I'd mentioned to Jen about going to Auburn for breakfast, as she'd found the trip to Oroville a bit too long, so she came over and we flew to Auburn.
Monday, September 21, 2020
The smoke seemed to have finally cleared, so Randy and I met at the airport. The smoke was looking pretty bad, so we gave up on going to Petaluma and decided to just loop Beale. Well, as we got under Beale airspace, I suggested we turn around, as the visibility was getting noticeably worse. We decided to head for Far West Lake to the East of us, but gave up on that soon, too. We thought we'd go South and fly over our houses, and eventually had to give up on that and just went back to the airport, where we parked up and went for lunch at Mary's.
Friday, September 18, 2020
Monday, September 14, 2020
Tilly got me up early to go out and pee, and I noticed that I could see the moon and Venus. Maybe the smoke's clearing a little? No, later on the visibility was crap. No big deal, it's not like I could fly anyway, as:
a) I'm working
b) there's a TFR over McClellan airport, pretty much grounding everything in the area. The president's visiting the fire control people
Randy called to say the electric skateboard controller is under warranty until the 7th of October, so he was going to the airport to pull that and send it in :o)
Having done nothing all day yesterday because of the smoke, I'd hoped to be able to fly today. No such luck... the visibility was possibly even worse than yesterday.
Chris and Randy had suggested we meet for brunch, so I picked Randy up and we met Chris over in Folsom. On the way back we decided to go to the airport, as Chris had fallen off Randy's electric skateboard and broken one of the control cables. Chris thought we could solder it back together, but I suggested just buying a new cable. Well, with the new cable, it doesn't work, so I suggested we test the new cable to make sure there wasn't a short or something inside it. I thought I had a multimeter at the airport, but I didn't, so we grabbed the cable and took it home and tested it. All the wires are connected to something at the other end, which suggests the controller board has failed - there's pretty much nothing else it can be, as the battery is holding voltage.
Vic had taken Tilly to the dog park again, and this time they come home when Tilly was rolled off her feet by a German Shepherd puppy. She's not as sore as last weekend, but she's still a little stiff.
Randy texted me later in the day to say he'd found the testing procedure for the controller board, and it seemed simple enough. Even later, he went out and tested the board and it looks like that's dead. He's not sure, but he thinks it might still be under warranty, which'll save Chris another headache.
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Today was Labo(u)r Day, when Americans celebrate the success of their unions by going shopping. Even if it's only on Amazon.
Tilly was a lot better this morning - she's still sore, but she's walking when she doesn't have to, which is a positive.
I went and met Chris for lunch at Lincoln, and we took a quick flight before he headed back to Cameron Park and I went home to get some work done :o(
Vic took Tilly to the dog park, and she ran until she started to fall over. I had to lift her out of the van when they got back, and she (Tilly) spent most of the day lying in the same spot, sleeping.
Randy suggested we fly, rather than drive over to meet Chris for lunch, so I picked him up and we headed over there. The visibility was actually better than we've seen for a while - there was a layer of crap at around 750', but once we'd flown through that, we could see Folsom Lake.
He'd finished putting the patch on his fuel tank, so we went for lunch, then flew back to Lincoln. The visibility hadn't got any worse, and we could see the casino from the lake.
When I got home, Tilly was all kinds of sore, so we spent the evening helping her out to the garden and suchlike. Has she learned not to overdo it? I very much doubt it.
Sunday, September 6, 2020
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Sunday, August 30, 2020
We went to the airport early, and convinced Todd and Randy to join us up at Auburn for breakfast. The visibility was listed at 10 miles, but I'd say we were struggling to see 5.
After lunch we flew back, but I'd say the visibility was even worse after we'd passed the ridge by Bald Hill. Oh well, we knew where we were going :o)
When we got back, we left Todd and Randy working on the hangar doors, and headed home so I could finish the on call work day.
Oh, I've had a response from Faceberk about my account. I think they're upset about me calling myself Dug. You know the name I've been using forever, that isn't the name on my state issued ID. I've downloaded my data and skimmed through it, and can't see anything I've done that would violate their terms of service.
I'm on call this weekend, so after clearing out the stuff that came in overnight, I found out that Faceberk had disabled my account for some bullshit reason or another. I made a start on the recovery process, then went to the airport for the display day.
I chatted to Ken for a bit, and he mentioned maybe looking at buying my old plane, but it hasn't been up for sale for a while. I said I still have the buyer's phone number somewhere, but decided to check the registration - it's been sold and moved to Princeton, CA, which is sort of between Colusa and Willows - maybe I'll see it flying again if we ever get to have the Colusa fly in again.
