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Come Monday... - Tina Marie's Ramblings
Red hair and black leather, my favorite colour scheme...
Come Monday...
Okay, it isn't Monday yet, but it feels like it.

This was a maintenance weekend. I've been putting off cleaning/gapping the plugs in the twin for a month now, but they had to be done. And the attitude gyro hasn't been working right for almost a month, and I was sick of flying it partial-panel. And I wanted a music-in plug for the iPod, so I could listen to my music in the plane.

We went out Friday night and I pulled the plugs and started cleaning them while Michael pulled the attitude gyro. He discovered that besides a small leak, the gyro was fine - it was the vacuum system that wasn't okay. It's mostly very flexible tubing, and in several places the tubing had kinked and was restricting airflow, enough to make the attitude gyro wonky but not enough to flag the gyro or the low vacuum light.

So Saturday morning I finished the plugs, while Michael and Mike replaced the vacuum system tubing with something a bit more sturdy. I'm not fond of plug cleaning, but it beat crawling around in the airplane in the heat working behind the panel.

After that was all back together, we went and got a jack for the iPod input and mounted that. Mike and I replaced the missing gear mirror on the right side while we had the cowling off - it doesn't really do anything, since I had one on the left cowling, but I was sick of people pointing at the round empty spot and saying "Did you know your mirror is missing?".

Anyway, we got it all buttoned back up before we left Saturday night.

This morning, I pulled the Tripacer out for the epic 3-mile trip to Dry Creek. I've got to fly that plane more often - my approach was disgracefully bad. I've gotten so used to the 3-degree glideslope in the twin, and I just couldn't get the angle right in the Tripacer. I ended up having to add power to clear the trees. Hung out with Michael and Jim and his Mooney for a while, then left the Tripacer there for Jim and Michael to fly and took Michael's truck back to Weiser, then came to work.

I need a weekend to recover now.

(see, now I have just the right userpict for these posts!)

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skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: June 28th, 2005 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's a tiny version of this pict.

I was helping a friend do some random stuff to his Arrow...
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