Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Maybe you saw it coming: This blog has moved to a better location...

This blog has moved to an improved location.  The first post is here:

http://jameswiebe.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/upgrades-to-ultralight-aircraft-actually/

See you there!  I'm not here anymore!


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

20 Pound Carbon Fiber Float?

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Hey Eugene:

While nosing around in the Belite shop earlier this evening, I noticed that they were preparing to pull the wraps off their new aircraft floats.   It is clear they plan to announce at Oshkosh:  but at what price?

I was able to gather some basic technical information, and also take some pictures, which I've pasted below.

The note said:

  *  19 pounds, 13 ounces as shown (still missing a couple of attachment hardware fittings)
  *  Up to 3 layers of Carbon Fiber cloth overall
  *  Carbon Fiber over foam construction
  *  Pre-cut foam pieces
  *  Inexpensive
  *  Final all up weight estimated at 22 pounds (straight); 35 pounds (amphibious)
  *  Superior to earlier Belite and other aluminum floats (much easier to construct; inherently more waterproof due to foam design)
  *  620 pound maximum gross weight
  *  Belite will be selling float kits for a special price during Oshkosh and shortly thereafter

These are clearly a significant product offering for experimental aircraft... looks to be a game changer for anyone who wants to fly off water.  If Belite has truly pulled off a carbon fiber composite float which sells for a reasonable $ amount...  wow.  That will be so cool.

The float in the following pictures was not quite complete.  It needed some sanding and some other stuff, but it sure looked like a float to me.

Your Friend,

Billy Bob.

P.S.:  Have a look at these pictures:

Carbon Fiber Float from Belite

Carbon Fiber Float from Belite

Carbon Fiber Float from Belite

Carbon Fiber Float from Belite

Carbon Fiber Float from Belite
Special note to Mickey:  thank you for encouraging me to think outside the box.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Harvest

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Weather is finally allowing some flying.  Got to see God's view.

Today, while I was waiting for my guys to get a particular piece of work done, I had Christian prop the UltraCub so I could get flying.  I was aloft a minute later.

90+ degree heat on the ground turned to air conditioning as I climbed thru 100'.  Lovely feeling as the air pressed by on either side of me.

Still skies.  Even in the heat.  Pulled back to probably 50% power and loitered at 800' while turning lazy circles.  Kept the air conditioning on.  Didn't do anything stupid.  Just puttered around.

(Can't understand why the world isn't beating a path to Belite's door.  Just can't.)

****

Yesterday evening, I flew over my friend Kevin's house and left behind a friendly offering (a teddy bear with a parachute, cleanly deposited in his front lawn.)

Flew over to Benton and shot a whole bunch of touch and goes on the grass, and even one on the pavement.   Loved the folks watching me.  Kept a constant eye out for traffic, as I was NORDO.  (No Radio.)

I also flew around and looked at the harvest.   Big plumes of dust headed up and north as the evening wind and heat lifted wheat chaff upwards.

Pictures show the story:

Kansas Sunset approaches

Kansas beauty in June.


Cut Wheat Field.  Interesting effect.

Another cut wheat field.

I love the harvest.

He's got a long ways to go.

But he's working on it.
After both of the flights, I still haven't refueled -- burning less than 5 gallons combined.

I also had opportunity to do a speed check.  Yes, I was marginally concerned that the UltraCub was speeding over the FAR 103 limit of 62mph.  With full power, it clocked in at a cruise speed of about 60 - 61 mph.  I can relax.







Wednesday, June 26, 2013

James got bug bites

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The wilderness called.  I answered.

I spent 3 nights solo wilderness camping in the GSMNP, about six miles up the Hazel creek trail.  Thank you for letting me do that.

Breakfast on hazel creek.

Fresh boiled eggs, bacon, cheddar, bagel.  Yeah, I do wilderness right.

Butterflies.

More butterflies.

more more butterflies

Profundo butterflies

Dirt.

Flowers.

Flowers, too.

Hanging around.

Hazel creek trail.

I was nearly stumped.

I was two.

I took things very slowly for 3 days.

Wilderness.

