Planning continues for our Devonport TAS conference being held from 2nd to 4th March 2018.
WE have some exciting announcements as far as guest presenters and speakers. Our program is taking shape along the lines of feedback from members who attended Goolwa.
Devonport is a beautiful part of the world so please come and join us. Save the date now.
If you are planning any sort of Avionics upgrade including ADSB, or an upgrade to IFR, we will cover that. LOBO Oz is pleased to announce that Patrick Coleman, our Australian and New Zealand Sales Manager from Garmin, will be presenting at Devonport. An ideal opportunity to see the Garmin gear first hand and ask questions specific to us here in Oz.
Feedback from Oshkosh and from the joys of fault finding new avionics like the G3X etc. When you ring Garmin Support with your problem, the first question they ask now is: Do you have a fast stack hub installed. If yes they will ask you to call back when the hub is removed.
In the year 2000 this was a state of the art panel.
Whilst it served this owner well it was time for an update.
Wow check this out. Yep the same aeroplane, just 17 years latter, and now state of the art again. All new centre stack including the GTN 750. Dual G3X touch and a G5 as backup.
Flew it today and it is absolutely a fabulous and most capable panel.
Complete Avionics on the Goldy have done an exceptional job with a lot of pride taken in doing what they did.
This AD addresses a problem with small-end connecting rod bushings (part number LW-13923) that were shipped by Lycoming to overhaul shops and mechanics between November 2015 and November 2016. It turns out that there was a quality assurance problem with these bushings, and some of them had an outside diameter that did not conform with specifications. These bushings are pressed into the small end of Lycoming connecting rod assemblies using a hydraulic press. If the bushings are too small in diameter, the press-fit isn’t secure and the bushings can migrate out of the connecting rod when in service. That’s exactly what seems to be happening to a relatively small percentage of these non-conforming bushings, and it’s what prompted Lycoming to issue its AD.
Connecting Rod Bearing part number.
This AD affects all Lycoming engines if you have recently done engine tear down or overhaul.
Lot and Serial numbers
If you own a L320/360, Legacy or Lancair IV and you can’t remember when you last changed the Gas Spring on the nose gear order a new one now.
Checking the gas strut on jacks doesn’t cut it. Either remove the Gas Strut and check it, or, do an in-flight emergency extension.
Knowledge is Life
If our most recent study of Lancair accidents tells us anything, it demonstrates that GA pilots—and especially Lancair pilots—need to reexamine our understanding of our aircraft, the environment we fly in and ourselves, with an eye toward raising the bar and furthering our knowledge in all these areas. Do not be content to just kick the tires and light the fires and have a good day of flying. Accept the idea that at any time the engine could quit, the landing gear could remain in the well or the weather could worsen. What are you going to do in that event? I urge you to follow Col. Glenn’s example (and FAR requirements) and know everything necessary to complete the mission safely. Study the POH, review FAA literature, attend FAAST safety seminars and LOBO Landings for more training specific to your operations.
Over twenty years ago I wrote an article about emergency landing procedures which was published in the American Bonanza Society Magazine. It referenced the Bonanza training guide and T-34B NATOPS Manual for technical details. The article showed how it’s possible to experience an engine failure and glide to a successful landing on a runway or other suitable site within your glide range distance. The Lancair fleet of aircraft have excellent glide characteristics (for example: the IVP has a glide ratio of nearly 20:1 and the Evolution 18:1) IF THE AIRCRAFT IS FLOWN PROPERLY!
Here are a few thoughts to consider when experiencing an engine failure:
1.Remain calm! It does no good to cry like a baby or get old-timer’s syndrome at this moment. At the end of this event your passengers will either believe you were Chuck Yeager with nerves of steel or Bozo the Clown.
2.PERFORM THE IMMEDIATE ACTION CHECKLIST STEPS THAT YOU HAVE COMMITTED TO MEMORY.
3.Maintain control of the aircraft! The aircraft will fly fine without power—it is now a very expensive glider. LOSING CONTROL IS BAD—DO NOT STALL!
4.Maintain altitude if you are above best glide speed (110 KIAS in the Evo or 120 KIAS in the IVP and Legacy or 100Kts for our L320/360) until you reach best glide speed—then maintain best glide speed. This is precious energy do not give it away! Reduce drag—gear up, flaps up, feather the propeller if possible. If you cannot feather the prop pull the control all the way aft to high pitch (low RPM) position. Keep the gear and flaps up and prop feathered/set to full high pitch until you are ready to land.
5.Turn to nearest airport or other suitable landing site. Assuming you’ve maintained a modicum of situational awareness and know where the hell you are, you should already know where that is. If not, press the NRST button on your GPS. Do not accept ATC vectors away from your chosen landing; the controller is not going to be with you at the landing site.
6.Attempt a restart if you have time and believe the engine might be capable of running. If not secure all fuel sources. Turn off all electrical sources—to eliminate any source of sparks—after putting the gear and flaps down in the pattern.
7.Fly to and arrive overhead the airport, then spiral down in a medium banked turn. Plan to arrive at high and low key positions at the correct airspeed as you were taught.
8.Maintain control of the aircraft! The aircraft will fly fine without power—it is now a very expensive glider. LOSING CONTROL IS BAD—DO NOT STALL!
9.Many engine out approaches end with a stall close to the chosen landing site because the pilot either ran out of energy before the touchdown zone and tried to extend the glide, got too steep in the turn to final and stalled or overshot the landing zone and stalled off the end. The best way to avoid this phenomenon is to practice—a lot!
10.Land smoothly on the runway. Do not expect your significant other to get back in the airplane any time soon if you screw this up.
Except for the engine and propeller comments—the rest is straight out of the glider pilots handbook.
Remember: One day you will be a glider pilot. Are you ready?
For questions and comments on this post contact Jeff via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In response to suggestions made at our Goolwa get-together, we have now started a Closed Group on FaceBook! It is to be a place to share events, news, links, ideas and projects among members.
If you are already on FaceBook, then simply go to:
Submit a request to join the group, and if you are a member, you will be able to join the group.
We have already had a few members respond to emails announcing this group, but would love to have more join.
[Note: if you don’t already belong to FaceBook, you can simply make a profile, say for your plane, and use that to link to this group. Then keep this profile private or low key, if you’re not interested in the social aspects of FaceBook or simply don’t have the time. You may have to let us know it’s you via emails though.]
Do think about it though – we have already had a member share photos of his panel upgrade. There’s much more to come! It would also be a great place to set up informal fly-ins among the group, without a lot of forward planning.
[P.S. Many thanks to members who have paid membership fees for 2017/18. It will make planning for events much easier. You can submit $20 via the PayPal link to the right.]