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  1. I recall Harold donating his Pobjoy to EAA at...

    I recall Harold donating his Pobjoy to EAA at Oshkosh 80, because I was with Gene Chase when he accepted it. It was the only Pobjoy Id ever seen and it reminded me of the comic strip character on...
  2. It is my understanding that ADS-B OUT can be...

    It is my understanding that ADS-B OUT can be installed & certified by a part 145 shop, only.
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    I discovered this scam over a year ago and...

    I discovered this scam over a year ago and complained to the FAA about it. They never responded. Think about it, though: Trump is gutting budgets and along comes someone offering the FAA some money...
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    I saw this young gal depart KOSH the last day of...

    I saw this young gal depart KOSH the last day of Oshkosh 18. It was hard to reconcile the sight of a B-17 lumbering down the runway accompanied by the whine of four screaming Hirths. $275K is a...
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    Cover your airframe with white Oratex and paint...

    Cover your airframe with white Oratex and paint it whatever color you like...
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    Read the kit assembly manual, especially the...

    Read the kit assembly manual, especially the first couple of chapters. It has all the information you need to successfully build your kit, other than non-kit systems, like avionics and upholstery. ...
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    The case doesn't look like a Curtiss casting. ...

    The case doesn't look like a Curtiss casting. This engine may be a homebuilt that used a lot of Curtiss components.
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    Hey, at least Terrafugia had a flying prototype...

    Hey, at least Terrafugia had a flying prototype and reasonable performance goals. Remember Moeller's Skycar? It was supposed to fly at 300+mph, burning 1 gph, with ducted fans. I asked him how he...
  9. I'm in New England and have used them on multiple...

    I'm in New England and have used them on multiple occasions, mostly for insured prop strikes and high time engines with low oil pressure. All I had to do was pull the engine out of the plane and...
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    Stewart's is great for all the reasons others...

    Stewart's is great for all the reasons others have mentioned. However, be aware that you have to fog it on lightly or you'll just make a mess and waste the paint. The top coat has to be fogged on...
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    I'd rather have a P-400...

    I'd rather have a P-400...
  12. The dog tag would work well for the ID plate on...

    The dog tag would work well for the ID plate on the tail cone. Sailplane manufacturers place data plates on all the major subassemblies. If you were to follow their lead, you could have dog tags...
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    Where have you fellas been? Thatcher CX-5: 2...

    Where have you fellas been? Thatcher CX-5: 2 place (okay, it's tandem seating, but a wee parabolic mirror mounted to the canopy frame will show you her big grin)), plans built, VW/Revmaster engine,...
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    Another one lost at sea, never to be found...

    Another one lost at sea, never to be found...
  15. Anybody who objects to WWII artifacts being...

    Anybody who objects to WWII artifacts being "modified" should waste their time trying to get a court injunction against unlimited air racing, before blubbering on at you, Saville. This is a cool...
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    I had a college history professor who flew them...

    I had a college history professor who flew them in Southern California, back in the late 50's. He was not impressed with it at all and claimed it was just another ill-conceived product of the red...
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    Why is it always Amelia who's missing??? What...

    Why is it always Amelia who's missing??? What about her drunken navigator, Fred Noonan? Is he chopped liver? Yeah, so he wasn't as snappy a dresser as the gal, but he was a heck of a lot more...
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    I crewed for the "rubber ducky" hot air balloon...

    I crewed for the "rubber ducky" hot air balloon that night, so I sort of "attended" the concert. Being a geezer, I'd never heard of Third Pimple on my Nose, or whatever the band was named, but didn't...
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    Back before it was HUGE, and was just "Oshkosh,"...

    Back before it was HUGE, and was just "Oshkosh," the exhibit buildings were located by the tower and used for 50 weeks a year to store aircraft that were displayed at Convention, the cut-down...
  20. I find that aircraft that don't fly much tend to...

    I find that aircraft that don't fly much tend to go through gyro instruments much more often than aircraft that are flown regularly (usually commercially). I've heard that all that sitting around...
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    Thanks, Glenn! This is a pretty cool system and...

    Thanks, Glenn! This is a pretty cool system and I'm interested to learn when I can start recovering certified aircraft with it, with similar documentation to using Pollywollydoodlefiber.
  22. Also, try cutting 1/8" to a 1/4" outside your...

    Also, try cutting 1/8" to a 1/4" outside your cutline, then come back and trim the ribbon from your cut line. That helps eliminate distorted edges. Tin snips make the best cuts, with their big,...
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    Their website needs updating. Herr Lanitz was at...

    Their website needs updating. Herr Lanitz was at Oshkosh this year and he showed me the approval letter he'd just received from the FAA. They may have to get their distribution process with...
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    I assumed I had strayed from the book, too, but...

    I assumed I had strayed from the book, too, but the nice folks at Stewart said that it happens when the first couple of coats are fogged too heavily or when the primer is too thin. It had nothing to...
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    Use lead flashing, like they use on roofs (why...

    Use lead flashing, like they use on roofs (why isn't it spelled rooves? Stupid English: makes no sense!) It comes in different widths, but 6" should work. You can also use it for balancing flight...
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