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  1. Pumping out of a jug or bag, that's in contact...

    Pumping out of a jug or bag, that's in contact with the plane, would seem to offer no more static concerns then when fuel is normally being moved when in flight. As long as one doesn't drop a match...
  2. Check out the fuel pumps at Summit Racing and...

    Check out the fuel pumps at Summit Racing and other hot rod web sites. The pumps made for high horsepower race engine are cheap and readily available. Make your own "dipstick", with a screened...
  3. I've been doing so for the last 20 years, using...

    I've been doing so for the last 20 years, using mogas exclusively, even on XC's. I have a high volume (race car type, about $125.00) fuel pump, permanently bolted to the floor below the passenger...
  4. The old airport site at West Yellowstone MT is...

    The old airport site at West Yellowstone MT is still ridiculously "airport like", grown in a bit but for a slow lander it's JFK. But do not try and use the excuse "it's an airport", as a certain...
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    And... with all the various trick little LED...

    And... with all the various trick little LED lights I have in all the vehicles and around the place, it almost irritated me when I first discovered the flashlight function on my cellphone!
  6. Then there is the spillway on the failed Teton...

    Then there is the spillway on the failed Teton Dam, just waiting for some pilot to land it. The fact that it's posted with old signs (original, before the fail) saying KEEP OUT, by the Bureau of...
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    What you're referring to is I believe, is the...

    What you're referring to is I believe, is the noise reduction technique of taking a quality ANR headset, or several, and running it through a table or band saw with a fine tooth blade, and then...
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    The holes are too small and too far (70+') for...

    The holes are too small and too far (70+') for the mirror trick. 4 sections of the telescoping boom have to line up, for the grease gun's needle tip to fit.
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    I stepped off what seemed to about 70-80', and I...

    I stepped off what seemed to about 70-80', and I have a good eye being the crane biz, and it still worked. If I didn't already have a hard wired Ray Allen electric pitch tab, I'd consider it's use...
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    Sticky: The gear got a workout on this mountain top wind...

    The gear got a workout on this mountain top wind blown snow but once walking around I was breaking through the crust to my knees.
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    14.4 pounds of push/pull.

    14.4 pounds of push/pull.
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    Turns out, these remote units are common and...

    Turns out, these remote units are common and inexpensive enough to be linked to the micro (what they call them) linear actuators on Amazon, that's how they came to my attention. I tapped into the...
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    A remote control oil cooler shutter gizmo I made...

    A remote control oil cooler shutter gizmo I made up, using Anti Splat Aero's shutter, $150.00 or so for everything, it all comes off for summer. :https://youtu.be/MZWr2MhLfEc
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    A different way to ski fly

    https://youtu.be/UIddoanXwCs

    Yeah we know gyro copters are just plain weird, but this is worth a looksee.
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    The big 50 for me this June, as in I started...

    The big 50 for me this June, as in I started getting airborne 50 years ago. Self taught in hang gliders and ultralights, (only knocked myself out once, not sure for how long) , not "real" airplanes,...
  16. A jet blew thru the end of the Hailey ID airport...

    A jet blew thru the end of the Hailey ID airport years ago, (found it:https://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19930826-1), and a local truck driver I know saw the whole thing. Hwy 75 runs...
  17. On a business flying trip to Helena MT once with...

    On a business flying trip to Helena MT once with a train driver buddy, (he was also a cabinet maker, and was meeting with a plane kit maker to discuss making his wooden ribs) we concluded our days...
  18. After the NSTB gets done with the Trevor...

    After the NSTB gets done with the Trevor Howard/T-Craft "crash", they will have their hands full with this one. I know several long time locomotive engineers, and they have some pretty good stories,...
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    Build it bigger then you need, and you FOR SURE...

    Build it bigger then you need, and you FOR SURE will fill it up with other crap besides the plane! There is nothing wrong with building a hangar for THE PLANE ONLY. It will allow you to go really...
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    Washing a plane inside, in the winter, in a floor...

    Washing a plane inside, in the winter, in a floor heated hangar is a guilty luxury. I should do it more. I'm doing some cowling work (putting one of these in front of the Rotax's oil cooler, to allow...
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    An entire new YouTube biz is being started by...

    An entire new YouTube biz is being started by others posting about the incident, and they are getting lots of hits.
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    The S-7, with 29" tires, dead stick performance...

    The S-7, with 29" tires, dead stick performance probably about the same as a SC. 1 notch of flaps, indicated speed about 55 mph I think. https://youtu.be/PkxFzQE2gEo

    On short final, it was...
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    As one who has done a fair bit of dead stick...

    As one who has done a fair bit of dead stick ridge soaring, (in a RANS S-7S, not a SC) I'm going to hazard a guess: 7 to 1? Work calls, I'll read your article tonight.
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    I test flew the Rotax yesterday, after pulling it...

    I test flew the Rotax yesterday, after pulling it for a camshaft performance mod. My first ski flight of the year also, so my "workload" was a bit higher than normal. At 9K, the OAT was 2, the...
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    They have a snowplane ski-in near Tetonia ID,...

    They have a snowplane ski-in near Tetonia ID, most years the WX sucks but about 5 years ago I flew over and dropped in, unannouced. Held in a big flat field, they, like my ski plane, have no brakes,...
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