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by cgzro
Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:54 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Engine heaters.
Replies: 29
Views: 3111

Re: Engine heaters.

I use this simple technique. Its just a 1500w heater with some ducting to blow hot air in from below.
Blankets over the top. Takes about 2 hours to get things very toasty in a cold hangar but i'd not use it outside or anywhere wet. Instant oil pressure .. love it.
by cgzro
Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: A biplane can bring you down
Replies: 9
Views: 1987

Re: A biplane can bring you down

Fair enough, I should amend my comment by noting that I never used anywhere close to full roll inputs. Just relatively minor amounts of aileron and rudder at a speed of about 80Mph , which is only ~10 above my stall. Was a bit like landing on a gusty day. Any more roll would be a bad idea anyway as ...
by cgzro
Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: AN-2 Airshow crash
Replies: 2
Views: 1812

Re: AN-2 Airshow crash

Yes he appears to have simply misjudged the altitude / wingspan and caught the wing tip. Look at the other videos .. no stall, just a controlled low altitude descending turn until the wing tip impacts the grass.

2% :(
by cgzro
Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: A biplane can bring you down
Replies: 9
Views: 1987

Re: A biplane can bring you down

Very sad. I have a few of hours logged formation against an AN-2. Despite horror stories about its horrendous wake it did not seem all that horrible although it was probably not at max gross when we did the shows. Its very similar to water skiing and then crossing the boats wake. You have to fight a...
by cgzro
Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Seeking Advice on Diagnosing Oil Consumption
Replies: 26
Views: 4639

Re: Seeking Advice on Diagnosing Oil Consumption

Common but harmless and cheap leaks are things like mating surfaces and the gasket between them. So all the valve covers, oil pan, accessory case attachment bolts. Case half bolts, dipstick tube. Most of those will losten up every hundred hours or so and take a 1/4 turn or so. More serious are littl...
by cgzro
Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Seeking Advice on Diagnosing Oil Consumption
Replies: 26
Views: 4639

Re: Seeking Advice on Diagnosing Oil Consumption

1-Take the cowls off, clean them inside and out. 2-Then wash the engine, firewall, plane etc.. You can use varsol or mineral spirits in a spray bottle. Be careful not to get any on the rubber engine mounts. 3-Clean as much as you can, with paper towels etc. 4- Now re-cowl and go for a very short fli...
by cgzro
Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Flight club syllabus question.
Replies: 20
Views: 2217

Re: Flight club syllabus question.

I would have thought a lot depends on the airport you fly out of. Small, not busy uncontrolleed has to lead to faster solo compared to busy with a longish treck to a practice area.
by cgzro
Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Pathetic Pearson Airport
Replies: 86
Views: 13156

Re: Pathetic Pearson Airport

Please no more carpeted long walks.. The roller bags make the walk on carpet twice as much work.

For long walks Frankfurt has to be the worst but all the NA and Europen airports pale compared to a modern asian airport.
by cgzro
Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:30 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Another Blow to Canadian aviation!
Replies: 23
Views: 5848

Re: Another Blow to Canadian aviation!

Don't they already do the same thing with company cars? I.e. using it becomes a taxable benefit? So why should some poor salesperson who uses their company car for personal use get dinged with a taxable benefit when a CEO of a company flying their family around does not? Or is the complaint with the...
by cgzro
Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: ~ Master Off before Avionics Master
Replies: 9
Views: 2630

Re: ~ Master Off before Avionics Master

The reasons for not having the avionics on when you start the engine include 1) not having any unnecessary drain while the starter is engaged as it reduces the power available to start the engine and more importantly 2) reducing the exposure of the avionics to higher voltages that are generated by t...
by cgzro
Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: RPM fluctuation on Cessna 180 today on floats
Replies: 9
Views: 2130

Re: RPM fluctuation on Cessna 180 today on floats

Sounds like an interference problems of some kind as photofly alluded to, When its acting up try switching mags, power off the radio, turn off the alternator etc. see if you can find an offending source. Did you have new electronics installed? Any new electrical work? That would be an obvious suspec...
by cgzro
Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Oil Analysis
Replies: 10
Views: 3236

Re: Oil Analysis

Can't speak to the O-320 but the IO-360 upper screen housing is removed and replaced with a spin on filter fitting so the two cannot co-exist on the IO-360 accessory case. IMHO you should always be cutting open the oil filter after oil changes and also draining the oil through a screen not just dire...
by cgzro
Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:28 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Oil Analysis
Replies: 10
Views: 3236

Re: Oil Analysis

Cutting open the filters is [b]more[/b] important than oil analysis IMHO. I.e. you can see the actual pieces and their sizes. Note that you can have largish amounts of metal in the screens and filters and still not see horribly high amounts in the oil analysis. I noticed this when my cam was going. ...
by cgzro
Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:15 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Oil Analysis
Replies: 10
Views: 3236

Re: Oil Analysis

I gave up on oil analysis after my first overhaul. I was getting higher Fe in the analysis but my mechanic said we'd keep an eye on things. Then it started making physical indications of problems, more blow by, fouling etc. and then finally flakes in the oil filter. The second overhaul was due to cr...
by cgzro
Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Great Air Tractor spray application ride-along
Replies: 10
Views: 1761

Great Air Tractor spray application ride-along

Because not everything is about automated aircraft debates, tail wheel landing techniques, or lining up on the wrong runway etc. Here is a well done video from the driver's seat while dusting a small field with a fungicide. Listen to his comments about flaps in the turns, turn direction to minimize ...
by cgzro
Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: AC Lining Up with a Taxiway SFO...?
Replies: 830
Views: 66078

Re: AC Lining Up with a Taxiway SFO...?

What are the regulations concerning preservation of data after an incident?
Are the regs different than for an accident?
by cgzro
Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:44 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: AC Lining Up with a Taxiway SFO...?
Replies: 830
Views: 66078

Re: AC Lining Up with a Taxiway SFO...?

I thought modern CVRs had 2 hours of solid state memory? Or was this an older 30 minute tape loop model?
by cgzro
Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Has anyone used a WiFi borescope for a smartphone?
Replies: 4
Views: 2877

Re: Has anyone used a WiFi borescope for a smartphone?

I have an eteq. Its not bad, but you need an additional source of light. I have found it very useful for a few things but not very useful for others. The bad - not very good for looking inside the cylinders and the mirror to look up at the valves is useless. The light is not very bright so an extra ...
by cgzro
Fri Aug 04, 2017 3:32 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Prop failures Scare me
Replies: 10
Views: 2460

Re: Prop failures Scare me

yes, you have to file the crack away and then sand/polish the area to make a nice smooth transition, so smoothing out refers to the latter phase of the repair not the first part, should have been more specific. BTW - I know two people that have had blade departures.. both ended with the engine depar...
by cgzro
Thu Aug 03, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Prop failures Scare me
Replies: 10
Views: 2460

Re: Prop failures Scare me

If nicks and gouges are properly smoothed out and tapered its not a problem. The propellor manufacturers specify how deep a nick/gouge can be and where and what taper you need to make to smooth it out. Basically rough edges cause cracks to start so they smooth them down and polish them away.

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