Believe me, I understand the "no time" problem. I get "some" weekends to work on the plane. Still working long hours at work + they have me travelling a bit. At least I'm not on 3rd shift anymore. I did 18 weeks of that, and it was definatelyt taking the wind out of my sails.
Good luck on the engine rebuild. Let me know how it comes out.
Steve Weston put a photo of his flap motor on his Zenith Aero page. His flap motor is completely encased in a plastic housing and does not have the microswitches mounted on an exposed bar like mine (and I assume yours). It was a Zenith - supplied unit but is perhaps older or younger than mine. Kind of a bummer not being able to set the travel limits, huh?
I don't feel inclined to move any significant weight aft in the plane, so for me it comes down to: (A) live with less or no flap extension which is pretty much okay with me, or (B) re-pitch the stab which sounds like a gigantic pian in the butt. The downside of limiting the flap travel to 10 - 15 degrees is that makes it harder to get into and out of the plane. It might be the best idea to simply not use the flaps at all or manually stop the extension at a lesser angle. What do you think?
I may talk to Sebastien about this issue when the Oshkosh rush has passed but it's basically an issue of whether or not I am losing out in some way by simply not using the flaps. I never planned to use them very much anyway and there's not much difference between not very much and not at all. I may occassionaly use them but at only 10 - 15 degrees extension. I'm planning to move the down limit switch to stop the extension at 15 degrees then go flight test again. If I like what happens on that test, I'd leave it like that indefinitely unless someone gives me a compelling reason why I need more flap travel. That's the input I'm fishing for with this blog post so let's see what pops up. I don't plan to move any weight since I am very happy with everything except the full flap handling.
You're not related to the Woods are you. They had an airstrip just a mile to 2 from here, but it's not been used for years. The story I heard was that the 1985 flood swept the hanger and the antique plane Mr Wood had down the river. It's still on the sectionals though.
If the light you're talking about is a timing light I have one I could lone you.
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