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About tigers2007

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    **Northern Michigan** _ '64 M20D _
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    Staying outside. Tinkering. Not standing still.

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  1. I have the receipt in front of me for my 2019 Annual: $1591.62 USD Annual Inspection $1360.00 Hardware Installation/Replacement 1.5 hours at $70/hr $105.00 Phillips X/C 20W50 $43.00 Induction Filter BA6108 $10.85 Champion Oil Filter CH48110-1 $26.75 Tempest Garter Filter ARB3-5-1 $2.90 Rapco Filter RAD9-18-1 $19.50 Shipping $24.47 That was the annual. Now add 3-hours to R&R the attitude and heading indicators ($210.00) plus the bill from Aircraft Quality Instruments ($1081.00) you can see how the overall cost of the bird going to an Annual inspection can get pricey. I had to get the instruments overhauled to rule-out a serious issue with my Century IIb autopilot -- which did fix the uncommanded roll issue. This was my cheapest annual inspection ever as last year I added on overhauled magnetos, SCAT and vacuum line replacement, etc.
  2. Reach your fingers on the truss and feel for dents. This is critical. I check it from time to time and always before someone might move it. I hope you asked for a receipt. That guy might be pocketing the cash. I've heard shady stories of DNR park staff walking up to people dumping their campers black tank (even though they had an annual state park permit) and demanding cash to dump if they were not staying overnight at the camp ground. I doubt that cash ever made it to the till.
  3. Apparently a TV star too! This is a live shot at KSAW Young Eagles day: Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I have severe sleep apnea and I “accidentally” reported it a couple years ago. The unfortunate part is that the FAA got militant on it even though I’m fine with using my machine. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I like the cooperative ownership idea. Charge a deposit of acquisition cost. Charge a $25 rental premium plus charge for round trip shipping. Damages withdrawn from deposit. I’d put $100 toward the club. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Good call! I assumed we were all aviation tech nerds. If anyone does not have a free FlightAware account, I recommend you create one. Logging into the website (or app) allows you to see flight data for VFR flights. Also, it will show you recent flight history versus it showing flights from two months ago if you don't have an account.
  7. A friend of mine put one on top of a mountain in California. I’m not sure if the feds know he did that (they own the facility) but apparently he is receiving aircraft from a ridiculous distance. I’m watching the aircraft in real-time right now and the data is interesting. It actually shows me the RSSI and dB strength of each aircraft I’m receiving. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. I like that lateral antenna rack. I hope both of my masts survive the winter wind, snow, and ice. I had several feet of snow on the roof last winter. I guess I’ll be a little more aggressive this winter. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I am now official. Apparently there is nobody within over 80 miles of me that has a volunteer receive site so they offered all of the equipment for free. This will be nice as tracking cuts off quite early when I’m near my home airport. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. I’m guessing the big black chunks are carbon deposits? Moderator/Admin: can you change the “A1B” to “A1D” in the title please. Says I don’t have permission to change it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Life is cheap in Mexico. Cheaper than buying a super drone. Training someone to operate an ultralight isn’t rocket science. We saw it with Jim Tweto’s C180 (“Flying Wild Alaska”); if it doesn’t fly then drop off a couple bags and try again. Keep trying until you get in the air. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I torqued it 135 degrees and had the copper washer seam face the pan (per the Superior manual). Hardest part was safety wiring it. It took me two tries as I didn’t like the first one. Grab like 32” or so and feed it from the port side about three inches and then go to the starboard side and reach your arm through the top like like in the photo above and guide the tip through the strainer nut’s drilled hole. You can then take a needle nose pliers and pull the rest of the wire through. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. I’d bet this oil screen hasn’t been inspected in a decade or two. I guess I could scour the engine logs. I think it has 2300 SMOH. 5/8” wrench for those wondering. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. This has been driving me insane. Is it possible besides BasicMed? (I'd like to fly to Canada...). I'm not 40 yet so maybe I'll get my BasicMed too. The FAA doc shipped me my new medical cert like six months after my physical exam. Its only good until December of this year. WTF. Am I supposed to just send them my annual sleep report and the FAA guy will send me another medical certificate or would I have to get another physical exam every year? At that point I might as well get a class 1; I think its the same price from my AME. Also those clowns in OKC always lose my paperwork and I have to send it to them like three times. Certified mail means nothing to them.
  15. A method of clever airborne trafficking I've seen is the use of ultralight aircraft. Easily disposable and extremely cheap. These things have like 254lbs of narcotics on them. I've see Quicksilver clones that had an inconceivable amount of drugs on them. See you just don't read about this stuff in the news that often as its not disseminated through DHS public affairs. I still question the amount of $$$$ DHS spends on useless methods and biblical staffing numbers ($47 Billion in 2018) versus spending 20% of that a year to build solid fortification methods that have worked for over 1000 years. Ask any BP agent and they will agree 100% that it is absolutely ridiculous to risk their lives "playing tag in the desert" night after night to apprehend the same individuals from hours earlier. I digress; what better platform to test these FL650 balloons exists besides 'Murica? They can perfect the technology now and I guarantee it will be a crucial asset in actual theater. Just wait until we scoot these balloons over to Europe and Asia. Canada's attempt at this ended miserably though.