Wittman Tailwind

Maintenance

I spent yesterday taking the wings apart and removing them from the fuselage, removing the cowl, side panels, control surfaces, and pulling the engine.

Today I removed the skin.

It was a bittersweet process. I kept thinking about all the history it has experienced since 1965. All the eyes that...

Okay, this is just too weird.

Yesterday at work somebody asked me about my airplane and blah, blah, blah I mentioned that I would like to re-cover and paint it because presently it's just kinda ugly. Let's just say I wish it looked as good as it flies.

I get home from work at 2:30am, take a show...

The radio/audio equipment in N11018 works adequately, but it's a pretty clunky setup. COMs are done with an ICOM IC-A22 which is an old (but dang good) handheld radio. This requires an ICOM PA-82 adapter to feed/receive audio to/from my headset. Added into this lash-up is an ICOM PTTSW inline push-t...

N11018 still suffers the side effects of oil blow-by from the breather hose. It's not as bad as it used to be, but after so many flight hours there's enough sheen that dust and debris begins to stick. To clean it, I normally prop the tailwheel up about two feet, then roll underneath on a creeper t...

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 you just tuning in, the air-oil separator on my Continental O-200 was mounted to the back of th...

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 hours. As all airplane maintenance/upgrade tasks go, nothing is ever simple and installing this starter was no dif...