Monday, December 30, 2019
I'd left Vic's battery on charge overnight, but I thought it was dead. A quick test confirmed that - it had a resting voltage of 11.5v, just the running lights took that to 10.5v, and trying to start it took that to 5v. New battery needed, we just need to decide if it's worth paying 5x as much to get a LiFePo4 - it's not like she's bothered about the weight.
We zipped over to the airport in the van, and I'm saying the anti-roll bar means the thing corners flatter. I don't know if that's true, or I want it to be true, but whatever.
We went over so I could try the throttle that Dave printed out for me - it fits just fine, I think I have a few tweaks to make before it'd work for me. While I was there I buffed out the paint I'd added to one of the rotors, and made concerned noises about David's cylinder with low compression.
In the evening, we watched "Serenity", seeing as we'd finished the "Firefly" series.
Sunday, December 29, 2019
Thursday, December 26, 2019
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
In between checking things, I went out into the garage and finally got around to installing the new anti-roll bar and heavy duty end links on the van. I bought these as part of my Black Friday van shopping extravaganza. Now I just need to go and test drive it :o)
There was a barbecue going on in Ken's hangar, and Mark (who I flew up to Auburn a while back) showed up in his mint MGB.
Mark took me for a little ride in the thing - it sounds great, especially as I'd driven there in the almost silent Bolt :o)
After lunch, we peered at Randy's wiring - we removed the inline filter we'd installed at the weekend, as it's not helping. Ken reckons it's the audio plug causing it, and suggested using a mono plug instead. Testing it shows this works, but I still don't get why it being powered up causes the noises. Whatever, Randy's ordered a new plug.
My DHL package arrived, and luckily Vic was there to receive it.
I've had a problem with the noise coming out of the home theatre PC, so I decided to look at that. The TOSLINK cable was lighting up red, which made me think the problem could be the (16 year old) receiver, but after pulling everything apart (and getting the old LCD TV from Vic's office so I could get into the receiver setup), it turned out that the PC had decided to use different (not installed) speakers. I fixed that in Windows, and everything's fine now. Yay.
Thursday, December 19, 2019
In between playing with that, I helped set up for the EAA meeting, and Mark cooked steak, then presented on building his RV-10 and Carbon Cub.
Friday, December 13, 2019
Monday, December 9, 2019
In the evening, we watched "Hobbs and Shaw".
I've been uploading data from a Raspberry Pi to Flightaware to a month now, and it's nice to see I'm ~11,000th in the list of people uploading.
Sunday, December 8, 2019
After that, I made a start on installing the turbo inlet tube on the plane, then went home so we could take Tilly to see Santa.
In the evening, I installed a new LiFePo4 battery in the van. I used to have 4 UB12220 wheelchair batteries that are rated at 22Ah each, so 88Ah, of which about half is usable before you start damaging the plates. They weigh about 15lbs each. The new battery is 50Ah, of which pretty much all of it is usable, and it weighs about 19lbs. Progress :o)
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Randy's decided to get an iFly 740 to replace his Garmin Aera 660 and GDL-39 (what's that? I told him to do this months ago? You're right!), so we went out to the airport in the pissing rain to strip the old Garmin stuff from his plane. We got everything stripped out, then went and met Chris for lunch, as he's buying the old bits for his RV-6A.
In the evening, Vic and I watched "Yesterday".
Saturday, November 30, 2019
After breakfast, Chris headed home to Cameron Park, and we went back to Lincoln, where I flew one of my hangar mates' (David) brother Jeff, who's in town for Thanksgiving. He was really enthusiastic about the whole thing, as he's used to David's RV-9A, which is like 150mph at 7,500', so it was nice to be doing 60mph at 800'.
In the evening we nipped over to Costco to get Vic a new tablet in the Black Friday sale - her old tablet is starting to glitch.
Monday, November 25, 2019
I've managed to hurt my back, probably with the contortions I needed to get the pump replaced, so I think I'm going to be taking things a little easy for a while.
