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April 26, 2018. Issue
Check those Rudder/Elevator Counter Weight Bolts!
Make sure you are checking that your counter weights are secured
and the bolts are tight during your inspections. This one required
quite a bit of work to access, but the loose counter weight screws
were hanging down and almost ready to jam the rudder
The same precaution holds true for the elevator weights.
This is not the first time I've run into this.
PS: the big cut out was required because there is a bulkhead that
had to have holes drilled in it to access the nuts, these tall
rudders have these nuts buried pretty good.
Hollywood Overfly How To?
Question for California locals. If you are on a VFR photo mission
near Hollywood Sign how would you voice your request to ATC and
where? The airspace seems saturated and terrain pretty high. Can I
just talk to Burbank and ask? I've been on the other side of San
Gabriel Mountains couple times but never crossed toward LA. The
terminal chart looks very New Yorkish wondering if air traffic is
that organized. Where else to fly scenic in the Basin?
Garmin Aera 660 V3.30 with Internet Weather
We are pleased to announce a significant free software upgrade for
the Aera 660. The V3.30 release which is available NOW for download
includes free internet weather for parts of the world that provide
this data. All you need is an internet connection to enjoy the
benefits of internet weather while using the Aera 660 at home and
The current software supports NEXRAD and METARS/TAFS over the
internet, with more internet weather products coming in the future.
Here is an image taken during Sun N Fun when the weather was making
G3X Training at OSH 2018
Hi VAF friends, long time no see!
In December I began working for Garmin in Olathe, KS on the Aviation
Product Support team. I develop and deliver avionics maintenance and
installation training for avionics technicians. So far it's been a
great career move and I've learned a ton about avionics systems...
even the certified variety!
My team and I will be giving a series of 45-minute training sessions
for G3X installation and flying each day at Oshkosh this year, and
it's time to start digging in and developing content. So I figured,
who better to ask about what to talk about than you all??
If you're planning a G3X installation, what would you like to know?
What can we do to demystify the system for you? If you've already
gone through an installation, what did you have trouble with? What
things could be clearer in the manuals?
I've posted a poll here, but if there's something else you'd
like to know, please reply in the thread and I'll see what I can do.
Thanks-- & see you there!
Low compression, bore scope pics, carbon...
Routine oil change and FWF inspection, expected no
But the compression test; 74-78/80 on others, cly 2 50/80 first few
tests, rotated prop several times, got up to 64/80.
Late night did not listen for source of leak, but did take the time
to scope with new Vividia VA-400.
490 hour since new IO-360M1B
Exxon Elite 20W-50
No fuel or oil additives
Engine has not missed a beat.
Runs smooth even in LOP cruise operations
EGT and CHT normal ranges and matched close.
The proper way to make log book entries
Can any of my brethren here advise me on where to start learning
about the proper way to make log book entries (Airframe, Engine, and
Propeller) that would help me with requirements and phrasing?
I am just getting ready to transition from building the airframe to
installing the engine, and would like to learn the proper way to
indicate that SB's and letters have been complied with, and also
prepare for the happy day when I can include maintenance as well.
As in everything else aviation, I am sure there are the official
regs, and possibly an easier to follow aftermarket book perhaps, but
I do not know where to start.
One of the Best Uses of Quotes in a Reply I've Ever Seen ...dr
New Flap Actuator for the RV-10!
We will no longer have to deal with an external flap position sensor
on the RV-10!
I just finished installing one of the prototype flap actuators from
PHAviation.com. These actuators have a BUILT IN potentiometer for
position information, so say goodbye to the external sensor mounts
Here is a side by side comparison of the actuators:
Skidding and Slipping Departures from Controlled Flight in an RV
Forgive the old video; but unfortunately I don't have the
originals on my laptop hard drive...
The first clip is a demonstration of a skidding departure in my
RV-4. In a skid, the airplane rapidly departs underneath when the
critical angle of attack is exceeded. There is very limited
aerodynamic warning in the form of buffet and nose slice visual
cues. The fastest recovery (minimum altitude loss) is to actually
keep the roll going after the initial snap roll to an inverted
A Firewall Detail and a Spar Bulkhead Fitting Issue ...David
There are two areas in the assembly of the firewall and the spar
bulkhead build-up where a builder might make an error like I did.
