Monday, July 4, 2022

July 3rd

I picked Randy up on the way to the airport and we had a bumpy flight up to Auburn to meet Chris and PJ for lunch.

After lunch, we flew home.

Randy's oldest fuel pump had failed, so we replaced it with a new one.  Well, because he hadn't labelled it, we replaced the good one, then had to replace the bad one with the good one, and tested them to make sure everything was fine now.  And labelled them.

In the evening, we watched "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings," the dealt with Tilly's distress at being able to hear the fireworks over at the Sun City community.

Sunday, July 3, 2022

July 2nd

I met Shane (and Ms Shane, and boyfriend) at the airport.  We had breakfast at the EAA hangar, then took the kids out for a short flight.

After the flight, we started playing with Shane's EGT sensors when Bill and Jody showed up, with William asleep in the car.  I chatted with Jody while Bill and Shane looked at the sensor, and found that there was a broken wire at the sensor.  Luckily we had a spare.  That was too short.  We took the old one out, cut the wire off it and used it to plug the hole in the exhaust, and Shane'll get the extension kit.  I zip tied everything back where it was supposed to be, and then went home.

In the evening, we watched "Dr Strange."  I've seen it before, but Vic hadn't, so now we're primed for the rest of the magic MCU.

Friday, July 1, 2022

July 1st

A new month, so here are the stats:

Power billed
Power generated

Monday, June 27, 2022

June 26th

We went to the airport and met Shane - we flew over Camp Far West Lake on the way up to Auburn, where we met John and PJ for breakfast.

We did try to video the overhead join to landing, like I've done at GeorgetownPlacerville and Amador, but there was a Cessna flying a bomber pattern that caused us to extend downwind a lot further than I'd like, and then I did a really crappy landing in his wake.  John was complaining about the crosswind picking up the wing of the Citabria, so I'm saying it wasn't all me sucking.

Shane's rotor RPM gauge wasn't working, so we tried adjusting it a little, and it sorted itself out on the way back to Lincoln, so when we got back, we tightened it up where it was.

Sunday, June 26, 2022

June 24th

Vic got Tilly a new paddly pool, and today put water in it.  Tilly's not interested, thanks, she'd rather go back in the air conditioned house than lie in the water.  Which is a shame, as she used to love lying in her paddly pool.

In the evening, we watched "Morbius."

Monday, June 20, 2022

June 20th

Today was Juneteenth, when Americans celebrate the end of slavery by... well, they haven't decided yet, as this is the first time it's happened, but I suspect it'll be shopping soon enough.

I'd thrown together a couple of videos from yesterday:


Then met Shane and Liza at the airport and went for a little flight.

It was still a little bumpy, as the wind's coming from the North.

I managed to talk to Jarron's brother - he'd left me a message to call him, and it seems Jarron passed away on the 8th.  I don't know much else, but I'm going to help them get his flying stuff squared away.  At the moment I'm hoping we can get his parents to agree to donate one of his gyros to the McClellan aircraft museum, as it needs a load of work, but was built in Marysville.

In the evening, I threw together a video of trains we saw today, as Dad likes trains :o)

Sunday, June 19, 2022

June 19th

We met Randy at the airport, then flew to Amador - not been there before, but we've flow over it several times.

The "squiggles" (Vic tells me this is a technical term) is me climbing ~1,000' to get to the airport, while trying not to overrun Randy.

It's interesting, we landed downwind and uphill, because that was the direction all the locals were using.

Randy then went home to have lunch with his kids before they go to camp, while we flew on to Columbia for their fly-in.  As there was nobody in the pattern, we took off the proper way.  I later met a local who said landing that way is a nightmare in the turbulent wind, but I'd rather take off downhill, personally.

They had a temporary tower, and the controller didn't understand gyros at all - first he had me go out to the lake to join the pattern, meaning I was a lot further out than I normally would aim for, then he told me I could land on the apron - I pointed out that I needed forward speed, so I'd rather slot in behind the Cessna that'd just flown overhead :o)

We spent a lot of time talking about the gyro, because we had the only one there.  When it was time to leave, there was a plane waiting to cross the runway, so I told the controller they could go, as I'd need a little while to pre-rotate.  I then sat there, at 200 rotor rpm while half the planet crossed the runway, before getting to go for it.  It was pretty windy on the way back, so we headed out to the valley to get out of the worst of the turbulence.  Still, a 10-20kt headwind pretty much the whole way home meant it took us a while to get back, and as it was too windy for a lot of the fixed wing guys, I just did a straight in approach.  Because I'm lazy, and was pretty tired.

