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  1. Jim

    Dan Bernath RIP

    I've been away for awhile and was pretty shocked to read about his end. Right after Bernath bought his CT, I loaned him an oil pressure gauge so that he could troubleshoot a problem. He returned it reasonably promptly and seemed to be an OK guy. Then stuff got weirder and weirder. In the meantime I've had a couple of serious encounters with paranoid schizophrenics. I don't have any medical credentials to do a proper diagnosis, but I'd wager that Dan had some serious medical issues along that direction. I wished there had been a different resolution.
  2. Can confirm. Used "SP-GEN-AP" when I got my cert about 5 years ago.
  3. Speaking as someone rated by the FAA to maintain, inspect and calibrate AWOS stations, I can say that it's entirely possible for an AWOS to report light rain and better than 3 SM visibility.
  4. I'm impressed. Either a world-class pilot or a very stable airframe for it's size. Or both.
  5. If you're buying $7 wheelbarrow tubes at Ace Hardware, you're going to have problems. $45 Airstops or Leakguards, not so much. I had two or three flats before I got the message. None since. I do my own tire changes, using lots of care and tire chalk and haven't had a problem since. And the $7 tubes will get you home if you're stuck somewhere without support.
  6. Stagnant temperature inversions are not uncommon in the Sacramento Valley. I've had the outside temp be as much as 10 degrees hotter at 4,000 feet than at ground level.
  7. Looking at that picture, I have to wonder if excessive wing flex, either landing or in the air might have been a contributing factor.
  8. I only wear the lap portion of the safety belt until I'm ready to take off. Putting on the shoulder harness is on my pre-takeoff checklist. Wearing the shoulder harness on the ground interferes with several things. I took the advice of my instructor/airline captain and leave it off until I'm ready for takeoff.
  9. Excellent. That checkride was probably the hardest thing I've ever had to do.
  10. Sorry for the late followup. I disconnected the ports from the instruments and blew the ports and lines out with air. Everything started working fine again.
  11. Should have been NOTAM'ed and you should have stayed home. I would have.
  12. I'm looking for an unserviceable Neuform 3 blade to make a ceiling fan.
  13. Hi neighbor. I'm in the process of relocating from Davis to Grass Valley. I did a lot of training over the Lincoln Logs. After I've gotten things settled a little better we should get together. I own a 2006 CTSW N386JK.
  14. Jim

    Exhaust Springs

    Has anyone tried the spring install/remove tools used on the old automotive drum brakes? Seems like that might work well.
  15. Glad you're ok. My wife is an avid cyclist and sometimes I have to remind her that flying in the CT is safer than backroads cycling.
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