Monday, November 18, 2019
Randy showed up pretty late, and shortly after that, Paul showed up in his American Ranger - it's the first time I've seen it, as he only got it this summer.
After brunch, we all stood around chatting and answering questions from people who'd come over to see what we were doing, then headed out. Chris went back to Cameron Park, the rest of us went to Lincoln, where I put ours away while Randy and Paul headed out - Randy was going to fly part way to Byron with Paul.
We headed home and did some more work in the garden, then in the evening, the three of us (Tilly included) watched "A Dog's Journey".
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
After breakfast, Chris and I ran down the canyon before heading home. Interestingly we were low enough that we didn't show up on the flight tracking facilities :o)
After getting back to Lincoln, we got everything packed up, and headed home. On the way, I stopped at Lowe's and got a couple of pressure treated 2x4s. At home, I took the bottom step of the steps for the hot tub apart and replaced the rotting wooden braces. I got to use my jigsaw for the first time :o)
In the evening, we watched "Avengers: Endgame" (again).
After the presentation, I showed Chris' friend Rob the space at the back of our hangar - he's looking for space to do the final build and test flying of his RV-14, and would be looking for space at the end of the year for about four months. I've forwarded his details to Todd, who runs our hangar. There was a guy, Mark, hanging around to talk to me, and he came and looked at the gyroplane. I was too tired to do anything (I didn't sleep well), so we agreed to meet up in the morning, and he could join us for the breakfast flight up to Auburn.
Thursday, November 7, 2019
Monday, November 4, 2019
Friday, November 1, 2019
Monday, October 28, 2019
I've got a shelf in the garage that's warped by the weight of junk I store on it, so we went and got some 2x4s to brace it up - those are installed and everything's back together again.
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Sunday, October 20, 2019
A guy flew in in a Calidus, he was on his way home to Petaluma from the High Sierra fly-in, so we went and chatted to him and Randy took him to get gas. We then went to look at Chris' gyro (that he was picking up from its annual inspection) and I immediately spotted a couple of things that needed doing. After lunch, we sorted those out and he did a really thorough preflight before heading home. I swapped out the vacuum hoses, and I'm assuming all the stuff I wanted to do is done.
In the evening, we watched "Men In Black: International".
Thursday, October 17, 2019
I then watched a Cal Fire Chinook doing circuits for a while before cooking the burgers for the EAA meeting.
I didn't get the day off, but I've taken the week off to get some stuff done. Vic did get the day off, so we spent it in the garden lifting some sunk sprinklers and cutting lumps off shrubbery.
Monday, October 14, 2019
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Monday, October 7, 2019
Sunday, September 29, 2019
I got to work in the afternoon, so that was the end of our playing around for the day.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Monday, September 23, 2019
Friday, September 20, 2019
Monday, September 16, 2019
In the evening, we watched "John Wick 3".
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Lincoln was quiet when I got back, so I managed to get a lot more work done on the plane. I'm approaching the "replace the fuel lines" stage, but I should probably drain the tank first... I've been trying to run it down, you see.
Monday, September 9, 2019
Once breakfast was all over and done with, I went and did a bunch of maintenance on the gyro, and got it flyable again. I think I need to look at the right hand brake setup, as it's still dragging slightly.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Sunday, September 1, 2019
Chris had asked me to come over to Cameron Park so we could fly a couple of friends of his - "they're British and you'll like them. He did something with motorcycles".
I flew over the house on the way out, as I was early. I got to Cameron Park still a little early, and ended up doing a go-around. The runway has a displaced threshold, and no taxiway, so if you miss the turn off just past the threshold, you're back-taxying. I came in a little high, and there was somebody waiting to take off, and rather than make him wait for me, I just did a circuit.
