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Re: What's the stupidest thing you did during the build?

As a scratch builder I had to bend my own wing skins. After getting the initial bend I tried to bend it further with a 2x4 and ended up putting a dent and crease in the leading edge, the exact shape of the 2x4. I couldn't get it out, plus I have polished wings and so could not add filler. So that wa...
by mike.smith
Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:47 am
 
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What's the stupidest thing you did during the build?
Replies: 14
Views: 287

Re: A Few of My Favorite Things

nwawingman wrote:Also my flip down canopy brace that keeps the wind from doing a number on it.

2018 Mid West Sonex Fly-in poster link
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Za93ch ... sp=sharing


Do you have photos of the canopy brace? And the link for the fly-in did not work.
by mike.smith
Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:42 am
 
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Few of My Favorite Things
Replies: 8
Views: 161

Re: A Few of My Favorite Things

Mike, You haven't by any chance come up with a working, durable seal for the rear canopy edge against the turtledeck? So far all ideas I have tried, tend to disintegrate or rub off after a while. Right now I am working on an idea that incorporates say ø1/2" tube bent to follow the turtledeck e...
by mike.smith
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:30 am
 
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Few of My Favorite Things
Replies: 8
Views: 161

A Few of My Favorite Things

Along with the "stupidest" things I've done, here were a few of my favorite things. Make your own drilled bolt shank: http://www.mykitlog.com/users/display_log.php?user=mikesmith&project=698&category=0&log=221730&row=23 Remote battery charging port: http://www.mykitlog.com/...
by mike.smith
Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:40 pm
 
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Few of My Favorite Things
Replies: 8
Views: 161

Re: 3 Point Attitude...

Mike - at 55 kts over the numbers I would definitely be a tail first touchdown I think and that's my point.. I think the attitude would already be too nose-high for a wheeler landing. Everyone's low speed air calibration might be a bit different, but at 55 kts I can glide in in a level attitude. I ...
by mike.smith
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:50 pm
 
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 3 Point Attitude...
Replies: 18
Views: 1181

Re: 3 Point Attitude...

I guess the other relevant point is that we're not allowed to have the last stage of flap over here as our LAA decided that it results in too great a pitch change... Such unfortunate silliness. Hundreds of Sonexes flying with 3 notches of flaps, including me. Absolutely nothing about a Sonex that d...
by mike.smith
Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:47 pm
 
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 3 Point Attitude...
Replies: 18
Views: 1181

Re: adsb pushed back to 2040

I loved it! Awesome! I love looking for the April Fools jokes in the "news" on this day every year. Often so many clever things. The best ones are the ones that almost seem believable.
by mike.smith
Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:33 pm
 
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: adsb pushed back to 2040
Replies: 3
Views: 323

Re: AirVenture 2018

I've been there for 16 years in a row, so not stopping now :-) But I'll be rafting the Grand Canyon the week before OSH, so I won't be flying my plane there this year. Next year for sure, though.
by mike.smith
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:15 pm
 
Forum: Fly-Ins
Topic: AirVenture 2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1087

Re: Generator switch off

You never, ever want to have any avionics on when starting the engine. While the starter is engaged, the battery voltage is low and going up and down with the compression strokes of the engine varying the RPM of the starter and therefore the load it is drawing from the battery, and when you disconn...
by mike.smith
Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:01 pm
 
Forum: Aerovee
Topic: Generator switch off
Replies: 27
Views: 1116

Re: wheel pant fit

Trimmed "up"? Not sure what you are describing.I have a tail dragger so I had to angle mine with the front a bit higher than the rear, when sitting on the ground. I tried to align mine so they were horizontal when the plane was in level flight. But I didn't do any trimming.
by mike.smith
Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:35 pm
 
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: wheel pant fit
Replies: 3
Views: 303
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