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Vic Syracuse

Vic Syracuse
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Vic is a Commercial Pilot, CFII with ASMEL/ASES ratings, an A&P/IA, DAR, and EAA Technical Advisor and Flight Counselor. Passionately involved in aviation for over 40 years, he has built 11 aircraft and logged over 9000 hours in 72 different kinds of aircraft. Vic volunteers as a Young Eagle pilot and Angel Flight pilot. He chairs the EAA Homebuilt Council and is a member of EAA’s Board of Directors. He also has his own sport aviation business called Base Leg Aviation.

Prebuy vs. Condition Inspection

What’s the difference?

Where’s the Throttle?

Engine controls, and all other controls in the cockpit, should be labeled as to function and direction. It is standard practice to use black...

Improper Deburring

It is really important to remove the burrs that are created when drilling through aluminum prior to riveting. Otherwise the rivets will not get...

Improper Bolt Length

A bolt should extend beyond the nut by 1–3 threads. If it is any longer, then the next size shorter bolt should be used....

Horizontal Stabilizer Crack

In 2014 Van’s Aircraft put out a service bulletin for potential cracking in the horizontal stabilizers of the RV-6, RV-7 and RV-8 series of...

Turnbuckle Safety Wire

Turnbuckles are usually used in control systems to apply the proper amount of tension to the cables. It is extremely important to ensure that...

Leaky Static Lines

Ever wonder why static systems often start to leak after a couple of years? See the little plastic insert between the two tubes in...

Missing Rivets

This is the root rib on a horizontal stabilizer. The rivets that fasten the rib to the spar are completely missing!

Jam Nut Triple Threat

Jam nuts serve a purpose and that is to prevent actuating arms from becoming disconnected. I found three examples on the same airplane. Two...

Past Due ELT Batteries

There is a requirement for an annual ELT check to be entered into the aircraft logbooks. The batteries must be replaced prior to the...

In Case You Missed it

Ask the DAR

Does an A&P have to sign off on an ELT inspection? And can a Sport Pilot fly a Cessna 172?

Stressing Structure

Z-Brackets and the free-body diagram.

Letters

Wankel EnginesIn "Mistral Magic" , Paul Janssens wrote: "The engine is very good as...

The Dawn Patrol

The Dawn Patrol crew managed to stay out of trouble (mostly) on their visit to the Gathering of Eagles in Gardner, Kansas.