Anyway, we flew Norman and Anne, then went o lunch, where I found out he was Norman Hossack. Yes, that Norman Hossack :o)
Randy called from Lincoln to say there was a T-28 off the end of the runway - we'd seen it up at Auburn yesterday, and today the new owner did a gear up landing, it seems. I landed short on 15, put the plane away and headed home to do some work.
In the evening, we watched "Godzilla: King of the Monsters".
Thursday, August 29, 2019
I left the office thinking that I should be OK on the way home, but I could stop at any of the high speed chargers (usually 40+Kw) for a short while if I needed it. I didn't - the traffic was remarkably light, and it wasn't that hot, so I only ran the AC for a few minutes. I got home with ~60 miles of range left :o)
Monday, August 26, 2019
Tillamook remembered us.
After the wedding, we drove back to the hotel and managed to snag the last parking space by a 110v socket, so we left the car on charge overnight again.
We pulled in to San Luis Obispo with about 35 miles' range left, and went and found a level 3 charger while we had a drink at Starbucks. Having added another 100 miles or so, we rocked up to the hotel. They had 110v sockets in part of the car park, so we plugged the car in using the level 1 home charger, set it to 12A (rather than the default 8A) and left it charging overnight.
Thursday, August 22, 2019
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
I've taken the week off to do things and stuff, and ended up at the airfield helping Chris change the oil and grease the pre-rotator cable on his gyroplane.
He then wanted to look at the brakes, and we managed to take them from pathetic to non-existent. Yay. Still, he managed to get home.
Monday, August 19, 2019
Saturday, August 17, 2019
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Monday, August 12, 2019
In the afternoon I built a proof of concept for a table that Vic wants for a plant by her desk at work, but she declared it good enough by itself, and put it in the car to go to work with her tomorrow.
I then spent some time cooking burgers for a pile of people at the EAA hangar. I didn't feel like pulling the hangar open in the heat, so I went home after that.
Sunday, August 4, 2019
We flew back along part of the American River on the way back to Cameron Park, and dropped them off. Chris had managed to lose the key to his hangar, so we left them waiting for his wife to bring him the spare and flew back to Lincoln.
Saturday, August 3, 2019
I took the gyro out for a while, did a couple of landings, then headed over to the house before remembering Vic had gone to Folsom, so I flew back to Lincoln and put everything away before heading home.
Friday, August 2, 2019
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Sunday, July 28, 2019
After breakfast, we all headed back to Lincoln so we could help Chris sort out his replacement ADSB-in device, then we cleaned and re-oiled his air filter, as it was dry. He headed out, and I headed home.
In the evening we watched "Hellboy". It was OK, but it was no "Hellboy".
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Anyway, I flew with Don in the Sportstar from Cameron Park to Mather and did some circuits there to get my controlled airspace endorsement sorted out, then flew back to Lincoln. Yay!
I then got up on the roof and washed the solar panels for the first time in ages.
Sunday, July 21, 2019
Thursday, July 18, 2019
After breakfast, I flew Jackie back to Cameron Park, and landed upwind. Thankfully it was a much better landing :o)
Sunday, July 14, 2019
We had breakfast (pilots don't have to pay :o)), then Chris won a case of oil he can't use and some rice in the raffle. Luckily we ran in to Bruce and Scott, and Bruce offered to take it back to Lincoln for us.
After looking at the planes for a while, it was obvious that people were starting to head out. We flew back to Lincoln, and Chris to Cameron Park. After I put the plane away, we chatted to Dan who'd flown over in his RV-10, but turned back when he saw how busy it was :o)
Sunday, July 7, 2019
After breakfast, we flew back to Lincoln and stood about chatting with Dan about John's RV-6A that he's helping build.
Afterwards I sat in on the board meeting as I was already there, then went home and updated a few things on the web site.
