Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas to Everyone!!

Thanks for all of your support through this past year! Our chapter has come a long way and continues to go forward.

Thanks for everyone's help with Young Eagles! We have 3 that are officially signed up for ground school and a couple more on the way.

Merry Christmas again and Happy New Year!!!

Patrick Carroll
Thunder Over Utah Local Representative
EAA Chapter 936 President
435-229-5620

Thunder Over Utah - Help Wanted




For Thunder Over Utah, the kids I had set up for security are not old enough. So due to short notice and desperate need, about 100 people ages 19 or older are needed for the Thunder Over Utah air show March 17th-18th. Applications are also needed by January 10th.


1- Free admission
2- Free food
3- Work 15th-16th, 4hr Shifts
4- Work 17th-18th, 10hr Shifts


Patrick Carroll
Thunder Over Utah Local Representative
EAA Chapter 936 President
435-229-5620
carrollfamily1@mac.com


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Chapter Name Tags Now Available


December 13, 2011 – Wearing a chapter name tag is a great way to introduce your members to guests and help new members get to know all the new faces. They also are nice to wear at chapter events to help identify yourself as a local chapter member.

Now is a great time to get name tags to help identify your new officers and leaders. EAA has appointed Chapter 1095 (Gaylord, Michigan) as the official EAA chapter name tag supplier for the chapter network. The name tags are available in two sizes, come engraved, are delivered to your door, and are offered

at affordable prices.

For more information and to place your order, visit this website.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

EAA, AOPA Jointly Addressing Airspace Issues

November 1, 2011 – EAA and AOPA government advocacy teams are working together to help preserve GA access to the national airspace system (NAS) in Salt Lake City, Utah; Washington, D.C.; and Los Angeles, California. Both organizations, as well as other GA groups, have adopted the “Stronger Together” mantra as a pledge to work cooperatively for GA’s greater good.

In the FAA’s Salt Lake City Class B airspace revision proposal, EAA and AOPA are united in opposition to increasing the ceiling from 10,000 feet MSL to 12,000 feet MSL as this would force GA pilots to either carry supplemental oxygen or fly hundreds of miles around the Class B airspace. The FAA says needs the additional ceiling to allow airline traffic more room to maneuver so it can enter the airspace from the top instead of the sides (as current FAA policy prescribes).


In our nation’s capitol, the FAA and industry groups (including EAA and AOPA) have begun a long-range review of Potomac Class B airspace. An industry/public ad hoc committee, chaired by AOPA’s Tom Kramer and co-chaired by EAA volunteer Dave Watrous, EAA 563322, will submit a proposal to the FAA by the end of the year that maximizes public access to and through Class B. (Final changes to this airspace are not anticipated before 2013.)

In LA, the Southern California Airspace Users Working Group (SCAUWG) has formed to ensure a public voice in all airspace matters within this very complex airspace area. SCAUWG co-chairman and EAA volunteer Jack Kenton, EAA 313747, works side-by-side with AOPA’s Kramer and other area aviation leaders focusing on several airspace issues affecting the Los Angeles area including but not limited to:Long Beach, Ontario, and March AFB Class C airspace revisions

• VFR helicopter route structures
• VFR transition routes over LAX
• The FAA’s LA Basin Optimization of Airspace and Procedures (OAMP) study team
• The Palm Springs TRSA
• FAA charting of VFR fixed-wing and helicopter routes
• Development of flight training area collision-avoidance frequencies

FAA Advises GA Pilots to Check for Fuel Contamination

November 15, 2011 – With winter beckoning, the FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) stressing the hazards of water contamination of fuel tank systems to GA pilots, owners, operators, and maintenance and service personnel. The fuel tank system consists of all tanks, components, lines, fittings, etc. – from the fuel tank to the engine.



“Water may enter the fuel tank system via any penetration in the wing fuel tank and from moisture condensation inside the tank,” warns SAIB CE-12-06, dated November 2, 2011. “Water in the fuel may come out of solution, settle, and make its way to a drain location in the form of a blob, pea, or BB-shaped translucent mass found at the bottom of the sampler cup.”





