Come and Get It!  The 2017 Oshkosh NOTAM

If you are flying in to Oshkosh for the big show this is required reading.  It's also interesting if you have wondered how traffic is controlled during AirVenture.  Click HERE to read the 2016 NOTAM.

2017 OSHKOSH Teaser

AV17Time for the big show!  Click on the image to see the OSHKOSH 2017 video "teaser" and get ready for another great time. 

2015 OSHKOSH Grand Champion from Chapter 663!

TomI_VelocityTom Irion won the Grand Champion Lindy for kit-built aircraft at the 2015 Oshkosh gathering.  This is Chapter 663's eleventh Lindy and the second Grand Champion!  Congratulations Tom and Loretta!  Click on the photo left for a couple of shots - air to air from the EAA. 

EAA's Webinars

EAA has started a new, interactive on-line series of seminars - "webinars."  These presentations cover a number of varied topics including aircraft design, maintaining your pilot's certificate, licensing your aircraft, pilot skills, Oshkosh, and maintaining your medical.   You can sign up to be involved in the live webinar presentation or listen after they are archived.  The information in one webinar on high blood pressure greatly simplified the process of renewing a 3rd class medical.  In fact, the AME was impressed that we had done our "home work" on the subject.  Click HERE for a link to the EAA Webinar page or go to our Links page.

Alternative to Standard Penetrating Fluid?

We are not saying this is proven, but a recent post on the AeroElectric Connection claimed some test results for penetrating oils, including a "home brew" mixture.  Watch the fumes and your paint if you try the preferred fluid! 

Machinist's Workshop magazine actually tested penetrants for break out torque on rusted nuts. Significant results! They arranged a subjective test of all the popular penetrants with the control being the torque required to remove the nut from a "scientifically rusted" environment. No penetrating oil - average load 516 pounds; WD-40 - 238 pounds; PB Blaster - 214 pounds; Liquid Wrench - 127 pounds; Kano Kroil - 106 pounds; ATF-Acetone mix - 53 pounds.  The ATF-Acetone mix was a "home brew" mix of 50 - 50 automatic transmission fluid and acetone. Note: The "home brew" was better than any commercial product in this one particular test. A local machinist group mixed up a batch and all now use it with equally good results. Note also that "Liquid Wrench" is about as good as "Kroil" for about 20% of the price.

Do You Know Your Engine Operating Parameters?

Electronics International, a manufacturer of engine analyzers and instruments has put together a 42 page manual on engine operation.  The manual describes the operation of the 4-stroke engine and provides information on detonation, leaning, and the effects on operation from common problems.  Learn what happens to CHTs and EGTs due to air leaks, stuck valves, and changes in timing.  Click HERE to access the Pilot's Manual for Leaning and Diagnosing Engine Problems.

EAA 663 in Sport Aviation

Lauran Paine Jr., our speaker at this January's holiday dinner, wrote a nice article about Chapter 663 members for the May edition of Sport Aviation.  Due to space constraints, Lauran's article was edited, and the picture of Bob Buckthal's pig didn't appear.  Lauran sent the full article (minus photo) to Harry Crosby, who set up the visit.  Click HERE to read the unedited version.


There is a thread on VansAirForce.net in which the writer tells of a good experience at Livermore and suggest that VAF readers look at Lauran's article.  In particular, the writer received great help and support from JR and Carolina at Precision Static Testing.  Following posts describe the people and atmosphere at LVK.  Click HERE for that thread.

Do You Need a Compass Correction Card?

I've heard members asked jokingly about their compass correction card. Since the regulations are different for homebuilts, the need for a card can be questioned.  Click HERE for thread on VansAirforce.net about compass correction cards, which includes posts from a DAR who sometimes writes in Sport Aviation.  One of the last POSTINGS is from an FAA technical advisor who indicates that VFR homebuilts do not need the card.  

The "High Speed Pass"

An interesting thread is on VansAirforce.net regarding the low, high speed pass.  A few pilots have run afoul with the FAA for the practice.  Click HERE for the thread - it may change the way you perform low approaches at airports when not landing!  Even clearance from Tower may not be good enough.

Speed and Efficiency

Klaus Savier's O-200 powered EZ is one of the most successful racing aircraft ever.  From a distance, the "Delaminator" might appear to be a little rough and well used.  However, on closer inspection one sees clean, tight lines, turbulator tape asymmetrically applied across surfaces, and a special prop.  Of course, the engine uses Lightspeed ignitions, and Klaus can switch from a carburetor to fuel injection of his own design.  The Delaminator is both fast and efficient.  For more information on this plane's capabilities, click HERE to see an article from AOPA.

Oil Change Frequency

How often do you change your oil -25 hours - 50 hours?  Click HERE to go to a podcast on AVweb from Blackstone Laboratories, an oil analysis company.

Crosswind Entries?

A recent discussion on the AOPA website provides some interesting reading regarding the method of entering the pattern "from the wrong side" at non-towered fields.  See why you should keep your head on a swivel HERE.

How to Inspect Your Oil Filter

Blackstone Laboratories, which performs oil analysis, distributes a newsletter with helpful information.  Click on this link to learn how to inspect your oil filter -  filter inspection.