Friday, July 5, 2019
Despite a whole discussion about being warm enough, Chris decided he should have worn a jacket by the time we were at about 5,000', so he landed on a fire trail to stop and get his jacket on. I just flew around him in circles until he took off again, and we headed back towards Tahoe, flying over a couple of lakes and ridges before getting there. By the time we got there, I was a little concerned about gas, as I was between 1/2 and 3/4 of a tank, and we were expecting a 15mph headwind on the way back, so we flew for a short way along the coast of the lake before heading back. At least I've now had the gyroplane over 10,000' (previous record for me was ~4,500'). Of course, we didn't have a bad headwind on the way home, and going downhill meant I got to Auburn with just under 1/2 a tank.
We had brunch while waiting for Randy to show up from Lincoln, then waited for a paint match guy to show up and scan Randy's white and Chris' 2 different red paints, then we split off and went home - I went straight back to Lincoln, Chris went back to Cameron Park and Randy took his daughter on a short sight seeing trip on the way home. Just under 3 hours, on about 13 gallons of gas isn't too bad - I usually fly a lot slower than Chris, so I usually burn less gas than that.
As the neighbours (and Sun City, we think) started their fireworks stuff last night, and Tilly hates fireworks, we were pretty beat all day. Luckily I was covering work, so I checked in a couple of times while pottering about the house.
We spent the evening throwing the ball for Tilly to distract her from the noises outside, which went on past the 22:00 cut off that I guess I'd imagined.
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Sunday, June 30, 2019
In the evening, we watched "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald".
Saturday, June 29, 2019
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
When I got home, I took the guts out of a new sprinkler valve and put it in the old sprinkler valve, so I didn't have to cut it off the pipes. While it's fixed that leak, it looks like I still have to dig up one of the sprinklers and fix its leak.
In the evening, we watched "Captain Marvel".
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Randy came up with a great idea - we'd fly to Byron, Paul would pick us up there and drive us to Livermore. I got to the airport early so I could clean my air filter (it was out of oil, so it was due), got the plane out and was all ready to go when Randy arrived. We were going to have a decent tail wind all the way down, and I took off first - I was at about 750' by half way down the runway, so I did an early crosswind and headed South. I called McLellan to let them know I was passing to the East at about 2,000', then carefully threaded my way between Sacramento Executive and Mather's class D airspace, then pointed straight at Byron and started listening for Randy. I was constantly telling him where I was, but he never really told me how far behind he was. When I passed the 2,000' towers, I slowed down to ~65mph (airspeed) and told him not to run in to me. As I was approaching Byron, he said he was 21 miles from Byron - I was about 10 miles from Byron at that point. Oh well, at least he got to practice navigating by himself rather than just following me :o) I was looking on the map, and at the hills in front of me, and thinking Byron must be on the other side - the tallest peak nearby was listed at 2,200, and I wanted to be comfortably over that because of the wind, so I was climbing towards 4,000' when I saw Byron. This side of the hills. Doy. I descended (a lot), joined the pattern and landed. I was getting off at the first taxiway and there was a glider towing up - I stopped to allow them past, but they wanted to get on the runway on the taxiway I was on, so I ended up taxying around a bit to get to the parking area. I parked, then waved Randy in to park next to me (2 gyros takes up way less space than 1 fixed wing). The Patriots jet display team are based at Byron (I didn't know this), and 2 of the jets were going out - I went out and waved at them, and they popped smoke back at me :o) Paul showed up while I was chatting to a fire marshall, we loaded everything up and headed to the show. The show was interesting - we watched the STOL demonstration (the highlight being Draco and Yee-Haw) and met up with a bunch of gyro guys who were in town for the show. I got to sit in Peter's bright yellow AR-1 that he'd flown up from Los Angeles.
Saturday, June 22, 2019
Friday, June 21, 2019
Monday, June 17, 2019
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Monday, June 10, 2019
Sunday, June 9, 2019
We ended up meeting at Auburn for their "Soaring Saturday" thing, and as the only people to fly in, we ended up in the display with the old biplanes and Jim's Quickie Q200. The wind wasn't an issue taking the gyroplane out, but it was a pain taxying crosswind with it trying to blow the rotor over - this was with the rotor stopped. I crabbed the whole damn way to Auburn, where the wind was a lot lower. Coming home, I was crabbed the whole damn way back to Lincoln, and when I turned downwind I saw my ground speed as 108mph, where my airspeed was 70mph. After landing, I sat on the edge of the runway and let the rotor spin down before taxying crosswind - it's not like there was anybody about that I was getting in the way for.