Awesome views.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Manual for new universal LED Fuel Gauge from Belite Electronics

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Specifications & Installation Instructions for universal LED Fuel Gauge from Belite Electronics

LED Fuel Gauge from Belite Electronics.  Dual tank version also available.
Part Numbers:

SINGLE TANK – XXXX
DUAL TANK -- XXXX

See the video explaining it here:


At A Glance:

·         Lightest Weight
·         Smallest Size
·         Best visibility of any fuel gauge
·         LED colors: green, then yellow, then red, and also increases in brightness as fuel level goes down
·         Bottom LED flashes brilliant red when out of fuel
·         Single or Dual tank versions
·         Compatible with Capacitive (0-5v) and Resistive Fuel Probe Senders
·         May be calibrated to any individual Fuel Probe Sender
·         Dimmable

Belite’s Improved LED Fuel Gauge provides a LED display which shows the current amount of fuel in your fuel tank.  Calibrated from 0% to 100%, it features unusually bright LEDs which are completely readable in direct sunlight.  It is available in a single or dual version, for support of one or two fuel tanks.  The input compatibility is selectable between traditional float style fuel senders and newer style capacitive fuel senders.  It may be calibrated to match the full and empty point of any fuel sender / tank at the push of a button.  The unit uses digital electronics to interpret, calibrate and display the fuel tank level.  Calibration of the fuel level is done via a single button for each tank.


SPECIFICATIONS

·        Dimensions:  2 3/8” x 2 3/8” x 5/8” (not including connector height).  Fits standard 2 ¼” instrument hole.  Including connector, complete depth of instrument is 1.0”.
·         Power Supply:  Attaches to any DC power supply between 8 and 14 volts.  Alternatively, you may use LITHIUM 9V batteries.  DO NOT USE ALKALINE 9V batteries.  Battery life is approximately 4 – 8 hours using a lithium 9V battery.
·         Power Consumption:  less than 30ma for single display; less than 50ma for dual display.
·         Weight:  1.2 ounce / 35 grams (includes electrical connector).
·         Color LED Range:  Green (full), Yellow and Red (empty).
·         Probe Compatibility:  Use with any capacitive probe (standard 0-5v output); use with any resistive probe (EG:  30 – 240 ohm; will also work with any other ohm range such as 40 – 90 ohm)
·         Slosh Damping:  Electronic filtering built into the Belite Fuel Gauge controls minor errant reading due to fuel sloshing.
·         FCC Part 15:  Compliant by EXEMPTION, Section 15.103(a)
·         For other directives:  THIS EQUIPMENT IS DESIGNED FOR USE IN AIRCRAFT and VEHICLES.
·         Internal Fusing:  None, use external fuse <= 1A.
·         Power:  use external switching.
·         Power On Self Test:  Observe all LEDs illuminated through pattern check and variable brightness check.
·         Dimming Control:  0 – 12V; 0 = full bright; 12V = full dim.  Use external 5K potentiometer.  Dimming the LEDs substantially reduces power consumption.
·         TSO/PMA:  No.  For use in non-certified aircraft.
·         Warranty:  US:  1 year.  Rest of world:  2 year.
·         Temperature Range:  -20C – 45C (operating).  -40C – 70C (nonoperating).
·         Humidity:  Non-condensing.
·         Cabling:  Black = ground; Red = 8-14v; Yellow = Dimming (leave unconnected if unused).  Remaining wires are for left / right fuel sender input.


INSTALLATION

Install in any 2 ¼” instrument hole using provided screws and lock nuts.

Attach ground and power to black and red wires by cutting off the 9V connector.  The supplied 9V battery connector may be used for temporary unit testing, or may be used as a permanent source of power.  Use only Lithium 9V batteries.  Walmart sells them, as do many other battery retailers.  They are usually found in the photo section of the store.

If you have decided to install a dimmer, attach the yellow wire to the middle lug of a 5K potentiometer.  The other lugs of the potentiometer must be attached to ground and +12V.  (Using +9V for the dimming potentiometer will not provide full dimming.)

