Saturday, December 29, 2018
I was on call, so I check work a few times, and checked the brakes on the van - they don't seem to be dragging or anything, so I used my longassed tube to tighten the bolts up, and called it done :o)
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Still the cloudbase was low, until the wind was gusting 26mph, then it cleared out. Oh well.
We watched "Tomb Raider".
Monday, December 24, 2018
I stood around and chatted to John in our hangar for a while, then headed home.
Sunday, December 16, 2018
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.
Sunday, December 9, 2018
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)
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
Monday, December 3, 2018
I started the day cooking breakfast for about 25 of my closest friends at the airport. It was a miserable day, driving over, but it brightened up quite quickly. It was still pretty windy though, so I ended up standing around chatting a lot. Randy and Ken did the gearbox lash check on my plane, and it's fine.
I met a new guy, Mike, who was passing through looking for Ken - he's just been to Italy to build a Magni M-16 (it took a week - they started on Monday and flew it on Friday) and he's just waiting for it to get here in a crate so he can start the paperwork process.
I went home and drained the oil out of the DRZ. I say oil - it was mostly gas, and there was far too much of it. I think there might be a leak in there, too, as it's been dripping out for a while, but I don't want to think about having to take the engine apart to fix that just yet.
Monday, November 26, 2018
Chris had suggested going flying, so we threw everything in the van and headed to Lincoln, where the visibility was bugger all due to low clouds. Chris had taken off from Placerville, hoping it would get better, but it didn't, so he went to Auburn to wait for a bit. I finished up a bit of safety wiring, then got the plane out and warmed it up so I could start running in the new pre-rotator belts. Imagine me sitting in front of the hangar running the rotor up and down for 15 minutes or so. When I wasn't getting the bendix engaging any more, I stopped the engine and texted Chris to say it was starting to brighten up. He left Auburn, and we waxed the rotors while waiting, but he gave up as the low cloud we'd been seeing was heading towards him. We took the plane out for a couple of circuits, and the first one had the bendix engaging a bit, but the second one was much better. We were pretty close to clouds, so we stopped and put the plane away and headed to lunch. Of course it was glorious when we left the restaurant, but headed home.
The DRZ doesn't seem to be hydrolocked again yet. I'm still leery about draining the oil and putting everything back together just yet, but this does seem promising.
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Sunday, November 18, 2018
In the evening, we watched "Alpha", and Tilly enjoyed it most of all.
Sunday, November 11, 2018
In the evening, I changed the oil in the Jeep.
When Vic got home, she said the "check engine" light was on. Great. I plugged in the ODBII reader, and found it was a problem with the evaporation system. The gas cap wasn't on tight.
Monday, November 5, 2018
I changed the spark plugs on the van. I was thinking I'd do the brake pads, too, but I think I really need a hand with that to stop me going insane trying to hold the calipers and get the pads out. I then started in on the DRZ - it took me a while, but I replaced the float needle stuff, to hopefully stop the engine filling up with gas (again). I've left it with a little gas in the tank and the petcock on "Prime", so if it's going to fill up with gas yet again, it'll do it quickly and I hopefully won't have too much to do to get in there again. Yay.
Sunday, November 4, 2018
After that, I changed the pre-rotator belts on the plane, and left the propeller loose as I didn't bring safety wire to put it back together.
Friday, November 2, 2018
Monday, October 29, 2018
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Monday, October 15, 2018
We then went out and got a party pack of viton O rings and went to lunch, and when we got home I started in on the DRZ. I couldn't get any of the O rings to seal the fuel tap, so I've just ordered a new tap, but I think I've got one sorted for the carb. Taking the carb out and putting it back in was a real trial, but it's done now. I took the spark plug out and turned the engine over to (hopefully) blow all the gas in the engine all over the garage. I've ordered an oil change kit (it's an olde-worlde dirtbike style oil filter, rather than a spin-on, so there are a bunch of O rings in there that need replacing, too).
Sunday, October 7, 2018
In the evening, we watched "Solo". It's not a bad movie by itself, but I'm not sure it needed to be part of Star Wars.
After everything was packed away, we went home and I sulked for the rest of the day.
Friday, October 5, 2018
Monday, October 1, 2018
Saturday, September 29, 2018
My landing was judged a 9.7.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Monday, September 24, 2018
Friday, September 21, 2018
Thursday, September 20, 2018
I cooked about 40 burgers, and we had an interesting presentation on the RQ-4 drone that they fly out of Beale. I was sitting by John Tate, who used to fly them too - he had to stop when he couldn't pass the USAF medical (to fly a drone with a mouse and keyboard), so he retired to fly 787s for United.
