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    First 25 Hour Inspection on my Mini-500

    Bryan, what's different with this one from the bearing you had? Cheers, F.
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    First 25 Hour Inspection on my Mini-500

    Brian, How you going with replacing the pinion bearing retainer bolt?
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    Visitors from Germany and Australia

    Have a look at http://www.asra.org.au/build-or-buy/gyro-building, this may give you a point to start at. Cheers, Francois
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    First 25 Hour Inspection on my Mini-500

    Bryan, have you modeled up the 1/2" bolt versus the 5/16" bolt into the rear of the pinion? Cheers, Francois
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    Question for Brian Cobb

    My experience in Chinooks has been to sit as far forward possible, for the rear was always teeth chattering.
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    Question for Brian Cobb

    What's the expected IPS of the CH-47 rear rotor?
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    Add Three Words

    There once was a gyroplane pilot who built a high thrust line AirCommand gyro that had red rotors and a voluptuous tail that went on a huge stabiliser and was flown in to the Gyro Beauty Contest. The judges thought.. "Wow two Engines", how does this make it go? The crowd was predominantly...
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    Just Flying The Mini-500

    One of my motto's in life is, "Rather be sorry for something you did, than for something you didn't do". Cheers, Francois
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    Jabiru Out of Business

    CAMit out of business, not Jabiru.
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    Mini-500 Final Setup Runup Rigging and Track & Balance

    I think a 5/16 rod end is good enough to stand up to the task. Other than Bryan's, none have ever failed. It could be an over torquing of the lock nut, a defective rod end, many things. Again, in all the hours flown, this has never happened before. Btut as I explained, it looked like a weak...
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    Skeeter Jr.

    Some further continuation of the TR slider upgrade. Those pesky ball bearings fretting grooves into the TR shaft. Instead of the little phosphorous bronze inserts into the same ball bearing location, I've decided to re-engineer the spider and slider with a groove machined into them, into which...
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    Mini-500 Final Setup Runup Rigging and Track & Balance

    Saw this potential event from day one. This was one of the first parts I upgraded to a larger 5/16th sized Heim bearing. Cheers, Francois
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    Mini-500 Final Setup Runup Rigging and Track & Balance

    Bryan, I think if that would have been the case, there would have been a gazillion of shredded belts during the history of Mini-500 flight. You know this is not the case. Think about JohnH's Mini, with that Yamaha it's pushing a lot more into the belt, and he did not shred a belt either. Then...
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    Best Idea Fastest Track To Beinq a Pilot

    Yes, brings back memories, did my license in a 150. ZS-FNK, ZS-IPL, solo'ed in ZS-IOO. We were taught to, and had to do fully developed spins. At least two to three full rotations before we started to recover. None of these incipient spin only as done today. Yet some regard them as death...
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    Mini-500 Final Setup Runup Rigging and Track & Balance

    Cam, how much is it? Cannot see, not part of group. Would you mind posting details and contact? Cheers, F.
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    Mini-500 Final Setup Runup Rigging and Track & Balance

    Don't remove your existing Mikuni diaphragm pump, you need to determine if it is actually the problem, so add a second fuel pump source that can be added on demand. Just insert one of those marine fuel tank primer bulbs in the line. Run the line where someone can pump it whilst running. When...
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    Mini-500 Final Setup Runup Rigging and Track & Balance

    Thanks Bryan. Also thought I'll just go and set the theoretical -0.5 +8 twist, but I thought it best to use your actual settings. Yes, it's Skeeter getting going again. Cheers, Francois
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    Mini-500 Final Setup Runup Rigging and Track & Balance

    Bryan, what is roughly your MR pitch at the blade root with full up, full down collective? Have an inclinometer mounted into the flats of the rotor grips. Trying to initially set up the pitch links without rotors installed. Cheers, F.
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    Type Certified Calidus

    Please explain "But the official Type Certificate ...will still take some time". Maybe they got a positive flight test report after the flight testing..... Until I see a TCDS published on http://rgl.faa.gov/, there ain't didly squat.... so their call is a bit premature. It may be coming, but...
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    Type Certified Calidus

    I think you guys are a bit optimistic, but I wish you well. Reading the last post about a statement, seems your process is pretty far from done, if flight testing is still happening........ Assembled from imported parts, under what? PC, provisional TC, "Import TC". You need compliant and...
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