GoPro on the skylight

8 Airports in One Day

in Flights

This morning I felt adventurous and wanted to practice landing at different airports in a variety of settings and, really, see how many airports I can visit before my rumpus maximus was too sore to [...]
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Packwood Has Been Conquered

in Flights

This wasn’t my first attempt at setting down in Packwood, but it was almost as harrowing as the first! This place has been on my list for a while and if at first you don’t [...]
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DIY Continental O-200 Air-Oil Separator

in Maintenance

The installation of an electric starter involved the removal of the air-oil separator, and this has proven disastrous in terms of oil blow-by. N11018 has become the Exxon Valdez of the skies. For those of [...]

B&C Starter BC320-1 Continental O-200 Installation

in Maintenance

Santa Claus was good to N11018 this year and delivered a new (actually a low-time) B&C Specialties BC320-1 starter that was picked up from a fellow pilot who ran it on his RV-4 for 42 [...]
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My New Year’s Resolution: 150 Hours of Flight

in General

Happy New Year, everyone. The Tailwind isn’t back in the air yet so no new videos or photos to share. To get myself motivated to have 11018 flying soon, I have resolved to fly her [...]
Finished heat muff

DIY Experimental Aircraft Heat Muff

in Maintenance

There’s a fun-flying aircraft that’s occasionally seen in the wild blue, and once spotted, it’s immediately recognized for its missing cockpit. It’s called a Breezy. The only thing that separates N11018 from “Breezy” status is [...]
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A New Baggage Compartment

in Maintenance

The baggage compartment shelf on N11018 was a fragile piece of 1/4″ plywood at the onset of osteoperosis. Through normal flying and landings and incidental vibrations, it would often slide forward about 1/4″ so the [...]
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Sim-Outhouse Updated Wittman Tailwind Models

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I’ve been quite busy with life’s activities for the past few months. Unfortunately that hasn’t involved any flying nor working on the Tailwind, so my apologies to those who have found my little corner of [...]
Wright Brothers, Kitty Hawk, NC

Happy Birthday to Aviation

in General

The weather’s been as low as single digits and topping out in the 20′s during the day. It’s just too cold to work on the Tailwind in an unheated hangar so I haven’t got anything [...]

Harold Passow, Where Are You?

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I’ve been trying to track down N11018′s builder, Harold Passow, for a few months now. I mailed a letter to his last known airport — KARV Lakeland Airport/Noble F. Lee Memorial Field — in September [...]