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  1. Also the childers country muster is on that weekend
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    BalanceMaster testing

    Danny (Dan3111) bought a BalanceMaster for the Rotax 912 and we drilled it to suit and did some tests today. The unit does actually work and quite well. We used my Dynavibe balancer to check his prop balance then we fitted the BalanceMaster and redid the tests. The video shows the differences. It is quite substantial. It was showering today and after fitting the Balancemaster a car was parked in the way of where we were and the sun was affecting the readings at 5000 rpm. But there is well enough data to show a huge improvement. We will do some more testing again when I get one in for my engine as well and will refine the method and also the video
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    BalanceMaster testing

    Did you get your BM from Danny?....He will swap it for a blank one you can drill if you want. The holes are drilled for the studs that come off the prop flange. Contact him if you did. I was speaking to him tonight about it
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    BalanceMaster testing

    Mine has made a difference...others here also have noticed a difference...I dont think the aircraft ones have been around anymore than 10 years or so
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    BalanceMaster testing

    maybe you need to find the hole size in the BM and get some alu or steel or brass tube the right size then cut off some thin slices..its only for centreing...not sure how many bolts are there but you wouldnt need them all..just 4 opposites or 3 in 120deg if its 6 bolts
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    BalanceMaster testing

    I wouldnt be mounting the BM over the top of the belville washers. that could twist the BM a little if it wasnt perfect. Backing the BM onto a flat surface would be far better I would think. That way you just need centreing ring/washers in the holes in the BM
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    BalanceMaster testing

    you only need a centring bush/washer...it doesnt need to be exactly the same thickness it could be thinner than the base metal plate. The washers on the bolt heads do the work of holding the plate and prop on
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    Another NEW Savannah S on it's way in NZ

    Plane is looking great Bob. Those corrogated oil and water pipes dont really fuss me at all. maybe its fine. I would think ICP would have done a fair amount of testing with them to make sure they are ok but they are really thin and the vibration...dunno...think I maybe speaking through my bum again :). They certainly make the install of the water and oil much easier thats for sure by the look of it. You have done a great install there. I noticed you have a few nylon cable ties over the water tubes on the rhs...maybe think about stainless cable ties or wire tie the parts as with the heat the plastic ties may fail quite quickly then stuff can fall down around the exhaust pipes
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    Airstrip approved

    Here in Qld its a different kettle of fish...I would be typing for hrs to explain it all but the upshot is when we purchased this property in Jan 2010 the whole property was in white on the vege map...in october that year we were putting in a sewage system here and needed to clear trees to put it where the local council said it must go. I thought I just better check..when I got the map I found that most of the property changed to where 25% was in white and the rest couldnt be touched...we were NEVER notified of this change. So I chased up the local DEVITR guy and asked what were they thinking...he tells me they make their decision after looking at satellite pics...I said so no one actually comes out and looks...he said no...well I hit the roof. I demanded the pictures which he sent then I got him on the phone and asked for a please explain why they made these decisions....he was stammering and stuttering and hedging...really was not comfortable with me asking these questions. I said I am going to take this into the public forum and to ACA etc unless they actually looked at it again this time with some sense. So we then discussed on the phone what I wanted which by the way was some locked off areas along the creek on the property but basically he realised that they had made decisions on NO VALID basis and he then sent me a revamped vege map. They didnt even lock off what I asked for they locked off less ??????? anyway paid my $351.08 to lock it in and its done and dusted so basically its all back to white. The real scam in this is that they can change the map without you being informed at all and if you dont check then when they see a change by the satellite pictures they then come and take you to court and fine you hundreds of thousands of dollars then make you revegetate. It stinks...last year the Qld govt made further changes and its like 5 time worse than before now. This is only just a quick explanation and there is a lot more in it but I do not trust any govt dept here when it comes to storing water in dams or clearing trees...it a rort and a excuse to rape you for money
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    Airstrip approved

    excellent ...I know how bad it is with govt depts and getting clearing of land...even just the vegetation map stuff...typical govt numpties...
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    My Savannah S model rebuild Blog

