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11 Aug 2021 15:57 #3131

Ok, it has NOTHING to do with Flying an Apache but...
Here is a pic I got while on the ramp at Jackson Hole, WY. What a gorgeous place! We were fortunate to get there after nice cool, clear Canadian air came in and pushed out the smokey Californian air.

This is one place that you will want to fly into if you get the chance. However, lots of issues to watch out for such as... rapidly rising terrain all quadrants! Also, high density altitude so performance is a real issue here. The old Apache won't be coming here. Maybe a Turbo Aztec?

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09 Aug 2021 19:57 #3123

Awesome! I have a new web guy starting soon and will have him figure out the photo issue.

Best,
Jen

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09 Aug 2021 00:42 #3122

I have done a lot of flying the past 2 weeks but it was for the airline. Not enough time to fly the Apache. So finally we got to do a little fun flying. Wife and I went out to Shelby to fly the Apache. First, I had wanted to practice some go-arounds so I did 3 turns around the pattern. First two landings were go-arounds followed by the full stop. Wifey got on board (she had been waiting in the nice cool terminal!) and we launched off for...where?

Wifey hadn't told me she wanted to go with me until the last moment. So I was trying to figure out what this should look like. So as I climbed out I headed west to let her see the NC mountains. I then got the idea to find Lake Lure, a favorite destination for us when driving. So I headed that way and found it. We circled Lake Lure and then I called Asheville Approach and we flew over Asheville NC and then on to Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak in the US east of the Mississippi. After that we returned to Shelby. Overall the Apache is flying great with fewer and less significant squawks each flight.
Pics by wifey:
Departing Shelby
Looking ahead at Mt. Mitchell
Arriving at Shelby

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28 Jul 2021 15:06 #3094

Thanks for the updates! Been working the Piper Flyer booth at AirVenture, but I’ll take a look at your photo issue soon.

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28 Jul 2021 00:16 #3092

Finally got time with my mechanic buddy to finish the brake caliper fix. We had already changed the tire on the left main but the brake caliper was leaking over time. I could fly the plane but when I came back next time to get it out of the hangar it had a small puddle of brake fluid on the hangar floor. Not properly trained! He had already tried a fix with one set of O-rings but they didn't seem to work. So he ordered another set from Aircraft Spruce. Turns out these work (at least so far!). Cost for the O-rings: 40 cents!

Of course my buddy had to buy a new tool for bleeding the brakes. Once he got it set up (first time) he was able to bleed them in 3 pumps. He was totally thrilled with his new tool. I didn't ask him how much that cost!

After getting the brakes fixed we had to try them out, of course. First gentle taxiing with lots of brake applications. Then a rejected takeoff. Full power to 60 mph then idle and stand on the brakes. Finally we did a quick pattern. We checked the brakes after each test and all looked good.

Since you have already seen the plane on the jacks getting the tire and brake work done I took a couple pics as I "put the plane to bed". Notice the trickle charger for the battery hooked up to the GPU plug. My buddy recently fixed the GPU plug as it was INOP before. So now I can attach my battery trickle charger to it to keep the battery fully charged. It has helped to make a big difference in starting the engines. The props really spin now! We are still planning on adding the Bogert copper starter cables this winter but now the plane is starting well. The copper cables should just be a bonus.

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13 Jul 2021 01:33 #3089

Time for the old girl to get a new shoe! Found a bubble starting on the sidewall of the left main so I bought two new tires (so I would have an extra for the right main when needed). My mechanic replaced the old tire. He is also trying to track down and kill a brake fluid leak that has been tough to end. So the tire is done but the leak chase continues. He got the caliper rebuilt but says he needs a pump to properly bleed the brakes. He'll get that done while I'm on my next trip. At least now we are being more proactive with the repairs!

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