|Aviation Related Presentations|
INDEX OF PRESENTATIONS
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Avionics Wiring for Soaring Pilots
I have seen many glider avionics installations which have made my hair stand on end (or fall out altogether)! This presentation is intended to provide basic instruction in some best practices on the wiring of avionics. Topics include wires types and gauges, crimp lugs, power, batteries, installation, mounting, etc.
Working with Glider Air Lines
Sailplane pneumatic air lines are critical to the safe functioning of instruments. This presentation will provide you valuable information on how to work with these lines, testing and repair/replacement.
Trying to figure out why your transceiver (radio) isn't working as well as it should is FRUSTRATING. This presentation may just help you!
Oxygen Systems for Glider Pilots
Once you have experienced the joys of soaring to high altitudes, you will want to do it again and again. However, you must learn how to use an oxygen system in your glider and, most importantly, lean how to conserve the limited amount of oxygen that you can take aloft. This simple presentation will help you learn how to create and use an oxygen system.
Trailer Wiring & LED Conversion
Trailer wiring can be daunting. Converting a European trailer like a Cobra to a US connector can be a chore. Then dealing with burn out or corroded bulbs can be frustrating. This presentation may just help you!
Pilot Relief Systems
I have brought together information on my experiences with pilot relief ("pee") systems for glider and soaring pilots along with information from other resources. See this web page for more details.
Each year I like to test my ship's batteries and replace those that do not have enough individual capacity to last 6 hours at a 1A load. But how can the average pilot perform a reasonable "real world" test with easily obtainable equipment?
See this information for an explanation of the testing that I perform and the simple test rig that I use, along with Excel templates for gathering the data and then graphing the results. There is a manual test methodology and an automated one.
Over the years I have created a survival kit which I carry in my glider at all times to be prepared for landouts. There is another version for when I fly out west. See this web page for more details.
Poor Man's Spar Alignment Tool
Inserting the main spar pins into the spar bushings during sailplane rigging can be difficult due to the close manufacturer tolerances. In other words things have to be JUST RIGHT to get the $#%^@ pins in! Included here is how to make a poor man's version of a non-eccentric spar alignment tool.
Removing Painted Lettering from Gelcoat
After purchasing my (used) ASW-27B I was faced with removing the painted (non-vinyl) contest ID lettering from the underside of the right wing. That was a learning experience as imparted by others to me and is important to pass on to whomever might be faced with the same task.
Cambridge 302 Flight Recorders
The Cambridge Aero Instruments line of flight recorders are very popular with soaring pilots. Their last production produced was the model 302 (and 302A) which is highly regarded by glider pilots. Here is a web page with some additional information on the following subjects; logging error fixes,tones decoded, software and manuals, simulators.
L'Hotellier and Wedekind Sleeves
Everything that you wanted to know about L'Hotellier fittings and the several ways to comply with the FAA AD about them. Also, a step-by-step guide to the installation of Wederkind Sleeves on a glider with L'Hotellier fittings. See this web page for full details and pictures.
Carbon Fiber Instrument Panel Overlay
This presentation talks about applying the following types of carbon fiber to the face of an instrument panel plus the pros and cons of each with examples of the finished products;
IGC File Name Decoding
Maybe you have wondered about the file names of the IGC log files that are generated by your flight recorder. For example, "85KC3WK1.IGC". It looks like a strange random combination of letters and numbers, but each character does have a meaning. In the example above it means, "1st Flight on May 20th, 2018 using a Cambridge flight recorder serial number 3WK". Simple? Not so much. Please see this web page for more information.
ChicagoLand Glider Council Presentations
These presentations come from past ChicagoLand Glider Council meetings.
Blanik L-13/L-23/L-33 Strut Information and Repair
The repair/rebuild of the L-13/L-23/L-33 strut landing gear strut is an important skill if your strut has collapsed and is no longer holding gas (typically nitrogen). A repair/rebuild kit is required. Old parts should not be reused and the new kit is not commonly available. To my knowledge kits are only available from Blanik (approximate cost US$500). Note that a replacement new strut is much more expensive. Also note that L-13's have been effectively grounded (at least in the US) and used struts from an L-13 can be reused in L-23's and L-33's.
Several items are included here for downloading;
Old Presentations that Need Some Serious Updating
SPOT, Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELT) and Personal Locator Beacons (PLB)
NEEDS SOME SERIOUS UPDATING!
This presentation talks about the basics of what SPOT, ELTs and PLBs do and how they might benefit you. It covers the applicable ELT FARs and TSOs. It also covers the 6 September 2007 announced termination of processing of distress signals emitted by 121.5 MHz by the International COSPAS-SARSAT Organization 1 February 2009 and how that might impact you. A comparison is shown between the features and pricing of the SPOT versus the ACR ResQFix PLB.
Download this 2008 ChicagoLand Glider Council presentation for complete details.
Soaring Flight Computers
NEEDS SOME SERIOUS UPDATING!
This presentation details GPS systems for use for soaring pilots. I talk about how flight recorders are used, how they are wired together, how to upload and download flight logs and other details. I deal with what flight computers bring to the party, how they can help soaring, how they enhance moving map PDA displays, file structure, etc.
Download this 2007 SSA Convention presentation for complete details.
Basics of Dr Jacks BlipMaps and BlipSpots(PLB)
NEEDS SOME SERIOUS UPDATING!
Here is a short presentation on the use of blipmaps and blipspots which was created for a ChicagoLand Glider Council meeting.