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  3. Ron Hess

    durable covers for phoenix

    I did order from Bruce's Custom Covers. He quoted me 2500$ and then drove out to my home field KRHV, took the measurements and made the covers in a few weeks. The covers are a very durable nylon with extra soft lining for the canopy area. I'm very happy with the covers, but I don't use them all the time since i have a covered shelter at KRHV. I expect these will last many years with my current usage pattern. I intend to use these when parked outside at my soaring airport KTRK in the summer. Bruce has the measurements now, so next covers he makes will fit just as well as mine ( excellent )
  4. Ron Hess

    Ballistic Parachute Repacking

    Thanks for your detailed descriptions, i need to schedule this on my plane sometime in the next 6 months.
  5. Eric Greenwell

    Exhaust diverter to keep fuselage bottom cleaner?

    78 engine hours since installing the diverter, and no grime (or even an oily feel) to the entire belly. I wish I'd thought of this sooner, as I was cleaning the belly every 20-30 hours before using the diverter. No apparent problems, either.
  6. For sale is a 2008 build Whisper Motor Glider 16m wings, fitted with a 100 hp Rotax 912 ULS and electric adjustable carbon IVO prop. The Aircraft has always been hangered and has 95 hrs on the airframe.The Engine and prop has 72 hrs on the clock since new. Recently spray painted and polished including canopy. The Aircraft has a fresh ATF valid until August 2019. The following equipment is fitted: VHF Radio: Icom Altimeter: ASI: Variometer: Electric Borgelt and mechanical Vario. Electric prop pitch adjust: Fuel flow computer: Flight computer : MGL Stratomaster EFIS. RPM instrument: Voltmeter: Fuel level Indicator: Compass: Slip indicator: The Aircraft is retro fitted with custom made Winglets by Jonker Sailplanes. The rudder has been prepped for installation of a tow hook if required. Aircraft has luggage bin and also wheel spats which can be fitted if so required. The Aircraft has an electric servo trim tab fitted, for elevator trimming, allowing for a relaxed cruise. Aircraft has very powerful air brakes allowing for a very precise approach profile. Absolute bargain @ 39000 USD. See Aircraft specs as per below: Wing span 16m Wing area 15sq.m Aspect ratio 16 Length 7.16m Empty weight 534 kg Max all up weight 775 kg Fuel capacity 85 litres Rate of Climb (gross weight at sea level) 3.6m/s (700ft/min) Max level speed 210km/h (113kts) Cruise speed (75% power) 180km/h (95kts) Vne 250km/h (132kts) Stall speed 72km/h (38kts) Va 160km/h (85kts) Cruise fuel consumption 12litres/hr (3.2USG/hr) Range 1200km (no reserves) Take off roll 180m Min sink speed 0.9m/s at 80km/h Glide ratio 1:28 at 105km/h https://whisperrd.wordpress.com/ https://www.whisperaircraft.com/ This Aircraft is stationed and kept in hangar at FAWC, Worecester Glider Airfield, South Africa. Well looked after by professional Aircraft Mechanic. A Canopy cover comes with the plane keeping it in pristine condition. An Overseas shipment can be arranged in a 40 foot Container from Cape Town, South Africa. Keeping the Aircraft at FAWC in rented Hangar for 100 US$ a month is also an option. Mail me for more info: Joernsteinbeck@gmail.com or Whatsapp my Mechanic Mr. Luke Godwin on +27 72 310 3266
  7. mikeschumann

    Ballistic Parachute Repacking

    Can you attach a copy of the shipping instructions that include the photos?
  8. sheridan9sc

    Ballistic Parachute Repacking

    Just sent off our parachute this morning for repacking to Dennis at Magnum Parachutes. Thank you to Ed for the clear instructions on removing the chute from the plane. USPS 3-day delivery from South Carolina to Florida was $37 plus $2,000 insurance of $27. The insurance was probably unnecessary, but it gives piece of mind and since Dennis bundles these back to Czechoslovakia the valuation does not go directly on the customs forms.. I used a box from UPS that was 20 x 12 x 12 ($5). I have attached the instructions from Dennis so that you have all the pictures requested when you are removing the chute. I'll update this post once I get the chute back. Magnum, Repack Shipping Instructions.docx
  9. I am selling the pride and joy of my fleet a 1998 HK36TTC. I've found another Diamond to replace it. Its exterior is nearly perfect having just been polished up by Fidel Ramirez of Composite One in Moriarity. This one has USAF striping of the American Flag. Climb rate at 5200 MSL on hot day is 6 kts. Cruise speed 103 (book), 105 kts measured at 60% power. Can and should be operated on MOGAS and alcohol is not a problem for the Diamond airframe. Last annual April 2018 and I'm glad to combine a pre-buy with its next annual so the new owner can see the quality. All life limited parts are in compliance. It will need a prop overhaul next year. Prop dynamically balanced and it runs smooth. Having flow the HK series for over 5000 hours I can truly say this is my favorite ship. Make it yours!
  10. mikeschumann