Friday, June 7, 2019
Monday, June 3, 2019
In the evening, I was bothered that the air conditioning wasn't cooling anything. I took a look outside and the fan in the cooling tower wasn't turning. At first I thought it could be the starting capacitor (again), but it was actually that the breaker panel was labelled incorrectly, so when I'd turned off the "Dryer" to see how many wires there were going in (3, so no easy 250v car charger upgrade for me), I'd actually turned off the AC. I didn't bother turning it back on again, as we don't have a 250v dryer.
Just as well we didn't have a 4 wire connection there that I'd then have tried upgrading to a NEMA 14-30 socket, eh?
I started the day at the EAA hangar doing some wiring for the ceiling fans. I wasn't about to get up on one of the scaffolds to work on the roof, so I ran out of stuff to do around the time that Randy showed up, so we got the planes out and waited for Chris to arrive. We'd been talking about going to Sutter for their display day, but figured it was probably too late, so we ended up flying up to Auburn for lunch. We flew back down the canyon, then tinkered around at Lincoln for a bit before all heading out.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
I put the DRZ back together, put oil in it and started it up. Well, it still runs.
Other than that, I was on call, so I pretty much just checked work from time to time. We did wash and wax the car in an attempt to get some greasy crap off it. I think we were less successful than we'd hoped here. I'd planned to go flying, but a bad night's (no) sleep meant I didn't really feel up to it. There's always next weekend.
Sunday, May 26, 2019
We took the car over to the dealer to replace a little plastic part on the dashboard. After a while trying to fix it, they discovered a service bulletin saying that the whole dashboard needs to come out to fix this. And that'll take 4 hours. During the week some time when the parts come in. Yay.
I went over to the airport and got in John's way working on his RV-6, then waxed the rotors on the Magni and took it out for a quick flight.
Friday, May 24, 2019
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
I ended up going to the airport to meet Chris to look at a Europa and go for lunch.
After that, I worked on the DRZ - I figured out that I could test the flat valve for leaking by blowing in the fuel hose, and that seems to be working OK. I took the tank off and fixed the throttle cable, then put everything back together. I still need to change the oil again, as I'm pretty sure it's contaminated with gas, but for now I think we're getting there.
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Sunday, May 12, 2019
In the evening, Jen came over and we watched the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Monday, May 6, 2019
Sunday, May 5, 2019
We went to the airport and helped out for the Young Eagles event. Chris had come over from Cameron Park, and we started off slowly - we were the last to be hooked up with passengers, as we wanted people with jackets while it was colder, and sunglasses to protect the eyes. Still, after that we were really busy, I believe I flew 8 times, including one of the parents (he's been bringing his daughters to events for a few years, and we were in the calm between storms), and one of the volunteers I was going to fly last year when the oil leak occurred.
When we got home, we were both too tired to do anything, so we watched "Deadpool 2" and had an early night.
Chris came over from Cameron Park, and we changed his oil, played with the GPS and looked at his bald tyre - we couldn't figure out how to get the (Beringer) wheel off, and apart, so we decided to leave that. We also installed a silencer that Don gave him, to hopefully make it a bit quieter for climbing out of the airpark.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Monday, April 29, 2019
In the evening, Jen came over and we watched Game of Thrones.
After that, I went and cleared up some oil on the floor (from changing it, when it spurted out and got to places where I didn't get to, to clean it off), and took the plane out for a couple of circuits to test everything out - no problems, so we'll call that good.
In the evening, we watched "Cooties", which was suitably stupid.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Oh, the fun, it never stops...
