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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 😄

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    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 positions 😞

     

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

  2. Russty

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    Hi, I am looking for a plan for the outer wing section on an Osprey 2 amphibian plane. Also, any info on VH-PCH made by Peter Crooke (Melbourne) would be appreciated. The plane also has a number- EF4740- on it probably the water craft rego number?? Thank You.   

  3. Peugeot L112 aircraft engine, 1916 , Musée de l'Air, Le Bourget, France

     

     

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    This is an item I wrote a few years ago which was hard to upload due to the limitations of the forum.

     

    Old Man Emu

     

    A Practical Guide to Rib Lacing using the Modified Seine Knot.pdf

  4. Ian's Blog

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    Went to my eye specialist as my eyesight is extremely bad now. I have had a detached retina in one eye for about 6 months, my bad eye which now has a plastic lens, a cornea graph and still can't see out of it, which has now got worse. I close my eyes and I still see a coloured lit area that makes it hard to go to sleep. My good eye has a cataract so I see double and my glasses are pretty darn strong already so basically I can't see out of one eye, see double with the other and having dancing lights when I close my eyes and try to sleep. They are stuffed

     

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    It was hard enough trying to land when you have no 3rd dimension to know how high you are or how far away things are but now seeing double and on an eye steroid every day due to 2 cornea rejections it was time to hang up the headset.

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