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  1. wally

    precautionary landing

    I friend with a Maul made a precautionary landing because of weather building around him. He put down in a field no problem. He asked me and another pilot friend to go back to the plane to help remove some gas and give our opinion about taking off from the field. Our other pilot friend and i...
  2. wally

    What friends are for

    I was feeling kinda down yesterday. I had been off work for a week but honey-do jobs and other family obligations and weather had been keeping me from going out to the airport. I work weekends so even when I do go out to the little grass strip where I rent a hangar, I am usually by myself...
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    Davis-Monthan register

    No this is not about the famous airbase where a lot of military planes are stored. This is from a guy who put up a website about an old airport register from the 1920's and '30s at the early same-named airport in Arizona. This register was signed by a bunch of early avation greats. And he has...
  4. wally

    Installing wheel pants on my Pitts

    I guess you can call them Pitts pants when they are finally installed. Rather than take the wheel, tire and brake off plus the fabric covering off each side to weld a bracket to the tube landing gear, I thought I could make something that would clamp on. By splitting the next larger size...
  5. wally

    Headset ANR modification kit report

    As I have mentioned before, My Pitts has a very loud cockpit. I didn't want to spend the $$$ to buy a new ANR headset so I bought a kit to convert my regular headset to an ANR hesdset. $169 plus shipping I think is what it costs. Here is what I learned. Yes it does help. Flip the switch...
  6. wally

    My new radio

    I thought I would start this and share what I am doing with My Pitts. I just bought a Flight Line FL-760 transceiver. It is made in Japan. It looks kinda like the Micro Air, Becker and ATR radios. It mounts in a 2 and 1/4 inch instrument hole! It is very light weight. And about as inexpensive as...
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    Flying w/ my new canopy

    I finally got in a couple of flights yesterday with the canopy installed. What a wonderfull difference! My little home made windshield was just not doing a good job at all. I had a bunch of turbulence and noise right by my head. And the concern it would break. If it had been properly designed...
  8. wally

    An airplane in every garage? view from 1945

    Here is an online book that gets a lot right about the planes we see and own today. They miss on the prices tho. Enjoy, Wally http://www.historians.org/projects/GIRoundtable/Airplane/AirplaneTOC.htm
  9. wally

    Pitts Fly-in Ozark Alabama Oct 2008

    It looks like the Pitts Fly-in in Ozark AL may happen again this year. http://www.panamacity-realty.com/curtispitts/DothanEagle.htm If you like Pitts aircraft this would be the place to see them! I went a couple of years ago and had a great time. A bunch of really great guys. Best...
  10. wally

    Up to the fourth flight

    Hi, I got tired of seeing the same title so I thought I would add a new one. I have flown and landed 4 times and survived each time which is a good thing. My landings are still pretty bad. I think it is going to take some serious landing practice to get good landing my Pitts. My main issue...
  11. wally

    Rawdon T-1 windshield?

    How about this for an obscure plane? A guy who I know, pilot but hasn't flown for many years, asks me where he could buy a windshield for a Rawdon T-1. He apparently knows where one is for sale and he said it needs, among other things, a new windshield and the rest of the plastics. He was...
  12. wally

    First flight on my Pitts went well

    A friend who has an S-1S Pitts similar to mine flew N13WK for a little while Sat morning. The flight went just fine. He came down after about 15 minutes since the cilinder head temp and oil temp were both staying kinda high. I expected that would be the case since the engine is not completly...
  13. wally

    Saw a cool plane today

    I was at the local airport for an EAA chapter meeting. After the meeting, we were wandering around the ramp and I saw the CAF (Commerative AF) meeting had adjourned also. They meet in a different hangar. And sitting over at the gas pump was a HAWKER SEA FURY. I knew it was at the ariport but...
  14. wally

    My Pitts is now an airplane

    I just got home bringing with me the certification paper and signed log book! N13WK is now a real airplane. I only have to do 25 hours in my practice area and then I can go and fly wherever! The next thing is put it all back together and then get ME ready to fly it! I have a Pitts owner...
  15. wally

    Chomping up a plane

    Sorry I can't post a pic but got to watch a MD-10-10 get chomped up just now. This was one that had a bad landing last summer when the the left main landing gear broke on touchdown. There was only a small fire but it took the temper out of the wing lower plank in places so no way to fix it...
  16. wally

    What do I put in the log book?

    Hi, I have just about completed my Pitts. Now I am working my way through the FAA forms required. I have found most of the information for them through the FAA website, the EAA website and EAA magazines I have collected. But I don't know what to write in my airplane and my engine log books...
  17. wally

    Soaring Convention in Memphis Feb

    I don't know the date for sure but will post it here when I find out. This is the national soaring convention. I think our EAA chapter is going to have a display in the lobby or somewhere - like the glider guys will be interested in my Pitts. It has the glide ratio of a set or car keys! OK it...
  18. wally

    Got my engine to run

    Well I finally have my 0-320 Lycoming all together and running! I got it all back together last week but it just would not fire and i was so tired I gave it up for a while. I went out today and checked the timing again. The right mag was good but I found the left mag was off 180 degrees...
  19. wally

    Magnetic Camshaft

    With all of my engine pieces lying around on my bench waiting for the rest of the parts to arrive, I noticed the camshaft was magnetic. I picked it up and metal things stuck to it. I didn't think that was a good thing. Not having to a degassing coil, here is what I did. I knew a...
  20. wally

    And speaking of engines/mounts...

    I just got the bad news about my crankshaft. This is an old engine (O-320 Lycoming) that came with the Pitts project. I didn't know much about engines when I bought it but I do now! Supposedly the engine was ready to put on the airframe and run. Well I later found out (after I bought it)...
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