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June 23, 2017.   Issue No. 4,337.
 
Thursday morning I woke up and sat down at the computer. And worked. Drove out to the airport and flew .2 hours. Worked some more using my phone and iPad. Exercised for 40 min.  Worked some more on the computer. Took a shower. Took a sip of my iced tea through the straw.  There was a fly in that straw.  It had drowned on sweet tea.  I thought it was a lemon seed for a second or two.
  I have, as of today, adjusted my "drinking sweet tea at the airport" procedure to include the following line:

  •   Cover the straw, dumb@ss.

  I'm still a little creeped out by the whole ordeal :-).  Ugh.  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe, straw-covered and RV-filled weekend.


Sky, Scorch and Scroll taxiing in at Hicks.
Random image from the PC.  dr

 

Puddle jumping number two – the sequel… An update

Today has been quite an adventure. Our companions in the Beech 18 got out their lightweight balloon to do the 4th ever balloon flight in Iceland and the first by a female pilot.

We then loaded up and set off for Isafjordur. My co-pilot Rocky was flying this leg and I sat behind. After backtracking the runway we had a call to stop and exit because the wheel was on fire!

We quickly got it extinguished, removed wheel fairings, got new O rings and fluid to repair the brakes. Tyre was damaged, but only on the surface and cords OK no bulges. We managed to get a new tyre sent fron Reykjavik to our destination. Just arrived 30 minutes ago and will be replaced ASAP.

Wonderful scenic flight across northern Iceland, with a bit of formation flying with the Saratoga and Beech 18 (Betty the Beech).
You should be able to see some pictures in the link below.

 

No "BOTH" Positions Allowed on RVs ...Vic

Please, please, please don't do this. I was performing a prebuy on an RV-8 today and for the second time I found a fuel valve with a BOTH position. Huge NO-NO! A both position in a low wing aircraft will fool you into thinking it works correctly, especially when both tanks are either full or above the fuel pickup. But let one of the tanks get below a fuel pickup and even if you happen to have a full tank on the other side, it will suck air. Probably at the worst time, like when turning base to final. More accidents are caused by modifications to the fuel systems than any other modification. It was a even very nice Andair valve, too.

 

Music input noise trouble-shooting ...UnPossible

Q: Hey - recently I am having some trouble with noise in the music input for my audio panel. When I built the plane, I installed a 1/8" headphone jack in the rear of the plane, wired to the aux music input of the audio panel (PS engineering PMA5000EX). This has worked well for 5+ years.

Now whenever I try and play music through the Aux input, the music is very muted, with a bunch of "fuzz" that sounds like waves. I have not changed anything in the plane. I've checked the wiring at both ends, and everything looks fine. I've tried two different music sources and several cables. At this point I am about of ideas. Any suggestions or ideas on other things to try?

A: If the music input jack is grounded to the airframe, often times this introduces a ground loop that creates problems similar to what you're hearing. Try isolating the input jack from the airframe and see if that helps. All-plastic jacks are available, with solder connections on the rear for wiring, that prevent the ground loop issue

A: Try shutting off things one at a time while you are getting the noise.......strobes, xpnder, position lights etc.

Other possibilty is ignition or alternator........both have parts that wear over time and could start causing issues that were not there when new.

A: This exact thing happened to me recently. I use an IPhone 6 for the music source. I discovered that it was the music jack on the phone that was malfunctioning. I then put on earphones and only heard one side. If you have an IPhone you can get a lightning adapter (plugs into the main power charging port) that will allow you to plug straight into your music jack from the phone. Now my music is crystal clear again. I have a GTR 200 comm with music input via the 1/8" music jack on the right side near my headphone jacks.

Solved: Problem solved....... and it wasn't anything I expected. The culprit was a new phone. I googled "Samsung S8 static from headphone jack" and found several articles mentioning solving a similar problem by enabling a UHC setting in the audio quality menu. I flipped the switch, and the static is gone. Glad it was an easy fix...I really was not looking forward to tracing out wires, etc.

 

Van's Aircraft OSH Banquet Tickets Go On Sale ...from the mothership.

Event: 2017 Van’s OshKosh Banquet
Time: Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Location: Nature Center Pavilion*
$35 per person
Please order tickets in advance on our website, www.vansaircraft.com or call Van’s M-F 503-678-6545 option 1 or 2.
Please pick up the tickets at Van’s booth at the show.
TICKETS WILL NOT BE MAILED.

*****MENU*****
APPETIZERS
FRESH GARDEN SALAD W/CHOICE OF TWO DRESSINGS
CAESAR SALAD
VEGETABLE – CHEF’S CHOICE
ROASTED POTATOES
MEDITERRANEAN GARLIC CHICKEN
BACON-WRAPPED PORK TENDERLOIN W/RASPBERRY JUS
DINNER ROLLS W/BUTTER
STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE
COFFEE AND ICED TEA

 

News at my Home Field

FMI: Fly52F.org

 

Support Position Open at the Mothership

Van's Aircraft is looking for a Customer Support person at our factory in Aurora, Oregon.

We need a front office person with RV building experience and strong customer relationship and management skills. Also required are good verbal and written communication skills, computer experience (MS Office, Syspro) and a patient, problem-solver personality. The ideal candidate will have built, finished and flown an RV, though builders of less desirable airplanes will be considered. Duties for an experienced RV pilot may also include sales demonstration flights, and representing Van's at airshows.

Compensation includes $50-60k salary, health benefits, 401K and participation in Van's ESOP.

If you want to work for the best kit aircraft manufacturer in the world, email your resume with a cover letter to explain why you’re the person for the job.

Email resume to: gusf (at) vansaircraft.com

 

How to Minimize the Chance You Could be Dealing with a Scammer

...when using the classifieds.


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