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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 10,000 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.

Loose Intake Pipe

Sometimes the intake pipes on Lycoming engines can come loose. This will cause an intake leak, usually indicated by a rough idle and higher...

Avionics Dropout

In this case, the non-builder owner stated that the avionics, including his EFIS, would intermittently drop out while in flight and sometimes even on...

Worn Out Manifold Hose

Almost all rubber hoses have a shelf life. Most are around eight years. The symptoms were fluctuating manifold pressure readings, and the hose completely...

Disintegrated Drive Coupling

Ever wonder why the standby alternator or vacuum pump isn’t working? There is a drive coupling that is designed to break if something becomes...

Bad Indication or a Real Problem?

How many of us have seen an unusual engine temp/parameter indication and wondered if it was really the engine or a faulty reading? The...

Cracked Exhaust

Exhaust cracks can be insidious, although sometimes they leave a gray-looking residue. Use a bright flashlight and inspect them every time the cowling is...

Missing Safety Wire

The jam nut on this flap motor is required to be safety wired to prevent the nut from coming loose. There is a lot...
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Homebuilt Aircraft Council Awards Hats to First-Time Builders

The Homebuilt Aircraft Council this year introduced a new hat to recognize first-time aircraft builders bringing their aircraft to AirVenture for the first time....

The Case of Electrical Dropouts

Electrical gremlins can be tough to track down. This month’s case involved a non-builder owner of a fairly new RV-8, and it took us...

Improperly Installed Intake Gaskets

We noticed the intake gaskets were leaking on cylinders 3 and 4 on the Lycoming IO-320 in an RV-9A. There was a logbook entry...

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Letters

Where'd Everybody Go?What happened to "Ask the DAR"? He wasn't in my last issue,...