June 18th

I got up fairly early and picked Randy up so we could go to the airport and meet t'other Randy to get Randy's annual inspection done.  I know what A&P Randy is looking for now, having helped with... several... of these, so we were pretty much done by lunchtime.  After lunch we played around with the prop balancer we've all chipped in to buy - Randy's new 4 blade prop seems to be balanced fairly well... the little box shows lots of data, to the point we could see when there were crosswind gusts while we were testing it.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

June 13th

I tidied things up at work, then took the rental Sonic back.  That was a painless process other than the bill, and I then walked to the Chevrolet dealer and picked up the Bolt to drive home again.

The battery certainly seems bigger... this is after the short drive home:

It also has a nifty sticker on the window by the charge port:

Yes, I know it's filthy - it's been sitting outside waiting for the battery for 6 weeks :o(

Monday, June 13, 2022

June 12th

It was bloody windy today, so I gave up on flying.  I did go and work on the plane for a little while, while getting a bunch of gas to the hangar for the weekend.

Sunday, June 12, 2022

June 11th

We picked Randy up early and went to the airport to fly to Placerville.

There's a little observatory that overlooks the lake that nobody seems to know about, so I shot a video of it as we passed.  Maybe one day I'll go over it lower :o)

And after people seeming to like the "arriving at Georgetown" video, I shot one of arriving at Placerville.

We flew Young Eagles, because it was international Young Eagles day.

I flew 3 kids, and 1 helper :o)

Afterwards, we flew to Auburn to meet Chris and Chris for lunch.

After lunch, we headed back to Lincoln.

When we got home and caught up with everything, it seems the car's fixed and ready to pick up.  Probably have to get that organised for Monday though :o)

June 8th

Vic's found one of her sprinklers is leaking underground, so she's dug a great big hole around it.  As it's on a 90 degree bend, and we didn't want to pull everything apart to replace it, we installed a flexible hose.  It didn't pass any water.  We played around with it for a while, to make sure it wasn't blocked or anything, then gave up and dug up the rest of the hose.  That wasn't blocked either.  Eventually we figured out that the flexible hose, inside the protective sheath, was twisted by screwing it in - I haven't see that before, and we have a bunch of these installed.  Anyway, we untwisted it, and the water, it flows.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

June 7th

I met Shane at the airport and tinkered.  First off, I checked that I could get the rotor RPM gauge to work by running a drill by it - found out it needs to be the motor end of the drill by the sensor - on Randy's plane (because it's next to Shane's) it worked a treat.

Next, I checked that with the rotor brake on, the RRPM gauge worked on Shane's plane.  It did.  Taking the brake off stopped it working.

We swapped the switch, and now it worked when the rotor brake was off.

Because Shane's as pessimistic as I am, we pulled his gyro out of the hangar and actually span the rotor up to make sure the gauge worked, then put it away again.

June 6th

I swapped emails with Greg from Magni USA and it sounds like the rotor switch on Shane's gyro should be a NC, rather than the NO I put in.  He also shared that you can put an electric drill motor next to the sensor to test without having to spin the rotor :o)

Looking through all my accumulated crap, I had an NC switch, so I soldered a couple of bits of wire to it and we'll see about installing it tomorrow.

Monday, June 6, 2022

June 5th

It was throwing it down with rain, so Randy and I drove over to Cameron Park for their breakfast - there were a fairly large number of attendees, despite the rain.

We went on to the airport, where I replaced the push-to-talk switch on my plane, and we looked at the switch for Shane's rotor RPM gauge - replacing it doesn't seem to have fixed it, so I'll have to think about it.

In the evening, we went to Shane's birthday party, and ate cake :o)

June 4th

We met Shane and Liza at the airport, intending to fly to Sutter for lunch.  After an aborted takeoff by Shane, and rain appearing on my windscreen, we figured out the problem with Shane's rotor RPM gauge (bad microswitch) and just went to lunch at Karen's.