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Sunday, April 21, 2019
We flew back above the canyon (not right down into it) so Chris could (hopefully) take some pictures, then headed back. Due to the Northerly wind, we lined up to land on 33, then got off the runway to allow a guy to take off on 15, despite the other plane waiting to take off on 33. It was one of those days.
We went to Subway for lunch, and Ken joined us, then I went home to cover the Australian timezone.
We went to pick up some things and stuff, and plugged the car in at a free charging point near Chipotle - it's the first time we've left it charging outside the garage, so it was nice to see that the car thought it would be fully charged (at 6 or 7 Kw/h) pretty quickly. I even debated changing the charge limit to 100% to suck up even more free power (we charge to 90% as we don't need maximum range, and that allows the regenerative braking to work as soon as Vic leaves the house - I think she's forgotten what the other pedal's for).
In the evening, we watched "Glass".
Monday, April 15, 2019
I went home and tinkered with the DRZ - the throttle cable's come out of it's holder, so it's been holding the cable a little bit too taut, and that's why it's been ticking over at 5,000rpm. I'll have to take the tank off (again) to fix this, so I'll do it when I'm feeling stronger.
In the evening Jen came over and we watched the final series premiere of Game of Thrones.
After everything was packed away, I took the plane out for an hour or so, then headed home, where we watched "Welcome To Marwen".
Monday, April 8, 2019
When I got home, I put the carb on the DRZ back together. Now I just need to figure out a test to see if it's (finally) fixed - it takes a while to drain the carb into the engine usually.
Saturday, April 6, 2019
I'm on call, so I did some work and played some Warcraft.
I also managed to take the carb apart on the DRZ (from the bottom while on the bike, so it wasn't as bad as taking it off) and replaced the float valve O ring). I've found that the new fuel tap leaks in the "on" position (it's vacuum operated), but not the "reserve" position. Joy.
In the evening we watched "Mortal Engines".
Monday, April 1, 2019
We turned off the hot tub at the end of the month, but started charging the electric car, so it's going to be interesting to see what that does to the bill. I'm hoping that next year we can look at adding more solar panels, as Roseville won't give you a permit for more power than you use.
On the way back, we flew over the canyon, but not down into it, and toddled back to Lincoln. I've now done 100 hours in gyroplanes, so hopefully that'll help with the insurance bill when that comes due.
After pottering about at the airport for a while, we went home. I'm getting the hang of the regenerative braking in the car - it stops pretty quickly from freeway speeds, so you have to keep a little throttle on or you'll stop before your exit :o)
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Monday, March 25, 2019
After breakfast, Chris went home to play tennis, and we flew to Watts-Woodland. The local GM dealer there was supposed to be meeting us at the airport with a Chevy Bolt, but somehow managed to go to Yolo. After several phone calls, he arrived and we did the paperwork - Vic drove him back to the dealership, and then home, and I flew back to Lincoln (after talking to Mike, one of the local RV pilots, for about 20 minutes). I was in the hangar talking to John when Vic got home to find that we hadn't thought to bring house keys or the garage door clicker - doy. I offered to open the garage door from the airport using the "stupid little gadget" I'd installed a month or so ago, so all was well.
When I got home, we went out for a little drive so I could see how the car handles (it's a couple of years since I last drove one). I managed to go around the long block without using the brakes once, as I had it in the max regen mode. Yay :o) It's going to take a little getting used to for both of us, as it's a totally different sight picture than the Jeep. Or the van. I'm going to get a level 2 charger at some point, but for now it looks like we'll be able to get by with the 110v charger.
Jen came over on her way home from work to pick up some Game of Thrones DVDs, join us for dinner (we drove - we usually take her Golf as it's easier to all get in and out of), then sit in the hot tub with Vic before I turned it off for the summer.
When we got back from dinner, I plugged the car in, and it said it'd be fully charged in about 5 hours - we probably won't use it much more than it got used today most of the time.