Monday, September 17, 2018
I took the gyro over to Marysville and back, but the wind seemed to be getting gustier, so I called it a day at that.
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
I went to the airport, and having texted Randy before I left, I waited for him to get there before we went up for a flight - he's wanted to go in the gyro for ages, but Ken sold it to me before he got his chance :o)
After that, I headed home and got some work done :o(
Monday, September 3, 2018
In the afternoon I went out to the airport and took the Magni out again. I wandered around over by Camp Far West Lake, and the lake seems to be pretty low at the moment, as do the rivers leading in to it.
I went to the airport and cooked breakfast for ~20 of my closest friends, then met CJ, Gwen, Vic and Jazebra so I could take CJ up in the Magni. Despite the poor visibility, she seemed to enjoy it - we didn't stay out too long as obviously everybody was waiting for us.
After everybody left, I pottered around chatting to people, getting in the way of others and so on until it was time to head home.
Thursday, August 30, 2018
I then took the Magni out for an hour or so, pottering around testing the ADS-B In - it seems to work just fine, and sees traffic before I do :o) The sky's started to clear up with the wind we've been having, and that's also helping keep the temperature down a bit.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Sunday, August 19, 2018
We then headed back to Lincoln, and after a go-around caused by a Mooney not looking to see us on finals when he pulled on to the runway, landed and put the plane away. We then headed home, picked up Tilly and headed to Folsom in the van.
We were there for a couple of hours until Tilly was tired, then headed home. We ended up watching "It's Complicated" while Tilly shuffled around trying to get comfortable.
Friday, August 17, 2018
After that, I took the plane out for an hour or so.
Sunday, August 12, 2018
I cooked lunch for ~30 people - Scott sold the last lunch I was cooking for myself on 3 occasions, so I ended up with a piece of bacon and a cookie - I couldn't be bothered to get another frozen burger out and start cooking again.
I went home, where we had an early dinner and watched "Rampage" and a series of 80s pop-culture moments mashed into a movie - "Ready Player One" :o)
Monday, August 6, 2018
Shortly after we got back, they headed back to Los Angeles with Mum and Dad. I decided to go out and do some circuits while waiting for Chris to get over from Cameron Park, as he had a guy coming to look at his Sportcopter gyroplane. Chris arrived as I taxied up, so I did one long circuit, then parked the gyro so I could help fix the rotor speed sensor and strobe while waiting. The guy finally arrived and looked at the Sportcopter for a long time, but it looks like he's bargain hunting rather than seriously looking.
When he left, I left Chris getting loaded up to fly his Ercoupe back to Cameron Park in the resurgent smoke and headed home, where we watched some TV and had an early night.
As Dad's hurt his back and didn't want to try and get in the gyro, we went home and waited for Russ and Deeps to arrive so we could meet them for dinner.
Thursday, August 2, 2018
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Dad and I went back later to help Chris put the rotors on his gyroplane. He then taxied it around, including some faster runs down the runway with the rotors spinning. It looked like he lifted the front wheel a couple of times :o)
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Sunday, July 22, 2018
We ended up cooking over 40 breakfasts before putting everything away. I then went and changed the spark plugs and cleaned the air filter, before taking it out for an hour or so of pottering around. There was a guy in a Piper Cub and we flew around each other for a while.
On the way home, I picked up the parts to replace the bad valve, and when I got home I swapped that in. It takes a couple of hours for the glue to dry, but when I turned the water back on, the new valve body leaks at the top, so I get to cut that back out and do it all again.
Monday, July 16, 2018
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Saturday, July 7, 2018
I did start watching "It" with Vic, but I really wasn't enjoying jump scare after jump scare, so I left her to it :o)
We spent it working on projects around the house until it got too hot to do anything :o)
In the evening, Tilly alternated between shouting at the fireworks and cowering under the bed from them.
Monday, July 2, 2018
Ken was getting his wife to drop him at Lodi on her way past, so he could pick up Jamie's new gyroplane. We'd talked about me meeting him down there, so I got to the airport early, pre-flighted the Magni and put gas in it, then found that he'd got there a lot earlier than we'd anticipated. Fine - I flew over to Cameron Park and met him and Don there, where we took pictures of the 3 Magnis together, then eventually headed home - Don came along for a ride, so we did a lap of Folsom Lake so he could (hopefully) shoot some video from his gyro, then when he headed back, we headed off back to Lincoln. Ken was flying a fair bit faster than me, so he showed up first, but the pattern was pretty busy, so that was probably for the best.