A full slate of recommendations is included in the SAIB. Download a copy here.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Saturday, November 19, 2011

EAA Eagle Flights


New program for adults to launch spring 2012!

November 17, 2011 – EAA’s upcoming aviation orientation program for adults, which is scheduled to be launched in spring 2012, now has its official name: EAA Eagle Flights. The program, based on the enormously successful EAA Young Eagles flights for youth, will focus on one-to-one flight experiences and pathways that help adults toward discovering more about flying and eventual pilot certification.

Eagle flight“As we reviewed names for the program, it became evident that EAA should properly build on the success and legacy created by the Young Eagles efforts over the past two decades,” said Rod Hightower, EAA president/CEO. “The EAA Eagle Flights name evokes a strong connection to that mission of creating the next generation of aviators, yet stands alone as a unique program for adults to become engaged in aviation through participating in ways that relate best to them.”

As with the 1.6 million youth flown through the Young Eagles program since 1992, EAA Eagle Flights will supply orientation flights free of charge by volunteer EAA-member pilots. Registration material, structure, and additional insurance coverage will be provided through EAA. Eagle Flights participants can be flown either in single flights or as part of larger rallies typically hosted by EAA chapters.

EAA first announced that it would create a flight introduction program for adults during EAA AirVenture 2011. The Eagle Flights program is part of EAA’s effort to reduce barriers to entering aviation and encourage participation.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Trip to Valley Airport, AZ

The Trip to Valley Airport in Arizona called for a little over one hour travel time, 105nm from 1L8 and about 20mph winds at Valley!

Russ and Carole Roberts, Brecken Bang and Jen Carroll flew out at about 8am. The clouds were nice with the sunrise behind them. There was a little wind, but not much. Headwind going there and tailwind coming back. When we left Valle it was about 15-20kts headwind taking off.

We had our Light Sport Airplanes so it was bumpy until we got to altitude. Everyone had a good time. Hopefully we can get the weather to cooperate better next time! The pictures are courtesy of both Russ and Jen.


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Chapter 936 Meeting - Sheet Metal Workshop

Pat had invited Chad Haring for this meeting, a fellow aviator with Skywest and an expert sheet metal worker involved in years past with the McDonnell Douglas MD-80.



We discussed different areas of aircraft sheet metal work including: alodine, dissimilar metal corrosion and prevention, especial tools, cutting and preparing sheet metal, riveting using a rivet gun as well as a rivet squeezer.

After the presentation, we all had the opportunity to try the different processes.  Thanks to Art Granger for the use of his Hangar, the tools and his support!

Here are some snapshots of the workshop:



Here is a video on flush rivets to give you an idea of what is involved:

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Chapter 936 Young Eagle Flight

The weather was damp and blustery, but Eagles flew high! Eleven of them to be exact. A hearty breakfast, short ground school lesson and flight stories from elder statesmen of aviation was just the beginning. Tours were also taken through many hangars to examine member's handiwork.


Thanks to all those who contributed in making this an exciting day for all the kids involved. This was a pivotal moment in their lives.

Let's keep Young Eagles flying high!

Thanks,

Patrick Carroll

Here are some images of the event: (click on a picture to see it larger)


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Chapter Fly-out !


Who would be interested in flying  to Planes Fame Air Museum in Valle Arizona?


Tentative dates are November 15,16, or 17 weather permitting.

The airport has a very interesting antique car collection, the Museum is pretty nice and there is food close by!

Please let Pat know @ 435-229-5620







Museum Information:












Airport Information:


Letter from Paul Poberezny...

Monday, October 31, 2011


    
     Young Eagles Event
                            Hurricane Airport
                       Saturday Nov. 5th., 2011




Set up starts at 7:45am
Kids arrive between 8:30-9:00 am
Flights start at 9:00 am
Finished by 1:00 pm at the latest.
Breakfast starts at 9 am. We will be serving early for volunteers.
During downtime for the kids we need people to give tours of their hangar/plane or of the airport.

Please contact Pat or Jen Carroll if you can help.

