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    Steve, the last pic looks like your dog is...

    Steve, the last pic looks like your dog is standing off someone approaching with a torque wrench in hand!
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    A friend i know bought an experimental TruTrak...

    A friend i know bought an experimental TruTrak autopilot (don't know which model) several years ago,
    hoping to bootleg it into his certified Pacer (which he has yet to do).
    But the A/P itself...
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    FWIW I got talked into helping spread someone's...

    FWIW I got talked into helping spread someone's cremains for a shirt tail relative last summer.
    It turned out to be only a sandwich baggie about half full.
    I think "spreading them around" is a...
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    I know two different skywagon drivers (both good...

    I know two different skywagon drivers (both good sticks) who ended up upside down on paved runways,
    they both said that along with goofy winds their "grabby" tires (shaved 29's) seemed to be a...
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    "He got sucked out of his plane. This happens a...

    "He got sucked out of his plane. This happens a lot".
    ?!?!?
  6. Going from a supercub to a 180 or 185 is "trading...

    Going from a supercub to a 180 or 185 is "trading down to a geezer's airplane"?
    Wow.
  7. If it was me, I think I'd buy a Champ or similar...

    If it was me, I think I'd buy a Champ or similar to do the t/w training in.
    Low purchase price, low operating cost, roomy.
    Also might be a better learning experience with a lowered powered...
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    I assume you're talking about Bushliner's...

    I assume you're talking about Bushliner's purchase of the Cyclone kit business.
    I'd be more optimistic about that if they'd actually gotten up to speed on the skywagon rebuilding.
    I haven't heard...
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    I'd like to hear more about that!

    I'd like to hear more about that!
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    Good thinking. Cessna indicates about an 8:1...

    Good thinking.
    Cessna indicates about an 8:1 glide ratio,
    so about 1.5 miles per 1000' of altitude.
    Of course, that's if you are right on the mark for the best glide speed *at your actual weight*,...
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    A friend of mine went to weigh in a highly...

    A friend of mine went to weigh in a highly modified Pacer that he'd built,
    no PK screw or screw hole anymore for leveling as per the TCDS.
    He was told that both the firewall & tailpost should be...
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    That's funny to hear you say that. I get chided...

    That's funny to hear you say that.
    I get chided by some because I do clean & repack the wheel bearings every annual.
    I don't care to (try to) grease the tailwheel & t/w head using the zerk...
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    I don't have a fancy panel, so had no qualms...

    I don't have a fancy panel, so had no qualms about just using a simple electronic label maker.
    You can buy one for under $40, but a buddy of mine had one that I borrowed, so pretty much zero cost. ...
  14. WTB: FWIW besides the bolt pattern difference between...

    FWIW besides the bolt pattern difference between the 1.25" & 1.5: torque plates,
    I believe there are different offsets available.
    So the torque plate not only has to match the axle holes, it has...
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    I dunno how old your battery is, but if it's more...

    I dunno how old your battery is, but if it's more than about 5 years old,
    a new one at around $130 is cheap insurance against problems.

    Keep the old one around-- I find that having an old (but...
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    Seems like it'd be easier & more convenient to...

    Seems like it'd be easier & more convenient to put a safety cage around an aft prop.
    Much safer than an uncaged front prop.

    Maybe even uncaged, an aft prop is safer.
    Why are most single-engine...
  17. Thread: Cowl Flaps

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    Interesting that their cowl flap is electrically...

    Interesting that their cowl flap is electrically controlled.

    Personally, I like their bead breaker:

    Tire Bead Breaker | Anti Splat Aero LLC
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    Wasn't there a youtube a while back with a...

    Wasn't there a youtube a while back with a T-Craft getting away after hand-propping--
    either a runaway on the ground, or maybe it took off & flew away?
    Was that the same guy?
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    Why do it differently this time? "If it ain't...

    Why do it differently this time?
    "If it ain't broke, don't fix it".
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    A lot of people had issues with Cessna parking...

    A lot of people had issues with Cessna parking brakes self-applying in flight,
    apparently when applying full rudder.
    As a result, most old Cessnas seem to have had them removed-- including my old...
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    It would be interesting to put some VG's just in...

    It would be interesting to put some VG's just in front of the ailerons on my 180 & see just what difference they made.
    Kinda like how the Swift & Stinson have slotted outboard leading edges
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    Been there, done that!

    Been there, done that!
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    I live in a rural area about 35 miles NW of...

    I live in a rural area about 35 miles NW of Seattle.
    100LL price at my airport has been steady for months at $6.38.
    The price at my local Cenex for 87 octane e-zero fluctuates but is $4.17 right...
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    Steve, that green airplane in your hangar looks...

    Steve, that green airplane in your hangar looks like it might be this one?

    58789
  25. Thread: tornadoes

    by hotrod180
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    The 170 that I used to own had been badly...

    The 170 that I used to own had been badly ground-whomped back around 1960, and was extensively rebuilt.
    They pretty much filled up the back of a 337 with a description of the repairs,
    which...
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