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James Grahn
PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:40 pm 
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I have a term life policy through USAA. It has a specific rider covering experimental aircraft.
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Cubes - thanks - I'll call them and see if they'll quote me even though I'm not in the military.

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Fraser MacPhee
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I am 58 and 2 years into a 15 yr. level term policy with Minnesota Life - reasonable rates.
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Mention my name and get 2 free snickers and a guffaw.

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fytrplt
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AOPA might be a source.

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Oddly I just received an email yesterday from Avemco stating that they have "affordable life insurance for pilots".

Might check their website as well. My life insurance was purchased prior to becoming a pilot and has a grandfathered clause.


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jtwigg
PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:53 pm 
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Thanks guys - I'll check into these this week.

N12055 is coming along - the horizontal tail is back on and all the pivots have fresh lubriplate.


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Binder
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Looking great. I didn't have the guts to tear all the way down to nothing like you did. Bravo. I wish my paint was as nice and shiny as yours!


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jtwigg
PostPosted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:49 pm 
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@Binder - your plane looks nice to me - and it's flying! Since my plane sat for 12 years, I wanted to inspect what I had bought before I put put my butt in it. Where have you flown to in yours so far?

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Binder
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jtwigg wrote:
@Binder - your plane looks nice to me - and it's flying! Since my plane sat for 12 years, I wanted to inspect what I had bought before I put put my butt in it. Where have you flown to in yours so far?


Well, It took a bit for me to get comfortable with landings so we really didn't start going places until December then in February I pulled it apart to re wire and build a new panel for my old gauges.

Furthest I have flown it is the initial pick up from Maryland to Indiana. We mostly stayed around indiana and illinois although New year's day we went to Kalamazoo Michigan to the air museum which is just under 2 hours. We are hoping to fly somewhere for a weekend get away this weekend since I took Friday off. We were looking either Put in Bay ohio or best case would be Gulf shores. The forecast is saying cloudy though which isn't promising.


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jtwigg
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Hello all, I've been steadily working on N12055 and have a question. Does this tailwheel need replaced? See how it's narrower on one side?

Here are some other pictures of putting the trim block back in now that the horizontal stabilizer is reinstalled. I have other pictures for the rudder pulleys inside the tunnel right behind the seats. Also, the newly painted rudder pedals are in.


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File comment: All lubed up. Note that I had to remove the right aluminum mounting to get the center bearing block (the silver block with the gears attached) in there (nut not on bolt yet)
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James Grahn
PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:39 pm 
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I wouldn't worry about the tail wheel yet. Keep an eye on it. However, it shows uneven wear. That could very well mean that it is not bolted on vertical. Take a good look at that. I'd worry more about that than the condition of the wheel.
The trim block is non-standard. I've never seen one like that before. Not that it won't work. Just make sure it is secure. Also, once the nut is installed, make sure you can turn the jackscrew 5 1/2 turns stop to stop. Once everything is installed, get out the 521 drawing and align your trim system that way.
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fytrplt
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Maule tailwheels do that. As Cubes said, keep an eye on it. The trim block looks like one I have. Ditto on 5 1/2 turns stop to stop and check travel per the drawing.

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jrevens
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Hi John,

Regarding the tailwheel - I'm sure Bob is right, but you might want to check that the tailwheel assembly is exactly vertical, and perpendicular to the ground. The relatively wide rubber tire will wear and show it more easily than some narrower tires if it isn't. You can shim the wheel at the spring to get it just right if you want to. The misalignment, if any, is more than likely in the spring.

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