We need to confirm all pilots that are planning to fly by this Sunday, October 30th. If unsure put as tentative and will make it work.
If you have kids that you have promised a ride let us know so we do not over book and we need to get them information about the event. We are not short kids right now.

We still need tables and chairs!!

Jim's plane should be moving to St. George Soon! Make plans to start building! To jog everyone's memory it is a DR-107. (One Design.) Thanks Jim!!!!


Young Eagles Eagles Ground School



From the President's Cockpit Desk


Young Eagles Eagles Ground School

Hurricane Airport
Art Granger's building.

Wednesday November 2, 2011

Showtime
5: 30-6: 00 pm

Ground School
6:00-8:00 pm

No food provided.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

From the President's Cockpit Desk...



Highlights of the Chapter 936 Meeting:

-The open house in Cedar City on Oct. 1st was a great success. Approx. 1,000 people coming and going. Many planes flew in and were on display, including Russ Roberts' Zenith. There was also an area for R/C planes.


-Pat's presentation at the Chamber Luncheon was also a success. This was mainly for the air show, but EAA and local aviation was also emphasized. If anyone can come up with any groups that may be interested in hearing about the air show and EAA, let us know to set up a time.We already have one lead for a sponsor.

-The open house in Hurricane has been canceled and will keep you updated.


-Young Eagles will have an event November 5th in Hurricane. We still need pilots to fly! Remember there is a 6-month free membership from the EAA for those interested.

-Moving Jim Rosser's plane is coming closer.

FAASTeam CFI Workshop #5 - All Pilots Welcome

FAA Safety Team
Safer Skies Through Education

"FAASTeam CFI Workshop #5 - All Pilots Welcome"

Topic: Safety Trends In General Aviation and Risk Management / Risk Intervention Strategies plus winter weather flying.

On October 20, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Location:
Dixie College
225 S. 700 E.
Udvar-Hazy Building, Room 219
Saint George, UT 84770
Directions:

The Udvar-Hazy Building, Room 219 is Located at 225 S. 700 E. on the Dixie College Campus.

Description:
This is Workshop Module #5 in a series of 8 modules. This module will cover information about Safety Trends in General Aviation and Risk Management / Risk Intervention Strategies plus Winter Weather Flying.

The following credit(s) are available for the WINGS/AMT Programs:
Master Knowledge 2 - 2 credits


We look forward to your participation in this safety program.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Fly-In Breakfast at the Cedar City Airport!

Annual fly-in breakfast

October 1st, 2011

Starting at 7:30 and going till the fun ends!

 






















KCDC

2277 W. Kittyhawk Drive Cedar City, Utah

435-586-4504



Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Chapter Trial Membership

Southern Utah EAA Chapter Members and Friends:

The EAA has introduced a program that will allow new members to join our chapter and the EAA National organization, for 6 months for free!

This trial membership will allow you to recruit new members into our chapter without them having to immediately pay dues to EAA headquarters or our local Chapter.

Highlights of the Chapter Trial Membership:

•All the benefits and privileges of EAA membership, including a monthly copy of Sport Aviation

•Ability to participate in all EAA activities at the local level and beyond, which includes participating as a Young Eagles pilot or involvement in another chapter’s activities

•Member discounts during AirVenture

In short, trial members are full-fledged EAA members at no cost to them for their first six months.

Please start thinking of all of the opportunities to invite those people who seem interested but may be intimidated by dues, or perhaps those who were
 not formally asked to join because of the “and it will cost” statement.


Maybe it’s that co-worker who you talk to at lunch about your flying and chapter activities. Or perhaps that curious parent who is waiting, while their child experiences the thrill and enjoyment of their Young Eagles flight. Or that person who is always “around” but has never joined.


For more details contact one of our board members.



Tuesday, July 19, 2011

FAASTeam CFI Workshop #4

Just as a reminder:









The FAA Safety Team will be conducting a seminar Thursday, July 21, 2011 , starting at 6:00 pm.
The seminar will discuss:


Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Security - Related Special Use Airspace

 
  • TSA's role in flight training
  • Citizenship documentation
  • Flight school security awareness training
  • "Security - Related Special Use Airspace"
  • Significant airspace changes resulting from the events of 9/11
  • Floating TFRs
  • New regulations Intercept procedures
  • Prevention of Landing Accidents

The seminar will be held at:

Dixie College

225 S. 700 E.
Udvar-Hazy Building, Room 220
Saint George, UT 84770

For more information and to register online, please click here.

