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About mikeavison

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  1. Guys Guys think about the mechanism. It's nor like an engine part under constant motion. It only gets moved by a few degrees every now and then. So it is not surprising that the mfr does not require a lubricant.
  2. I have an Icon A6E, only a Yaesu model was cheaper when I bought it. I have no problem with range, performance is great. I find programming the stations in is quite painful. The whole user interface not very intuitive but manageable. I don't know if the Yaesu is better in that respect. Good Luck
  3. I would just say about the Savannah , if you go that way make sure you have the vortex generators. Compared with the slat wing version you really are getting something for nothing.
  4. Several people answered the wrong question (why 2 plugs) not what was asked, why the RPM drop. For my money it is due to incomplete combustion (3). Which is why on low rpm engines like Jabiru the drop is too small to notice. Everything happens at half the speed on a Jab compared with a 4 stroke Rotax, everything except the rate of burn progression. So you still get almost complete combustion on low rev engines and little or no drop of RPM. Mike
  5. Well in UK we are also not supposed to fly recreationally. I think quite unfair. I never feel so alone as when flying solo especially when things aren't going quite right! Just me, the controls, the instruments, the weather above and the ground below. Lets face it I am at least 1000ft from the nearest other human well more than 2m! Some say, ah but what if you crash , putting additional strain on the health resources. Be honest there are a few crashes per year and most do not require emergency services. Hardly a strain! Mike (pommie)
  6. About 8 years ago , a Savannah with a Jabiru 2200 was my first plane. And I haven't changed it since . The engine has been completely reliable. I went on a Jabiru owners course soon after I got it which was super-helpful. I learned a lot about some problems with earlier examples of the engine. The two you mention were genuine and serious issues with the engine. Probably not really dangerous, since they didn't cause sudden failure. If you do your engine checks well you would realise the fault was gradually developing. I would say , as well, there may be a lot of reports of unreliability caused
  7. Sorry I haven't read all six pages of replies so perhaps someone has already said this. One bank of cylenders is set back by one cylender width compared withe the other (since the pistons are all in a line). On our plane the ducts are not different to take account of this, neither is the shape of the the cowling. So when we got it there was a gap between the cowling and the duct which was much bigger on one side than the other. CH cooling was not great. We fabricated a short extension to the ducts so that the cowling meets the duct on both sides now. This improved CH cooling greatly.
  8. This is to misunderstand how a bolt works. When a bolt comes undone during use, the force retaining it is not the torque applied when fitting it, it is zero. When you tighten a nut onto a bolt it stretches the shank of the bolt (it is elastic). This puts a constant force holding the items together. When there is vibration it causes an oscillating force on the bolt shank, the combined effect is that the net force in the bolt shank increases and decreases around the mean (torqued in force). If the vibration is strong enough the peaks and troughs of the oscillation are greater than the torqued in
  9. Hopefully my last post on this subject. We used penetrating oil and a G clamp to drive the sleeves out. There was no sign of corrosion so I think they must have been tight from build, which I don't really understand. Anyway we reamed and greased the holes and hopefully all will will now be well. Thanks everyone, especially ibob
  10. Kyle Coms, I can't agree that brakes on our Sav are "crappy". Sure I wish the sliding sleeves hadn't seized but we have never felt that the effectiveness of the brakes was inadequate. I like them much better than the brakes on the Ikarus C42, which have very short pad life. I don't know if maybe the ones on the Sav XL are different and less effective than the ones on the VG.
  11. Yes we are going to do that asap.
  12. Hi Neil, no my (shared) Sav is a VG. (2012 I think). I bet yours has a Rotax 912 too, instead of the Jabiru engine?
  13. Hi IBob Thanks for your information that is very helpful. I'd say to you make sure you put a small amount of molybdenum grease on those sleeves they plainly are susceptible to locking up. And re-grease them at every service. Ours are now so tight I think they may be impossible to budge without damaging the sleeve or the plate, and the Sav is not that old. Fortunately the pads hardly wear and for now we have just reassembled it and it works fine.
  14. PS I don't know what brand, there is no writing on them. I'd think they are adapted versions of some other brake repurpossed by ICP the plane kit manufacturer.
  15. Hi Head in the Clouds, The discs definitely don't float, so I guess the calipers are supposed to. I had not appreciated that many types of brake have been fitted to Savannahs, I imagined just one had and so anyone reading the post who had dismantled one would recognise the picture, and tell me if they had considered the same question. And hopefully arrived at the correct answer. The shiny metal sleeves you can see in the picture, when assembled have bolts through them which hold the piston on one side and the static pad on the other side. So if those sleeves were free to slide in the black m
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