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Tom Baker

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  1. draining fuel tanks

    I drain right from the gascolator right into a 5 gallon jugs. Since I do maintenance I have several just for this purpose. You can regulate with the on/off fuel valve and or the quick drain. It normally takes between 15 and 20 minutes to fill a 5 gallon jug. Just keep an eye on it or you will have fuel all over the ground. If you are taking your plane for maintenance think about how much fuel you have in your tanks. I have a CTSW waiting for a hose change, and they topped off the fuel for the 30 minute flight to bring the airplane here. I figure it will take 6 jugs to drain the fuel.
  2. New Pilot - Jumping Left on Takeoff

    Like has been said Rudder needs to be applied as you start to apply power. There are 2 ways an airplane will drift off the centerline. one os because of a crosswind, and for that you need aileron to maintain your position. The other is lack of directional control, in which you longitudinal axis does not stay aligned with the runway. In your case the later is what happened. Use the rudder to keep the axis aligned with and the airplane on the centerline. In other words apply the rudder to keep the airplane on the centerline, instead of letting drift off to the left. What you have happening is not uncommon, and I have seen it with other students.
  3. I generally tape once a year at the condition inspection, because I remove the fairing to inspect the gear saddle. As for being too slick you can always clean the area to be taped with some wax and grease remover after you have removed the old tape, and before applying the new. Then re wax the area after the tape is applied.
  4. New Pilot - Jumping Left on Takeoff

    Watching the pedals on the right side I don't see much movement.
  5. I use this stuff. https://www.aircraftspruce.com/pages/me/polishes/aerogloss.php
  6. New Pilot - Jumping Left on Takeoff

    It looks like everyone agrees. In your video you can see that you move the stick to the right when you drift off the centerline. Moving the stick just aggravates the problem instead of helping. When I have a student that is doing what you are doing I will sometimes block the stick so they can't move it to the side. When working in the pattern, especially in smooth air, over movement of the control stick creates more problem than it solves. One thing I tell my students who are fighting the airplane around the pattern is, "a quiet stick makes for a happy airplane".
  7. New Pilot - Jumping Left on Takeoff

    You are not using enough right rudder, and then trying to correct by using right aileron. This is giving you a double whammy. The right aileron adds even more drag on the left side of the airplane.
  8. Prop Issue -- Cosmetic or Serious?

    It wasn't me, but I felt sorry for the kid. Back in my youth if I heard it once I remembered it, at least long enough to pass the test.
  9. Prop Issue -- Cosmetic or Serious?

    I vividly remember from A&P school the instructor would drill one of the students on the terms of the propeller. The Back is in front, and the face is in back. The student would get so flustered.
  10. Prop Issue -- Cosmetic or Serious?

    I am not sure what Tip was seeing, but the chipping of the paint on the Sensenich props I have seen was on the face of the prop, (the flat surface on the rear of the prop), on the leading edge. I think it was more of a paint adhesion problem on the stainless material than anything else. Still unsightly none the less.
  11. Prop Issue -- Cosmetic or Serious?

    The pins may be good enough for a start, but it has been my experience that using the pins does not get the blade angles matched as closely as I would like.

    This one to be specific. It is a shame that you have to buy the ring too. http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/appages/lwsprlfc1.php?clickkey=3008203
  13. Prop Issue -- Cosmetic or Serious?

    Agreed that starting the engine is the only way to find out where you are, but I am sure you measure the blade angles before you start the engine. You will want to make sure they are in the ballpark, and all reasonably close to the same angle.
  14. Prop Issue -- Cosmetic or Serious?

    From when the airplane was introduced at Sebring 2008 it was my understanding that the hinge is Kevlar.
  15. Prop Issue -- Cosmetic or Serious?

    Andy, I know that your setting was a starting point. I am not saying the information you gave is not valid. What I am saying is it may only be a good starting point for your airplane sitting in your hangar. What I am saying is that unless you are measuring an angle compared to the prop hub, that the angle the airplane is sitting will effect the number. A low nose tire, oversized tires on the main gear, bent gear legs on a CTSW will all throw the angle off. I have set the prop pitch on many different airplanes. I have my own homemade fixture for setting prop pitch. I can get the pitch within 1/10th of a degree between blades. that uses a digital level along with a bubble level to position the prop balde.