Saturday, June 4, 2022

June 2nd

I met Shane at the airport and we tinkered with his EIS until it stopped alarming.  So now, hopefully, it's of some use, as before it had most of the alarms set to 0.

June 1st

A new month, so here are the stats:

Power billed

Power generated

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

May 31st

The video I posted to YouTube yesterday has gone viral, with literally tens of view :o)

I got to pick up my new glasses, and they didn't give me vertigo, so I think that's done with.

In the evening we went and saw "Top Gun: Maverick."  We had been planning to go with a bunch of pilots, but that turned out to be like herding cats so we just gave up and went by ourselves.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

May 30th

Today was Memorial Day, when Americans remember their war dead by going shopping.

I was stuck watching stuff at work, so I couldn't do anything silly until about lunchtime, so I worked on a video of us arriving at Georgetown.

In the evening, we watched "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore."

Monday, May 30, 2022

May 29th

Randy and I flew to Auburn to meet the Georgetown campers for breakfast.

After breakfast, we flew to Cameron Park to look at one of the carbs on the RV-12 that Chris is trying to sell - it's been leaking.  On the way, we picked up Paul, a Magni pilot from Petaluma who was flying to Tahoe, when he called to say he was going to be passing Cameron Park.  We met at Cameron Park and chatted for a while before he continued.

After a lot of work replacing gaskets and floats and bending parts, we realised that the float bowl wasn't fitting properly.  We're not sure why, but a little filing and an application of a mallet managed to get it all back together so it stopped leaking.

I flew back in the fairly unpleasant headwind from the North - Randy had left earlier to get to some family dinner thing.

May 28th

Today was the Georgetown "Divide for the kids" fly-in, so we met Randy at the airport and flew up there.

A bunch of the guys from Cameron Park were there, as they're spending the night, but I didn't sleep well last year, plus with Vic in the plane didn't have space for camping gear.

Vic's decided she likes the Cal Fire Firehawk.  Shame I don't have $25,000,000 for one really.

Afterwards, we flew back.  It was a little bumpy under the clouds, but not terrible.

Monday, May 23, 2022

May 22nd

I met Randy at the airport and flew to Auburn to meet Chris and PJ for breakfast.

After breakfast we flew back - I started to follow Randy to the South, remembered we were landing on 33 and corrected for an overhead join.  He'd been just doing what he always does by setting up for 15, and sorted himself out for 33.

We reinstalled Shane's instrument panel, then found one of my fuel pumps wasn't working, so replaced that with a spare.  Now I need to get a new spare :o)

May 21st

We went to the airport and had breakfast, then worked on replacing a broken terminal block on the plane.  That too (a lot) longer than I'd expected, and I also helped Shane with his plane - there's some odd stuff going on with the EIS.

Vic and I went for our monthly flight around Camp Far West Lake, then helped Shane pull his dashboard to spray contact cleaner in the EIS before going home again.

Saturday, May 21, 2022

May 18th

I went to pick up my new glasses, to find I couldn't see at all well through the left eye.  We went through the "test your eyes" process again and found that the prescription was correct, leading me to think that they'd left the old lens in that eye, but what do I know, I'm not an optician.

Monday, May 16, 2022

May 15th

I met Shane and Liza at the airport and we flew up to Auburn to meet Chris, Tim and PJ for brunch.

We flew pretty much straight back, as the wind and thermals were quite bumpy.

During Shane's annual, I'd found that the oil pressure alarm on his engine information system wasn't set up, so we went to set that up, only to find that pretty much nothing was set to alarm.  Having set most stuff up, we found the exhaust gas temperature sensor on one cylinder was reporting all over the place, suggesting a wiring issue - the engine can't heat and cool that quickly.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

May 14th

I'm resting my back before I go back to work on Monday, so I just pottered around the house.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

May 13th

I'm still feeling pretty tired, so I just pottered around the house doing small stuff that needed to be done.

We watched "Dog," though Tilly slept through most of it.  Later, we watched "Moonfall," which had me saying "physics doesn't work like that" repeatedly.

