner of electronics stuff and nonsense, so now I just need to wait for it all to show up.
We watched "Chappie".
Friday, July 10, 2015
While you can buy the whole gearbox unit, I thought I'd try epoxying the pin in, so it won't move any more, and the gear will spin on it just fine. I had to take far more apart than I have previously, and I've left it to dry overnight. Hopefully this fixes it once and for all.
Monday, July 6, 2015
I pottered around in the garage working on things and stuff until it was time to distract Tilly from the fireworks, and we did that by throwing the ball for her and watching "Escape Plan" and "John Wick" - both surprisingly good movies :o)
Saturday, July 4, 2015
In the evening I went over to the airfield and took the plane out for an hour or so. It wasn't too bumpy at all. Interestingly, I managed to forget to turn the noise reduction on with the new headset, and it wasn't too bad - I deliberately chose a set where it'd work without power, as there are some where they go completely dead when the batteries fail.
When I got home, we watched "Focus" while distracting Tilly from the fireworks that went off around 21:00. I expect tomorrow to be much worse.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
I tinkered with the air conditioner a little, and managed to get the fan to come on. No compressor though.
Vic had been freaking out about the guinea pigs overheating, so Gwen and Walter came over with a block of ice and a fan to cool the guinea pig room. Apparently Tilly and I can just suck it up.
I took the capacitors out of the AC, and went to ye olde capacitor shoppe. The guy there tested both capacitors, and we saw the big (compressor) one wasn't working, while the little (fan) one was OK, as I'd thought. I put the new big one, and the old little one back in, and the air conditioner came on eventually, and cooled the house down.
Monday, June 29, 2015
After her usual late afternoon run around the garden, Tilly settled into the pond to cool down. She's upset that we don't have her paddly pool out (there's a drought - I don't think she's been following the news).
Sunday, June 28, 2015
We watched the excellent race for Assen - I don't care what anybody says, Marquez wasn't going to make that corner the way he charged up under Rossi, so I'm glad Valentino won.
In the afternoon, I went over to the airfield. I've been playing around with the idea of noise cancelling headsets, so I've bought one. I played with it - it's interesting, as it cuts out the lower frequencies, but leaves the higher ones. That means the engine sounds a little weird, but the microphone doesn't kick in unless I speak, so that's a plus. Anyway, I was out for an hour, but the updraughts under the clouds were a bit exciting.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Of course, I felt like flying, so it was windy all bloody afternoon.
Monday, June 15, 2015
In the afternoon I went over to the airfield and dropped the needles in the carbs in the plane (I raised them when it was colder as I was seeing the EGTs going up). It was gusty, and I found a couple of old zip ties that needed replacing, so I just went home.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
We all got to take flights in the Tri-motor, and I managed to get the co-pilot seat and fly the thing :o)
In the evening, Vic went out and got us Chinese food for dinner as we were all too damn tired to do anything.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
We went over to the airfield for the membership barbecue and meeting - Colin, the pilot of the Tri-motor presented information about the aircraft's history.
We worked on Russ' car most of the day, changing the brake discs and pads all round. Having done it, we could do it a lot faster now, especially as we now have stuff like a T27 Torx drive and an 18'' spanner.
At the end of the day, we went over to Lincoln to look at the Raspberry Pi I'd built to show slides. It hadn't worked on Monday, and I couldn't see that there was a problem with the Pi, whereas the projector it was hooked up to didn't want to react to anything other than the power button. I'd taken my laptop, and that didn't work with it either.
We stopped at Mel's Diner for something to eat on the way home, and when we got home I tested the RPi on my monitor - it worked flawlessly.
Monday, June 1, 2015
In the afternoon, I went over to the airport and took the Flightstar out for an hour, despite it (still) being quite windy.
When I got home, we watched "The Hunger Games 3". It was funny, because the way it starts, we thought maybe we'd missed a movie or something.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Tilly and I went for a long and exciting walk through the park. She got to steal a tennis ball from a passing toddler, drop it so it rolled off the bridge and then retrieve and return it. We met Vic at Starbucks on the way home, where she got some whipped cream and water.
We replaced a part of the fence that was rotting - basically we're trying to get the fence to hold on as long as possible before it all needs replacing.
