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by dmcnicholl
Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Thatcher CX4
Topic: Light Aviation article June 2020
Replies: 1
Views: 384

Light Aviation article June 2020

This forum has been very quiet of late so I was pleased to see the piece in the latest edition of Light Aviation on Peter Watson's CX-4, though perhaps Peter might be a little miffed that it was an American example that made the front cover. I've liked the look of the Thatcher for a long time, thoug...
by dmcnicholl
Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Aircraft Construction & Maintenance
Topic: Wittman W8 Plans
Replies: 3
Views: 426

Re: Wittman W8 Plans

Hi Phil, I have a set for the W8 but having had a quick look through them I can see no information about where to position a static port, nor indeed where to position the pitot head. The drawings seem to deal purely with the structural. So I guess what you have is a static line just into the cockpit...
by dmcnicholl
Fri Sep 27, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: MOGAS availability in Scotland?
Replies: 2
Views: 610

Re: MOGAS availability in Scotland?

I can't think of a single one. I agree with Trevor's comment that it's cans from a local filling station, hopefully not too far distant. That might be OK if it's just a few litres and the filling station isn't too far but for a jerry can or two you're going to need transport. It doesn't help that fi...
by dmcnicholl
Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: SSDR
Topic: Letov Sluka.
Replies: 2
Views: 1802

Re: Letov Sluka.

Bill, I cannot advise on the engineering aspects of changing to a square or rectangular hollow section but depending on the required length of the round tube insert might it be possible to have an insert custom machined and fitted? If you think that might be a way forward and you want to discuss wit...
by dmcnicholl
Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Aircraft Construction & Maintenance
Topic: heat exchanger
Replies: 2
Views: 737

Re: heat exchanger

It should certainly not be loose as vibration will eventually cause it to fret it's way through the exhaust pipe allowing exhaust gasses (CO) into your cabin heat, and you don't want that. When I bought my own little aeroplane it had a poorly executed home-brewed shroud for carb heat which destroyed...
by dmcnicholl
Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Aircraft Construction & Maintenance
Topic: wooden propeller tracking
Replies: 4
Views: 1140

Re: wooden propeller tracking

Tony (Altsel), it seems a reasonably straightforward process and as no one else has responded this is how I do mine. My prop is a wooden, fixed pitch, two blade with 6 No. M8 bolts. Manufacturer torque limits are stated as 15-17 Nm. You will have appropriate manufacturer values for your prop. Things...
by dmcnicholl
Wed May 22, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Aircraft Construction & Maintenance
Topic: Instruments article feedback
Replies: 15
Views: 3695

Re: Instruments article feedback

frasersi@btinternet.com wrote:The EASA standard seems to me to be well over the top...
No surprise there, it's what they do so well.
by dmcnicholl
Wed May 01, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Aircraft Construction & Maintenance
Topic: Converting plans/templates into AutoCAD files
Replies: 7
Views: 1765

Re: Converting plans/templates into AutoCAD files

Chris, I'm pretty sure what you suggest is not possible. Sure, you can use a scan as a background image in AutoCAD, but there will be no vector information to work with, it's just a scan, a raster image and hardly reliable for precision cutting. Your point about bend allowances is interesting, thoug...
by dmcnicholl
Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: LAA Patron Prince Michael resignation
Replies: 8
Views: 1808

Re: LAA Patron Prince Michael resignation

Mike Flynn wrote:I hope the committee will approach either Prince William or Harry to contine the royal link with aviation.
Does the LAA need a Royal patron?
Does the LAA need a patron?
by dmcnicholl
Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: Out of the box
Replies: 21
Views: 4122

Re: Out of the box

...whereas the good old analogue needle instantly registers without refocussing during a busy time. That's a major advantage of analogue over digital by which I mean the display not the 'mechanics' behind it. With digital you have to read and assimilate the number(s) but with analogue you need only...
by dmcnicholl
Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: Out of the box
Replies: 21
Views: 4122

Re: Out of the box

Chris, from my reading of the article it seems clear to me that Ian wasn' t kidding himself on that he was fully equipped for IFR. Rather that by making use of modern electronic technology he was giving himself more options should he ever find himself in unexpected and deteriorating conditions, and ...
by dmcnicholl
Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: Out of the box
Replies: 21
Views: 4122

Out of the box

My December copy of Light Aviation arrived today and I have to applaud the piece by Ian Fraser on his approach to upgrading his RV6 instrument panel. A sensible, level headed and practical approach to incorporating modern technology replacing old and less reliable 'certified' kit. I also approve the...
by dmcnicholl
Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: ALL MEMBERS ! Please fill out those proxy forms..!!
Replies: 518
Views: 121633

Re: ALL MEMBERS ! Please fill out those proxy forms..!!

Over on the PPruNe thread there is a fairly repetitious demand that Ms Curtis-Taylor answer three questions about her flights. I won't repeat them here, you can look them up yourselves if interested, but I do have one question of my own. There are two motions on the agenda for the AGM both of which ...
by dmcnicholl
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: ALL MEMBERS ! Please fill out those proxy forms..!!
Replies: 518
Views: 121633

Re: ALL MEMBERS ! Please fill out those proxy forms..!!

@ David Mole, thank you for clarifying the nuanced reasoning behind your motion.
by dmcnicholl
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: ALL MEMBERS ! Please fill out those proxy forms..!!
Replies: 518
Views: 121633

Re: ALL MEMBERS ! Please fill out those proxy forms..!!

Ms Curtis-Taylor, as always there are (at least) two sides to every story. You call Rutherford an unreliable witness, he says it's the other way round. Tomato, tomaato... He does however come across as much more consistent and measured and that's persuasive. You tell us your sponsors were unconcerne...