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  1. I put it off for a while but I finally contacted the factory about the brake pedals as they were binding such that when you had full right rudder the brake pedal wouldn't move. They sent out an update kit and I swapped the faulty parts.


    Last night I finally got around to bleeding the brakes. I had a hell of a time. Couldn't do it 'bottom up' I assumed because of the cheapo oil can I was using. So I decided to bleed them the regular automotive way. Still no joy. Then I started to think maybe I had left mixed with right on the lines. So I had Jo pump a right pedal while I cracked the left bleed nipple. Some oil seemed to come out! Well, I must admit I lost my shit and yelled and carried on so much I scared the dog!


    When I calmed down we played around with it a bit longer and it occurred to me it was acting more like a blockage than anything. I wonder. .


    Turned the park brake 'on' and voila! Oil squirted out the bleed nipple! 


    See attached for my fix !




    Edit: I haven't checked yet, but it seems likely to me that the park brake is a one way valve, which means my 'fix' won't work- the park brake will be 'off' in both position!


    so for now I may just put a cover over it. Not all ultralights have a park brake.


    it also occurred to me that the park brake is assymetrical when it comes to mounting it in the Bushcat. I found a pic from when I was installing it and sure enough there is only one way you can put it in (see pic). This means the park brake was assembled incorrectly at the Matco or Bushcat factory! Grrrr



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    • Best wishes Ian. The medical profession, despite my criticizing them, is real good these days. Apart from that endorsement, I agree that you will always be welcome to the right hand seat of the many  planes owned by us forumites, certainly my Jabiru for one. We are very grateful for all you have done with this site.
    • It's most like the sound of the steam generators on top of the boiler on steam Loco's. Hiss and wining sound.. Can be most disconcerting when all is absolutely quiet. Nev
    • I’d not swap the tinnitus for lights. Bugger! Sorry to hear this. I was just thinking about the sounds of tinnitus. Whooshing etc. When it’s really quiet I have mosquitoes. No idea if they are real or not. Used a lot of bug spray and now I just go “have at it”.     
    • As those who have been in front of A Viscount with 4 engines howling will know is bloody intolerable.  It's not the props. It's the compressor intakes. Nev
    • Thread drift I know, but we have spoken above about tinnitus. I have just been watching a video on Youtube and the sound I have constantly at the back of my head, in addition the the whooshing of two tornadoes, is the whistle of a taxying Vickers Viscount.
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