David Gallagher
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Fuel Filter Recommendation

Started this discussion. Last reply by eddie hall sr. Apr 4. 3 Replies

Broke My Bungee!

Started this discussion. Last reply by david shrader Mar 11, 2016. 11 Replies


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Zenith Banquet at EAA Oshkosh AirVenture 2017 at Oshkosh Elks Club

July 27, 2017 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
If you haven't come to a Zenith banquet in the past, you won't want to miss this very special banquet! It's the Zenith Aircraft Company's 25th anniversary! What an incredible celebration this is going to be! We are all part of one of the most incredible aviation families since Paul Poberezny started the movement in his basement over 50 years ago! So in 5 more weeks, we celebrate one of the most successful and ethical aviation companies in existence. The banquet will once again be held at the…See More
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Apr 20
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Fuel Filter Recommendation

My Jabiru engine uses 1/4" flex lines from the firewall to the carb.  I had been using a fuel filter that utilized a clear plastic housing with sintered bronze filtration element unit sold by Aircraft Spruce.  Initially I was not keen on a plastic filter housing, but with the low fuel pressure and well wrapped in fire guard, they worked fine for 9 years.  That was, until Spruce stopped stocking them.  I bought a bunch many years back, but my stock finally ran out.  I saw a product from Summit…See More
Apr 3
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9th Annual Condition Inspection

Hard to believe my 601XL is going on it's 9th year of service.  I have the condition inspection slated for April to get it done right at the beginning of good flying weather,  This will be my most expensive annual as the main tires are due for replacement.  With 830 landings on them, the tread is basically gone and I would expect threads to start showing soon.  The planned Saturday breakfast fly-out was a scratch due to weather, but the low cloud deck was just high enough at my airport to fly…See More
Apr 3
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I changed from the 3-point seat belts to a 5-point arrangement. Eight years of flying with the kit supplied 3-points went OK, but I always wanted something a bit more secure so I will give the Crow harness a try.
May 16, 2016
David Gallagher posted a discussion

Broke My Bungee!

I broke my nose gear bungee the other day and it caused me a few anxious moments in flight.  I have read about others having their bungee break during landing or…See More
Oct 6, 2015
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Dawn Patrol Flight

These are the mornings that we dream of. Gorgeous sunrise and glass smooth air.
May 4, 2015
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Apr 29, 2015
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Flew to Springfield-Beckley Airport, Ohio for the first time. The 9000' runway looked like it extended into the next county. They had a nice crew car in which several of us who flew in drove out for lunch.
Nov 3, 2014
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Sep 2, 2014
David Gallagher posted a discussion

Wig-Wag The Taxi and Landing Lights

After a few years of thinking about it, I finally got around to adding a wig-wag circuit to my landing and taxi lights.  I had the Bob Nuckolls wig-wag article lying around the hanger for some time now, but just never seemed to get around to buying the few items needed to install it.  The previous weekend's flights found me in some busy airports where see and avoid was brought to the forefront so I decided some more visibility on my part should become a higher priority.  I dusted off the…See More
Aug 19, 2014

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9th Annual Condition Inspection

Posted on April 3, 2017 at 11:45am 1 Comment

Hard to believe my 601XL is going on it's 9th year of service.  I have the condition inspection slated for April to get it done right at the beginning of good flying weather,  This will be my most expensive annual as the main tires are due for replacement.  With 830 landings on them, the tread is basically gone and I would expect threads to start showing soon.  The planned Saturday breakfast fly-out was a scratch due to weather, but the low cloud deck was just high enough at my airport to…


My 2011 Oshkosh Experience

Posted on August 2, 2011 at 1:30pm 8 Comments

What a week Oshkosh was this year!!  I arrived at Whitman Field on the Saturday afternoon preceding the start of Oshkosh 2011.  Since this was our big “Zenith’s To Oshkosh” year, there were already several Zenith aircraft in the three rows of homebuilt parking earmarked for our types.  I parked my 601XL between Andy Elliott’s 601XL TD and Al Beyer’s 601HDS.  For a few days Matt Archer’s 601XL was parked right behind me.  During the week, aircraft came and went, but at the height of the show,…


Sloshkosh 2010

Posted on August 2, 2010 at 2:30pm 9 Comments

I was told that this was the wettest July in well over 100 years for the Oshkosh, Wisconsin area. Fortunately almost none of it fell during the EAA Airventure 2010 event. Unfortunately, it drenched the grounds in the couple of weeks leading up to it. I heard reports and saw pictures of areas on the grounds that were under 2 feet of water just a day or two prior to opening day.…


Upgrade Complete, N554SG Flies!

