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    • I'm more into Edge for speed but it is still a bit awkward. However, Edge is getting more extensions. I was IE until about six months ago. I used Opera for a bit, but not Chrome. I thought FF was really gonna come up with something radical,but it is more tepid than hot.  
    •   Knott, Used to re-position a old Fairchild that belonged to a busy Dr. and it had roll-down windows that were OK but conventional single engine aircraft with than prop-do-hicky-thingy bolted on out front have a habit that every time a blade passes by you get a throb-blast of air and it hammers you pretty bad when you hang your elbow out the window in Joe-cool fashion.... and of course if you do not button your shirt pocket the prop blast will suck a bunch of those $100 bills that pilots pack around to impress the chicks..... it aint all glammer being a birdman......   STEVE, So early one morning I am drafted into the right seat of a very VERY odd flying thingy that should have the pilot needing a type rating since it was way way past the 12,500 lb wt limit .......however........this....."Thing" .......had NO civil approval and was not of U S origin AND it was a Quasi-Public-Use flying-object so in theory the ...."Operator(s) did not even have to have a pilots license to drive the "Thing" around the sky.......sorta...... So....... The grumpy Capt and slave (me) kick the tires and light the fires from a "obscure Gvt location" and it is only a 160 mile VFR hop to another ....obscure Gvt location.........simple right? This "Thing" had had a rough life and then had been sent to the bone yard and then had been given a one-week-wonder-Gvt-IRAN (Inspect, Repair, As, Necessary....(sorta))  it was not a show piece by any measure.......and just to make it even more ugly it had one registration from Nigeria(?) on one side and the other was from Congo on the other.......with lotsa O D green patches most places.....a real ramp-queen........ First 20 minutes after launch was fair and then all hell broke lose with LOUD BANG and the a shake like jack-hammer..........hummm imagine a fine craft like this having a........"issue"  Grumpy Capt knew Immediately what was wrong ........Slave (me) had NO Clue...........Grumpy shouts......"%##%$@&**%# RAT... IS ...OUT" Sure enough I jump up and run back and look out the window and the darn ......."%##%$@&**%# RAT... IS ...OUT" The RAT is..... the Ram-Air-Turbine ..... it is a device that is deployed out of a trap-door and it has a big-ass-prop-fan that is supposed to power a generator or hyd-pump as a emergency power source when the pilots are having a bad day at the "office"....... Now this RAT was a out-of-control-RAT since it had deployed itself at way way too fast airspeed and to make matters worse it had NO load since the generator was not operational........bad JuJu........but as a wise man once said ........all we have to fear is....feat itself......except he never had seen a Over-Speeding-RAT....... Now this was not your ordinary USA built RAT......oh no this was a Cold-War-Soviet-Designed-RAT so.........it had a centrifical-brake and boy oh boy was it working hard and smoking like a airshow smoke generator....... As I scramble back into my seat the Grumpy Capt drops the landing gear and with a hard thud we hit the end of the runway at Fox Lancaster......and then spun around and fast taxi-back to the end of the runway and slid to a stop at the run-up-ramp at the end of the runway........ Capt sets the park brake an yells grab the step ladder and cram that damn RAT back in it's cage and then pin it with a landing gear pin........then he yells.........."DON'T SAY A WORD.....AND I MEAN IT" So.......I grab the ladder and scramble down and start up and start stowing the RED-HOT-RAT back into its compartment and out of thye corner of my eye I see a airport car streaking down the taxiway toward us and it stops along side us and a older guy and a younger guy jump out and they do not smile at all......... The younger guy trots over to me and yells above the engine noise for me to get down off the ladder but I point to the Capt. the older guy has walked over the the Capt and after a few words they both look really unhappy........the Capt briskly walks over and tosses the landing gear pin to me and I pin the stowed RAT in place and then the Capt motions me to take the ladder to the door and get in......the older guy is yelling above the engine as the Capt climbs in and then the older guy starts up the ladder but the Capt yells down and tells him to get off the ladder.......the older guy refuses so the Capt pushes the ladder off and the older guy jumps off just in time....... Capt takes off and never  says a word until we land at the .... second  "obscure Gvt location"...... then he glares at me and said........."that never happened........right"...........I look down and mutter..........'uh.....nothing happened today sir"..... Later I happened to meet the older guy and he turned out to be a inspector from the local FAA/ FSDO office (Flight  Standards, District Office) as we met years later he shook my hand a smiled and said ......"nice to meet you sir......for the......first time" then we both smiled. So........maybe some days maybe you do NOT need a CDL or TR (Type Rating) or a CPL (Commercial Pilot License).......shucks no some days you just need to cage the RAT and then keep your mouth shut.......for a long time......   Drive on...........(Keep them RATS......caged)  
    • I have had them for a number of years now. Very easy to install. Remove the old "sensor" bolt and install. You use the same wiring. I don't use anything special when I dump, flushers etc. It's just nice when after the dump It shows empty every time. Dave 04 ExcelTD
    • Kirk that is the automobile/light truck tire warranty. Sailun sells a S637 16" tire stating on the sidewall "trailer use only". The tire sizes/names are listed first thing. The commercial truck tire warranty is different. It took me a several hours of searching and reading before I decided to buy Sailun  truck tires for our MH.
    • hmmm......the spring would mean there is less side to side strength which is needed to suspend the door along the edges.  My next thought would be to suspend the door from the back edge. Any chance the manufacture would provide drawings/details of the door?      
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