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  1. jaylw314

    Replacement Visor Lens - DIY

    Nice! I've never worked with Lexan before, how different is it to drill and cut than acrylic?
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    Cracked oil sump?

    I found an interesting article by a motorcycle guy about engine break-in. Of course, everything you read on the internet is accurate
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    Cracked oil sump?

    OT, I know, but I remain skeptical of some of the ideas behind engine break-in. I mean, how could the piston ring TRAVEL be different under different speeds and power? I mean, it's not like the crankshaft changes shape or anything. Likewise, if there's a "step" formed because you require high power/speed to somehow deform the engine components, how would it have anything to do with oil consumption, since we tend to run the engine in cruise at a lower power/speed than the break-in procedures anyway?
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    Drop and Replace LED Landing Light

    If that's the case, then I've probably never seen a J model younger than that
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    Vegas anyone?

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    Drop and Replace LED Landing Light

    Really? I never realized that
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    Drop and Replace LED Landing Light

    ?? The J does use a PAR 46 nose light? I'm pretty sure I didn't just have a psychotic episode when I changed my landing light...
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    Too soon to move on to a Mooney 231? 130TT

    I'd point out that there is a measurable cost to selling and buying a plane. Depending on the circumstances, this could be anywhere between $2000-$10,000, which includes inspections, travel, deals that fall through, escrow fees, loan fees, ferry costs, transition training, insurance delta for new type, etc. In the big scheme of things, that's kind of on the edge of being significant.
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    Drone strike

    Nah, even at normal speeds the props are going so fast they just shatter into a bazillion pieces when they hit something solid. If you watch videos of drones crashing (no shortage of that), you don't see them hop to the side or anything when they crash--they do so with a satisfying "thud" and that's it.
  10. I think that's a pretty darn reasonable position
  11. I was thinking listen first, but point taken
  12. Before taking the runway Use the damn radio Check for traffic on final and base If there's not time and space to pull onto the active runway, don't do it Pilot's who ignore the above are rude nincompoops, but that's true whether there's a tower or not, and it's true whether you wait before takeoff or not.
  13. Again, to put it in perspective, uncontrolled airfields with no taxiway will require you to back-taxi down the runway for an extended period of time, which results in turning your back on any landing wrong-way NORDO traffic. You'd never know about it until they ended up in your back seat. This is a potential risk, and the only way to avoid it is to not land at such an airfield, but clearly there are people willing to take that risk (legally and reasonably). The risks of pulling onto the runway and waiting can be mitigated by exercising judgement. On the other hand, those risks need to be pretty minimal if the other options are available.
  14. +1. Any rules notwithstanding, ideas that include "always" and "never" tend not to be correct.
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    Experimental Avionics in Certified Aircraft

    Thanks, I've never owned a P-51 so I've never looked into that