    Hi all I have just purchased a Savannah S model that had a unfortunate mishap earlier this year. It had been written off so I bought it to rebuild it and to make it better ( in my opinion ) and I will then use it as my own aircraft. The "Girlfriend" my XL will then be sold and I will use that to buy the next project to build. The airframe and engine has 350 TT. I expect this to take somewhere between 12 and 18 months to do depending on the other projects I have going on. But I really miss working on a aircraft I find it challenges the mind and is such a stress reliever. I have just done the over 2000 km round trip to pick it up and bring it home and it will be a week or so while I clean up my mess of a garage to give me the room to do all of this. I will post plenty of pictures of the progress and what I am doing. This also is for my requirement now with documentation etc for the new Tech manual rules. The fuselage is broken in the rear and the rudder is damaged. The wings are pretty damaged but the ribs are pretty much all ok and I can get spares if any are damaged. The main wing spars look damaged at this stage but wont know the full story until I get the skins off. The engine needs the gearbox and mainshaft and crank checked but thats no drama either. The main cabin frame and centre main cockpit section all look good so far. It needs a new firewall and noseleg and a few other bits in that area but they are easily made The plan is to make new wing skins the top skins and the front D skin will be 0.020 the underneath and flaperon skins will remain 0.016. The large flat fuselage side skins will be 0.020 but the top.bottom and curved sides will remain 0.016. The main wing spas if they are stuffed which I believe they are I will build new ones. The main web is 0.025 and I will make it 0.032. These sheet thickness mods should add enormous strength to the airframe but only add around 3kg to the total weight Thats a hell of a lot of holes to drill you say? I will buy the sheet material all 6061T6 of course but I am drawing up the skins and the spas and I will get them lasercut locally so the sheets will all end up like what you get in the kit and also as accurate with all the holes lasered and you just need to do the riveting. At this stage I will buy from ICP probably 3 frames for the fuselage rear that look damaged and the rudder I will de-skin and either fix the frames or just fold up new ones to the correct size I will upload some photos shortly Mark
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    My Savannah S model rebuild Blog

    Hi Hank Yes it has turned into a much bigger job but when it is done it will be a excellent stronger aircraft. Yes I have been adding my 2 cents worth in that radio thread Looks like I am going to get a MGL 8.5inch Discovery Lite Eifis SP-6 compass module RDAC XF engine interface V16 radio (which interfaces into the Discovery for controls) Razor head for the V16 as a external radio control setup This is be for the S21 not Mabel......well unless I win a fair amount of money on Lotto 🙂
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    My Savannah S model rebuild Blog

    Just another couple of pics to show how NOT to do your build quality...this is the side brackets left and right side that anchor the main crossmember that ties the front cabin together and your main control stick. Great riveting skills and care taken to make sure this important strength area is done correctly GRRRRRR.
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    Radio replacement

    Your one of the few lucky ones...most never know they are duds POS..they like to transmit up just above the ham band then they come back to the airband for a while then go walkies again...unless you ask for a radio check you will never know unless you cut someone off. I have played with enough of them here to not have one... got several duds here lying around. Xcom have had a couple of issues too but nothing like the M760. I know guys who have had 5 radios replaced in 3 years..and it was a fight to get them repaired/replaced Downunder is about right with all the charges..the govt fella doesnt miss you nowdays..and they are very sus at lowered invoices...they KNOW how much the item is. The Garmin is certainly worth a look as its a fair bit cheaper than the Trig but the shape is a pain for me...I dont like the wide style
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    Radio replacement

    I hadnt considered the Garmin as usually anything Garmin is way over priced...its still over 2K at Mendlesons. The other thing is it means a big hole in the panel it just doesnt drop into any of the std round holes Garmin is usually good gear But in the aviation stuff its expensive. I was looking at the Garmin stuff when at Rans Open day the Garmin rep was there....I priced it all up and it was over 13k US$...just cant justify that sort of money. Thats almost half the price of the aircraft kit itself
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    Radio replacement

    I was asked recently the same question...Xcom are not produced any more. Trig have always been a good radio but they are expensive. I was looking around and the MGL V10 was looking good but now MGL have a V16. The V16 they have actually designed themselves where the V6 and the V10 were actually designed by another company and produced for MGL. I did some research into it and the V16 is a very different beast to the current design radio. The FCC test sheets look quite good on it and the design certainly is a little left field from all my radio stuff but it certainly seems pretty good. The issue is that it is designed to intergrate into the MGL panels but they have designed a remote head for it incase you dont have a MGL panel so it can suit anything as with this head it is a stand alone unit. I only know of the one as Gary has purchased one from the local guys here but they have been dragging their feet on the wiring harness so cant give you any update on it yet. I did find a guy on Youtube who had a complaint about noise in the radio but it is the only one I found with a issue so far. This though could be his install so its not conclusive but it was also over 12 months ago so I would imagine if there was any issue MGL are usually on top of these sort of things and would have done a update. Looking around for the avionics for my S21 arriving later this year I am pretty sold on a MGL 8.4 inch Discovery Lite and I will get the V16 with the separate head as well. So the panel and the head will control it. I hopefully withing the next couple of months have the setup I am going with arrive here so can do some testing with it. The radio is certainly much cheaper than a Trig. The Trig is about 2.5K now with the US$ and even here through the local MGL the V16 is about 1k and the remote head..the Razor is about $450 so $1450 aussie is a very cheap radio and it is also 8.33 ch spacing. it also has higher power out as well Icom is super expensive now as they only have the TSO version of the A220..there are other radios of course but I wouldnt be considering any of them... Mark
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    701 elevator / flaperon control system

    You can see my fuel manifold and the single pipe down to the collector and the other pipe is the breather coming up going to the fitting at the top of my sight gauge. This has been like this and is the existing gear I made for the last 7 years and no issues ever except when the tank filler cap breather tube got blocked by a insect...then I changed them so no drama anymore
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    My Savannah S model rebuild Blog

