Thursday, June 21, 2018
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.
When I got home, I did some updating of the EAA web site.
The guy came up and collected the gearbox at the airfield, so that's something else out of the way.
When I got home, the dash wiring kit had arrived, so I installed that on the dash, then fed Tilly early and went to collect Vic. We drove up to Auburn to a little pub where we met her erstwhile cow-orker.
Thursday, March 8, 2018
I spent some time pressure washing about half of the drive, until I got bored.
Monday, March 5, 2018
My biannual flight review has run out, so I can't fly at the moment - the plan was to get a rating in the gyroplane, but Ken's insurance company have told him that he can't fly commercially, so he can't instruct in it at the moment. Hopefully this'll get sorted out quickly.
I spent a few hours doing online training with the FAA, that should help towards the BFR.
Sunday, March 4, 2018
Jack and I spent some time removing the flywheel and damper from his 618, then building it into a box so he could ship it out to be fixed up. While he was out getting a tool we needed, I changed the speedo cable in the van. Interestingly the inner in new one is a good 1/2" longer than the old one, so I'm expecting it to work just fine. I then decided to look at the non-functioning clock. It works when I give it 12v, so it's the foil breaking down again. I've previously hacked it so the dash lights work, but they've stopped working now, too, so I've broken down and ordered the replacement wiring kit for the dash. Hopefully that'll be here in the week, and I can get it installed quickly.
In the evening we watched Spiderman: Homecoming, which was pretty good. I think it's interesting that Michael Keaton (Batman) has lived long enough to see himself become the villain (The Vulture) :o)
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Monday, February 26, 2018
In the afternoon, I went to the airport and took Cherish up for a longer flight. Jack was lurking around when we got back, so we ended up going to get something to eat on the way home.
Sunday, February 25, 2018
I had intended to fly the gyroplane with Ken, but he's had some insurance weirdness (he's suddenly been told he's not covered for commercial use), so that went out the window. With Cherish (airport bunny)'s help I changed the grips on the joystick, then we went for a couple of pretty bumpy circuits. Luckily my landings were OK :o)
In the evening Vic and I watched "A Monster Calls".
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Sunday, February 18, 2018
I tinkered around with the speedo cable on the van again. Basically, it looks like the inner is too short, and I'm not sure why that's suddenly become (more of) an issue. After playing about with it for a while, I gave up and cut about 3/8" off the end of the outer, and plugged it in again. When I went for a drive, it worked better than it ever has (it used to jiggle, which it no longer does), but a hard turn has seen it stop working, so I think it's either broken loose at the bottom, or the cable itself has snapped where I nicked it with the Dremel. Oh well...
I went to the airfield and took a lesson with Ken in the gyro. The air work was fine, but my landings still need a bit more practice, as I'm rounding out slowly like you would in a plane. Something we noticed is that he's always telling me to use more left rudder on landing, and I can never see what he's on about - well, I naturally slump to the right when I sit down, usually to take the weight of my arm off my shoulder to stop that aching so much. I can't do this in my plane, as it has a 4 point harness, but I can slump in the gyro, so that's what I'm doing. I need to practice not doing that, methinks :o)
After standing around chatting with various people, I took the Flightstar up for a bit (to finish this page in my logbook, if nothing else), then went home and watched "The Hitman's Bodyguard", where Ryan Reynolds basically plays Deadpool without a suit.
I've modified Tilly's old adventure lead (made out of 12' of proper climbing rope) so I can use it as a slip lead, and that seems to work OK. Crisis averted.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
When we got home, we watched "Snatched".
I went to the airport and cooked about 25 burgers before a talk from an airline pilot about flying 737s to 787s. It was too damn windy to fly, so I went home again afterwards. Meh, I was on call anyway, so I had work to do.
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Monday, February 5, 2018
I went home and tinkered around the house for a bit (it looks like I've managed to break the speedo on the Van, for example), then went back to the airfield and took the Flightstar out for a while. I was just done putting everything away when Vic showed up, so we stopped off for dinner on the way home.
Saturday, February 3, 2018
At home, I've noticed that the sensor array on the weather station has had a few spots where it's stopped transmitting, for example:
I finally realised that the old one was sitting on the patio table, and even without batteries, it's been transmitting a panic signal when the solar panel is in the sun. I brought that back inside the house, and it seems OK now - I left everything outside when I was working on it because of the amount of time it took it to cool down to ambient temperature (not that it matters now that the daytime temperatures are getting into the high 60s). Here's hoping I get my little gold star back from Weather Underground :o)
Friday, February 2, 2018
Anyways, here's the timelapse I generated.
Monday, January 29, 2018
I toddled over to the airport and went out with Ken in the gyro to just screw about - he flew, so I had to sit in the back :o( I then took the Flightstar out for a bit - the circuit was pretty busy, so I wandered off for a while until it was starting to get dark.
Sunday, January 28, 2018
I cooked burgers for the 12pm presentation, which turned out to be watching a video - I didn't really see the point in that, to be honest, but was kept busy cooking for a few late arrivals. I'm going to guess at around 25 burgers sold :o)
Todd was talking about getting his S-14 flying again, so we pulled everything out to get it out of the hangar, only to find it leaking fuel - looks like the wings need to come off to replace everything between the tank and the engine - hoses, grommets and suchlike. While it was out, we washed the 3" of dust off it, then put everything away again. As it was almost getting dark, I shot about 1700 pictures and went home to create a timelapse. Next time I'll play with the settings on the camera before kicking it off - I stopped taking pictures when the flash started going off, but there were a few frames missing where it couldn't focus on anything. Not that you can see that on the video :o)
Monday, January 22, 2018
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Monday, January 15, 2018
Dave and Sam showed up and we walked the dogs on the beach, then I handed over some goodies and they headed home again. We left around 15:30, and got home in time to be 20 minutes late for Tilly's supper. She's very, very tired.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Monday, January 8, 2018
Monday, January 1, 2018
Here are the solar stats for December:
In the afternoon, I went to the airport and took the Flightstar out for a bit - George came along in his 150, and we screwed about, then did a few circuits before calling it a night :o)