We barbecued in the evening, like pretty much everybody else. It's a marker for the beginning of summer.
Sunday, May 24, 2015
At home I did a bunch of work on the spreadsheet that holds my log book, basically to make it line up with my hard copy log book better (and I can have the computer figure out the totals for everything at the end of the page now).
We had intended to barbecue, but Richard called to ask us to dinner to say "thanks" for me dumping a pile of old model railway stuff I don't need on him, so we had pizza instead :o)
I did some tinkering with some videos Frank's given me of the Cozy jet, but I can only read half of them. I'm blaming him, as I even downloaded the GoPro software, and it couldn't handle them.
In the evening, we watched "Interstellar", which was pretty good.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Vic's been reorganising all the junk down the side of the house, and I got involved in some of that.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Monday, May 11, 2015
We took the old TV over to Gwen's (it's too big and heavy to put in a car, after all), and got that all set up.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Monday, May 4, 2015
Sunday, May 3, 2015
When that all rolled up, we folded the wings and headed back to the airfield. I hadn't originally planned on going back, but I had all the junk in the van, so back I went. When we'd put Dusty away, I ended up chatting with Frank and helping him mount a couple of cameras to the Cozy. I finally rolled home in time to go and get a pizza for dinner and catch up on some TV.
Friday, May 1, 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
While I was working on the van, the postie delivered the mail, including my new pedal covers from Thailand, so immediately stopped what I was doing and fitted the brake one to match the pedal I put on the accelerator years ago :o)
It was really windy:
so when I got home I just sat and did the flyers for the EAA - finally finishing the last 400 of the original 1,000 of them.
When Vic got home, we went and swapped the TV, as the dark bit was really bothering me, and dropped off the remaining EAA flyers.
When we got home, I spent some time setting the TV up (it needs an update as soon as you start playing with it, then there's the calibration that takes a while). I figured out the problems I was having with the HTPC were due to still having the old NVidia drivers, so I removed those and installed the ATI drivers (again), now everything's fine :o)
I spent a while folding, labelling and stamping stuff for the EAA while sort of watching TV, then I went to drop those off at the post office (the little post slot thing outside won't hold that many letters).
It's been a while, so I went to see the quack about a few issues I've been having with my right arm. For the sudden reduction in rotation, I was sent to get x-rays, and for the pain, I was sent to get an MRI. That's a lot less fun than TV would lead you to believe. And I was in the noisy machine for over an hour, so I'm expecting a great 3D model to look at :o) It was kind of nice that the weather was being odd, as I didn't get home until ~17:30, so it would have been a struggle to get to the airfield and get out for a decent amount of time before it started to get dark.
Vic and I watched TV and continued folding and labelling the EAA flyers for the evening.
Monday, April 20, 2015
We watched the excellent MotoGP race from Argentina. I'd written Rossi off for any chance of winning, as he was so far behind, but what do I know?
I spent some time updating the EAA website, and we watched some TV on the new... TV.
We went to the Roseville Earth Day event, and looked at all the hippies, while I looked at the electric cars - there weren't any electric motorcycles this year.
When we got back, I got the TV installed, and started the arduous process of calibrating it, and getting the Harmony remote set up to use it.
In the afternoon I went to the airfield, chatted with Richard, Lance and Jim, then went and found that the fuel sender correction factor on the Flightstar was correct, so I'll need to re-initialise that, and possibly replace the damned thing if that doesn't fix it. When Jim had taken off, I got the plane out and it looked like Jack was going to fly over to Far West Lake, so I started doing some circuits while I waited for him. Gary and the Danny joined me, but it was getting too close to getting dark when Jack finally took off, so I did a few more circuits and landed. While I was doing circuits, Vince had arrived in a Rans S-4 that he's just finished tarting up. We chatted for a while before he had to head out to get home before dark. Jack and Danny landed just as the sun disappeared over the horizon, and they fly faster than I do, so I figure that was a good decision.
Friday, April 17, 2015
Monday, April 13, 2015
We hoisted Russ' wing up to the rafters in the garage, as I've run out of things to do with it for the moment.
