Remembering Tony: Sunday 9/21
(from Amy) I am having a reception at my house
Sunday 9/21 from 4 to 7. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be
served. Please come raise a glass and celebrate Tony's life. Stay as
little or as long as you'd like. Please share with others. Just have
them email me or text me they are coming so I can have an accurate
head count. (Cross Keys Airport
AOG --Stuck with a flat at KHKY (Hickory NC)
I am up at KHKY (Hickory NC) with a main wheel flat.
Anyone have some advise on who locally could provide some much
needed help? Tried the local FBO but no one is home. Standard 5x5
Cylinder #1 spark plugs Rotax 912ULS
Since my first engine start I've noticed the plugs
in Cylinder #1 are black (sooty) compared to the other 3. I was
hoping it was just something that was happening because the first
hour or so was mostly idle to 2500RPM. I had the 25 hour inspection
done by a Rotax certified mechanic. He said he's never seen it
before on only one cylinder. The Rotax response has been not to
worry about it as all engine parameters are good and it runs fine.
It may not be connected but I also noticed the exhaust is very
sooty. I had a 912 in my Pulsar and never had the issue.
Carbs are balanced
Only run 93 auto fuel (normally 5% ethanol)
Cleaned and re-gapped the plugs
Compression was perfect (25 hour check)
The other plugs are a nice light brown
The plugs are not oily at all, the soot (maybe carbon) wipes off.
Has anyone else seen this issue, if so any suggestions on what else
Well, I pulled the cylinder - here are some pics
VFR Through Tampa Class B
We have a bunch of time off for the Christmas
holiday and we're thinking of taking the Rocket out for a little
spin down to Key West. Since I'm coming from California, I'm
planning on running the coast along the panhandle, then jumping
across the Gulf, going feet dry somewhere north of Tampa. I'd LIKE
to run the entire west coast down to Key West, but Tampa is really
in the way. I have no problem with Bravo airspace in general, but I
know some is more "VFR friendly" than others. PHX for example only
rarely lets me pass through. If Tampa is sketchy, I'd rather just
plan to go around from the get go.
Any practical guidance/experience would be appreciated.
The RV-Specific Gatherings Coming Up
(Oct 3-5). Texas
(Oct 24-26). Arkansas