On the road...
Picture is courtesy of Dell - WJ USA
Get your self cheaper torque wrench - info from
"Duke" and Mike.
At the Purple Pig a few of us were discussing
Torque wrenches and how expensive they are. There
is a relatively inexpensive wrench available at
Princess Auto. It ranges from 20 - 200 inch pounds
and cost 40 bucks. Steve
http://www.princessauto.com is the website.
Unfortunately, the site is not very user
friendly... you can, however, download the
catalogue in PDF format, and the torque wrench
advertisement is on page 229, I think. Mike
Love this song.....
This weather sucks....
Output produced by TAFs form
(1140 UTC 29 Apr 2004)
found at http://adds.aviationweather.noaa.gov
291110Z 21019G27KT 10SM FEW050 SCT100
SCT220 16/03 A3003 RMK AO2 PK WND
1110 UTC 29 Apr 2004
[RH = 42%]
||30.03 inches Hg
||from the SSW
(210 degrees) at 22 MPH
(19 knots; 9.9 m/s)
gusting to 31 MPH (27 knots;
||10 or more miles (16+ km)
||at least 12,000 feet AGL
||few clouds at 5000 feet AGL
scattered clouds at 10000 feet AGL
scattered clouds at 22000 feet AGL
||no significant weather
observed at this time
I am slowly getting bored of the Sodom Rd
field and as I do, I look around for other
places to fly from. This time I have hooked up
with Ben who has a grass strip right behind
his house. I shake hands with Ben, meet his
wife and carry my stuff to the runway. The
private strip is within 5 NM from
St.Catharines airport therefore it is
necessary to call in prior any take off or
landing takes place. I was bit nervous as I
have never talked to the "tower" before. "Hi,
this is powered paraglider Charlie, India,
Golf, Victor, Victor.... Read more here.
Solar powered flight to 76 000 ft....
The Helios Prototype, driven by 14 propellers
turned by small 2-horsepower electric motors, was
believed to be capable of reaching 103,000 feet
under ideal weather conditions, three times higher
than commercial jet-powered aircraft.``You're
talking about going places where no one has gone
before - 100,000 feet is space practically,'' said
Stan Nelson, chairman of the National Aeronautics
Association, the official record-keeping agency.
Helios reached 76,000 feet on a test flight last
month. The record for non-rocket-powered flight is
85,068 feet, set by a Lockheed SR-71 spy plane in
1976.Moving more like a kite than an airplane, the
long, flexible flying wing climbed slowly into the
air over the Pacific at 2:48 p.m. EDT. Depending
on the weather, the remotely piloted Helios was
expected to break that record within eight to nine
hours after takeoff, NASA program manager John
Hicks said. Because the craft gets its electricity
from 65,000 solar cells covering the wing, the
takeoff required full sunshine. Cloud cover over
western Kauai had canceled two weekend takeoff
attempts at the Navy's Pacific Missile Range
Facility. Its 247-foot wingspan is greater than
that of a Boeing 747, and it weighs just 1,557
pounds, less than many cars. Since the atmosphere
at 100,000 feet is similar to the thin Martian
atmosphere, Helios will help engineers plan Mars
aircraft designs, said Kevin Petersen, director of
NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards
Air Force Base in California. Petersen said a
solar-powered aircraft flying on Mars could survey
a lot more area than a vehicle on the ground.
Because it doesn't need to land for refueling,
Helios also is envisioned as a low-cost
alternative to broadcast-relay or weather
satellites in Earth orbit.
Decompression valve on Spider model.
Those who purchased 2004 Walkerjet
Spider please note that there is manual
decompression valve that should be pushed in to
allow for easy manual start. As soon as the engine
fires the valve will pop out to close the
decompression hole. See location of this valve on
the picture below.
Training day at the Sodom Rd. field - April 24,
Serge and Joe took ground school and
ground handled, John ground handled, Adam ground
handled and flew for the first time, Ray flew,
Mete ground handled. Pictures here.
Story will follow...
PPG course with Chris and Rob - Day 7 and 8
- April 7 and 8, 2004
After 40 min Chris started to kick
his feet which meant I would like to land. We were
bit too late on final flare and Chris landed bit
fast in the middle of the biggest puddle ever. It
looked and sounded like someone belly flopped in
the pool. Unreal. If I was to ask Chris to hit
this puddle he would never ever be able to do it.
I do not know what it is with beginners. If there
is a lonely bush or a muddy spot students will
find and proceed to smack right in the middle of
it. Over the years of PG and PPG teaching I have
seen students landing in the trees, horse shit,
rose bushes, in a creek, in a pond, in muddy
drainage ditch, into a cow, on top of green house,
into a parked vehicle and list just goes on...Read
day at the Sodom Rd. field - April 20, 2004
Sean flew and landed in mock. Bob
ground handled, Jeff flew for the first time.
Video (256 Kb) of Jeff here.
Story will follow...
ask... I did this while back!
is scary. It is 10:41 am and it is pitch black
I major storm approaching. I have
never seen this before! I am not kidding this is
tornado like stuff. Obviously no flying
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