Friday, May 13, 2022

May 12th

I was just starting to settle in and play Warcraft all day when Randy mailed me and Shane to say he could do the annual inspection on Shane's plane.  So I went to the airport and got that all done and out of the way for another year.

When I got home, Vic was back from the Bay Area, and Tilly was happy that everybody's back where she thinks they should be.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

May 11th

My back's getting better, but I still didn't get anything useful done.  Sometimes it's good to just laze around.

May 10th

We were supposed to be going to Los Gatos for Vic's mother's birthday, but I didn't sleep well and my back's still giving me a lot of trouble, so Vic's left me and Tilly at home.  I mostly watched TV and slept.

May 9th

I've taken the week off to get some stuff done, so started out by hurting my back figuring out how to get the rear seats down in the rental car.  Yay me.

Monday, May 9, 2022

May 8th

I met Bruce at the airport to talk about the EAA - he's looking at trying to be an advisor to the board to try and get them back on track.  I had some feedback :o)

May 7th

I started the day going to the airport for the "Brunch with Bud" event, but got sidetracked by Shane and his friend Dave wanting to go to Karen's for lunch, then Tony wanting to go to lunch at Karen's now.  So we went to Karen's now.

After lunch, I went for a short flight - Marty had been up and said it was pretty bumpy, and it was still bumpy.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

May 6th

We went and picked up a rental car while the Bolt is in getting its battery replaced.  The choice ended up being a Spark or a Charger, keeping the electric theme (though both are internal combustion engines.)  We took the Spark because it's cheaper (even though GM are paying for it) and it's easier to live with - the Charger is a looot bigger.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

May 4th

After an email conversation with a couple of the EAA board members about an IT issue, one sent me (and the whole board) an email reply that another board member later called "condescending."  I thought "I don't need to stay here and be condescended to.  I can go anywhere and be condescended to."  So I've suggested it might be better if they do their own IT and web support.

It's been brewing for a while, as I've been getting criticism for not posting updates they haven't told me about and so on, but after almost 10 years, I'm glad to be shot of it all.

I wish the webmaster well.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

May 3rd

Henry's going home this week, so we had a barbecue at the airport to see him off.

Randy's installed his new prop, so he went for a trial flight to see how that works.  It seems to be over-pitched, but he says it's a lot quieter.  It sounded the same from the ground, in my opinion.  We still plan to gather data comparing it to the stock Magni prop, as until then it's just "I can run faster in my new sneakers."

Sunday, May 1, 2022

May 1st

I went to the airport and flew up to Auburn to meet Randy and Henry, who'd gone out early to try and miss the worst of the bumpy weather.

It was pretty windy, so we all just came straight back.

When I finished being on call, I played with another video, this time of Henry.

Saturday, April 30, 2022

April 30th

I'm on call this weekend, so didn't get much done today, but I did throw together a short video from yesterday's flight to Nut Tree.

I went and met Shane, Henry, Randy, PJ and Ken (who flew in from Reno to see Henry) for lunch.  Didn't get around to flying, as I was pretty tired.

Friday, April 29, 2022

April 29th

Randy came and picked me up, and we met Henry, Shane and Liza at the airport.  We had originally intended to fly to Lampson, but as we'd had the crap beaten out of us on our last couple of cross country flights, we decided to try Nut Tree, with a divert to Sutter if it was too turbulent.

It wasn't turbulent, so we got to Nut Tree, and met Steve, another MTO pilot, from Petaluma.

Henry, me, Randy, Shane and Liza, Steve

After lunch, it was decided to stop at Woodland on the way back, and Steve said he'd fly there with us.

When we were setting up to leave, us to Lincoln, Steve to Petaluma, Steve's pre-rotator broke - it's a mechanical linkage on the Autogyros, and the link pin had failed.  We explained to him that he could manually pre-rotate, and Randy span the rotor up, to about 20rpm, and left him to run down the runway.  One of the issues with the Autogyro is that it has a pneumatic, push button pre-rotator, and it seems Steve doesn't understand how pre-rotation works, as he slammed the cyclic back and the propeller hit the rotor.  We were amazed that the design would allow that to happen.  Oh well... we found space in a hangar for him (George, a Magni pilot allowed him in,) and Randy flew him back to Nut Tree to get picked up to go home.  Shane, Liza and I flew back to Lincoln and waited for Henry and Randy to get back.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

April 28th

The weather forecast for today was crappy, so we'd declared it a maintenance day and decided against flying.  Obviously it was a nice day, but I did get to go to the optician's and do the 50 hour service on my plane.  We also installed an old digital altimeter I have in Randy's plane, mostly so he can see the vertical speed indicator :o)

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

April 27th

I went out to the airport, and Randy, Henry and I flew one of Randy's cow-orkers up to Auburn for lunch.