INSTALLATION - SELECTING CAPACITIVE OR RESISTIVE FUEL SENDERS
When you turn the fuel gauge on, it will perform a Power On Self Test.  If the LEDs light up from bottom to top, your unit is configured for capacitive fuel senders.  If the LEDs light up from top to bottom, your unit is configured for resistive fuel senders.

To reverse, attach the switch assembly to the program connector, and depress the switch before you power the unit up.  The fuel gauge will sense this condition and permanently reconfigure the gauge form capacitive to resistive, or vice versa.  (Each side [left tank / right tank] of the display gauge has an independent switch.)
We recommend ‘playing’ with this capability before you install the fuel gauge in your airplane.

You MUST have the correct configuration set in your fuel gauge (relative to your type of fuel sender) or you will have improper operation.

INSTALLATION - WIRING – CAPACITIVE FUEL SENDERS
The remaining one or two wires are attached to the capacitive fuel senders.  (You may verify the right / left wires by touching them briefly to the positive 9V battery post.)  After verification of right / left, the gauge may be attached to the fuel senders.  Each capacitive fuel sender has an ‘output’ that supplies a voltage indication of the fuel tank level, 0 – 5 volts.  This voltage level is interpreted by the LED fuel gauge to show the amount of fuel in your tank.  Just connect the fuel sender to the fuel gauge and it will work.

Capacitive Probe Fuel Tank Wiring Diagram.  Figure 1.


INSTALLATION - WIRING – RESISTIVE FUEL SENDERS
The remaining one or two wires are attached to the resistive fuel sender.  Additionally, you must attach a 330 ohm resistor (included) from +12V (your system power) to the same line. 

Resistive probe fuel tank wiring.  Figure 2.


INSTALLATION – CALIBRATION
Calibration is easy.  Each side of the gauge is calibrated independently.  Calibration is performed AFTER you’ve selected fuel sender type (capacitive vs resistive) and after you’ve attached the senders.

You must have the switch assembly attached to the fuel gauge.

When the fuel tank condition is empty, depress the switch for less than one second.  The fuel gauge will permanently remember this level as being the empty level.

When the fuel tank condition is full, depress the switch for more than three seconds.  The fuel gauge will permanently remember this level as being the full level.

Calibration for each tank is done independently.

The fuel gauge will retain these calibration levels in permanent flash memory storage within the fuel gauge.
After calibration, the switch assembly should be disconnected from the fuel gauge.

TIPS

We strongly recommend ‘playing’ with the unit prior to installation in your aircraft.  Sender type should be set and verified.  Operation of the LED scale may be verified simply by brushing the input wire against a positive voltage source.  You’ll see the LED jump up and then slowly dissipate down.  If the unit is configured for capacitive senders, a positive voltage will cause the LED indication to rise.  If configured for resistive senders, a positive voltage will cause the LED indication to fall.

It is much easier to resolve issues prior to installing the probes in your aircraft.


Contact us if you have any questions.

Friday, June 7, 2013

FOR SALE: 58 x 24 Wooden Propeller

This particular propeller looks absolutely brand new.

1)  There is no warranty or statement of fitness for any application for this propeller.  It is AS IS.  I have provided as many photos as possible to show the condition of the item.
2)  Ensure that the direction of rotation is compatible with your application by examining the pictures closely.
3)  We only accept payment by PayPal.
4)  We only ship to addresses served by UPS ground.
5)  There is a crating charge of $10 for each propeller.  The propeller will come in a solid tube or box.  All adjustable pitch propellers will be disassembled for shipping.
6)  Please contact us before the auction closes so that you can get a UPS shipping quote.
7)  Please pay within 24 hours of auction close.
8)  This item is offered without reserve.
9)  James is on vacation between June 10th - 14th, so we may not be able to answer specific questions.
10)  The propellers will NOT SHIP until Wednesday, June 19.

