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Twinstar; was: Fastening hydraulic brake lines

 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:08 pm    Post subject: Twinstar; was: Fastening hydraulic brake lines Reply with quote

That's good news, on the weight. I wasn't sure what to expect, since
it's so old (early '80s Mk I) and since the boom tube & tail surfaces
have an extra layer of paint. It has the Black Max 6x6 wheels, with
mostly bald tires off a Decathalon. Just a heads-up; a/c 6.00x6 tires
fit those wheels great, and work just fine (at least sitting on the
ground) without tubes in them. I'm not trying to run them with minimum
pressure, though.

Another parking brake story:

Decades ago, a local pilot here in Jackson MS bought a new Maule, and
put it on its nose at the factory when he went to pick it up, before
ever leaving the airport. After Maule fixed it, he flew it back here,
and later to the grass strip at his deer camp. Killed a deer, and that
evening, loaded the carcass in the back of the Maule. Early the next
morning, with dew still on everything, he flew back to one of the
municipal airports. He touched down on the paved runway, and the plane
instantly went over the parking brake-locked wheels onto its back.
Emergency response crews spent a frantic few minutes trying to find the
source of all the blood before realizing he was unhurt.....

Charlie

On 11/11/2017 8:47 PM, John Hauck wrote:
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First time I flew Kolb Slingshot was at Oshkosh some years ago. I hopped in, taxied out, took off, flew the traffic pattern, landed, taxied back to the gate to push it back to the Kolb display. When I got out I told Dennis Souder it took a lot of power to taxi, much more than I felt it should. He reached under the seat and told me the parking brake was on. What parking brake? Wink They had put a shut off valve in the brake line and didn't tell me about it. I made that flight operation without nosing over. Good thing the brakes were no more effective than they were.

380 lbs is very light for a Twinstar. My original Firestar weighed that much by the time I finished adding stuff to it.

john h
mkIII
Titus, Alabama

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Twinstar; was: Fastening hydraulic brake lines Reply with quote

As long as we are confessing (and I'm not even Catholic...!) shortly after I built my Anglin J-6, I flew it to a friend's grass strip (within the 25 mile radius) and then back to TRI. Had not yet tried to get it in or out of my Indian Springs 750' strip. During the takeoff, it took forever to get it off the ground, and when I touched down, the tires chirped, the airplane kicked to the right, and I took out a runway light before I could get it stopped. Yep - parking brakes were on. DOH! When I went to work the next day, there was a hand-drawn cartoon over my locker.

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