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by cgzro
Sat Apr 19, 2008 1:59 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: What is this thing for? (not dick related)
Replies: 28
Views: 1363

Re: What is this thing for? (not dick related)

Actually the string is used to indicate direction. I.e. forward/reverse. When an aerobatic plane is flying straight up, stops and reverses in the air, the 'exact' moment that the plane starts backing up is pretty important because the controls all work backwards. Its also useful for knowning when to...
by cgzro
Sat Apr 19, 2008 6:26 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: What is this thing for? (not dick related)
Replies: 28
Views: 1363

Re: What is this thing for? (not dick related)

You can see one in use here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bZcQBvgg6U The camera is mounted not quite in line with my eye so it looks a bit off but you can see how it is used to judge 45's verticals etc. Look at 1:30 and beyond. They are called aerobatic sight gauges and the one for the Decathalon...
by cgzro
Fri Apr 04, 2008 6:59 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: The Garmin 196 spat
Replies: 127
Views: 2759

Re: The Garmin 196 spat

Have you considered the effect of the extra weight on the yoke has on the stability of the flight control system? It's just another example of treating airplanes like science experiments. Were you aware that the mounting of weight on control yokes in this manner may invalidate your C of A? Thats a ...
by cgzro
Fri Apr 04, 2008 10:24 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: The Garmin 196 spat
Replies: 127
Views: 2759

Re: The Garmin 196 spat

How many of these "life threatening" emergencies started from bad decision making like this: "A GPS saved my life once. I was flying single pilot IMC in a crappy King Air . The turn and bank didn't work when I departed , If the airplane was crappy, and basic flight instruments unserviceable, why de...
by cgzro
Fri Apr 04, 2008 9:54 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: The Garmin 196 spat
Replies: 127
Views: 2759

Re: The Garmin 196 spat

Love your web page Peter... ....I was at the Aviat factory last fall buying a new Husky and can relate to the quality of their paint jobs....among other things. The Husky has the feel of a Pitts compared to the Super Cub and that is what really cemented my decision to buy the Husky..... ....by the ...
by cgzro
Thu Apr 03, 2008 6:29 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: The Garmin 196 spat
Replies: 127
Views: 2759

Re: The Garmin 196 spat

Seems to me there are three issues here: a) can a system that only knows your position and time 100's of times a second mathematically produce some information that could usefully help you level your wings? b) if you had such a system should you use it in an emergency? c) was this being advocated in...
by cgzro
Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:03 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Importance of CHT
Replies: 22
Views: 1882

Re: Importance of CHT

This is what happens to a Lycoming when its not flown enough. The lifter faces will rust ever so slightly and that takes the nitrided coating off and then the cam lobes destroy the lifter faces "spalding" them. These are the front most lifters from my AEIO360 at 600hrs TT. Note I kept the metal I wa...
by cgzro
Thu Mar 27, 2008 10:03 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: annual inspection - questions
Replies: 89
Views: 3794

Re: annual inspection - questions

The oil screen (I assume you are talking Lycoming) is pretty easy to change but there are always gotchas. What I'd suggest is to help your mechanic do this stuff a few times. Then, when you get the hang of it you can do it by yourself. There are a number things you can screw up cleaning an oil scree...
by cgzro
Wed Mar 26, 2008 7:04 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Airplane rollover!
Replies: 19
Views: 2535

Re: Airplane rollover!

Can't speak to the heavy metal, but full rudder combined with low speed and any significant angle of attack produces a roll rate that greatly exceeds the aileron only roll rate. Somebody above correctly described this as a flick or snap roll. Here is an example of the effect without ailerons. Look a...
by cgzro
Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:05 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Warbirds
Replies: 46
Views: 3141

Re: Warbirds

If you think the Merlins sound great, you should stand next to a P51 as it runs up in the rain at dusk.

Fire out of the exhaust and a tornado of water sucked off the ramp.

Will have to film that some time, its positively awe inspiring.

Peter
by cgzro
Fri Mar 14, 2008 3:02 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Your ''What the hell?'' moments
Replies: 29
Views: 2209

Re: Your ''What the hell?'' moments

When the spade on your left aileron decides to deflect downwards at a most inconvenient time.
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200 MPH, a square foot or so on a 1 foot lever arm = ... 1/2*rho*v^2 of full left aileron in a plane that rolls 300 degrees a second .... what the hell?
by cgzro
Mon Feb 18, 2008 8:40 am
Forum: WestJet
Topic: Wj crash YOW
Replies: 56
Views: 5901

Re: Wj crash YOW

That picture is REALLY misleading. I was out there this morning at the First Air hanger and popped by to see. Those snow banks are 20 feet in front of the plane. They must have really worked hard to find that angle to make it look more dramatic. It just looks like the nose wheel went a bit off the e...
by cgzro
Sun Feb 17, 2008 8:43 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Mongsport any good?
Replies: 4
Views: 468

Re: Mongsport any good?

