Hi Jim, I looked all over and could not find the 4 strobes with lenses that I have/had? I don't remember getting rid of them, but I do remember thinking from time to time that I should get rid of them, so maybe I did. I found two strobe boxes, but could not find the comet flash box that went with the other two strobes. So for now I struck out. Maybe they will turn up, but I looked hard. I will keep my eye out and I do have another possible source for some lenses that I will check, but for now so sorry I baited you and did not come through. Chris
I don't know if this would work with Wag Aero, (I bought tires from them and shipping wasn't outrageous) but what I've done a couple of times when shipping seemed ridiculous was to call and ask if there is another way they can ship that is less expensive. More often than not they will do something. Or they just tack a "standard" charge on and they will take the money if they get it, but are also willing to fix if you call. Anyway it's worked for me before several times.
I should have that laying around Jim. I have a couple sets of old Whelens laying around unless I threw them away. I'll look at the hangar today. i wish my memory of what I have and don't have was better. :-) Chris
Same here. I just looked up plastic in the yellow pages (so to speak) and found a local supplier that carries all kinds of plastic and for a good price. You might also want to look at PETG. It's less expensive than polycarbonate with similar cold bend and shatterproof characteristics. It's popular as race car windshields.
You can buy an inexpensive USB camera and go in and look through the wing tip at almost anything you want to look at. I bought one with something like 20 feet of cord attached and it works pretty darn well. Even has a ring of dimmable LED lights on the camera and it's barely larger than a pencil. I just tape it to a long stick and inspect away. Not perfect, but works OK. I wouldn't try and punch a bunch of holes since you can do a pretty good job inspecting as I just described.
Yamma-Fox, I may need to re-think my system if as you say the pulse pump does not let fuel by in either direction. I just now read that in your clip above from a previous post. I have taken one apart before and thought the one way valves were is series but flowed the same direction. Gonna have to check that out. Thanks for the heads up.
I have no idea if one approach is better than another as both have merits, but the way I have done my systems is with the Facet in series, and placed in the center console just after the header tank. My reasoning being that the header filters out particles and crap large enough to screw up the pump by low flow velocity and settling. I place the facet pump right after the header tank in the circuit where it is at the lowest point in the system, and has the greatest opportunity to pick up fuel at the highest head pressure and "push" through the most potential obstructions down stream. I pretty much never turn on the Facet except to start the plane, and then only because I have the starter switch wired electrically downstream of the boost pump breaker switch. So, I cannot start the engine without the boost pump being on. Once the engine starts, boost pump is typically turned off and I never really use it during flight. Occasionally if I am taking off from a scary strip I will leave the boost pump on but not during normal operations. Fuel flows right through the facet when off.
Yamma-Fox, I know you didn't ask me but here is how it went down in my incident. I did as much of the work as I could myself to save money and learn. The cost of the helicopter was $2,000/hour. I had friends fly me back in and I rigged the plane for lift out. The tow company is only responsible down to the hook, so I did my own balance and rigging. The lifting company recommended the drogue and tag lines, and they turned out to be a great idea. I used a small dead tree for a drogue. In my case, it took exactly one hour for the helicopter to take off from its home base, go to the incident site and hover while a friend who flew in hooked the line to the harness on the plane, fly to where another friend and I were waiting with a trailer to grab the tag lines to assist in lowering on to the trailer, and to fly back to it's home base. It cost me exactly $2,000. We communicated with the helicopter using handhelds at both the pickup and drop off sites. I never met the pilot or crew and they did not have to land the entire mission. Chris