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by Nick Allen
Wed Jul 02, 2014 1:19 pm
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: Recommendations for Headsets
Replies: 9
Views: 6241

Re: Recommendations for Headsets

I've got a pair of DC headsets converted to ANR by Richard Holder (you can buy the kit to do this yourself if you are handy with a soldering iron; can supply Richard's details if you want). Very happy with these: I use them in an open-cockpit aircraft and can hear the radio!
by Nick Allen
Mon Jun 16, 2014 10:52 am
Forum: Aircraft Construction & Maintenance
Topic: Very informative building manual for wooden airframes
Replies: 5
Views: 4763

Re: Very informative building manual for wooden airframes

Likewise, thanks for pointing us to this, Richard.

(How is the Mite progressing...?)
by Nick Allen
Fri Jun 13, 2014 9:24 am
Forum: Aircraft Construction & Maintenance
Topic: Leburg Ignition - Battery Replacement
Replies: 9
Views: 6455

Re: Leburg Ignition - Battery Replacement

I give it two primes, eight blades with the throttle at idle position, then swing with throttle open slightly...might not start first go, but usually not difficult. Someone said to me that when these engines were cold, they needed to be wet (i.e. don't worry too much about flooding); and when they w...
by Nick Allen
Thu Jun 12, 2014 3:20 pm
Forum: Aircraft Construction & Maintenance
Topic: Leburg Ignition - Battery Replacement
Replies: 9
Views: 6455

Re: Leburg Ignition - Battery Replacement

This has been a good reminder for me to check when we last changed our batteries!

Michael, Are you sure you're priming enough before you start? Ours normally starts very easily from cold; can be finickety when warm. But it likes a good feed before cold starts!
by Nick Allen
Fri May 09, 2014 10:55 am
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: First Aircraft - any suggestions?
Replies: 8
Views: 5644

Re: First Aircraft - any suggestions?

If you cast your search net to mainland Europe you might find some Tecnams (which are lovely!) that fall into your price range: have a look at http://www.planecheck.com
by Nick Allen
Sat Mar 22, 2014 11:32 am
Forum: Aircraft Construction & Maintenance
Topic: Building advice sought
Replies: 24
Views: 14279

Re: Building advice sought

Love the idea of an Evans VP1 coupé!
by Nick Allen
Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:50 pm
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: Gold for SeaRey Owner Kelly Gallagher
Replies: 2
Views: 3763

Re: Gold for SeaRey Owner Kelly Gallagher

Nice piece in the Guardian about her and her late father:

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/m ... -interview
by Nick Allen
Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:39 pm
Forum: Aircraft Construction & Maintenance
Topic: Aerovee overhaul
Replies: 3
Views: 3010

Re: Aerovee overhaul

Although not local to you, you could try talking to Ken Ballington ( http://www.ukaircraftparts.com/ ) who has a lot of experience with different incarnations of VWs. Out of interest, have you got CHT sensors on all the cylinders? If not, it might be worth trying this, to see if you are getting some...
by Nick Allen
Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:13 pm
Forum: Aircraft Construction & Maintenance
Topic: Building advice sought
Replies: 24
Views: 14279

Re: Building advice sought

Gary, is there any reason the Brugger Colibri is not on your list? Seems to be a generally well-liked little aircraft. There are Corby Starlets being built in the UK at the moment, so these guys must have got wood from somewhere...there's an active builders Yahoo group, so you could ask there. (Ther...
by Nick Allen
Wed Sep 25, 2013 10:44 am
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: CAA consultation on deregulating single-seaters
Replies: 3
Views: 2519

CAA consultation on deregulating single-seaters

In case anyone has missed it, the CAA is proposing to extend the present single-seat deregulated (SSDR) category, introduced in 2007, to include all single-seat microlights . It has opened the consultation here: http://www.caa.co.uk/default.aspx?catid=1350&pagetype=90&pageid=15117 This opens up some...
by Nick Allen
Fri Aug 02, 2013 9:15 am
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: Airspace app wins NATS approval
Replies: 5
Views: 3312

Re: Airspace app wins NATS approval

I loaded this onto my Android phone, which is steam age as these things go (Orange own-brand, running Android 2.something) ... and it seems to work fine. It is slow to start up, so don't give up if the opening screen lingers for a while. Not as slick as some other software, but pretty good for a fre...
by Nick Allen
Wed May 15, 2013 12:03 pm
Forum: Aircraft Construction & Maintenance
Topic: HVLP kit
Replies: 11
Views: 5881

Re: HVLP kit

No...immediate plans for its use got overtaken by events (the syndicate decided to have the wings completely recovered next year, and the fabricer will do the paintwork -- so no need for "restorative" work). But I'm still interested in how good they are for future use!

Nick
by Nick Allen
Sun May 05, 2013 12:42 pm
Forum: Aircraft Construction & Maintenance
Topic: Availability of Spruce
Replies: 7
Views: 5126

Re: Availability of Spruce

Hi THawk As noted above, try finding a sympathetic mast builder. Last year I visited this place near where I live http://www.collars.co.uk/ with a friend of mine who was building a boat and got his mast from them -- I went along to see if they had suitable stuff for aircraft application. The manager...
by Nick Allen
Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:11 am
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: Frequency Cards that used to come with charts
Replies: 8
Views: 5206

Re: Frequency Cards that used to come with charts

I should have said: I work in typesetting/publishing...so I'm used to delivering printed information, generating PDFs, etc., and we have high-quality laser printers here. That said, it looks sharp on-screen when zoomed, so it could be that the (pointless) colour background is screwing up the print r...
by Nick Allen
Thu Mar 14, 2013 6:13 pm
Forum: Hangar Chat
Topic: Frequency Cards that used to come with charts
Replies: 8
Views: 5206

Re: Frequency Cards that used to come with charts

It's rubbish! I printed it on a high-resolution laser printer, and the text is blurred, and not at all legible! I looked at the source on the website, and it seems to be a PDF, so there is no excuse why this shouldn't print sharply. They could probably make life easier by having it monochrome, with ...