Just curious if any aerobatic guys or gals out there could offer an opinion based on actual knowledge as to weather the Mongsport Biplane is a good machine?? Well we sure don't see them at contests or airshows. At least not in this part of North America. I suspect cost wise they are similar to an P...
by cgzro
Sun Feb 10, 2008 5:04 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: 406 ELT's Mandated In Canada?
Replies: 52
Views: 4169

Re: 406 ELT's Mandated In Canada?

Quote by Pavese: “As an aircraft owner I'm not looking forward to a Canada-only mandated solution.............” Quote from post by CD on thread referred to by Widow: “But as was seen when the EU required that airlines and others install 406 MHz ELTs,.......” Nothing Canada-only about this! Canada i...
by cgzro
Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:52 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Northern Lights demonstration Team
Replies: 8
Views: 2403

Re: Northern Lights demonstration Team

The Northern Lights went from Extras to L-39's around 8 years ago, then quit flying airshows. They then did some contract work with a primered Lear and some Hawker Hunters. I'm amazed anyone here remembers them. There was a crash of one of their L-39's killing two people and I believe that was when...
by cgzro
Mon Jan 07, 2008 7:18 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: "787 May Be Vulnerable to Hacker Attack" says FAA
Replies: 21
Views: 1447

Re: "787 May Be Vulnerable to Hacker Attack" says FAA

The computer network in the Dreamliner's passenger compartment, designed to give passengers in-flight internet access, i s connected to the plane's control, navigation and communication systems , an FAA report reveals. Am I the only one wondering why the hell Boeing would do that? Weight I suppose ...
by cgzro
Thu Dec 06, 2007 5:16 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Makings of an Aerobat Pilot
Replies: 24
Views: 1906

Ah the never ending "Pitts are hard to land" thread. Well thats certainly not false and it does take time to learn and yes it can cost a lot of money to learn properly and yes you have to be picky where you land. One thing that nobody else seems to mention is all the other things that are harder. Ta...
by cgzro
Mon Nov 05, 2007 8:43 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Vintage Wings Canada Hawk 1 Project
Replies: 60
Views: 6142

That's an interesting comment about the small cockpit Peter, especially coming from a Pitts driver! Surprisingly true though. Dr. Eugene Richardson one of the Tuskegee airmen visited on the weekend and had to climb into the Sabre cockpit he said the same thing and he flew P47s. Yeah, it seemed very...
by cgzro
Mon Nov 05, 2007 8:31 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Vintage Wings Canada FG-1D
Replies: 5
Views: 636

Anyone know what was their motivation to switch Corsair's airframe ? Mike told me the new one was fresh out of a restoration and is pristine. Apparently the place that did the restoration was interested in doing another restoration so a deal/swap etc. was worked out. You should see his new Super Sa...
by cgzro
Sat Sep 29, 2007 9:01 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Vintage Wings Canada Hawk 1 Project
Replies: 60
Views: 6142

So true, I am involved in the Hurricane restoration project at VWOC and did some marshalling at the open houses over the summer. For anyone with a passion for aviation it is unbelieveable. The Saturday events brought in such neat stuff, the Pitts (usually 3 or 4 on the ramp, Nanchungs, Harvards, an...
by cgzro
Tue Aug 14, 2007 8:38 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Flying Single-Seat Aircraft - What enjoyable was it?
Replies: 6
Views: 840

Re: Flying Single-Seat Aircraft - What enjoyable was it?

Hi Everyone, I'm looking at the option of buying a single seat aircraft like a Pitts S1 or a Zlin. Largely due to the fact that a Pitts S1 is much more economical than the S2, and also because if its single seat, its a great excuse for me to get time by myself away from work and the house. For thos...
by cgzro
Fri Jul 27, 2007 10:25 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Aerobatics w/helmet cam
Replies: 16
Views: 1389

I miss flying upside down... :( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KD9X6Iy4VTs Here is another one shot today. This one has some low-ish upside down shots. Unfortunately the cam was not angled exactly right so you cannot see the runway all that clearly. I'll do a cockpit floor mounted shot one of these...
by cgzro
Wed Jul 25, 2007 7:50 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Aerobatics w/helmet cam
Replies: 16
Views: 1389

very nice, what did he do on the take off roll? Look it up under the CARs: Aerobatic Manoeuvres - Prohibited Areas and Flight Conditions 602.27 No person operating an aircraft shall conduct aerobatic manoeuvres (a) over a built-up area or an open-air assembly of persons; (b) in controlled airspace,...

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