The first is on the bottom of the firewall. There's a 3/4 x 3/4 x
1/8 angle that gets riveted to the firewall. It should NOT be flush
to the flange. Instead, don't forget to allow a .040 gap for the
F-321 forward belly skin.
Here's what it will be when you're done:
High Oil temps - Louvers vs Cowl Flap
Now that summer is approaching, I'm thinking again about what I
need to do to lower the oil temps in my 7A.
I have "real" S&W oil cooler mounted on the left rear baffle. I've
worked hard making sure my baffle seals are good and that I've
sealed all the gaps between the engine and the baffles. Despite all
that I've done, when it gets really hot outside, my oil temps run
consistenly at 210 F or above. It not unusually for me to see 220 -
230+. I even sent my oil cooler to Pacific Oil coolers to have it
I just bought a pair of aluminum louvers from Cleaveland tools and
started searching the forums for installation hints. In the course
of my research I came across some old threads on the Anti-splat EZ
So my question is: For those of you that have installed either the
EZ Cool Flap or the Cleaveland louvers, what impact did they have on
your Oil Temps?
I'm particularly interested in reviews of EZ Cool Flap.
FYI. I don't have a problem with my CHT's - just oil temps.
Granbury, TX Pancake Fly-In This Weekend
Facility/Industrial Equipment Maintenance Position
Van’s Aircraft has an opening for a Facility/Industrial Equipment
Maintenance Position. Listed below are the required educational,
technical skills and general responsibilities. If you meet these
qualifications and desire to work for the world’s leading kit
aircraft manufacturer, please submit your resume to Bill Bobbitt at
billb 'at' vansaircraft.com. We will contact you for an
Van’s offers a very competitive salary. Other benefits
include 401(k) plan, Employee Stock Ownership program, health
insurance, paid holidays, and a generous vacation and sick time
Key responsibilities of the Maintenance Electrician/Millwright
• Perform preventive maintenance activities on heavy
industrial equipment such as cleaning, lubricating, inspecting,
replacing worn parts or adjusting as needed.
• Perform electrical, mechanical, pneumatic and hydraulic
systems installations, repairs, adjustments or improvements as
• General metal fabrication skills: Able to use mills, lathes,
drill presses, saws, calipers, micrometers, die grinders,
acetylene cutting torch, Arc/MIG/TIG welding, etc.
• Repair/reroute electrical branch circuits for existing
equipment for repairs or improvements/upgrades with the ability
to size and install the breakers, wire, conduit, j-boxes and
switch gear/disconnects as needed.
•Able to read electrical schematics and use same in general
electrical and network troubleshooting for industrial automation
and control, including, Profibus/Profinet (or similar network
protocols), HMI’s, PLC’s, PAC’s, VFD’s,
and remote I/O (ASi). Able to use DMMs and IR guns.
• Able to read, develop or program Siemens Step 7 TIA Portal
V13/14/15 PLC/HMI/Network ladder logic, sequential function,
statement or function block (SFC,ST,FBD) programs or similar
• Strong problem solving skills, initiative and able to plan
work activities effectively.
• General CMMS skills.
• Maintain clean and organized work areas.
Work Environment and Physical Requirements
• Work requires the ability to lift moderately heavy
equipment and materials (50lbs), and stand for extended periods
• Walking, climbing ladders and entering cramped or difficult to
reach locations may be part of daily activities.
• Use of man lift to access equipment for installations,
maintenance, repairs or adjustments.
• High School diploma or equivalent
• 2 years of secondary education in industrial automation and
control or equivalent in electrical/mechanical trade CEU’s or
• Current Oregon LME (Limited Maintenance Electrician) license
or able to obtain same.
• Documentation or able to get same showing you are a
“qualified” person as defined by OSHA/Oregon OSHA and NFPA 70E
to work on energized electrical equipment with the appropriate
• No less than 3 years of experience as a licensed
LME/Manufacturing Electrician and/or a Journeyman Millwright in
an industrial/manufacturing environment.
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