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Postby yankeflyer » Sun Aug 10, 2008 6:34 pm

Ok things look to be on track again. I could use a lesson at shrinking tedlar, other than that, tighten the tension on one cable and go over all the bolts again - this plane is almost ready for a test flight. 229.4 lbs with five gallons of fuel.
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Postby JPXman » Tue Aug 12, 2008 4:45 pm

nice work miles

ok - now that the machine is ready to fly, are you?

what is your experience flying a lazair - or flying at all?

come up with a game plan for your first trip out - if you can't make one, just let me know and i'll email you with a detailed first flight plan.

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Postby yankeflyer » Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:00 pm

No lazair experience however I would submit the following for the official record;

Lost Pilots logbook sometime between 2006 or 2007

The last time I seen the logbook was in my pilots grip with all the rest of my aviation necessities --head set, navigation, plotting computers --

was at Marc Boekhouts shop and storage units at Pine Haven Wyoming.

If memory serves my last flight was a check ride at Rapid City regional 2001 with one of the flight instructors associated with one of the vendors at the airport.

This'll be my reconstruction of my entire flight history from memory --

Westheimer field, Norman Oklahoma 1972. I purchased a 40 hour block of time from the flight instruction school based in Westheimer field at the time.

I completed 30.2 hours -- soloed at 6.8 in 1973 - passed my written test and needed five more hours for a check ride under the rules at the time. As life happens it was 1987 before I flew again.

1987 I purchased a super cadet from Jim Scott who was FBO at Arlington airport -- ultralight side -- Arlington Washington. I had 190 hours documented time in ultralights
( Chinook, Beaver, Robinson B-1 RD and of course the super cadet) over the course of the next five years. Can't forget about the hang glider flights, they all took place in the Missoula Montana area and at the most might total three hours though the launch from Alberton Mountain launch site would have to be a high point of all my flying experiences.

1992 at Pierre South Dakota I started a new logbook completing the FAA requirements for private pilots license later that year at Spearfish South Dakota, for the license that I hold now. From 1992 until 2001 I logged approximately 200 hours in rental aircraft in the South Dakota -- North Eastern Wyoming area. Aircraft include Cessnas -- 150-152-172 -- Piper Comanche -- Grumman A1AA --

The plan is to set up here at Winslow at the regional airport. google earth - 86047- it's a nice big airport, that can be busy at times but there's lots of times there would be plenty of room for a sport aviation project.
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Postby yankeflyer » Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:25 pm

I could use a lesson at shrinking tedlar :huh:
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Postby JPXman » Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:20 am

that is great to hear (about the experience). nice and varied and plenty of it.

the only advice i can give about shriking tedlar is that it takes at least 6 cold beer per side of a wing. 3 if the beer is warm. be patient and realize that you have to heat the whole panel to get it to shrink properly, and shrinking one corner will affect the opposite corner.
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Postby lazairiii » Wed Aug 13, 2008 4:40 pm

To augement Tylers comments, the tapes are every bit as important as the shrinking. Be sure to prep the aluminum to receive the tape before you stick it down. If the tape lets go, the nice shrunk Tedlar is worthless.

I prepped mine with a good rubdown of isopropal Alcohol and then a wipe down with a lint free cloth, then I'd put the tape down as I went. Rub it in good before you pull the covering off to adhere the Tedpar down. Rub again after the Tedlar has been applied with a "Tape Paddle" of some sort. I still have the soft plastic one the factory sent out. Cover the ribs with either aluminum tape and or cap strips to help with the UV exposure. The foam tape hates the sun. I did both on my plane.

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Postby yankeflyer » Thu Aug 14, 2008 7:43 pm

Any recommendations for a cleaner to use on tedlar. I would call my heat shrinking a success, I took out a lot of wrinkles especially in the ailerons and ruddervaders. But I do have a lot of the light scratches and water spots.

Thanks for the help George
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Postby JPXman » Fri Aug 15, 2008 2:24 am

i use dish soap, and warm soapy water, and a "clean" rag/towel. wash each panel with soapy water and rag #1. immediately dry with rag #2.

after a dirty wing, rag #2 will appear like rag #1. if so, replace rags and continue.
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Postby huronflyer » Fri Aug 15, 2008 4:11 pm

Gosh I did not know our Lazairs were "rag-wings"

have a beer and a muffin = rag-a-muffin.

It will be my time to shrink plastic soon enough

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Postby yankeflyer » Thu Aug 21, 2008 12:22 pm

still working on the throttles-this latest cable bracket looks good - the thottle quatrant is still on the drawing table.
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