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by SHIPCHIEF
Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: Laser
Topic: Laser 200 not covered by falcon insurance?
Replies: 1
Views: 269

Re: Laser 200 not covered by falcon insurance?

Nice looking Laser you have there! It think I'm seeing 2 mods: Low wing and Whitman rod landing gear. To my thinking, the Laser is more of a concept than a fixed aircraft design. No two are exactly the same. They started as a mod to the Stephen's Akro? and have moved on in the form of Extra, Staudac...
by SHIPCHIEF
Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: Russian Monoplanes
Topic: IAC competition in YAK-55
Replies: 1
Views: 378

IAC competition in YAK-55

Last weekend (August 10-12) was the 2017 IAC Chapter 77, Oregon Aeronauts, Beaver State Aerobatic Competition in Pendelton Oregon KPDT. Visibility was restricted by smoke from wiId-fires from British Columbia through to Oregon, so many competitors couldn't make it. It was my second competition with ...
by SHIPCHIEF
Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Russian Monoplanes
Topic: Generator upgrade
Replies: 1
Views: 330

Generator upgrade

IMG_20170806_135421.jpg I removed this 22.5 pound generator and installed a 2.9 pound B&C mini 10 amp alternator. I've already shaved about 10 pounds switching to LiFePO4 batteries and the cooling gills are off. I hope to eventually have the lightest Yak55M There are several heavy components just a...
by SHIPCHIEF
Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:22 pm
Forum: Russian Monoplanes
Topic: Propeller vibration and adjustments
Replies: 3
Views: 375

Re: Propeller vibration and adjustments

I have flown the Yak 4 or 5 times sense the prop balance, all were those acro practice sessions, and all were quite acceptable concerning vibration.
A side note, I'm getting pretty good at landing this thing, but landings in the RV-8 I Built are suffering....
by SHIPCHIEF
Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Electronic Ignition
Topic: Ford EDIS Electronic Ignition for aircraft
Replies: 2
Views: 2032

Re: Ford EDIS Electronic Ignition for aircraft

It seems to be well made. I don't think it was expensive. It would make an easier path to electronic ignition than the flywheel pickup: mounting a pick-up on the forward engine case and modifying the flywheel (dismount prop etc.)
by SHIPCHIEF
Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:53 am
Forum: Russian Monoplanes
Topic: Propeller vibration and adjustments
Replies: 3
Views: 375

Re: Propeller vibration and adjustments

This is the Dyna Vibe unit
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reading my first test after painting the back of the propeller blades. I had sprayed too much paint on the light blade, and had to sand most of it off.
by SHIPCHIEF
Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: Russian Monoplanes
Topic: Propeller vibration and adjustments
Replies: 3
Views: 375

Re: Propeller vibration and adjustments

This morning, I made sure the paint was dry on the propeller blades, then pushed the Yak outside, chained it to my tractor and started it up! The vibrations were worse than before, but the DynaVibe indicated the other blade to be heavy. I had sprayed on too much paint! Out comes the sandpaper! After...
by SHIPCHIEF
Mon Jul 10, 2017 2:43 am
Forum: Russian Monoplanes
Topic: Propeller vibration and adjustments
Replies: 3
Views: 375

Propeller vibration and adjustments

I've been experiencing a-lot of engine/propeller vibration on my Yak-55m since I bought it. I've added a 15 inch strip of electrical tape to the blade I thought would be the lightest, no apparent change. I've tracked the blades, not great, about 3/16". Not bad either. The counterweights of the V-530...
by SHIPCHIEF
Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Russian Monoplanes
Topic: M-14P Electric start
Replies: 0
Views: 212

M-14P Electric start

I called Cliff Coy at Motorstar NA about converting the M14P to electric start. The conversion adds 15 pounds to the aircraft, all at the nose. The reduction gear case is modified to mount a starter, and a ring gear is mounted to the propeller shaft, similar to a Lycoming. He discouraged me from mak...
by SHIPCHIEF
Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:25 am
Forum: Russian Monoplanes
Topic: My first Yak
Replies: 24
Views: 3514

Re: My first Yak

I replaced the top 2 exhaust seals between the titanium exhaust pipe segments, one on each side. The exhaust pipe on the right side serves 5 cylinders, the left side 4. The old carbon steel clamps, crush sleeves and shims were in pretty rough and rusty shape. Carbon Monoxide readings appeared to be ...