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    I love light 180s. They should have built them...

    I love light 180s. They should have built them with sticks, like the Clipper. I am only 80, but have no trouble getting in and out of a J4.

    In 1976, three of us got together to buy an airplane. ...
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    Sometimes you wonder. A really nice guy restored...

    Sometimes you wonder. A really nice guy restored a Stinson Reliant. Somebody recommended me as the test pilot, and insurance said yes, after about three false starts. All I had was Voyager time,...
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    Hey. I am an ex-airline type. I no longer go...

    Hey. I am an ex-airline type. I no longer go from a J3 to a 757 on a daily basis. A lot of airline pilots do exactly that, and are good at both. A few excel at both.

    The vast majority do not do...
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    This really is going along - I fiured it would...

    This really is going along - I fiured it would die after three posts. I personally would not throw darts at airline pilots - three of my copilots actually graduated from the Hanoi Hilton, and most...
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    Just looked at page 2. I don't think this went...

    Just looked at page 2. I don't think this went off the rails at all - MTV, Mike, and Steve P always share their considerable experience, and here they seem spot-on.

    Sure, I have seen high time...
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    My first 15 years in aviation were bare. I had...

    My first 15 years in aviation were bare. I had no assets other than a Cub and a convertible Mustang. Now I run scared - I won't set foot in an aircraft I cannot afford to buy right then and there...
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    That's the secret. A $25K J3 for the first...

    That's the secret. A $25K J3 for the first hundred hours.

    Avemco is the least uptight about all this. With 30K hours you are clearly no longer 30 years old with good reflexes, and most...
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    Hmm . . . Been using 25% LL, 75% mogas for a...

    Hmm . . . Been using 25% LL, 75% mogas for a while. Yields the same lead content as 80/87. Now auto and LL are within a few pennies of each other, so the only savings is spark plugs. $3.15 for car...
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    Nailed me. I feel no need to prove the size of...

    Nailed me. I feel no need to prove the size of my cojones by risking routine off-airport operations. Something must be wrong with me. I land off-airport only when absolutely necessary. And even...
  10. It was nominal - 9% or something. Still under...

    It was nominal - 9% or something. Still under the non-Avemco quote for me as a 79 year old.
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    Had it that way for a short while - wouldn't fit...

    Had it that way for a short while - wouldn't fit in the hangar.

    There is a serious upside - everybody is out of 8:00x4 tires, but now I have an extra set with at least a year left that I can bolt...
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    We did that on an old Mooney. That was before...

    We did that on an old Mooney. That was before intercoms. Wish I had a photo - my first really big deal installation. Took that sucker in and out of LAX I bet 30 times. Used Leroy lettering and...
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    Nope. My theory is that the size of your tires...

    Nope. My theory is that the size of your tires is inversely proportional to the size of your dick. Especially when operating exclusively on 3000'x150' runways.

    They did change the "feel" of the...
  14. Never heard that. They told me they have...

    Never heard that. They told me they have guidelines, and they do not get creative. For instance, they told me exactly what percentage increase happens at 81, and what happens at 85.

    I was saving...
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    A "pic" would break my camera. It no longer...

    A "pic" would break my camera. It no longer looks like a J3.
    Grove STC 6:00 wheels and brakes; 26" Goodyear tires, 8:50 tubes. Almost three grand, not counting my labor. The kit is really trivial...
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    We are using the GTR-200 in a J3, a Stearman, a...

    We are using the GTR-200 in a J3, a Stearman, a 180 Super Cub, and this week one arrives for the J4. These are all aircraft with more or less demanding intercom environments, and we are using the...
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    Final note - with 18 psi the airplane taxis just...

    Final note - with 18 psi the airplane taxis just like it did with the 8:00s. You can feel the dramatic difference on touchdown (pavement). Robbie’s STC kit goes on quickly and easily.

    I...
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    One of the locals suggested that three syllable...

    One of the locals suggested that three syllable phonetics were counter-productive. I agree - I have an awful time with "November." Sierra should go back to "Sugar" and "Quilo" and "Kaybec" confuse...
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    Speaking of out of stock, anybody know where I...

    Speaking of out of stock, anybody know where I can get new 8:00x4s at or around Desser's price? Last I heard they were $340 each. Univairs are over $400 each.
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    Unrelated to that - we put the Grove 6" wheels...

    Unrelated to that - we put the Grove 6" wheels and discs, with 26" Goodyears inflated, on digital scales today. Only 30 lbs. per wheel. Likewise the 8:00x4 with disc mounted. 15 lbs.

    But...
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    I am doing the Poly Fiber "Island/palm...

    I am doing the Poly Fiber "Island/palm tree/rabbit" stitch now. It works under the tank, using the curved needle, if you can't get to the inside for some reason.

    I have seen experimental...
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    It will ruin early expander tubes on J3s too. ...

    It will ruin early expander tubes on J3s too. Later tubes handle 5606. If you can afford it, Dot 5 is benign - doesn't attack anything. It is harder to bleed, since it can get agitated with little...
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    Once the ribs are dead straight and the fabric...

    Once the ribs are dead straight and the fabric shrunk, that first coat of dope will capture the ribs, making stitching mindless. You can still snap it loose if you see a crooked rib.

    MT - don't...
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    By the way, we used the same 7 AH gel cells to...

    By the way, we used the same 7 AH gel cells to power the portable Icom. Lasted a very long time. Icom engineers vary the input voltage, so you have to buy a different battery adapter for each model.
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    I color code, and use shielded twisted pairs. I...

    I color code, and use shielded twisted pairs. I don't do it professionally, so need to keep track of which wire is signal and which is return inside the shield.

    The Becker harness has color codes...
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