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by PilotDAR
Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: 20th Century power
Replies: 23
Views: 896

Re: 20th Century power

I agree with Glasnost's considered reply, other than to say that my understanding is that the Subaru engine was evolved from an aircraft engine: Using engineering owing much to Fuji Heavy Industries' aviation background, 1965 saw the introduction of the legendary Subaru Boxer Engine – a feature that...
by PilotDAR
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Getting my ppl- go direct or in steps
Replies: 7
Views: 313

Re: Getting my ppl- go direct or in steps

I suggest aiming at your target = go direct. If you want to fly ultralights, go ahead, but if certified GA ariplanes are your ultimate objective, I'd start there. There's no hurry, so take the lessons as you can, but at least you're on one track. Certainly, some of what you'd learn in ultralights wo...
by PilotDAR
Sat Sep 15, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: 3 dead, 2 uninjured in NWT
Replies: 49
Views: 5543

Re: 3 dead, 2 uninjured in NWT

Flying straight floats lessens some of the risk

Why?
You can't mistakenly land wheels down in the water on straight floats.
by PilotDAR
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:33 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Fatal Crusader in MI
Replies: 3
Views: 587

Re: Fatal Crusader in MI

I always thought the 340A was also a Crusader? Sorry, they were different. A 340 and 335 were cabin class versions of the 310R. The 303 Crusader followed later, and was a very different plane. I flew them all. The 303 had a few nice improvements (landing gear and flaps in particular), though overal...
by PilotDAR
Tue Sep 11, 2018 4:20 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: 20th Century power
Replies: 23
Views: 896

Re: 20th Century power

Lycoming/Continental aircraft engines have poor power to weight ratios compared to other engines, mostly because they are simple, and not hard working - low compression ratios. In part, this is because of the design need for being slow turning, direct drive. Any auto engine must be gear reduced to d...
by PilotDAR
Mon Sep 10, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: 20th Century power
Replies: 23
Views: 896

Re: 20th Century power

Type certified aircraft are required to have type certified engines. Type certifying an engine, in addition to immense development costs, requires about a quarter million dollar fee to Transport Canada. A type certified piston aircraft engine is required to operate without an external electrical pow...
by PilotDAR
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:14 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Dual Signatures
Replies: 4
Views: 470

Re: Dual Signatures

I was asked about my experience with a control problem in a C 206. I had posted before about the event, here's the text of my post again: So you’re going to do a maintenance test flight…. Part One - Which way is up? A maintenance test flight was required, prior to the Transport Canada approved test ...
by PilotDAR
Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:54 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: 2018 CNE Airshow
Replies: 23
Views: 2168

Re: 2018 CNE Airshow

When I was trained to fly helicopters, I was told that I was responsible for any damage caused by my rotor wash.
by PilotDAR
Sat Sep 08, 2018 4:52 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: C152 Hot Start tips
Replies: 8
Views: 417

Re: C152 Hot Start tips

Do not run any piston engine at 1700 upon starting! Oil really has not circulated much. It's much better for the engine to idle as oil pressure builds, then once oil pressure is indicating, open the throttle only as required. The engine probably won't idle smoothly with the throttle fully closed, bu...
by PilotDAR
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Drama Queen pax runs to CBC
Replies: 44
Views: 3399

Re: Drama Queen pax runs to CBC

Well... nice sentiment I suppose, but I'm not sure it helped much...

I have never found myself:
rescinding the landing gear
But I suppose I have things to learn as a pilot....
by PilotDAR
Fri Sep 07, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Fatal Crusader in MI
Replies: 3
Views: 587

Re: Fatal Crusader in MI

The aircraft which crashed is correctly identified as a Cessna 340A. A Cessna 303 is a Crusader, a somewhat different aircraft from a 340.
by PilotDAR
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Fuel Vent/Leak Issue
Replies: 14
Views: 747

Re: Fuel Vent/Leak Issue

The previous owner plugged the 2 lower vents
Oh dear... an unapproved, undocumented modification - you gotta watch for those! I would not want to be the person who had been found to have done that if the result had been a fuel related forced landing!
by PilotDAR
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:04 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Drama Queen pax runs to CBC
Replies: 44
Views: 3399

