Devonport TAS. First weekend of March 2018

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.

 

Lycoming Airworthines Directive. Have you had recent engine work done?

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.

Rod Number

Lot and Serial numbers

See you all next weekend.

The McCraken Country Club has now pretty much locked in our catering requirements, we will be well fed and I look forward to a wonderful weekend. If you are planning to attend and have not yet registered please let me know ASAP.

We have organised some good weather, even though Goolwa is starting to get cooler you can see our arrival day is advertised as being “Mostly sunny and pleasant”.

FAA Issues New AD For TSIO-550 Series

The new AD applies to certain Continental Motors, Inc. including TSIO-550-K, TSIOF-550-K, TSIO-550-C, TSIOF-550-D, and TSIO-550-N reciprocating engines.

Prompted by a report of an un-commanded in-flight engine shutdown, resulting in injuries and significant airplane damage, the AD requires replacing the oil cooler cross fitting assembly. All AD-required action must be completed within 12 months or 100 flight hours after the effective date of Nov 18,2016.

Find the AD here

The FAA on Oct 14, 2016 issued its final rule on Docket No. FAA-2016-0069 which establishes AD 2016-21-04. The new AD applies to certain Continental Motors, Inc. TSIO-550-K, TSIOF-550-K, TSIO-550-C, TSIOF-550-D, and TSIO-550-N reciprocating engines. Prompted by a report of an uncommanded in-flight engine shutdown resulting in injuries and significant airplane damage, the AD requires replacing the oil cooler cross fitting assembly. All AD-required action must be completed within 12 months or 100 flight hours after the effective date of Nov 18,2016. The FAA estimates compliance will cost up to $261 for parts and up to two hours labor per engine.

LOBO Landing Fairhope Alabama

Fairhope was a wonderful venue for the recent LOBO event.  The landing was primarily maintenance related and included a full tour of the nearby Continental Motors factory.

Fairhope was a wonderful venue for the recent LOBO event.
The landing was primarily maintenance related, and included a full tour of the nearby Continental Motors factory. An absolutely fantastic experience to see how our big bore engines are manufactured.

The streets of Fairhope were decorated with "Yarn Bombing"

The streets of Fairhope were decorated with “Yarn Bombing”, in support of the arts in Fairhope.

Very colorful and most unusual but fun.

Very colorful, and most unusual, but fun.

A beautiful Legacy panel Valin and Allyson Thorn took out the Grand Champion Kit Built award at Oshkosh this year. You can see why.....

A beautiful Legacy panel. Valin and Allyson Thorn took out the Grand Champion Kit Built award at Oshkosh this year – you can see why.

Nice finish hey...

Nice finish, hey?

Plenty of eye candy at the LOBO landing.

Plenty of eye candy at the LOBO landing.

It would be wonderful to see an Evolution in Australia. I am still buying lottery tickets.

It would be wonderful to see an Evolution in Australia.
I am still buying lottery tickets.

Transition Training. Member feedback.

Below is a letter from one of our LOBO Oz members.

The Super Legacy.

The Super Legacy.

 

Lancair Super Legacy Training in Tasmania

Have just spent three days exploring the capabilities of the Lancair Super Legacy RG with Gary Weeks and two mates in Devonport.

VH-LNZ is a twin turbo charged Reno Racer version of the Legacy, owned by Terry Travers who imported it from California. We recently joined LOBO Oz and met Gary and his immaculate Legacy at the Mudgee fly-in.

I had only just started flying the Legacy and gained a huge amount of knowledge from the presentations at the fly-in and invaluable advice from Gary Weeks, Gary Burns and many of the other members. They were also extremely supportive and generous with their time in assisting us to prepare for our trip to Warbirds over Wanaka in LNZ.

During all of this communication, we started talking with Gary about the possibility of doing some “transition training” in the Legacy. I had not done any real training other than flying with Terry who had done some training in California before the plane was shipped here.

I had been flying the Legacy very conservatively and well within its limits and my own personal minima’s. So after several weeks of strong westerlies and rain in Tassie, the weather cleared for three beautiful days of clear calm weather for putting the Legacy through its paces.

It is an awesome machine, and Gary opened our eyes to what it is capable of, how it behaves in different scenarios and how to make sure that we stay safe. We are not intending to go anywhere near the limits, but it is important to know where they are, how to recognise them, and what happens if you approach them.

We went through slow speed handling characteristics, stall recognition and recovery, steep turns, glide approaches, emergency gear extensions, engine management, instrument approach configuration, flapless landings, cross wind considerations, go-arounds and so many other helpful tips and advice on all sorts of topics, including Legacy specific maintenance issues, ditching and off-field landings, weight and balance, weather and icing, unusual attitude recovery and performance limitations. All absolutely invaluable knowledge that could one day save your life.

So if you haven’t already done it and you want to extend your knowledge of any Lancair you fly, get in touch with Gary or one of the other committee members and organise some training, or just get actively involved in the group, attend the fly-ins and benefit from the vast amount of experience and knowledge that exists within LOBO.

As a bonus, you will meet some fantastic people that enjoy sharing a common passion.

Thanks Gary for a thoroughly enjoyable and extremely valuable few days sharing your knowledge with us. We are very fortunate to have someone with your passion and expertise in the Lancair community.

Leigh Bryan.

LNZ and ZYA on a crisp Tassie morning in Devonport

LNZ and ZYA on a crisp Tassie morning in Devonport

 

Gary Weeks and the Students – Ian Emmett, Leigh Bryan and Terry Travers

Gary Weeks and the Students – Ian Emmett, Leigh Bryan and Terry Travers