58 x 24 propeller
Opening bid:  $25
Reserve:  NONE
Buy it now:  $299  (WILL NOT SHIP UNTIL JUNE 19).
Crate Charge:  $10
UPS Charge:  TBD, inquire

58 x 24 propeller

58 x 24 propeller

58 x 24 propeller

58 x 24 propeller

58 x 24 propeller

58 x 24 propeller

58 x 24 propeller

58 x 24 propeller

FOR SALE: 60 x 27 wooden propeller

Another propeller emerges from the dust bin of Belite belongings...

1)  There is no warranty or statement of fitness for any application for this propeller.  It is AS IS.  I have provided as many photos as possible to show the condition of the item.
2)  Ensure that the direction of rotation is compatible with your application by examining the pictures closely.
3)  We only accept payment by PayPal.
4)  We only ship to addresses served by UPS ground.
5)  There is a crating charge of $10 for each propeller.  The propeller will come in a solid tube or box.  All adjustable pitch propellers will be disassembled for shipping.
6)  Please contact us before the auction closes so that you can get a UPS shipping quote.
7)  Please pay within 24 hours of auction close.
8)  This item is offered without reserve.
9)  James is on vacation between June 10th - 14th, so we may not be able to answer specific questions.
10)  The propellers will NOT SHIP until Wednesday, June 19.

60x27 wooden propeller
Opening bid:  $25
Reserve:  NONE
Buy it now:  $249  (WILL NOT SHIP UNTIL JUNE 19).
Crate Charge:  $10
UPS Charge:  TBD, inquire

60 x 27 wooden propeller

60 x 27 wooden propeller

60 x 27 wooden propeller

60 x 27 wooden propeller

60 x 27 wooden propeller

60 x 27 wooden propeller

Thursday, June 6, 2013

FOR SALE: HUGE ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITORS

This group of 4 HUGE ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITORS is offered as one lot, for sale, no reserve.  They are 250V / 10000 uF, and they are gathering dust and mocking me for having been so foolish as to purchase them about 3 years ago.

I'll bet there is a HAM radio operator out there somewhere who wants them.

1)  There is no warranty or statement of fitness for any application for these capacitors. They are AS IS. 
2)  We only accept payment by PayPal.
3)  We only ship to addresses served by UPS ground.
4)  No crating / boxing charge, just shipping charge.
5)  Please contact us before the auction closes so that you can get a UPS shipping quote.
6)  Please pay within 24 hours of auction close.
7)  This item is offered without reserve.
8)  James is on vacation between June 10th - 14th, so we may not be able to answer specific questions.
10)  This item will not ship until Wednesday, June 19.
11)  Your winning bid gets all 4 capacitors.

HUGE ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITORS, 250V / 10000 uF
Opening bid:  $1
Reserve:  NONE
Buy it now:  Not Available on this item  (WILL NOT SHIP UNTIL JUNE 19).
Crate Charge:  NONE
UPS Charge:  TBD, inquire


Huge Electrolytic Capacitors, 250V 10000 uF

FOR SALE: 60 x 42 Wooden Propeller

1)  There is no warranty or statement of fitness for any application for this propeller.  It is AS IS.  I have provided as many photos as possible to show the condition of the item.
2)  Ensure that the direction of rotation is compatible with your application by examining the pictures closely.
3)  We only accept payment by PayPal.
4)  We only ship to addresses served by UPS ground.
5)  There is a crating charge of $10 for each propeller.  The propeller will come in a solid tube or box.  All adjustable pitch propellers will be disassembled for shipping.
6)  Please contact us before the auction closes so that you can get a UPS shipping quote.
7)  Please pay within 24 hours of auction close.
8)  This item is offered without reserve.
9)  James is on vacation between June 10th - 14th, so we may not be able to answer specific questions.
10)  The propellers will NOT SHIP until Wednesday, June 19.

60" 2 Blade Wooden Propeller, left turn from cockpit
Opening bid:  $25
Reserve:  NONE
Buy it now:  $399  (WILL NOT SHIP UNTIL JUNE 19).
Crate Charge:  $10
UPS Charge:  TBD, inquire

60x42 wooden propeller

60x42 wooden propeller, hub

60x42 propeller, tip

60x42 propeller, tip

60x42 propeller, hub

60x42 propeller, tip

60x42 propeller, tip