I got the plane out, and taxied down for the display day stuff - I was the first one there, so yay. I've had a grinding noise from one of the brakes, and I thought I'd fixed it, but getting to taxi at a faster speed, I really haven't. After the display stuff was all done with, I taxied back to the hangar and took a look at the brakes - the pads looked the same as always, but I reckon they're shot, so I put on a spare set I had from Greg at Magni. He'd never replaced a set, so he thought they might be bonded on or something, but they came off easily enough with an Allen wrench. The new ones were significantly thicker, and I put everything back together and took the plane out for a little flight. While the new brakes are bedding in they don't work well at all, but they're getting better all the time - at first they'd barely hold the thing still at 2,000rpm, but now they're holding it at 2,500rpm, so they're almost normal now.
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Monday, August 17, 2020
There was a massive thunderstorm overnight, so we didn't get much sleep.
Proofpoint had Friday off as a company holiday, but obviously the entire support organisation couldn't be off all at once, so I got today off.
Randy wasn't working, so he came over and we worked on a wooden spacer bracket for his instrument panel. We then went back to the airport, greased the rotor bearings on both planes, and tinkered around with the new bracket. We then went home to make a few changes to it, then went back to the airport and installed it.
I ran the engine for a bit to test one of the brakes that had been dragging. Everything seems to be fine now.
Saturday, August 15, 2020
I'd agreed to fly Steve's future father in law, so I started the day going to the airport and off we went. We flew around in a big circle, and flew over Gladding McBean in Lincoln, as he wanted to do that, but Steve can't fly over stuff in his powered parachute.
When we got back, I took his girlfriend up for a quick circuit, as she didn't want to fly for long. Eh, the plane was out, so it wasn't a big deal.
Randy rejoined us at the airport, and after Steve and co had left, we flew up to Auburn to meet Chris for lunch.
After lunch, we flew back to Lincoln, where I started doing some servicing on the plane.
I changed the oil, spark plugs, main tyres, cleaned the air filter, retorqued stuff until I was pretty much done with the damn stupid heat.
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
It was pretty windy, which means that the temperature wasn't too high, so I went out and worked on the DRZ first - I've replaced the vacuum operated petrol tap with a stupid on/off one, and that means that the fuel line can be shorter. The old fuel line didn't want to go over the output line from the petrol tap, and the new fuel line (from what I haven't used on the plane) is too thick for the clamps to work, so I ended up using screw on clamps. I then had to take all that off so I could take the tank off to put a piece of folded over vacuum hose on the carb to cap that off. It all looks like it should work, but I want to get some fresh fuel to test it with, as it's pretty old now.
I then went and worked on the power window line on the van again - it had forced the guide off again, so I reinstalled that. Again.
Monday, August 10, 2020
Something (I thought mosquito, but now I'm starting to think maybe a spider) has bitten me on the hand, and despite taking a Benadryl (tm) last night, I woke up with a swollen hand. It doesn't hurt, it's just a bit itchy and swollen :(
Jen had expressed an interest in flying Oroville with us for lunch, so she met me at home and I drove us to the airport. We took off and played around waiting for Randy and Mehul to get in the air. We then pottered up to Oroville.
Chris met us up there in his RV, landing just before did.
We flew back along the Feather River, but for some reason we don't seem to have shown up on anybody's radar on the way home.
In the early evening, Gwen came and picked up her PC (that I couldn't find anything wrong with), so I'm starting to get to the point where I can look at the DRZ :o)
Sunday, August 9, 2020
First thing, we got up in the attic and took down the fan in there that's started screeching. I think the bearings are failing, and there's what looks like oil on the motor. I'll see about replacing the motor or just throw the thing away and get a new one.
I pottered around the house for the rest of the day, then went for a flight in the early evening. I flew over Todd's house, didn't see anybody, so I flew over home, Randy's, then over to Chris', then went home. At 2500' it was fairly cool, but descending to 1000' at Lincoln, it was a lot warmer.
I spent some time steeling myself to drill a bigassed hole in the wall of the laundry room, then went ahead and did it. That went surprisingly well, so we went ahead and built the OpenEVSE adapter, then got ready to plug it in. The car tells us when it'll be fully charged, so I plugged it in and it said it'd be fully charged by 03:30. I then plugged in the new charger, and it said it'd be ready in an hour :o) I think we'll call that done - OK, it's running at 24a, where the car can accept 32a (and the charger supports 48a, for a later, faster charging car), but it's still something like 5x faster.
Thursday, August 6, 2020
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Monday, August 3, 2020