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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2005 3:39 am
by art
For those of us not lucky enough to have a Lazair flying yet, how about an ongoing Pilots Log Book. Log your flights HERE and share your experiences.

PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2005 2:56 pm
by rayjb60
May 29, 2005

This is after my first 2 test flights on May 21, 2005, where I had some tape com up on the leading top side of the wing on the inboard left panel.

Put Lazair together, fixed all the suspect tape on wing with the new White tedlar tape, and used Aluminum tape over that after thorough cleaning with Laquer thinner.

Tape appears to have much more grip than the previous I applied extra aluminum tape over that to increase the tape area gripping the aluminum D-Cells. I feel confident that this tape will not come up.

Still waiting for my K&N airfilters to elminate fuel spray on wing etc.

Winds at 500' reported to be 30 mph by a gyroplane pilot who just landed, although it was only 5mph at ground level....elected not to fly, as there will be considerable turbulence with the apparent wind shear, and I dont want to end up flying backwards if the winds continue to strengthen.

A little while later the winds were 20mph gusting to 30mph....Im glad I missed that, as I have not flown in any wind, and 10mph gusts on landing approach is sure to make one find the experience anything but enjoyable.

Using good conservative judgement is the best thing any pilot could do and you will be rewarded for your diligence by many hours of enjoyable flying, instead of repairs, rebuilts and stays in the hospital!


Thats my log from last some extra....LOL

PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2005 1:58 am
by lazflyn
Test flew on Saturday after a lot of work rebuilding. I did a top end rebuild on both engines. Also had to rebuild the spar box on the right wing due to the crappy series two gear and my stupidy. :ph34r:

Flew 3 hours yesturday (memorial day). 1.5 hours in the late morning. 1.5 in the evening. Was great to get back up in the air Lazair style again. I've sorely missed Lazair flying. Nothing quite like it. There was a lot of good thermals. I flew chase with a hawk circling in a thermal. He let me follow him pretty close (I could see his individual feathers) for at least two circuits. Too fun.

On the evening flight, I had a great time flying around the valley. Just after sunset, I headed back to the airport. About 3 miles out, the left engine quit. I had just went to idle since I was way high on approach. The engine just simply quit. No bangs or sputters. I tried to restart first without and then with choke. Nothing. Still had a ton of altitude, so I didn't even add power to the running engine. I came in for an unadventful landing.

I pulled the engine off thinking the worst as it was hard to turn the prop over. I found that the flywheel had failed somehow in that the four plates on the magnet part of the flywheel had all come off?!!! All four! Weird. Don't know how/why that happened. I guess I'll have to order a new flywheel. Very strange....

That's it for now. 3.4 hours Lazair time this year so far.


PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2005 2:43 am
by ozzie
Hi all when you go lazairin don't forget to take your camera, ozzie

PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2005 9:57 am
by Shannon
Very unusual Mark, I've never heard of a flywheel failure. Like Murphy says, "if it can happen it will happen".

PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2005 9:28 pm
by art
C'mon, somebody musta a flew this weekend!!

PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2005 11:12 pm
by flyalaz
Going to the field on Friday afternoon with motors fresh tuned, new upholstery, a pressure washer and wax to make the machine sparkle, and high hopes that the weather will cooperate and give me good conditions to take it up for a flight. Should have all the cleaning and tweaking done for a nice sunset flight! I'll send in a report (and pics) of how it went.


PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2005 12:50 am
by JPXman
5 hours of solid hangar flying tonight. getting really close to the test flight, now into the final bits and bobs of putting it all together.... what do they say about the last 5% taking 95% of the time?

PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2005 11:29 pm
by flyalaz
Seven hours: complete wash and wax, both engines on, one setup complete. Props and spinners on both, new material attached, ran out of usable light. Finish on Sunday and hope for a flight
Fuel stopper needs replacing- should have slacked off the screws over the winter.


PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2005 11:37 am
by Guest
didn't fly Lazair today but got up with the birds and spent an hour in the circuit in a Citabria.....i love flying...most fun i've ever had without getting arrested...