Cheyenne, Wyoming Fly-In / Drve-In coming up !

EAA Chapter 342 cordially extends an invitation to join us in our first Annual Skyview Airpark Fly-in/Drive-in. Looking for a Saturday destination?

Come join us, we would love to see or hear about your projects and adventures. Our field at Skyview (WY05) is 3900’X70’ turf strip oriented East-West and 15 miles East of Cheyenne, WY. Please extend our invitation to your chapter members and anyone else that might be interested.


Click Here for details.

For additional information contact:
Jack Terrill
307-432-4334
lterrill1@earthlink.net

by Pat Carroll

Saturday, June 11, 2011

New Monticello Airport

City of Monticello, Utah




announces the


Grand Opening

of the New Airport, U-43


Come celebrate with us
Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.
Lunch will be made available by the Monticello Lions Club

Please RSVP: Kelly@monticelloutah.org or 435-587-3726









Monday, May 23, 2011

Western Sky Warbird Museum Jet Blast !

Scott and I flew the QuickSilver LSA over to the new St. George Airport (KDXZ) to attend the Western Sky Warbird Museum Jet Blast on Saturday May 23, 2011.


 
What a Blast ! Although, considered a long cross country from Hurricane to St. George with the QuickSilver LSA, we made it through the thermals and strong winds and entered a 4 mile very long final to runway 19. Half an hour later, after crossing the final approach fix, we touched down and taxied to the east side, to say hello to Cliff Chaney at his newly assembled hangar. A must stop if you are visiting KDXZ !
 The second leg of our trip was the taxiing from Chaney’s hangar to the event on the west side. Another long ride by any account...

 We were pleasantly surprised by the number of people attending the event. There must have been over two hundred people who came over to look at and take pictures of the airplanes there. 2 WWII Aces were there, Maj. Rigby and Lt. Fletcher, signing autographs. There were at least three food vendors with all kinds of goodies and a few exhibitors. One in particular had an awesome display of model tanks and airplanes from different eras. There was also an old military Ford Jeep? That was pretty cool.





At the end, Scott and I spent the rest of the time drooling over the P-51D Mustang “Hell-er Bust”. Hell-er Bust was built at the North American plant in Inglewood, California and delivered to the United States Army Air Force, 8th Air Force in January 1945. Hell-er Bust later served with the Swedish Air Force as Fv26131 from 1948 to 1952, ending its career as FAD1920 with the Dominican Republic Air Force from 1952 to 1984.


Not bad for a “free to the public” event!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

EAA Chapter June Meeting Directions


Directions to the Russ Roberts hangar in KCDC


By car:

Take exit 59 off Interstate 15 heading west on highway 56. The second traffic signal is Airport Road. Take a right there. (Ignore the highway sign indicating that the airport is straight ahead. That leads to the terminal.) Proceed north on Airport Road for about a couple of miles. After passing the National Guard Armory on the left, keep on Airport Road for another three quarters of a mile to a gate into the airport on the left side of the road. We will have someone at the gate to open it until 1800. If you arrive after that, call Russ's cellphone 435-590-7610 and we will get you in. As you come in the gate, note two hangars to the southwest. The meeting is in the one with the green roof.


By air:

Whether landing on runway 02 or 20, continue and clear the runway by taking runway 8 heading east. Immediately you will cross the parallel taxiway DELTA. Continue to the next taxiway, which is ALPHA, and take it northward. You will notice two hangars to the northeast. The meeting is in the one with the green roof. Turn off ALPHA into the taxiway to the hangar and park on the ramp in front of the hangar or anywhere on that taxiway, as there are no aircraft based on that taxiway except Russ's.


If you can, please bring a chair.  Light hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks will be served.