Posted on March 24, 2010 at 6:53am 11 Comments

Well my 601XL upgrade is now complete. The post-upgrade test flight occurred yesterday, March 23, and things went great. The sun was going down so I went up for three quick touch and go’s. The first thing I noticed was no oil can popping noises any more. I only got to 100 MPH so it will be interesting to see if they are gone at high speed also. In my short flight I did not notice any changes…


Adventures In Riveting

Posted on January 7, 2010 at 11:30am 2 Comments

I had a few people ask me why I thought solid rivet bucking was easy. I have to admit that I was fortunate to be taught how to drive rivets in A&P school a fair number of years ago, but the skill could be easily picked up by anyone mechanically inclined. I had the opportunity to make many mistakes before getting it right. I have not riveted much since then so there was a little bit of refresher needed. If you have access to the EAA web site, there is a Tony Bingelis article about rivet… Continue

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At 10:57am on December 8, 2013, Patrick Hoyt said…
Hi Dave. I just aired the tire back up, and haven't had a problem since. I keep an eye on it, and have a spare inner tube on hand.

At 6:34am on December 2, 2013, Frederick said…

Thanks for the info Dave.


At 2:53pm on May 13, 2012, GENE MAYO said…

Hello David: You posted a comment on the matronics web about the new aileron

bellcrank. I would like to send you a comment and ask you a question off line if you don't

mind. I have the new bellcrank installed. Would you please send me you e-mail address?

Thanks GENE MAYO mayo_g@comcast.net

60XLB JAB3300

At 1:00pm on April 4, 2012, Patrick Hoyt said…

Hi David - It's getting closer and closer.  I'm looking forward to the day when I'll be able to park it at Oshkosh next to yours and the others....

You mentioned you met Dick Navratil.  He's a good friend of mine.  A bunch of us local guys up here have been building a Pietenpol in his hanger.

- Pat

At 7:41am on February 7, 2012, Larry Hursh said…

Hi Dave. You have a nice looking aircraft there!   I hope mine turns out 1/2 as nice as yours is!  I'm building a CH650 from kit.  I have her up on her landing gear.  The wings are done and so is all the "upgrades".  I'm going to be using a 2700cc Corvair for my power plant.  I'm at the point of doing the first engine run.  After that, all I have left to do is the nose bowl, cowling kit, canopy (I dread this part) and installing the instruments.  Hopefully if all goes well, my wife and I will be attending OSH in the near future!  I'll see you there I'm sure!

At 5:15pm on April 21, 2011, Mike Miller said…


fyi, I posted a pic that shows my solution to the "sticking throttle problem with dual throttles"   Very similar to Mac's solution, works smooth now...



At 7:24pm on March 26, 2011, Dennis Hutchinson said…


I enjoyed meeting you at Sporty's and looking forward to seeing you again at Oshkosh. The flight home was a bit choppy, but nothing significant. Typical light airplane bounce mostly. Did get a 15 mph boost in groundspeed with that westbound breeze. Took 1.3 going home, 1.6 to arrive. There is probably about .5 hours of taxi time in that 2.9 hours.


Safe flying and see you later,

Dennis Hutchinson

At 2:11pm on March 3, 2011, Mike Miller said…


Appreciate your comments on my panel.  Was just looking at your write-up from Oct.15,2008 on Matronics re: Dual throttle and things you did to make it smoother.

Have been trying to ease up the "resistance" in the throt. controls for couple days now.

Have tried a number of the items to refer to, but still not happy with the friction.

Thanks again,


At 12:16pm on February 14, 2011, Timothy Finley said…
Thanx.  Flew it a second time and I am really going to enjoy flying it!
At 3:59pm on January 13, 2011, Joe Hopwood said…
Thanks Dave.  I was just concerned of mounting it and then finding out either the elevator or rudder did not have full travel due to me putting it in the wrong place.

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