We grabbed a takeout lunch and watched the (ho-hum, delayed) MotoGP race from Austin, and later went to the airfield to try and fix the fuel level sender on the plane. This involves draining and refilling the tank, but didn't take too long. Although it seemed like it was working correctly, it went from 100% to 33% when we went out for a quick circuit, so I think I need to do that all over again :o(
In the evening, we folded, addressed and stamped 200 letters for the EAA - I'm hoping to get those posted before the membership meeting on Wednesday (that's too many for the little mailbox by the house!).
We went back to pick up the Bolt, but it wasn't ready, so after we'd been home for a while, they called to say we could pick it up. And pick it up we did.
I then went to the airfield, and set out for a flight with Danny, but he got spooked by the bouncy air and turned back. I followed him to make sure he was OK, and I've suggested he tighten up his harness a bit, as I don't think that's helping. I then went out for a flight until it was almost dark before coming home.
Friday, April 10, 2015
Thursday, April 9, 2015
When we left, I went over to the airfield and dropped off the piece of the horizontal stabiliser that I'd cut at the weekend.
In the evening, we watched "Lucy", which was entertaining enough if you ignore the flawed premise.
Sunday, April 5, 2015
I quickly set up my happy snap (running CHDK) to take a time-lapse, and went back to bed.
I still couldn't sleep, so I got up again and knocked out a quick video I'd shot of the green grass here at the moment. Obviously that'll all be dead soon.
When the moon disappeared behind the trees next door, I took some pictures with my DSLR, and knocked up a timelapse of the eclipse.
After dorking around a bit more (we've let the Warcraft subscription lapse for the moment, as we're getting bored of the same daily quests), I went over to the airfield for the Young Eagles event, where it was cold and windy - there were about 20 kids who showed up, but we were expecting more (there were 38 pre-registrations). Most of the time there were more volunteers than there were kids to be flown, so we stood around shivering and talking. After that I went on a quest for some gear oil, and eventually found some. I headed over to the hangar and checked that the drain plug on the gearbox wasn't leaking any more, and it's not. I took out the level plug, expecting to have to add oil, but it drained out a little oil, so it was fine. I safety wired everything up and went for a flight to heat cycle the thing. It was very bumpy, and not really enjoyable at all, but 45 minutes later the landing was pretty good, bearing in mind the gusty conditions.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
In the evening, I went to Lincoln for the EAA board of directors meeting. I stopped in at the hangar on the way home, as the Flightstar's been weeping a little oil from the gearbox. I cut all the safety wire off, and found that the drain plug wasn't very tight. I tweaked that up a little, and we'll see if that fixes it before I safety wire everything up and refill it.
As I joined the freeway, I thought I should probably stop and get gas on the way home. So I ran out of gas on the way home. I coasted to the shoulder, switched it to reserve and rode to the gas station, where I put 3.7 gallons in my 3.9 gallon tank :o)
Monday, March 30, 2015
In the morning, Vic went to sort everything out at Davis, and I trimmed up and finished the edges of the tail piece for Russ' desk.
I washed the van, and cleaned up a few electrical connectors that have been giving me problems. I then collected all the recycling and dropped that off on the way to the airfield, where I (hopefully) found the loose connection to the EIS, then went for a flight until it was getting dark. Having seen pretty much nobody (other than the parachute drop plane) when I left, I ended up doing an orbit on my inbound leg to leave space for a helicopter, extending downwind for an inbound plane that didn't announce where she was very well, then orbiting again on finals to allow the helicopter to do a practice engine failure on landing :o) I chatted with Danny for a while before driving home to watch the most excellent MotoGP race from Qatar.
I had thought about going flying, but it was gusty, so I shelved that.
Emma the guinea pig wasn't getting better, so Vic called around to find somebody to look at her on a Saturday evening, and we ended up driving ~50 miles to UC Davis (where Chloe used to go for her pacemaker). I sat in reception and did some work while Vic went back, and it was decided to keep her in overnight.
When we were playing ball, Tilly managed to punt the ball over the back fence and into their pool. We walked around there to ask for her ball back, but there was nobody in, so Vic hopped the fence and retrieved it. Crisis averted.
While we were walking back, Gwen arrived with Emma the guinea pig, and she's believed to have a bladder infection. They'd pumped fluids into her, and she's feeling better.
We went out to pizza to celebrate.