For several videos of Zenith 750 Short Take Off and Landing capability, search on the website zenithair.com or on YouTube.  In a recent review in a magazine, the reviewing pilot said that the takeoff instructions are to apply full brakes and full power, then release the brakes and "count to almost two" and apply full up stick!!!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

EAA Chapter meeting - June

The meeting in June will be at Russ Roberts Hangar at the Cedar City Airport (KCDC).  Russ has a Zenith STOL CH750 aircraft that meets the LSA category.  The specs for this aircraft are as follows:



(Based on factory prototype, equipped with 100-hp Continental O-200 powerplant)

WING SPAN 29 FT. 10 In. 9.1 m.

HEIGHT (rudder tip) 8 Ft. 8 In. 2.6 m.

WING AREA 144 SQ.FT. 13.4 m.sq.

WING CHORD 4 Ft. 10 In. 1.5 m.

LENGTH 21 Ft. 10 In. 6.7 m.

HORIZONTAL TAIL SPAN 8 Ft. 5 In. 2.6 m.

HORIZONTAL TAIL AREA 22.2 Sq. Ft. 2.0 m.sq.

EMPTY WEIGHT 775 LBS. 350 kg.

DESIGN GROSS WEIGHT (Edition 2) 1,440 LBS. 652 kg.

GROSS WEIGHT (LSA Limit) 1,320 LBS. 600 kg.

USEFUL LOAD (LSA) 545 LBS. 250 kg.

WING LOADING (LSA) 9.15 LBS/FT² 44.8 m²

POWER LOADING (LSA) 13.2 LBS/BHP 6.0 kg/BHP

DESIGN LOAD FACTOR (ultimate) +6 G / -3 G

NEVER EXCEED SPEED (VNE) 125 MPH 200 km/h

CABIN WIDTH 42 INCHES 100 cm.

CABIN WIDTH (bubble doors) 50 INCHES 1.27 m.

FUEL CAPACITY (std., dual wing tanks) 24 US Gallons (2 x 12 gal.)
SUITABLE POWER / Max Engine Weight 80 - 140 hp. / 300 lbs. installed


Look at this video for the amazing take-off and landing capabilities of this aircraft:

Friday, May 6, 2011

EAA Chapter Dues

Thanks to everyone who has paid their 20 bucks!  The 2011 dues are now due.
If you haven't sent your check, now's the time to do it.  Contact our treasurer at (435) 229.4382 for the address or bring it to our next meeting.

Remember, that's the main revenue source for this fine organization!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

EAA Chapter Meeting

The meeting this month will be about the Stewart Systems Fabric Covering process.  It will be held at Wayne Loeber's hangar (southernmost row of hangars)Gate code is 12305 at the Hurricane Airport. (Bring your own chair...)

The Stewart System™ is a waterborne catalyzed Polyurethane system and the newest system that is available. There are no “solvents” and the system is EPA compliant. For people that that have been sensitized to solvents this is a great system. They are working towards having their own fabric but any FAA TSO’d fabric can be used with their STC. The fabric is attached with Stewart System™’s EkoBond™ cement and heat shrunk to 350 degrees. Attachment to the ribs is by the normal methods.


The finishing tapes are applied with EkoBond™. The fabric is sealed with EkoFill™, the first two coats of EkoFill™ being applied with a foam brush. After a light sanding, the rest of the filling is applied by spraying on EkoFill™. UV protection is provided by EkoFill™ which blocks the UV. Stewart System™ top coat can be applied to fabric, metal or fiberglass. When painting over metal or fiberglass it must be applied over Stewart System™ primers in insure good adhesion.

This is a catalyzed paint and no flex additive is required. This paint sprays different than solvent paint. It is not hard, just different and may take a little getting use to.

To repair the Stewart System™, the patch may be glued with EkoBond™ directly to the painted surface after scuffing the surface with Scotch Brite™ or sand paper. Once the patch is in place it is filled with EkoFill™ and then painted.

The Stewart System™ is nonflammable when spraying and when completed. Since there are no solvents in any of their material, there is no hazardous material shipping surcharges. Stewart System™ has a very complete, easy to read manual.

