January 16, 2018. 0008Z. Issue
Got in a quick loop, two rolls and a split-S
before the Wx arrived Monday in our area (pano pic below). And
the 16L practice ILS at KAFW. Passed the NASCAR track after
going missed and turning east RTB (look for the Texas-shaped pool in
the full size version). Could have worn shorts before lunch.
Not so much afterwards.
It's cold again. Bleh.
6,480 x 2,407 full size
3,264 x 2,448 full size
Flight Testing of Repaired Canopy Crack ...Scott Chastain
The San Joaquin Valley winter fog finally broke on the afternoon
of Sunday, January 14. I raced from Church to the airport and put
some preheat on the engine while I prepped the Dove for her
first flight since the canopy repair. After taking my dog, Gracie,
for a little adventure walk around the airport, I pushed the plane
out of the hangar for the first time since Christmas Day. It had
been 3 weeks since the canopy was removed.
Will helmet (or head) break the canopy?
With my seat a comfortable height for normal (blue-side up)
flying, I find when I do neg g maneuvers my helmet hits the canopy.
I cinch up the belts but it still happens. I have a slider and was
concerned if I could crack the canopy?
If I am not going to be doing aerobatics, I don’t wear the helmet
and my head doesn’t hit even in turbulence. The things I have
thought of: lower the seat but that will restrict forward
visibility, pad the helmet, don’t wear a helmet, or don’t worry
A: I have heard of one occurrence, here in
Colorado, where a very seasoned RV-6 pilot smacked his head during
turbulence and cracked his slider canopy enough that it needed to be
replaced. That being said, I believe the canopy had flown for many
years before this occurred. Although it's always been hangared, it
sees a lot of flight hours too.
A: Ages ago, I learned
aerobatics in an open-cockpit airplane over the ocean. The first
thing we'd so was roll upside down and roll back upright. Then we'd
tighten our safety belts as much as possible. We repeated this and
if necessary, we tightened again. Having no canopy and a cold ocean
underneath made this seem important.
Show us Your RV-4 ...Jvon811
I actually was fortunate to join the club back in June 2017 but
this is my first pic post! N249P is early-ish (S/N #715) with 327TT.
O-320 with a Ben Warnke Prop. Improvements in the works are a new
panel, "Poor man's cold air intake", heated seats, and many others.
Located KFNT, Flint, MI.
RV-7 Status ...pazmanyflyer
Finished horizontal intake. Started and finished trimming
baffles over this past weekend. I have a nice evenly spaced
(3/8"ish) baffle to cowl. Still need to do the air gap seal.
Video on oil
Build Update ...KazooRV-9A
Continued working on the right wing leading edge. Had a couple of
days last week in the upper 50's here in SW Michigan, worked with
the shop door open for awhile!
Leading edge now on, finally something permanently installed!
Stand-by Alternator Photos
Anyone have photos of installation of a stand-by alternator on
the rear engine case? It's kinda crowded back there and I am
wondering about interferences. Thanks.
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