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May 03 2013
May 01 2013
Folks, I picked this tailwheel up recently as part of a Skybolt project I bought. I’m not parting out the project, but I’d prefer to use a newer Wittman style tapered rod tailwheel gear. So, I have no need for this one.
These are over $2,800 new from Univar (don’t believe me, HERE’S THE LINK). I’m asking $2,000 shipped to your door in the lower 48.
Please let me know if you have any questions, or want to buy it. This is a “what you see is what you get” sale, so look at the pictures closely.
Apr 21 2013
This is a somewhat in-depth interview and flying session with Matt Younkin and his Beech 18. The in-cockpit views are pretty awesome. To watch this airplane perform in person is awe inspiring.
My wife and I watched Bobby Younkin fly this airplane at an airshow in Smyrna, TN back in about 2005. We met him a couple of days later when he stopped for fuel in nearby Murfreesboro, TN. He was kind enough to talk with us for a few minutes before he departed, and we were impressed by his courtesy.
Enjoy the video.
Apr 16 2013
Apr 16 2013
I have a Tumblr account for Taildraggers, Inc, but I have no idea how to find good “blogs” to follow. What I’ve found is that most people just repost the same crap over and over again. I want legit, original content as much as possible. I’m looking for people who are passionate about aviation, and share their experiences using this particular social media outlet. What I don’t want is a bunch of children whining about how they can’t find true love or some crap.
I follow a few good blogs already, but I’d like to find more. If you have one, or know of one, please let me know.
In the meantime, Instagram is where it’s at.
Apr 13 2013
See this section of fuselage?
ALWAYS CHECK THE PLANS.
Looks like I get to do some welding…
Apr 13 2013
Apr 13 2013
I had another productive day yesterday. I pulled all but the bottom fabric off the fuselage. I also removed the mixture and starter push-pull cables. I don’t need them, and they’re in poor condition. The electric oil pressure and oil temperature gauge has been disconnected, and the voltage regulator has been removed from the firewall.
At this point, the only items still bolted to the firewall are the gascolator, engine mount, and cowl mounts. Everything I don’t need has been removed. I would like to add a cabin heat box, but that’s it.
The next steps for engine systems will be to determine the correct throttle, carb heat, and tach cable routings, followed by the installation of mechanical oil pressure and temperature gauges.
This is a fun and educational project. I’m inspired to be creative and integrate proven ideas from other designs, and yet still follow best practices to ensure a safe aircraft. I spend a lot more time thinking about what to do and how to do it than I actually spend working, but that’s a big part of the fun.
Apr 10 2013
Some YouTube goodness.
While I question some of the things people design, I am inspired by the uninhibited imagination of the man who created it. Some dreams fail, and some dreams soar.
From the YouTube description:
“Flying the Bloop1 ultralight airplane on November 17, 2011. See my website http://m-sandlin.info or search for “Bloop ultralight airplane”. These are normal flights, complete with mistakes.
When I made this video I called the first landing “sloppy”, but I’m having second thoughts. Touching down in the parachute mode might represent a good minimal energy set down, even if a bounce results. A smooth landing (like my second landing in the video) requires extra airspeed and ground coverage, which looks good but might not be the best thing on a rough, short field.”
For more information on the Bloop1 and Mike Sandlin’s other innovative designs, please visit his website, http://m-sandlin.info
Apr 09 2013
He didn’t build the Sonerai from scratch, but he finished it. He didn’t build the Skybolt, but did have the opportunity to recover the fuselage after a minor incident by another pilot. He built his RV-8 from one of Van’s kits. Did a great job, and loved the airplane, but really needed something with more seats. So… Out with the -8, and in with the Maule.
Rob and I have been friends for a long time, but we don’t see each other too much these days. Family, work, and just life in general keeps me from the airport a lot more than I’d like. I made an unplanned visit out to Warrenton on Sunday to visit, and finally get a chance to meet the Maule.
Rob is in the process of doing some cleanup firewall-forward. Nothing major, but this is a working airplane, with decades or service. It could use some freshness under the cowl.
While I was there, Rob put me to work helping out, and I left with dirty hands. It felt good.
Apr 09 2013
After spending some time visiting a friend out at HWY on Sunday, and chipping in on his project, I decided that I needed to get moving on Ace disassembly.
This airplane is going to get stripped down to the bare frame, cleaned, painted, and recovered, so everything has to come off.
I have decided to get the engine controls sorted out before I pull the A-65. This includes the fuel system, gauges, etc. I want to replace the firewall, so I’ll use and abuse the old one while I sort out all the holes.
This cowl is held on with cowl pins on either side of the fuselage. The boot cowl, or forward sheeting, is held onto the fuselage tubing with a mixture of countersunk machine screws, button head machine screws, and button head sheet metal screws. A good number of screws were missing. Only a couple were damaged.
I also removed the windscreen, which was just a flat wrapped piece of lexan. I intend to replace it with a more classic tri-section windscreen.
I was surprised to find surface rust on the tubing near the firewall. I had expected corrosion on the lower tubes, but not up high. It’s all surface rust, and should clean up easily.
The next step will be to clean the cockpit area to prepare for figuring out the engine controls, gauges, etc. I might pull the fabric first, I might not. I guess it all depends on my mood.