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Posted by jakegeorge64 | Oct 03, 2017 @ 10:35 PM | 1,785 Views
The rework to the motor on my Spirit of St Louise has had an interesting ending. Seems the plane is way out of trim and climbs so fast it stalls. The wing, is level so I think the pitch on the motor us off. I put it in the same spot I took it out of so the angle should be the same. I was able to get level flight with almost full down stabilizer. As soon as I went to neutral it nosed up.

Having been and A&P guy I knew to check the CG. It is fine. wing line looks fine. One thing I did not do was photograph the angle of the motor. But I put it back exactly in the same spot. Power is fine. So got frustrated. The other mini plane i bought flies like a dream so I know I am using the controls right.

But have not been flying because seems I have had cataracts getting worse for the past six months. Could not see the plane well past 30 feet so been flying it into trees and such getting surgery on the left eye next week. Hope to be out flying again.

Any comments on how to fix the angle of flight on the Spirit would be appreciated.
Posted by jakegeorge64 | Aug 02, 2017 @ 12:42 PM | 1,425 Views
Most people do not think of the Space Shuttle as a glider, but that is exactly what it was.

Once it fired its rockets to start re-entry, it had no power other than gravity and speed to keep it flying until it landed. once it entered the atmosphere it had a five second window to land. If it was later than five seconds it crashed or fell from the sky somewhere.

When the Columbia was late I told my wife it burned up or broke apart. Sure enough a bit later they saw the parts raining down.

As a glider, it was not graceful nor flew well. But is was completely radio control able. If the astronauts became unable to land it the ground control folks with the aid of computers were able to bring it back from space.

Now that is one amazing RC craft...

I viewed the Columbia wreckage. it was amazing to see how it came apart and what survived. Light bulbs still worked. They fell from 65 miles or so from the sky and still worked.

More on that one later. Just wanted to say I got the chance to see this big RC glider land a number of times. Fantastic Engineering.
Posted by jakegeorge64 | Aug 01, 2017 @ 11:07 PM | 1,671 Views
As a guy who did a stint as a tech writer, then examiner of contracted tech writers, I have a few stories to tell..

We often put in fake stuff to see if anyone really read the darn things. Best one I saw was a trouble shooting flow chart. It went on for about six pages. Was ready to give up but had a hint that there was something hidden that I missed since I never saw one go that long.

Yep on page seven, "If hitting the reset button six times, while drinking Jim Beam and standing on one foot does not work, Take the elevator to the roof and throw the damn thing over the edge because it is busted and warantee expired six years ago because this sucker never fails... Train your operators right and you will never see this error."

They were pissed i found it. Wanted to see it in print. I guess they had a pool going if it would be found.

Another called for a special tool called "triopenen" to gain access to a welded shut panel.
Posted by jakegeorge64 | Jul 31, 2017 @ 11:23 PM | 1,476 Views
A long time aviation buff. I became interested in planes when i saw a F111 in Popular Science. Started building U control and free flying gliders in the mid 60s. Joined the AF right out of High School because I was going to be drafted. Ended up being a crew chief Air Craft Mech on FB111A bombers.

Did a tour in Thailand during Viet Nam. Worked F111A tail number 67-113 it was the last plane to drop bombs on North View Nam.

Went back to bombers. Lost too much hearing and was cross trained to Logistics. Best thing that ever happened to me. Got out after 8 years and went Civil Service AF after a 6 year wait for the hiring freeze to end.

Ended up in the air craft arena again Was the program manger for C130 A model planes. Along the way went to two years of A&P school. Once again around planes,

Ended getting offered a job on the shuttle program. Spent 27 years until the shuttle was retired and moved offices from Cape Canaveral to the Melbourne Airport as an in plant government rep at Northrup Grumman until I retired.

Lots of great stories. Met some amazing people. But always around planes.

When I retired thought about making planes again. But my hands are pretty much shot. So trying to learn to fly the RC stuff.

I have 5 books published and own a publishing house. I write mostly Native American fiction but may start writing a few articles on how this rc stuff works out.

Worst Air craft related job? Changing the cables to the stab and rudder on a P51 Mustang. Was back there sweating my nads off and scraping most of the skin off my knuckles. I look to the right and there was a note written in pencil. "Who did you piss off to get this job." Was dated 1952. Was part of my class room instruction. We drew straws for the task. I lost...

Was a technical writer, examiner for most of the time. The engineers built it, I figured out how to fix it and write how to do it. Glad to be here and hope to be of some use to someone somehow...