As a safety note, when spraying the Stewart System™ products you should wear a respirator at all times. A fresh air system is not required.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Old School Aircrafts

Old School Aircrafts - (click to see the slide show)

KSGU - Good bye...

Saying good bye to St. George's old airport...



Click on the slide show to see larger images

Monday, February 28, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Thunder over Utah - Warbirds


The following warbirds have been booked for Thunder over Utah on March 17-18 2012:

(Click on the pictures for more images and information.  Click the back button in your browser to return to this page)


B-29 Superfortress 'Fifi'
 






P-51D Mustang 'Hell-er Bust'


C-53 Skytrain 'D-Day Doll'


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Chapter Meeting coming up !!







Keep an eye in your email box for information on our upcoming meeting !!!













Pat will be discussing new events.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Blue Angels set for St. George - (from The Spectrum)

Brian Ahern • bahern@thespectrum.com • Published: January 11. 2011 4:55AM - Last modified: January 11. 2011 6:03AM

ST. GEORGE - The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will take flight over St. George, headlining the area's first Thunder Over Utah Air Show in March of 2012.

World-famous for their precision formation flying in their six distinctive blue and gold F-18 Hornets, the Blue Angels are expected to draw a large crowd.

Air Show Director Kevin Walsh said they could bring approximately 50,000 spectators and more than $2.5 million to the area during a two-day period.

"It will do a lot of things for the city," he said. "Even if the general spectator doesn't know anything about air shows they will know the Blue Angels. I don't think there's anyone more famous that you can get on your schedule."

Herb Gillen, who will handle advertising for the show, said that high profile couldn't help but benefit the community.

"There's a strong demographic that would support an air show," he said. "Things like hotel rooms, restaurants and other types of retail economic benefits would take place for the area over the week."

City spokesman Marc Mortensen said the city has worked closely with organizers to make the event a hit. If that happens, he added, the area could look forward to more in the future.

"If it works out we would definitely consider turning it into a larger event on an annual basis," he said. "That would be something that would be different and a good fit."

Walsh added he's also rooting for the event's success and the possibility of turning it into a yearly attraction.

"The first year will give us a good gauge on what the interest level is," he said. "If things are successful we would love to make it an annual event."

The show will be the first of its kind in the area and will take advantage of the improved aviation facilities provided by the new St. George Municipal Airport. Unlike the old airport, Mayor Daniel McArthur said the new airport's 9,300-square-foot, jet-capable runway would be perfect for hosting a collection of fighter jets.

"This covers the aviation side that we haven't been able to do before," he said. "It really sets us apart."

Though the Blue Angels will headline, the two-day show will also include a variety of other acts. Top-tier civilian and military performers, classic warbirds and static displays will also be part of the show.

Tickets are expected to go on sale by March 2011 at http://www.thunderoverutah.com/.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Give Me A Brake!

by Dave VanDenburg EAA#559792, EAA Chapter 439

The brakes on our aircraft are something many of us take for granted, as they work good, and last a long time. Eventually however, the friction surfaces will wear out and must be replaced. This month I would like to discuss replacing the pads on Cleveland hydraulic disc brakes, which are very common on light GA aircraft and very popular with amateur aircraft builders. First though, lets examine how the system works.

Figure 1

The modern hydraulic disc brake assembly usually consists of a sliding piston which fits into a housing and is sealed against leakage with an “O” ring. Fluid pressure in the brake system is created when the pilot presses on the brake pedal, and is transmitted through the brake fluid to this housing. That pressure is applied to one side of the piston, forcing the brake pad against a steel disc which rotates with the wheel. A fixed brake pad is held against the other side of the rotating disc. This enables the two brake pads to squeeze the disc and the friction created converts the energy of the moving aircraft to heat energy, slowing the aircraft. Figure 1 is an exploded view of the brake assembly and disc.

These brake pads, which are consumable, are riveted to steel backing plates, which are not. When the brake pads are worn out (usually considered worn out when the lining thickness is less than 0.10 inch thick), they can be removed from the backing plates and replaced with new pads. This involves driving out the rivets which hold the pads to the backing plates and riveting new pads onto the plates. Before we can do that, however, we must remove the brake pads and backing plates from the aircraft.

