Monday, March 26, 2018

March 25th

Still sick, but there's light at the end of the tunnel.  I got tired of my PC constantly whining about losing the BIOS config, so I took it apart to replace the battery.  I was looking on the motherboard for the thing, only to find it on a nice little vertical holder.  It's the little things that cheer me up.

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.

March 24th

Still sick.  We watched "Wanted".

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.

March 13th

We went over to the airport and picked up the Rotax 503 and a shipping crate from the 582 from the hangar, as I believe it's sold, and I need to ship it to Indiana :o)

Monday, March 12, 2018

March 11th

I'm on call this weekend, and something went insane overnight, logging thousands of tickets.  I spent some time tidying that up, and getting some work done.

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.

March 10th

I'd said I was going to convert Tilly to daylight savings a day early, as she'd had her supper early yesterday, so I fed her at 7am then went out to install the dash back in the van.  When I started the engine to check the tach worked, Vic assumed I was going to the airport and got up and fed Tilly.  Again.

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.

March 9th

One of Vic's cow-orkers was leaving, and we were going to a leaving do in the evening.  Rather than complicate organising everything, I drove her to work and had the use of the Jeep for the day.

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

March 8th

I was supposed to be meeting a guy at the airport to sort out the sale of Jack's gearbox, so he can buy mine.  It's rained on and off overnight, but I got to take the DRZ because the van's dash is sitting on my desk, rather than in the van.  On the way there, I stopped to pick up a new airspeed indicator at Chris', only to find they'd got the wrong one - I wanted the 100mph one (part number something-311), and was presented with an 80mph one ( part number something-331).  While we were talking about things and stuff, the guy called to say he'd lost his wallet, and was going to spend time looking for it, and hopefully come up tomorrow.  Yay.  After talking to the guys for a while, I went home, to find the dash wiring kit still hasn't arrived, but at least it left Sacramento this morning.

I spent some time pressure washing about half of the drive, until I got bored.

March 7th

The new dash wiring was supposed to show up, so I took the dash out of the van and removed the old blue foil wiring in preparation.

The new dash wiring did not show up.

March 5th

I've taken the week off, to have some time off work.  I spent the day in waiting for a shipment of Lift and chocolate to arrive, while watching stuff on HBO and doing another FAA online learning thing.  Yay.

Monday, March 5, 2018

March 4th

I spent a little time putting the van back together while I wait for the dash foil replacement kit.  At least I can drive it.  Well, in the daylight :o)

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

March 3rd

I started the day at the airport cooking breakfast for about 10 people.  I have no idea how many people are coming and when, there's no pattern to it at all.

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 the 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

March 1st

A new month, so here are the solar stats:
Power billed

Power generated