Brandontwalker

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  1. OSHKOSH PREFLIGHT WX

    Sorry for the delayed response. I did have an IFR reservation. However, as it turned out, I had a 240 mile detour around weather and missed my slot. I ended up landing around 30 miles south of Chicago (Bult Field), grabbed some lunch at a local diner, gassed up and regrouped. Oshkosh went MVFR after lunch. We were able to grab a last minute slot and file IFR into Dodge County, which is just South of RIPON. Flew the approach into Dodge and broke out at 2000 ft. IFR cancellation in air and straight on to RIPON under the deck. It was an adventure.
  2. OSHKOSH PREFLIGHT WX

    This morning was a first for me. I checked the weather and it is expected to be low IFR for most of the morning tomorrow through early afternoon. My first thought was, I think this just made my arrival into Oshkosh a bit easier. Never before have I seen low IFR and had this thought. However, I remain hopeful for at least 1,000 ft ceilings on arrival tomorrow.
  3. Oshkosh 2017

    I believe I recall reading that those are not allowed. Maybe not recommended. Or maybe I'm just making crap up. I can't remember. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Oshkosh 2017

    None taken. We will see how it does on Saturday. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Gear up protection

    Maybe I can get a STC for Duck Tape and affix the gear handle in the down position. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Oshkosh 2017

    Thanks for the insight Dr. Buzzkill... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Oshkosh 2017

    All materials were purchased on amazon. The base started as a 3/8" thick aluminum bar. I was able to cut 4 tie down bases from one bar. A metal cutting band saw makes short work of it. The loops are just u bolts. I over drilled the bottom of the tie downs to allow the nuts to recess a bit and ground off as much as possible. The stakes are 12" aluminum tent stakes. The completed bases were powder coated for aesthetics and durability. Ropes are a high strength paracord and have a carabiner with self arrest for rope tightening on the airplane end. I was fortunate that the aluminum bar had enough material for 4 bases. If you are a perfectionist and drill precise holes for the stakes, they all meet in the center and will not drive in to the ground. They have to be slightly offset. The kit was designed to save weight. Bag, tie downs, ropes/carabiners, stakes and aluminum hammer weigh in at 2.3 lbs. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Good one. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. LASAR Visors

    After fighting with my factory visors, I may be game too. What do the Lasar visors look like? What was the cost? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. STC Ram Air

    I have a 1977 J. I like the ram air. It gives you a free boost of around 3/4" of MP. Every little bit makes a difference. The maintenance is minimal and generally involves a new seal every 5-7 years (or more). Jose' is correct though, remember to close it in the clouds and at lower altitudes. I generally close mine prior to arriving at pattern altitude, or sooner if I see bugs smashing on the wind screen.
  11. total electrical failure

    Glad you now have a proper fix in place. I had an electrical failure two years ago. Mine was in VMC, but on a moonless night. As a result, I now restrict my night flying to around 100nm, or less, from home. May be silly, but flying with just an ipad for navigation and the flashlight on an iPhone to illuminate the panel is a real gut check. I also had to figure out how to activate the runway lights. I was sure glad to have some old tech on board at the time so I could select the frequency on the manual dials of the KX170b. I then moved the landing gear selector to the down position. My thought was that it would put load on the system and prevent the failed regulator from frying everything. I then had my wife reset the buss breaker. Immediately que lights for the runway, wait for green on the gear and then pull the buss breaker. It was a no flap, no landing light landing and probably one of my best. If I was unable to que the lights, plan B was to call approach control at the neighboring Class C via cell phone and make an emergency landing where I knew I had plenty of lights and 10,000 ft of runway. Fortunately, I was able to save myself a mound of paperwork.
  12. First repairs needed

    Mine has been great. Don't give up on it yet. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Interior Project Finished

    Great! Thanks for the quick reply. I hope to effect a quick repair prior to the trip to Oshkosh.
  14. Interior Project Finished

    What is this magical "adhesive helper" stuff you speak of? My 3M trim tape which holds the trim pieces in place on my new interior is beginning to pull away and make my new interior look not so new.
  15. Detailer in SE USA

    +1 for masking and flat black paint. Did mine a year ago and it looks good as new. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk