Yearly Archives: 2001

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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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Stearman vs the Outhouse Row

This is a true story. It has a bit of gray hair. Time needed to pass.  And there is a good bit of third party reflection. I have embellished it  for story telling value but the basic facts are true and I did see the airplane prior to the fix.  [...]

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Air Repair Jacobs Engine Conversion for the Stearman

Two years ago Pete Jones of Air Repair, Inc., in Cleveland, Mississippi, was able to make an acquisition that would reinvigorate the Stearman market.  In his mind, purchasing the Jacobs Aircraft Company, would give the Stearman a much-needed shot in the arm.  Although this is not a new concept, Air [...]

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Cross Country Fueling on a Concrete Ramp

Standing next to the sun-bleached yellow wings he stared across the concrete ramp covered with painted tin flies. Hardly a thing about aviation shown except for oil stains. The sounds they make so smooth and predictable it gives the pilot who knows every open space to land contempt for the [...]

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