Figure 2
Removing the brake pads and backing plates from the brake caliper assembly is very easy. First, remove the wheel fairing (if so equipped) so as to expose the brake assembly. Then, simply cut the safety wire and remove the two bolts holding the assembly together. Figure 2 shows a typical brake assembly and these bolts. Do not disconnect any hydraulic lines as this is not necessary and will simply make a mess. It will also require “bleeding” the brakes and lines to remove any air that may be introduced. Remove the “fixed” backing plate (the one between the disc and the wheel), then pull the caliper slightly away from the disc and remove the “moveable” backing plate from the pins upon which it slides. You should now have two backing plates in hand.





Figure 3

Once the brake pads and backing plates are removed from the brake housing (which should remain connected to the aircraft by the brake line), we can remove and replace the pads. This is another of those jobs which really require the proper tool. Luckily, the tool is neither expensive nor hard to find. It can be obtained from any of our usual aircraft suppliers such as Aviall, Wicks, or Spruce. Figure 3 shows this tool, a new brake pad, and some rivets.



Figure 4

To remove the pads from the backing plate, put the tool in a vise, place the backing plate and pad in the tool (pad down), and use the punch supplied with the tool to drive the rivets out. Do this with all the rivets holding the pad to the backing plate. Figure 4 shows how this is done. Once the rivets are all driven out, the pad can be separated from the backing plate, and we can rivet a new brake pad to the plate.




Riveting new pads to the backing plate is just as easy. Begin by placing the anvil (the little round piece that came with the brake tool) into the hole in the base of the tool. This gives us a firm surface against which we can set the new rivets that will hold the new pads to the backing plate. Then hold the new pad against the backing plate (the writing on the pad should be against the backing plate) and place a new rivet in the holes (lined up) of the pad and backing plate. The flat side of the rivet (manufacturers head) should be in the recess counter bored in the brake pad. Now place the brake pad and backing plate assembly over the anvil in the brake tool. The anvil should fit nicely into the counter bore of the brake pad and ride against the flat head of the rivet. Next we use the setting tool supplied with the brake tool to form the shop head of the rivet. Figure 5 shows this operation. We simply repeat the procedure for the remaining rivets and the pads and backing plate assembly are ready to reinstall.

Figure 5

Reinstalling the new pads and backing plate assembly is just the reverse of removing them. Put the moveable backing plate over the pins so the backing plate is against the piston and the pad faces the disk. Then hold the fixed backing plate in place (on the other side of the disc) and replace the bolts holding the assembly together. Be sure to properly torque and safety the bolts. The wheel should now turn freely with only a slight brake drag. Replace the wheel fairing (if so equipped) and most of the job is done. The new pads however, must be reconditioned prior to use.

Breaking in or “conditioning” new brake pads is easy but very important. The conditioning procedure will wear off any high spots and generate enough heat to create a thin layer of glazed material on the lining friction surface. To condition the lining, proceed as follows.



If you have installed non-asbestos organic linings (most common), taxi the aircraft for about 1500 feet with the engine set at 1700 RPM. While doing this, apply enough brake pressure to maintain a 5 to 10 MPH taxi speed. Then allow the brakes to cool for 10 to 15 minutes and do a static run-up. If the brakes will hold the aircraft at a high power setting, they are properly conditioned and ready for service. If the brakes will not hold the aircraft at a high power setting, allow them to cool completely and re-accomplish the procedure. Also note, in service, light brake usage may cause the glaze to wear off and thus require reconditioning, and this procedure may be done whenever necessary to restore effective braking.

If you have installed metallic linings, simply make two consecutive full stops from a speed of 30 to 35 MPH. Do not allow the linings to cool between these stops. Then allow the brakes to cool for 10 minutes and try a static run-up. If the brakes will hold at a high power setting they are ready for service. If they will not, allow the brakes to cool and repeat the above procedure.

This all sounds complicated but and once you do a “brake job” you will be amazed at just how easy it really is.