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28 Sep 2021 02:02 #3181


Climbing out of AVL at dusk on a smooth and cool September evening.
Wifey and I did the $200 enchilada run to Asheville, NC this evening. Got my First Class medical done (yea!!) and then we headed out to the airport. Jumped in the Apache and flew the rest of the way to KAVL. Then got a Lyft ride to an old favorite restaurant. Then just reversed the whole process. It was such a nice day I wanted to get to enjoy it by flying. The climb out over the hills south of Asheville was just at dusk and the wife got a great pic I wanted to share.

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25 Sep 2021 23:57 #3180


My friend Brent came along with me. He is also building a Bearhawk with me that we hope to have flying soon.

We got to park right next to the flight line

Brent found his favorite, a P-40 he hoped to see. He is building a P-40 (yes, another story!).
A highly modified Franklin 220 hp powered Geronimo Apache parked one plane over from us.
It was a great day with perfect weather

We finally got to Triple Tree and the wait was worth it! The weather that on Monday had shut us out was now gorgeous. Also, we had more time to work with since my friend Brent is off work on Saturday. We met at my house and drove over to Shelby. We loaded up and I preflighted and gassed the mains on the Apache. Then off we went for the short flight. I had never flown myself into a fly-in before so this was a first although I had gone with my father in the past. So it was a great "first" for the two of us to enjoy together. Shortly after landing I noticed another Apache arriving and it parked only one plane over from us. It was a highly modified Geronimo and has 220 hp Franklin engines. There can't be very many of those around!

The Apache seemed totally "in it's element" at Triple Tree and was a great plane to enjoy for the trip!

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21 Sep 2021 01:56 #3176



Putting the Apache back in the hangar.

Today was going to be a fun day to fly to Triple Tree. However, early low ceilings and later rain put a damper on that. So my buddy Brent that is going to Triple Tree with me agreed to put it off until Saturday. We think that will be a better day anyway. Originally I wasn't able to go on Saturday but that has opened up.

So.... Since I couldn't go to the fly-in at Triple Tree I got to work with my mechanic on the plane today. We got the final parts put in for the nacelle screws as there had been a few that needed attention. Then we put our attention on the fuel gauge switch. After adjusting it we think we have cured the "flaky" gauge. The microswitch needed adjustment. Also, the right fuel tank selector lever was very stiff. After playing with it we decided it was the cable itself that was dragging. So we lubricated it and worked it a bit. So far that seems to help so we will wait and see how it goes for now but it looks like that is taken care of. HOWEVER, in digging into the underneath of the plane we found the aileron cables are starting to touch on the sheet metal that forms the rear of the footwell. No issue yet but that is not something to ignore. So that will get attention very soon. I am always careful to do my control checks and I will be extra attentive to them for now. But I don't see any issue right now.

We got in a few trips around the pattern just "because" and the plane is flying well. We have moved to the "optional" part of improvement for 89P and we now get to do more "fun" stuff. I have quite a bit planned yet so hopefully we will get to do all that in the coming months.

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16 Sep 2021 19:47 #3174

Steve, the tool worked great about 3 times and then fell apart in his hands. I think he said it cost $75 and when he called them on warranty they said it was out by a week or two. So he wasn't too impressed with the cheap quality. So he needs to find one that works as well but doesn't fall apart!

Update: he has bought another tool for bleeding brakes so we will see how well that one works.

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15 Sep 2021 15:29 #3173

Hi Eric,
Thanks for posting the on going adventures of you, your mechanic and your Apache. Your posts are always welcome.
Please ask your mechanic what tool he bought for bleeding the brakes. Bleeding Cessna brakes is easy, Piper brakes can cause mechanics to chew their fingernails, or worse.
Thanks
Steve

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15 Sep 2021 02:07 #3172



Getting ready to take the plane out to check the brakes and do some speed runs



I really like the polished spinners. But you have to stay on top of the polishing!

Took the Apache out to check the brakes again. It looks like the brake issues are finally behind us. Now we get to the more "fun" part of the rehab of 89P. I am looking at new Manifold Pressure, Tachometer, CHT/EGT and Fuel Flow gauges. Right now I have one manifold pressure needle that "vibrates" and the left tach reads low by about 100 rpm (I bought a hand held digital tach to check the tachs). The CHT gauges are giving way different indications and it doesn't currently have any EGT gauge. The fuel flow is a very nice JPI instrument but the right side doesn't read correctly at all. The left side always seems high. So it's time to get all that squared away.

Today I did some "speed runs" and just enjoyed the nice weather and looking out the window while the autopilot did the work. At 8500' I got speeds from 139 kts at 2500 rpm to 129 kts at 2000 rpm. At 2200 rpm it was getting 135 kts so I think that will be my typical cruise rpm for now.

The plane is performing well so far as I'm concerned so now I want to get the less important things taken care of.

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