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by SHIPCHIEF
Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Russian Monoplanes
Topic: My first Yak
Replies: 23
Views: 2214

Re: My first Yak

I attended IAC67 Acro Camp at KEPH June 8,9,10. I arrived with 11.5 hrs in the Yak55, and flew only once per day. Three 15 minute sessions with critique & instruction are offered per day, but I was not "G'd up" enough to take advantage of them all. I started with rolls and looping maneuvers, pulling...
by SHIPCHIEF
Wed May 31, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Russian Monoplanes
Topic: My first Yak
Replies: 23
Views: 2214

Re: My first Yak

Acro Camp is just around the corner. I completed the condition inspection and cleaned the the engine compartment. While doing the compression check, I noticed the automotive spark plug conversion; the inserts in the head are threaded deeper than the NGK BR6HS spark plug reach of 1/2". My compression...
by SHIPCHIEF
Mon May 01, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Russian Monoplanes
Topic: My first Yak
Replies: 23
Views: 2214

Re: My first Yak

Thanks. If the Yak55 is known as "The Laser Yak" then I think it should have wheel pants like a Laser! Plus, I want to know if these pants will increase top speed by 10 mph like they do on a Thorp or an RV? Yak55 is not particularly fast, so +10 would be most welcome for cross country flight to a co...
by SHIPCHIEF
Mon May 01, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Russian Monoplanes
Topic: My first Yak
Replies: 23
Views: 2214

Re: My first Yak

It's been raining a lot this winter, so I haven't been flying as much as I should. Here is a pic showing the installation of wheel pants. They are going to be a snug fit around the 6.00 x 6 wheels & tires. The gear extensions add to the problem. Marilyn & I attended IAC Judges School this weekend an...
by SHIPCHIEF
Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Russian Monoplanes
Topic: My first Yak
Replies: 23
Views: 2214

Re: My first Yak

2 pics in one: the Rudder pedals for one wing junkie and the new tachometer.
Sorry it's twisted. It's an Iphone thing... mod edit: fixed photo orientation
by SHIPCHIEF
Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: Russian Monoplanes
Topic: My first Yak
Replies: 23
Views: 2214

Re: My first Yak

I have 2 more Yak flights under me now. The first was with a strong 10-12 Kts wind down the runway. I could get high enough to do some looping maneuvers, so I started with this year's IAC Sportsman Known beginning, A Cuban 8. Also an Immelmann, Competition turns and climbing 45. Also some rolls. I d...
by SHIPCHIEF
Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Russian Monoplanes
Topic: My first Yak
Replies: 23
Views: 2214

Re: My first Yak

"Yes and No"
The Yak-55 rudder pedals work on a rudder bar like that, but they have Toe Brakes with attached Master Cylinders, and also leather belts with adjustable buckles to keep your feet in when you are upside down or doing negative "G" maneuvers.
Is that the rear cockpit of a Yak-52?
by SHIPCHIEF
Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: Russian Monoplanes
Topic: My first Yak
Replies: 23
Views: 2214

Re: My first Yak

I sent in the SCUBA tanks for hydro test and filling. While waiting for that, a rented tank from a dive shop was used to start the Yak. I taxied around, got fuel and managed a restart from the air charge accumulated during taxiing. This sounds silly, but the air start reservoir is quite small, only ...
by SHIPCHIEF
Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:06 am
Forum: Russian Monoplanes
Topic: My first Yak
Replies: 23
Views: 2214

Re: My first Yak

The next day I returned to the hangar and installed 9 new spark plugs across the bottom cylinders while going thru the draining process. I placed the SCUBA cylinder in the cockpit so I could monitor the start air reservoir easily while refilling and because I no longer had confidence the engine woul...
by SHIPCHIEF
Fri Mar 03, 2017 1:17 am
Forum: Russian Monoplanes
Topic: My first Yak
Replies: 23
Views: 2214

Re: My first Yak

The Lithium Iron batteries fit right in. They weigh 1.75 pounds each ! I re-terminated the wires and connected them to the battery, a perfect 25 volts. After the usual spark plug and intake drain opening, I attempted a start with about 2/3 of an air charge. I got a few promising pops, but that was a...