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.
Sunday, April 29, 2018
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".