Tips from Paul

Saw Paul today, the owner of KNZ.

Basically I am doing all the right things, flaring just before the landing. Its finding the right moment to start pulling the stick gently, and slowly pull more and more, while staying at the same height, maybe half a meter (1 – 2 ft) above the runway until the speed drops below the stall speed: you land.

But sometimes, you pull a bit to much, or you touch the ground and still have to much speed, and as a result you balloon: going up again. But because your speed is so slow now, you are about to stall, and fall down onto the runway, from a bit to high.

So what to do is when you balloon, is to apply a little bit more power, enough to not to fall to fast but to gently fall, and land   🙂

Next time I will talk with Dave and practice this…..

Lesson 42, Circuits

Today a little bit of a South West wind, nice and constant.

Off we went, did lots of circuits, one full high one at 1000ft AGL and all other ones at low level, 500ft. As the final is going past some pine trees there was a bit of turbulence, enough to disrupt my final flare. Not to dramatic, but a whole lot harder in KNZ compared to JOR, my first plane.

I am thinking that I need to get some tips from someone else, maybe Paul, the owner of KNZ, the plane I am flying now 🙂

But yes looking forward to the next flight !!!!

All cylinders of again

Today I took the 4 remaining cylinders of again, so I can get the piston’s out. I left all pistons inside the cylinder so it’s easier to get them home, but the piston in the top cylinder, #1 piston slipped past the bottom ring. I couldn’t get it back in easily so pulled it out completely.

To my surprise I did find oil on top of piston #1. Wow so hard to believe.

With the new oil grove that Richard is going to add to my pistons, all that oil will be scraped of the cylinder and thrown back into the  engine.

So even the top cylinder that I thought would be running OK, should run better without that oil in there. CAN ONLY GET BETTER !!  🙂

Lesson 41, back after 3 month break

After 3 months and 1 week, back flying again.

Been super busy working on the engine, had my parents here on holiday, build a plane trailer, bought a section on the West Coast, and been to the Yealands Classic Fighters air show in Omaka over Easter with my Bleriot.

Yes was a good day to start flying again. Sunny and no wind  !

Last night I was feeling confident about flying after this 3 month break, and yes it went all very well. Basically did one normal circuit and all the others low level (500ft AGL) circuits. Most landings were good. some really good, and one or two bounced a bit. Really happy how it all went !!  🙂
Looking forward to next one, hopefully next Saturday….

Cutting new oil collector slots in pistons

Went to see Richard today who designed my pistons. Showed him what the problem was that I am having at the moment, and he agreed to cut a new slot into the piston with drain holes, just under the oil ring, to get rid of oil that splashes onto the inside of the cylinder, especially the #3 and #4 cylinders as they are pointing down.
So that’s great news. The bad thing is that it means I need to pull the remaining 4 cylinders off as well…..