Monthly Archives: August 2001

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Stearman Rigging “Kimball Style”

Herb Clark’s (SRA # 2892) newly completed Stearman PT17 after his 5+ year restoration.  Herb’s attention to detail on this airplane is outstanding.  With Herb’s permission, we have used his airplane as the subject of this article. Herb Clark’s PT-17 Rigging a biplane can be a very “rewarding experience.”  At [...]

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19th Annual Stearman Fly-In St. Francis, Kansas

arrival, only this time they have to walk a block and a half from the school yard.  The balloons fly again Sunday morning, followed by Stearmans and skydivers, but by mid-afternoon most of the aviators are on their way home to roost.  The park, school yard, Robert’s house, and downtown [...]

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Pitot/Static System

The pitot tube mounted on the left forward N-Strut senses ram air pressure to determine the airspeed and through slots on the side of the tube senses “static” or ambient atmospheric pressure. The static system distributes that pressure through plumbing  to each instrument that needs that pressure data.  In a [...]

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Continental 670 Generator Step-up Drive

To install a generator or an alternator on a Continental 670 engine, you must have a generator step-up drive mounted on the accessory case.  This is not an option, even though the name sounds a bit like one.  The step-up drive provides a gear ratio that drives the generator at [...]

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Stearman Intercom Configuration

There are several mistakes that can be made in deciding how to configure a cockpit to cockpit intercom for the Stearman.  At Chino, we have made all of them, sometimes twice. The first was to listen to the marketing hype and conclude that the intercom performance would just have to [...]

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The Aviation Dictionary

Airspeed - Speed of an airplane. Deduct 25% when listening to a retired Air Force pilot. Bank - The folks who hold the lien on most pilots' cars. Carburetor Icing - A phenomenon reported to the FAA by pilots immediately after they run out of gas.  Cone of Confusion - [...]

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