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by cgzro
Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:18 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: how do kids afford this racket???
Replies: 56
Views: 3286

Re: how do kids afford this racket???

i remember paying for about 200 hours over 3 years by working 3 nights a week as a busboy then waiter in a restaurant. Lived at home and did not have a car. Was very hard work to get an hour or two each week. i think it worked out to two nights of work for one hour of dual or something like that and...
by cgzro
Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Idle Mixture
Replies: 7
Views: 1488

Re: Idle Mixture

Normally a correct idle mixture will yield a slight RPM increase prior to a drop as you slowly lean to kill a warm engine from about 1000 rpm. I believe Lycoming says 50rpm rise.

If however it rises too much, the idle micture is too rich and if it does not rise enough its too lean.
by cgzro
Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:47 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Hybrid Electric Jet is ready to take-off
Replies: 4
Views: 660

Re: Hybrid Electric Jet is ready to take-off

Technically its a variable pitch ducted fan not a jet. Specs say ceiling is 25,000 feet. Has a gas turbine generator. 8 cents per pax mile.

I wonder how much it takes to heat/de-ice and pressurize at 25,000 feet? Can't be trivial amount of energy.
by cgzro
Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Light aircraft down near Gatineau
Replies: 6
Views: 1739

Re: Light aircraft down near Gatineau

Thank goodness nobody was hurt. He was very calm on the radio talking to Gatineau as it unfolded.
by cgzro
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Be careful when applying brakes in an old taildragger
Replies: 11
Views: 1334

Re: Be careful when applying brakes in an old taildragger

"You really don't want to apply brakes when the aircraft is like this(the picture from a different landing)......" Stick and Rudder, Langeweische, page 308, disagrees with this generalization, in fact there is an excellent discussion of very short landing techniques using brakes and two point and th...
by cgzro
Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: iPad Mini 4 and ForeFlight
Replies: 26
Views: 4168

Re: iPad Mini 4 and ForeFlight

If you want GPS you have to buy the cellular version, even if you never connect it to a cell network.
Annoying but the GPS is very good.
by cgzro
Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: to inhibit?
Replies: 14
Views: 2024

Re: to inhibit?

"cgrzo - That won't stop the cam from rusting" True but its most likely better than multi vis in an idle plane. The 2F oil's are 100w ... with a preservative. As far as I know they don't use multi-vis + a preservative in any preservative oil so I assume that the 100w provides better protection than ...
by cgzro
Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:33 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: to inhibit?
Replies: 14
Views: 2024

Re: to inhibit?

Use a straight weight and pre-heat until toasty warm before flying.
by cgzro
Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Eurofighter in Italy
Replies: 6
Views: 1157

Re: Eurofighter in Italy

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by cgzro
Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Do you check your killer items just prior to takeoff?
Replies: 12
Views: 1715

Re: Do you check your killer items just prior to takeoff?

Given that the most likely things to kill you are weather and fuel related its probably a good idea to check both more than a few times before you take-off.
by cgzro
Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Seeking Advice on Diagnosing Oil Consumption
Replies: 26
Views: 3351

Re: Seeking Advice on Diagnosing Oil Consumption

Never assume a new gasket was used:)

Those exhaust nuts need to be retorqued. If not you will soon be pulling the exhaust, redoing the mating surfaces and putting a new gasket in there.

That should be corrected because if the gasket burns out then you have a loose exhaust etc.. Very unpleasant.
by cgzro
Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Seeking Advice on Diagnosing Oil Consumption
Replies: 26
Views: 3351

Re: Seeking Advice on Diagnosing Oil Consumption

[quote="OntheNumbers"][quote="cgzro"]That's very common. Most of those bolts will take a 1/4 turn every now and then. Have your mechanic go around the sump attach bolts and case 1/2 bolts and torque them down. Those things are worth checking every time you drop the cowl or change the oil.[/quote] I ...
by cgzro
Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:13 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Seeking Advice on Diagnosing Oil Consumption
Replies: 26
Views: 3351