We flew back down the North Fork, then sat in the hangar and chatted for a while.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

April 26th

I picked Shane up and headed to the airport, where we met Randy and Henry and flew to Willows.  It was a bit of a cluster... Randy had been playing with the balance screw on his rotor, and left it so unbalanced that he turned back to adjust it again, leaving us to press on as we were supposed to be meeting a guy out of Petaluma at 13:00.  And he bailed out while we were in the air, apparently.  So after being battered by turbulence for over an hour, we got there and waited for Randy to arrive.

After lunch, we flew back via the valley to the West that's where they're going to be building the Sites Reservoir.

Monday, April 25, 2022

April 25th

I've taken the week off while Henry's here so we can do some flying.  So obviously I started the day at the Chevrolet dealer dropping the Bolt off ("is the check engine light on?" - "it doesn't have an engine") so they can look at the battery - I reckon they'll end up replacing it per the recall.

Randy picked me up when I got home again, and we went to the airport, where he, Shane, Henry and I flew to Oroville for lunch.

We had talked about going via Feather Falls on the way home, but the wind was a bit rowdy, so we shelved that idea.  I've bought a suction mount for the Insta360, so I slapped that on the side of the plane for the flight up, and when everything seemed OK, I screwed the camera to it for the way back.  It's pretty damn stable, and I'm giving Henry the footage to integrate with his footage from his 9 (!) cameras.

April 24th

Chris, Henry and Randy were heading to Half Moon Bay, and I didn't feel like getting out that early, so I pottered around the house and went out to the airport later.  I did a short flight, then changed the left hand tyre as the old one has some flat spots on it.

I was just finishing up as Randy and Henry got back - they'd only got to Petaluma and tooled around there for a while.  Chris had got to Half Moon Bay (despite the fog) but he was in an RV-12 that he's going to be helping sell.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

April 23rd

I'd offered to pick Shane up due to his scheduling conflicts with their one family car and 3 people wanting it, but my day started with the car throwing an error and saying it wanted a service.  The battery cooling system is working hard, so I think there's been some sort of event there.  So I took the van instead.

Half way back to the airport, I got paged, so we pulled into a parking lot and I spoke to a customer for a while, before agreeing to call them back when we got to the airport.

I called them back and it was obvious I wasn't flying to lunch with everybody, so they all left and I sat on conference calls most of the morning and into the afternoon.  Luckily I got off the call shortly after everybody got back, and could help Shane finish up his servicing before his annual.

I ran Shane home, then went home and finished up my day of work :o(

April 22nd

Shane's first annual inspection on his plane is due at the end of the month, and he's been getting a little twitchy about it, so we agreed to meet at the airport and make a start on it.

When I got there (early,) Henry was unloading his plane.  I know he likes to take his sweet time on everything, so I got Bill's RV-6 out and ran it up for 15 minutes to exercise the engine and get the oil up to temperature.  He's moved to Florida, and is aiming to be back in a couple more weeks to pick it up, and I'd said I'd try and run the engine every few weeks or so.

I helped Henry get his rotor back in, then Shane and I started on his service at the same time as getting everything back in the hangar.  We mostly got the pre-rotator all apart and serviced, but I'd say we're about half way done.

Friday, April 22, 2022

April 21st

One of us almost got sprayed in the face by a skunk last night.

In the evening, I attended the online EAA meeting.

Sunday, April 17, 2022

April 17th

We met Shane and Liza at the airport, then did our monthly flight over Far West Lake Reservoir on the way up to Nevada County airport - Shane and Liza haven't been there.

After standing around admiring the empty airport for a while, we flew home again.

PJ was meeting friends at Lincoln, so we chatted for a while, then went and had lunch.