In the evening, we watched the end of the Hobbit movie(s).
Sunday, July 1, 2018
In the evening, we started watching the Tolkien edition of the Hobbit movies (it cuts out most of the stuff that's just not in the book).
Friday, June 29, 2018
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Saturday, June 23, 2018
As it was starting to get hot, we went home to take advantage of Blizzard's free World of Warcraft weekend.
I waited for it to start cooling down (i.e. just below 100F) and went out and put the door back together in the Vanagon. Then took it apart again to plug in the central locking wires that were getting caught and disconnected. Twice. Still, it's all done now :o)
Now I just need to put the door back together. I'm not sure that I'll bother with the passenger side just yet.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
The talk was about taking a motor glider from Auburn to Sun 'n Fun in Florida... it took 3 days flying to get there, and 4 to get back, which doesn't sound too bad.
Monday, June 18, 2018
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.
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
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
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
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)
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Sunday, June 3, 2018
I stood about and chatted with people while Ken did the annual inspection on Steve's powered parachute, then we went and had a light lunch with Dick and Todd. Ken had to do a weight and balance on Fred's plane, then we tinkered for a while with a wiring fault on Ken's plane - that all got tracked down. Tony was having a barbecue, so we went over there for a while, then went back to the airport and took the gyro out again - flying over Tony's, then going to the North to take a picture of the amphitheatre for George, who was there for a concert. We got back shortly before it got dark, and put the gyro away. The brakes are dragging a bit, so that's something we need to look at, but I only have 45 minutes of dual before I can finally solo the thing.
Friday, June 1, 2018
Monday, May 28, 2018
I was covering for our guy in Australia, so that buggered up the rest of my day, but Ken texted me to tell me Richard and Sue had been killed in a crash in Petaluma :o(
In the evening, we watched "Black Panther".
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Monday, May 21, 2018
The other push to talk switch I had was also a closed switch, but Ken found on in his box 'o stuff. It was ever so slightly too big, so I tried turning it down a bit, but it fell apart, so I'll need to order some and see what I can do with that. Ken's away next weekend, but we think we should be able to fly it on the weekend after that.
Ken came over and said he thought he'd got the throttle all sorted out, so when I was done there, I went over and checked it out - it works fine, yay. We've started tinkering with the brake lever, and need to make up a mounting bracket for that. Sadly the toggle switch I had to use for the radio push to talk was a normally closed switch, and we needed a normally opened switch, so I'll check in my box o' stuff at home.
John had texted to see what I was doing, and came and met us at the airport to see the gyro for the first time.
After we left the airport, we went out and had an early dinner before John needed to head home.
Friday, May 18, 2018
Monday, May 14, 2018
After work I went over to the airport to help with the setup for the Young Eagles event, but they were all pretty much done when I got there - yay!
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
In the afternoon, I went over to Marysville and fixed the cut off switch for the Flightstar (it was just a disconnected wire), then did some short hops with Rick, so he can say he's at least flown his new plane :o) It's an odd setup there, as he calls the hangar owner, and they get the plane out for him, then he calls them again when he's done and they put it away when they're good and ready. This means it's going to spend a lot of time sitting out overnight, as we generally fly at the end of the day, when they've gone home. I'd be looking for another hangar if it were me.
Sunday, April 29, 2018
I got up to find that the van meeting up at the Foresthill bridge had been deleted, so I asked Jason (the organiser) WTF, then rode the DRZ over to the airfield to get the hangar set up for the open day. The plan had been for Vic to bring Tilly and the van over later, then we'd go to Foresthill. Jason replied that his van was down, and that there wasn't much interest, so he'd called it off, so I texted Vic and said she didn't need to bring the van or Tilly. I started cooking lunch, and people started to show up - Gwen and CJ brought grandma and the girls, and Vic showed up with Tilly, but in the Jeep - Tilly was worked up because she knew something was going on, so Vic brought her to let her we herself out. Rick, who's bought the Flightstar, showed up and said he'd been taxying it around, and it wouldn't turn off... it looks like something unplugged one of the ground lines. Ken and I are a lot closer to getting the Magni converted - Jim's machining the throttle connection, but we've asked him to do a replacement pre-rotator lever, too, as that hits the throttle.
