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    Larry's excellent post reminded me of another...

    Larry's excellent post reminded me of another factor: Insurance. Coverage for a raw pilot is going to be pricy, and the policy will need to cover the instructor flying as PIC.

    Ron Wanttaja
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    It's possible, and I can see most CFIs willing to...

    It's possible, and I can see most CFIs willing to do it, but I recommend against it.

    1. Since you're not a pilot yet, you don't really know what airplanes will suit you. They're not like cars,...
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    Oh, not a problem. Had just paid the $150 for...

    Oh, not a problem. Had just paid the $150 for Atom 3D, and it took me a moment to note that you were referring to the Design Expert version. Wasn't sure if others would realize the difference.
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    Folks should note that this is the "Design...

    Folks should note that this is the "Design Expert" version of Alibre, which supports CAM features. The "Atom 3d" version is $150, and generates files compatible with my 3D printer.

    Ron Wanttaja
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    There's the "Junkers" version of the Fly Baby,...

    There's the "Junkers" version of the Fly Baby, which modifies the stock monoplane single-seater into a replica of the Junkers CL1 trench-strafer from WWI. Among other things, it puts a dummy gunner...
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    Eons ago, I noticed some tach anomalies in my C85...

    Eons ago, I noticed some tach anomalies in my C85 (which uses the same tach setup). In my case, it turned out that the end of the tach drive shaft (on the back of the engine) had cracked.

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  7. Thread: Burned Valve

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    Burned Valve

    My chapter president recently had to replace a cylinder on his O-200 due to a burned valve. He brought it to the chapter meeting tonight for show-and-tell.
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    Yeah, makes it easier for them to shake their...

    Yeah, makes it easier for them to shake their fists at me.... :-)

    Ron "him again!" Wanttaja
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    Fly Baby Pirep

    A gentleman in Scotland joined together with two partners to purchase Fly Baby G-UPID, which is one of the prettiest Fly Babies out there. He posted a pilot report to Facebook, and graciously gave...
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    It's hosted by IMDB, so you should be able to...

    It's hosted by IMDB, so you should be able to watch it free here, too:

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3440758/episodes?season=1

    Ron Wanttaja
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    Jim Katz's stunning Fly Baby, painted just like...

    Jim Katz's stunning Fly Baby, painted just like the prototype. Closest N-Number he could get to the original was N502F (vs. N500F).

    This is my favorite shot of Jim's airplane...taken by a drone,...
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    Good Historical Program on Prime

    Amazon Prime has a program called, "Cold War, Hot Jets." It's a history of British military aircraft development just after WWII. Lotsa good old footage.

    Edit: Just a warning, it is a British...
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    There are times that I almost miss Bill. Ron "...

    There are times that I almost miss Bill.

    Ron " " Wanttaja
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    I had a need to produce a part fast; my SW...

    I had a need to produce a part fast; my SW license is still valid (runs out in January) but didn't want to waste any more time trying to figure out SW.

    With that, I needed a tool that would...
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    I got an email from an Alibre sales rep, asking...

    I got an email from an Alibre sales rep, asking for feedback on my experience. I suggested Alibre contact EAA to see if a discounted version might be included as a membership benefit. He said...
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    I'm on the road right now, with no access to my...

    I'm on the road right now, with no access to my data. But IIRC, RVs compose about 20-25% of new homebuilts. However, Carbon Cub is equal to the RV-7 (The most common new RV) in last year's...
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    Thanks Jeffrey, good info. Ron Wanttaja

    Thanks Jeffrey, good info.

    Ron Wanttaja
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    Had the first opportunity to actually use Alibre...

    Had the first opportunity to actually use Alibre today. Got a simple bracket done in just a few minutes, then exported it and sent it to the 3D printer. Took only a bit longer than it would have in...
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    Just a quick comment here... I have downloaded...

    Just a quick comment here... I have downloaded Alibre

    https://www.alibre.com/

    ...and it is able to load and re-save Solidworks files. One doesn't have to wade through all your Solidworks files...
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    Thanks, David. I think we all are aware that...

    Thanks, David. I think we all are aware that this situation is not of EAA's making, and we appreciate the work you're doing.

    I have ~4 months until my license expires. Gives me time to try to...
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    Ditto. Almost all my SW work is aimed at...

    Ditto. Almost all my SW work is aimed at generating parts to send to my 3D printer.

    Ron Wanttaja
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    $49 a year for the current program would be a...

    $49 a year for the current program would be a bargain (even though it's currently free). But if it comes with a lack of privacy (cloud storage) and the inability to access our current files or being...
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    Geeze. Now that my skill level has improved from...

    Geeze. Now that my skill level has improved from abysmal to awful, this happens.

    Looks like Maker is $50 a year at the EAA rate. Models are stored online, not on one's own PC. Says "neutral...
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    9002 Ron Wanttaja

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    Ron Wanttaja
  25. Thread: Any COVID?

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    They may test positive on an antibody test, but...

    They may test positive on an antibody test, but it doesn't affect the viral test, which is normally used to determine if there's an infection.

    "Will getting a COVID-19 vaccine cause me to test...
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