Re: Drama Queen pax runs to CBC

due to a flap indication
Maybe the flaps indicated were on the other aircraft? No idea, just taking this as seriously as it should be taken - not at all!
by PilotDAR
Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Dual Signatures
Replies: 4
Views: 470

Re: Dual Signatures

Do not minimize the importance and value of two sets of eyes on flight control work. I have had a number of instances where a flight control rigging error has caused the requirement for further corrective action. In such cases, either only one mechanic had inspected the work, and missed something, o...
by PilotDAR
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Ipad password/passcode
Replies: 2
Views: 989

Ipad password/passcode

Now I admit it, I'm an Ipad/Iphone/Ipod neophyte. My 14 year old daughter often provides very helpful technical assistance. Put literally, when it comes to those, I don't know what I'm talking about. I tend to think that I'll not ever catch up with advancing technology with these... However, I do us...
by PilotDAR
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Drama Queen pax runs to CBC
Replies: 44
Views: 3399

Re: Drama Queen pax runs to CBC

I was thinking about this as I walked airside today, watching where I was going. A truck was backing up, and I was not certain that the driver had seen me, so I stopped, and took a step back, so the truck could pass. I was nearly run over! Except that I wasn't, because I paid attention, and remained...
by PilotDAR
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: How do you tame Redbird FMX?
Replies: 14
Views: 718

Re: How do you tame Redbird FMX?

The point of a good training aid is to simulate the more demanding characteristics of flying an aircraft. The Redbird is approved for the purpose, so like an approved plane, it's your's to master flying it with appropriate precision.
by PilotDAR
Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Mogas in O-470k giving higher EGT than 100LL
Replies: 8
Views: 627

Re: Mogas in O-470k giving higher EGT than 100LL

The "energy content" of MOGAS is very slightly greater than that of AVGAS. The octane rating is not a measure of energy (power) of the fuel, but rather its resistance to detonation in higher compression engines. You won't be getting close to the detonation margin in an O-470K, unless you're horribly...
by PilotDAR
Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: 2018 CNE Airshow
Replies: 23
Views: 2168

Re: 2018 CNE Airshow

The big iron is mostly based at YYZ
Yes, taxiing out I saw a parked P51, F-18, the Thunderbirds F16's, and two F35's
by PilotDAR
Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Plane hits bales of hay
Replies: 6
Views: 1246

Re: Plane hits bales of hay

Guess who is responsible to ensure the runway is clear. Yes, and in my case, I have to back taxi the full length for departure. In this case, the runway was fine, it was the departure path which had been affected, I wasn't thinking to check for that, and the landing light won't illuminate below muc...
by PilotDAR
Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Plane hits bales of hay
Replies: 6
Views: 1246

Re: Plane hits bales of hay

Yeah, round bales are more dense than would appear. I took off from home at night years back with my wife. I left the takeoff more flat than usual, to defeat the black hole effect, and have a little extra speed. The next morning, I noticed that the farmer next door had left a round bale right at the...
by PilotDAR
Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: 2018 CNE Airshow
Replies: 23
Views: 2168

Re: 2018 CNE Airshow

I presume the airshow is underway. I'm in the KLM lounge at YYZ T3, and the snowbirds just gave us a show, crossing 15/33 at a few hundred feet. A number of us sitting at the window all said "cool!" in unison!
by PilotDAR
Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Fuel Vent/Leak Issue
Replies: 14
Views: 747

Re: Fuel Vent/Leak Issue

Why are some fuel vents out of the air flow (behind a strut or shield, and some aren't? In the case of Cessnas, I understand that the vent is behind the strut to keep it out of icing. I don't expect that your aircraft is intended to tolerate any icing whatever, so this was probably not considered. ...
by PilotDAR
Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Fuel Vent/Leak Issue
Replies: 14
Views: 747

Re: Fuel Vent/Leak Issue

Is the vent valve in the fuel cap working properly? The low pressure over the top of the wing can suck fuel out in flight, particularly if the vent can crossfeed from the other tank. Thus fuel can be lost in flight, but not on the ground. The lower the fuel gets in the tank, the less it will flow ou...
by PilotDAR
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: How are those PA-31 Cowls
Replies: 11
Views: 1130

Re: How are those PA-31 Cowls

On a Navajo... Nose baggage door latched and LOCKED! 'Same for other twins with nose baggage or wing lockers. Locking the baggage door of any aircraft has merit, unless it actually could act as an emergency exit.

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