Looking at Tailwheel

This is working out to be a great installation, I want to thank Denny Saleen for his installation at EAA Airventure 2018. I copied what he had and it works great. Going to change ORV to this type of tailwheel. It saves weight and works great.

Hand Propping the Verner 3V

hand Propping can be very dangerous, tie your machine down securely in the rear, do not allow movement of tail forward or up. Do not try starting above an idle unless you have someone to be on throttle to decrease to idle as soon as it starts. If trouble starting check you battery voltage. Read and understand how to hand prop aircraft engines before starting.

Loading Legal Eagle XL ORV for nest great adventure.

This is the real-time version on loading ORV in the Jayco Toy hauler. I get slower as I grow older but still going. There are other videos of the wing holding mechanisms, the trolley i use and inside of trailer and how everything is laid out. I have loaded ORV 15 times now so getting all the bugs worked out. The neat thing about this set up is i can load any legal eagle in trailer. I have loaded SR 7-1/2 twice now and will be loading again in March for an adventure with SR 7-1/2. Keep on building and flying and doing great things with the Legal Eagles, have fun and enjoy life.

Turbulence

Turbulence is one of those things that I never realized existed in flying until I started taking lessons many years ago. It scared the hell out of me.  One day as we were bouncing along the instructor said here, give me the airplane, he promptly let go of the stick and pretended to be going to sleep, It made the point, sometimes it is possible to fight the airplane and make matters lots worst than they are.  Stop and analyze what is really happening, in keeping the wings level, are you about to get turned upside down or are the wings just not as level as you would like them to be.  When getting bounced around do not fight the machine, let it wonder, we are not flying IFR and need to maintain out altitude precisely, and so what is wings dip, chances are the next bounce will bring them back level.  If you get 300 AGL bouncing without getting bounced around that is good, enjoy the ride and let the winds move you around.  If you have ever seen a fire on a hill and watched the smoke as it blows away it never is in a straight line, it is going up and down, twisting and turning.  When we are flying we are in that air moving around and we can go with it and enjoy or we can fight it.  All aircraft from a Legal Eagle to a 747 to and F35 get bounced around in the wind as it moves.  Something else to do is study the weather, talk to sail plane pilots, find out as much as you can about the weather.  When there are nice fluffy clouds around it is almost always turbulent below them and smooth on top of them.  Winds as it moves across country can cause turbulence many miles away, we have a mountain peak, Mt. Diablo, it is possible to be flying on a dead calm day in the central valley, 30 miles east of this mountain peak and get bounced all over the sky because of air passing this MT. and then having turbulent in a wind peaceful area. 

                I do not worry about turbulence until I am concerned it may upset me, then I have training in what to do if it does.  When you are at altitude, even 300 ft agl you have room to work with, when you get into turbulence 10 ft above the ground it gets more serious because you have to be doing the proper thing to keep from stirring up the dust.  I would suspect you will be flying on calm days or days with wind down the runway until you get more time.  Look at the winds aloft for your area and study then each day, flying or not.  You will notice on the most perfect days, no turbulence anywhere winds speeds ( and wind direction) will be about the same a surface, 3000, 6000 and 9000 feet.  The more the wind speeds vary and more the directions vary will indicate more bouncing.  Sometimes on a sunny day just he color change between dark and light, plowed ground, meadow, trees, water, pasture ETC can cause a lot of bouncing because of the way heat causes air to riser and areas that adsorb heat, plowed ground the air is not rising as much. 

                If all else fails I like to form a ring with my fingers around the stick and just let it float in that circle, not quite like letting go but taking the pilot out of the equation to see if I am adding to the problem.

Practice, practice and lots of flying under all kinds of conditions help also.

Legal Eagle SR 7-1/2

Got a great flight this morning, winds calm and smooth flying. Snoopy’s Revenge handled well from redline down to stall. Have a slight nose drop when letting go of stick and need to work on trim for this. Love the tail wheel set up. Was worried about not covering around base of fuel tank but not needed now. May be required when temps near freezing