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Tom Baker

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. New Pilot - Jumping Left on Takeoff

    Watching the pedals on the right side I don't see much movement.
  4. I use this stuff. https://www.aircraftspruce.com/pages/me/polishes/aerogloss.php
  5. 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".
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  12. 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.
  13. Prop Issue -- Cosmetic or Serious?

    From when the airplane was introduced at Sebring 2008 it was my understanding that the hinge is Kevlar.
  14. 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.
  15. Prop Issue -- Cosmetic or Serious?

    Starting the engine does not give you the setting, it shows you the results of the setting. You said you don't need a degree setting to start with, but I would bet dollars to doughnuts that when you set up a prop that you have a starting blade angle that you use before you check the static RPM.
  16. Prop Issue -- Cosmetic or Serious?

    What are you measuring your 21° against, the front of the prop hub, from level, or from vertical?
  17. Prop Issue -- Cosmetic or Serious?

    And how do you get to that 4700-4750 on the ground setting?
  18. Prop Issue -- Cosmetic or Serious?

    You would also need to know the level of the airplane longitudinally. Your numbers will get you close, but could be off by a degree or more depending on how the airplane is sitting.
  19. IFly 740 question

    You need ground track and speed from the GPS, along with indicated airspeed and magnetic heading from the Dynon.
  20. Ignition modules

    They don't go bad at the same time. It is the starting circuit that fails. You can have one module fail and the engine will start fine on the other. When the second module fails the engine wont start, and that is when you realize you have a problem.
  21. IFly 740 question

  22. iFly 740b Install

    For those of you who have upgraded from the small Garmin GPS to the iFly or larger Garmin, where did you locate your passenger statement? I see a couple panels in this thread that have been updated, but I don't see the placard.
  23. Kennel Storage?

    You could always have one made custom to fit the available space.
  24. Stick chatter

    It depends on the torque setting on the servo. It may just continually jump to the next step in the motor instead of sheering the pin.
  25. Stick chatter

    As Eric said you can turn on the AP by pushing the AP disconnect button, but you have to hold it down for few seconds for the AP to engage. When you say chatters is it a big chatter or a small chatter. With the AP on it will make a pretty big bump. with it off you can still feel the notches in the stepper motor. Also any other binding in the control system could cause a chatter feel in the stick.