    Exhaust diverter to keep fuselage bottom cleaner?

    Just flew from Mpls to Naples FL via Charlotte with my new exhaust diverter. After a 10+ hour flight, no oil slicks on the fuselage.
  11. mikeschumann

    Great tailwind

    What was really interesting, which you can see on my screenshot, the Dynon final glide ring was entirely in front of the aircraft. Given the tailwind, the Dynon didn't think that I could make a final glide to an airport directly under my aircraft.
  12. mikeschumann

    Great tailwind

    I have you beat. Yesterday (October 29, 2018) from S. St. Paul, MN to Lincolnton, NC. 50-60 Knot tailwinds almost the entire way. Topped out at 178 Knot Groundspeed.
  13. Jim Lee

    Woodcomp Prop Pitch?

    Prop protractor. I use this one, cheap, easy accurate. https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/appages/propprot.php
  14. Richard Pearl

    Need Grob 109 Check-out Flight

    Go to Community > Members > Filters > scroll down to CFI's, and click on the individual names. It will show you their personal ride, i.e. Grob, Ximango, etc.
  15. Rally2B

    Need Grob 109 Check-out Flight

    Does anyone offer or know of someone who can provide a familiarization flight in a Grob 109? We have a Grob 109B and our flight instructor has plenty of time in gliders, single engine aircraft, and already has his motor glider endorsement but he has no time in a Grob 109. Our insurance carrier requires that he have at least an hour for familiarization. Any help is appreciated as we need to get him qualified hopefully in the next few weeks so that he can transition us over the winter/spring. We live in the Midwest but can will travel to wherever this can be done. Thanks, Robert
  16. Just received a letter attached to a survey asking if there is any interest in an engine replacement package using the Rotax 912. This was sent to me by Grob Aircraft along with some technical specifications. I believe they are looking to see if there is any interest and if so they may proceed with development. No costs were mentioned but I would like to see them develop an engine replacement just in case I need it later. Attached is a copy of the letter and they would like a response no later than November 15th. Please consider responding if you have not already done so. Thanks, Robert Grob Aircraft Factory G 109B engine conversion survey.pdf
  17. Hello, My fuel hoses run out of time. I am trying to have them replaced. I found one repairshop, but they refused to issue the FORM1 certificate because they said (just by looking at the photos which I sent them) that my hoses are metric and they (the repairshop) can only issue the FORM1 for standard. Any comments on this please? How do you get around this obstacle? Regards Jarek
  18. mikeschumann

    Woodcomp Prop Pitch?

    How do you measure the pitch?
  19. One of the latest build Super Ximango's now for sale! In excellent condition and with a brand new engine and propeller. Registration G-XYZT Serial # SN 200.176 Rotax 912 S2 (100 HP; TBO 2000 hr or 15 Years) TTSN Engine 45 hrs (apprx) and apprx 14,5 years TTSN Propellor 0 hrs and apprx 6 years TTSN Airframe 350 hrs (apprx) ARC valid until April 19th 2019 Availability READY FOR DELIVERY Standard Equipment: Airspeed Indicator, Altimeter, Vertical Speed Indicator, Slip Indicator (ball type), B40 Variometer, Compass, Tinted (blue) Canopy, Pitot-Static System, Cockpit Heater, Wing-Folding System and Hinge Fairings (complete). Dual Controls, Retractable Gear. Installed Avionics Garmin Aera 500 Dynon EFIS-D10A Dynon EMS-D10 Garmin VHF Nav/Com GNC-255a Garmin GTX 328 mode S transponder LX NAV FD computer and GPS navigation system Sigtronic SPA 400 intercom ELT PCAS XRX portable collision avoidance system For Sale leaflet v3 US.pdf
  20. Eric Greenwell