Re: Seeking Advice on Diagnosing Oil Consumption

That's very common. Most of those bolts will take a 1/4 turn every now and then. Have your mechanic go around the sump attach bolts and case 1/2 bolts and torque them down. Those things are worth checking every time you drop the cowl or change the oil.
by cgzro
Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Hot start issues
Replies: 15
Views: 1690

Re: Hot start issues

"EI digital tach was installed," That EI tach connects directly to the P-leads where it allows a small amount of current to ground through an "isolator" so that it can measure the pulses and count them. If for some reason the isolator is allowing too much current to flow to ground it will reduce the...
by cgzro
Sun Sep 24, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Hot start issues
Replies: 15
Views: 1690

Re: Hot start issues

- How old is the battery. Sometimes even a small difference in RPM at start can make the difference between easy and hard.

- How old is the starter, again if its dropped a bit in RPM due to being worn that can have an impact.
by cgzro
Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Wheel landing or three point?
Replies: 53
Views: 5951

Re: Wheel landing or three point?

You can get very short landing distances 2 point by deaccellerating faster than in 3 point attitude because you can have full weight on the wheels (or more if you push hard). So with proper technique on a dry runway you might be able to outperform a 3 point distance but it requires hard push and ver...
by cgzro
Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:54 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Wheel landing or three point?
Replies: 53
Views: 5951

Re: Wheel landing or three point?

"the Decathlon is much easier to three point even in a reasonable crosswind can't remember if there is much handling difference between the Citabria and Decathlon(the wings are different)." The Decathlon is surprisingly easier to land that the Citabria which is much more floaty with the slightly big...
by cgzro
Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:47 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Clearing Turns
Replies: 22
Views: 1721

Re: Clearing Turns

Most mid air collisions don't occur between aircraft that are both in level flight. Usually one is climbing or descending into the other. So you really need to think of yourself in three dimensions and look all around and up/down before doing anything that changes your vertical position. For example...
by cgzro
Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Wheel landing or three point?
Replies: 53
Views: 5951

Re: Wheel landing or three point?

The simple trick to avoiding PIO in a two point landing is simply to put one main down slightly before the other. This ensures that you have a bit more time to check the bounce. Works beautifully in all the tail draggers Ive flown so far. From j3s, Citabrias, Decathlon, Extra, all the Pitts line, Ha...
by cgzro
Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Benefits of using digital wallet mobile app whilst travelling
Replies: 16
Views: 2839

Re: Benefits of using digital wallets whilst travelling

Agreed. Cash especially in countries you cant easily communicate in.
Ive had several bad experiences with credit and debit not working in Europe and Asia and if i had not had enough cash id have been sleeping on the curb. Smart phone battery dies.. digital wallet gone..
by cgzro
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:28 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Somewhere to take dual in a vintage airplane?
Replies: 5
Views: 1224

Re: Somewhere to take dual in a vintage airplane?

If you can fly a Cub from the rear seat with somebody blocking the front view then you we well on your way to being able to fly some of the vintage aircraft like the Moth. Likewise doing a bunch of circuits in a Pitts before jumping into a Harvard would save you a lot of money as they are 1/3 the op...
by cgzro
Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Somewhere to take dual in a vintage airplane?
Replies: 5
Views: 1224

Re: Somewhere to take dual in a vintage airplane?

Do a bunch of Decathlon then Cub before a Moth or Harvard, make it much easier and more productive. Moth is a lot like a Cub.
by cgzro
Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: a problem with compass swing
Replies: 27
Views: 3901

Re: a problem with compass swing

Yup- The compas has little adjustable magnets in it and a procedure for compensating by moving the magnets around. Also make sure the electronics are turned on and dont use magnetic screwdrives anywhere near the compas. Real pain.

Also possible to degauss but ugh
by cgzro
Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Use the tree to cushion the landing
Replies: 14
Views: 2073

Re: Use the tree to cushion the landing

That's one hell of a tree. I want the spars of my next plane made out of whatever that was!
by cgzro
Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: airshow
Replies: 3
Views: 953

Re: airshow

I'll be a downer, but I don't think its possible for most people to make money doing Airshows in Canada. There are perhaps a few exceptions but most folks subsidize it with a day job, or are retired with a bit of cash they don't mind slowly blowing. Often the show will simply provide you with some g...

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