16 March 2009

Left Magneto Breaker Points

As mentioned previously there was an intermittent problem with the left magneto on the 206 which ended up being a nice little project for me while it was down for its annual inspection.  Upon taking the left magneto apart it was clear what the problem was.  The capacitor appeared to have been faulty at one point creating some pitting on the breaker points.  The points were not being allowed to separate from each other allowing the voltage in the primary circuit to go to the secondary which is in turn where the spark is created at the plugs.  After trying one of my freshly produced business cards out on the points to remove what looked to be a grain of sand it was apparent we needed some new points.  I never would have thought this would have happened considering the low time on the engine, but it was yet another great learning experience with Servant Wings as I prepare to get out in the field.
Unlike at A&P school, now I had to re-time the magneto, and fly it away.  There is something pretty awesome about that which I am still trying to put my finger on.  I guess just in general the whole mechanic thing has really grown on me.  I have said it once and will more than likely say it again because of my previous relationship with a wrench and tools in general.  Speaking of tools I need to go clean some...


01 March 2009


In the record of my adventure up to Everett a few weeks ago I stated that Kodiak #11 was in for paint.  What I meant to say was that it was Kodiak #10 which is not an MAF plane.  But you can still imagine the two planes talking to each other if you would like.  My brain just stops working when I get around Turbine Beavers, Kodiaks, etc.  Now that I think about it, it might have just been the paint I was inhaling.
On the topic of the first MAF Kodiak, my parents informed me last week that the first one is going to have "NH" as the last two letters on the tail signifying the church they attend here in Vancouver (New Heights).  Because the church played such a significant role in the purchase of the plane it will be here at Pearson Field for them to see before heading out to Idaho.  I might have to make the three mile ride for that.
So I hope this clarifies things for everyone.  Oh, and Kodiak 10 is going to Malaysia for some lucky bum just in case anyone wanted to know.