Despite being windy, the weather wasn't too bad, so I went over to the airfield after work to meet Ken and Rick and fly the Flightstar to Marysville. Rick came with me, and we pottered over there while Ken went and played in his 162. As we were approaching, there was a guy landing on 14, but the wind was 10mph at 220, so we landed on the shorter 23 without drama. My turn to finals turn was maybe a little aggressive, but Rick seemed to like seeing what you can do with the plane. We tied it down (they have some weird setup there where they get your plane in and out of your hangar for you), and Ken and I took my conversion parts off, then flew back to Lincoln. The 162 is a civilised little plane, but I'm pretty sure I'd lose interest in pottering about in it quickly. I think it's much better suited to going places, and stuff like the autopilot helps there.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Sunday, April 22, 2018
I tried bending the brackets for the headlight mounts for the van using a proper brake at the airport, but the first one cracked - seems that there are different grains in some aluminium, and if you go the wrong way, it can cause this sort of thing. I'm going to try and get some more, better stuff and try again.
I took all of my easy to remove clutter out of the Flightstar, as it sounds like Ken might have already found a buyer for it. I'll need tools to take the conversion stuff out, and I'll do that after I'm sure I don't need to demo fly it for anybody.
When I got home, I spent some time sorting out a couple of Google Groups to do the mailings for the EAA. It'll manage subscriptions, and have a history, and hopefully stop us getting stuff labelled as spam.
Friday, April 20, 2018
When we got home, I managed to get the grass in the back garden cut, and rotated the wheels on the Jeep (for the first time in >10,000 miles - oops).
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Sunday, April 15, 2018
I've been taking to Ken about his gyroplane, as he's selling it because the insurance company won't let him train in it. The more I think about it, the more it makes sense (other than the cost, obviously), so we made a deal and I'm going to be the owner of a Magni M-16 in the next few weeks. He's taking the Flightstar in part exchange - he'll just sell it, but it means I don't have to sell it before taking the Magni. It's been a stressful few days while I talk myself into it, but hopefully once I start flying it, everything'll be great and worthwhile. Mid life crisis here I come.
Other than that, I tinkered around in the house, fixing the drain on the patio cover (I think the downspout was installed poorly, so I've cut the hole bigger), hopefully in time to see it rain this evening and see that it was worth it. I did some more work on the headlight mountings for the van, so I'll need to get those bent up at some point.
I pottered around the house for a while in the morning, then went to the airport to cook barbecue for the EAA presentation. After that, we shifted things away from the back wall and started painting the floor. We ended up shifting everything further towards the front, and painting more than we'd originally intended. I stood around taking to people until about 4pm, then went and did some tinkering on the plane before taking it out for just over an hour. It was bumpy, so I stayed above 1200', but it was nothing too bad. I got back and put everything away and then went home.
Friday, April 13, 2018
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Monday, April 9, 2018
I went home and hit the books.
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Monday, April 2, 2018
I've found some LED lights that should work on the van, so I pulled the grille off and took one light out so I could get a look at the mounting bracket. I've sketched out what I think I need to make to fit the lights, but I need to get some more cutting wheels to start trying to make something that'll work. It actually doesn't look to tricky, so I'll play when the parts have come in.
I spent the rest of the day just doing odd jobs around the house - the annual inspection is now due on the Flightstar, so no flying for me tonight.
Sunday, April 1, 2018
We did a bunch of sealing around the edges of the hangar, and some insulation on the walls.
After we all got tired out, I went home and installed some new LED side marker lights on the van - they're for a Mercedes SUV, and a little smaller than the VW ones, but the mounting holes line up just fine, and they're nice and red rather than the faded pink of the old ones.
I went back to the airfield, and took the plane out for a little potter around, then went home and watched "The Last Jedi".
Monday, March 26, 2018
We went out and filled the van with gas, and dropped some jerry cans at the airport. I didn't want to hang around and get everybody sick.
We watched "Atomic Blonde", so it's been a weekend of watching James McAvoy get the crap kicked out of him.
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Sunday, March 18, 2018
In the evening, we watched Thor: Ragnarok, which wasn't as funny as the ads made it seem, but was still good.
Monday, March 12, 2018
I went over to the airfield and got my biennial flight review sorted out with Ken. We went to lunch, then I went home and did some more work.
Later on, I went out to the airfield and took the plane out for an hour of pottering around. When I got back, the parachute guys were all out, so I put the plane away and went and said "hi" to them before going home.
I spent some time finishing pressure washing the drive.
Some D-sub-9 connectors I'd ordered showed up, so I wired one of those up for a digital altimeter I've picked up, and made sure it worked.
I went to the airport to try and catch Ken to sort out my biennial flight review, but he wasn't there, so I dropped off the altimeter and headed home again to change the few clocks that don't use NTP.