    Hi Bob I found the diamond wheel really easy to cut long straight lines. The knibblers are harder to control. The dremel needs to have a fair bit of power though but in general it was very easy. Yes I think inspection plates would be a good idea. I hadnt thought of that. But I dont want to cut the panels again although I could and alodine the bare edge but after my original leak issue in the girlfriend I am pretty sure it wont happen again. I will most likely make 4 of the fittings I made for the way I fixed my current ones. I think I posted some pics of it. I love having a lathe it makes life so much easier when you have any issues
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    My Savannah S model rebuild Blog

    Well I have been working on Mabel a bit of late finally. Preparing the big sheets for alodining..cleaning off the rest of all that crap and glue...what a job..NEVER again will I buy sheets that have been sitting around for a few years. Had to cut out a few holes and also the tank areas before sending them away. Phil Pluis found a local mob that have big tanks and do alodining for alu before powdercoating down at Beenleigh. These guys looked after the very thin sheets and were not rough so all of my large sheets and Danny Leach's sheets and also most of the larger sheets and other gear for George's new kit I took down yesterday to get done. We will pick them all up next thursday..lucky I have a huge van I can fit all this into. Some pics attached of all the alu rolled and flat sheets out at the powdercoaters ready for them to start. I have the complete back end of the fuselage all done and ready to rivet together...just got to wait for 4 longerons to come back from alodining. The front of the aircraft is now totally apart ready for cleaning and paint stripping although it looks like I might have to make a new front crossmember where the control column is as there is a small tear in it and also a few deep bends after it was crashed. She has certainly turned into a bigger job that I thought originally because I wasnt happy with the previous build quality..another pic attached showing where they just riveted the parts together without removing the stickers...just slamming them in between critical joints and no black stuff either as usual. RAA certainly can not say this is not a new build as it really is being reduced to every single separate part and being put all back together.. No issue with a 51% build seeing its a 100% strip and a 100% build. So working on getting the fuselage mostly together is the main aim at the moment. Both Danny and I will build complete new cabin frames from chrome molly as they could be suspect. They dont look it but no chances at all being taken here so we need to make a jig to do it and get it all tig welded. Another interesting thing is the tangs for the wing mounts at the front on the savs seems to be non magnetic so are stainless welded into the chrome molly. Not sure I like that idea so our tangs will be chrome molly Once the big sheets are back I could get one wing totally back together but I still have the other wing to get apart and clean and alodine all the parts. I already have a spare spar which I have fixed from another wreck and it is ready so at least dont have to do that on the second wing. Left to do is the tail plane and elevator. I need to paint strip them and get them apart and most likely will alodine them..check the main rear rivets as they wear out there but will replace everything there as well. The vertical fin also needs to be paint stripped and again alodined Hopefully things will progress at a faster rate now most of all the drama of getting things totally apart and either fixed or replaced. My S21 will be due here I think sometime after July or August this year. I hope to have Mabel flying around then or a bit after as this has to be done BEFORE I even start on building the Mistress. I still have to sell off the Girlfriend this year as well to help fund all this but dont want to leave myself nothing to fly but will see how it goes. Going flying tomorrow..probably early its been stinking hot up here these past few weeks. Had a nice local flight last weekend too but summer here you really need to be up around 7am and back on the ground before 10am otherwise its rough as guts Mark
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    Why There Are No Nuclear Airplanes

    interesting article
  21. Looks like maybe another hand grenade has gone off. Saw it on Ch10...Plane is wrecked but the pilot walked away all ok...At least the Jab airframe is very good He was flying from WA and engine quit around Mundubberra
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    Freight Forwarding advice fm USA

    Fedex do pre done box sizes for weight and they dont seem too expensive on the airfreight UPS do the same...that would be the easy way..then they do all the GST etc and on engine parts I highly doubt AQUIS will be interested at all
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    The XPB Stage 1 underway.

    That nice pillow is your best friend...every time you cough of sneeze its that full squeeze into your chest that makes you feel not alone :)...welcome to the club 🙂 You keep that pillow close it will be your friend for a while
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    aeromomentum aircraft engines?

    Thats 198 lbs and no oil cooler or pipes and no radiator and mounts or pipes and mounts and bare minimum oil and water...one would think at least another 20 lbs so installed weight around 100kg so maybe 20lbs or a bit more lighter than a Viking..then of course you have 2 pumps for the injection etc
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    aeromomentum aircraft engines?

    There is a lot of questions being asked of all the auto engine conversion guys and no one seems to want to answer the question completely. What is the installed weight?????? Now this means oil cooler, radiator, exhaust AND all the fluids.....this seems to be like asking a politican any question here in OZ....They say a answer but its not the real answer The Viking I have seen hanging on a scales and it was 220 lb and that was bare...nothing of on the above was on the engine
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