    Phoenix 912 engine loses 500 rpm during climb

    This problem has returned a year after it first occurred. An EAA member here that also uses the 912 suggested the propeller changing to coarser pitch would explain the symptoms. Is it possible for the blades to shift a few degrees, maybe because something internal is loose, not greased enough, or worn? I don't use it in the feathered mode very often, but I usually twist the blades by hand during the pre-flight, and often cycle the prop with the control lever. Everything seems normal, but is there something that could be inspected to rule out the possibility?
  21. b737thurman

    Super Ximango for Sale

    NEW NOTE, Webpage with all logbook pages and some more information. www.brittscrosswind.com Bendix/King 135A GPS/COM Bendix/King KT76A Transponder Unknown variometer. Guessing it was shipped from the factory with it. Has a total energy probe on the tail, but as far as I know it doesn’t use it. If a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ll leave them to it. NOTE: This is a early Ximango. It has no toe brakes, and cupped ailerons. It has gelcoat, not paint. There is gelcoat cracking like any gelcoat glider or boat this age. Not structural, but not pretty. Had a gear up landing, but a great rebuild. It’s all in the logbook pages. If you (or your club, no tow plane) are looking for a Ximango to play, learn, and have fun with, without spending $100,000.00 to $150,000.00 as I was, this maybe the bird for you!
  22. Sinus Flex Max

    LSA (Glider) Repairman Course April 22 - May 7 2019

    October 2017 was the last time the 2-day glider add-on was offered. If Rainbow offers the course next spring, a year and a half will have elapsed between courses, so if you have any interest at all in the glider module you need to contact Rainbow, because they only schedule the add-on modules if there is enough demand. If you miss the next course, there is no way to know how many years you may have to wait for another.
  23. TeriStar

    LSA (Glider) Repairman Course April 22 - May 7 2019

    Thanks for info, will try to remember to make contact. Hopefully we can fill evenings with hangar flying and real flying, as there definitely looks like very little to do there!
  24. tcamilli

    LSA (Glider) Repairman Course April 22 - May 7 2019

    I was an attendee in Oct, 2017 and also attended the add on glider training. The course consisted of 15 days of classroom lecture In the mornings and hands-on training in their workshop/hanger in the afternoons, then two additional days of glider-specific work. The curriculum was prepared by the FAA and covers lots of regs (Carol is an FAA regulations guru). The course is rigorous and the teachers are serious in their approach, and their combined knowledge is awesome. My class had no days off. There were daily written tests and hands on exams in the hangar/workshop. Corning CA is a tiny town in the middle of nowhere and the airport hasn’t changed much since WW2. Contact me whenever you get closer to your course date and I will fill you in on how to survive the 17 days. Tom Camilli tcamilli@me.com The photos below are of the Corning airport.
  25. Eric Greenwell

    Exhaust diverter to keep fuselage bottom cleaner?

    I'm glad to hear the factory has apparently responded to owner complaints about the problem. If the exhaust diversion isn't enough, a diverter tip with less curve than I used would easily given it the desired amount.
  26. Andreas Clauss

    Exhaust diverter to keep fuselage bottom cleaner?

    Hello Eric, I got my 49 U15 4 weeks ago. The exhaust is slightly more slanted 2 inches farther away from the fuselage. Right now I have put on 20 hours and cleaned it only once as the fueselage remained relatively clean. Happy Landings, Andreas
  27. For anyone wanting to perform light sport glider/TMG annuals or repair, consider signing up for the 17-day Rainbow Aviation LSRM in Corning, California. We need enough glider/TMG folks to ensure that Rainbow will hold the 2-day glider add-on for that class period. I believe there are 3 of us already signed up. Course is not cheap and not short, BUT if you want to do your own annuals & maintenance, or do them for others, this is the way to go. This also provides a very easy stepping stone to obtain an A&P license. Brian and Carol Carpenter are the best (and exclusive) training facility for these ratings. They spend 15 days teaching light sport aircraft and then 2 days teaching the glider specific material. Brian is a wizard on the Rotax 912 series. Dave and I are planning to fly our Phoenix over 4,000 miles (round trip) to be there! Would love to meet other TMGA owners while we are in that area, or fly along with us from Atlanta CTJ to Corning, and return Corning to Princeton 39N via CTJ. If interested, don't delay, check out the website to sign up for class: https://rainbowaviation.com/ If anyone has a hangar available near Corning for that period, please contact me. Thanks, Terry
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