IN THIS ISSUE
Next meeting: Wednesday May 18,
2003,†† Venice City Hall†††† 7:30 pm
THE V.A.S.I. Angle
†††† The May21st meeting marks the last meeting for the summer.† Charlie Merlot of Zephyr engines will discuss engine overhauls, engine, maintenance and of things of interest to those of us who rely on an airplane engine.† Please bring questions.† Following Mr. Merlotís talk, there will be a brief slide presentation on the history of Sun-N-Fun.
††† While there are no scheduled VASI meetings this summer, there will certainly be a lot of activity around the airport.† Look to Nick Carlucciís column for his listing of aviation activities.
†††† As you may have read, the City of Venice is looking into hiring an airport manager.† We at VASI would like to participate in the selection process.† Also, we would like the members to consider suggestions for changer that need to take place at the airport.† If you have any maintenance or upgrade suggestions, please write them down† and drop it in hangar 96 VNC.
†††† I look forward to seeing you at the May meeting and at the airport over the summer.
Joseph Rand, MD
Mission Control:† The VASI ďAIMĒ
I love engines.
For inanimate things, they can provide you with the whole range of emotions from anguish to joy. I worked at Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford for a while in the early 70ís. My engineering group was primarily interested in the jet fuel control. It was, however, long enough ago, that there was still some support for the older radial engines. It was worth going to work on any day that I could walk across the experimental assembly floor and see a recip coming apart or going together. We take so much for granted with our engines. They are engineering marvels. They are an aluminum case just full of physical problems that must be overcome. Imagine for a moment some of those moving parts that are trying to fly apart from centrifugal force. We have pistons that move from the bottom of the cylinder. They accelerate to a high speed, and come to a complete stop in the course of a five or six inch stroke. Then they reverse direction, and repeat this about 2500 times a minute. All of this moving mass has to be balanced. There are parts of many different metals. Parts of the engine operate at a wide range of temperatures, and each metal has its own coefficient of expansion. The intake valve sees a relatively cool mixture of fuel and air, while an inch away, the exhaust valve is seeing a 1700-degree blast. The fire in the cylinders comes from a controlled even burn, not from an explosion. When we get explosions, we call that detonation, and that is a very bad thing. That controlled burn has to start at a specific time, and conclude at a specific time, and then start all over again. There are a lot of events that have to be carefully timed, and there are a lot of gears and cams to provide that timing.
All of these moving parts create friction. The engine has to have a lubricating system to deal with this friction. In its spare time, we also expect that lubricating system to help out with the cooling. All of these engineering problems and more have to be assembled into a lightweight machine that will maximize output at a reasonable fuel consumption. It has to be easily controlled, and it is expect to run without failing with a ham-handed pilot at the controls. I fly behind some of the best technology to come out of the 1930ís. My engine was designed to burn 80 octane gas that could hold up to that mild 6.5 compression. While there have been few watershed technological leaps in piston engines for airplanes, a lot of things are different. We are starting to see sophisticated computerized controls. When I toured the Unison factory a few years back they were touting their FADEC (FULL AUTHORITY DIGITAL ENGINE CONTROL). That is one power lever that will take into account the output from a lot of sensors, and give you the best combination for the power you want. It will control spark timing, mixture and RPM, and anything else they want to throw in. All that is done today with a microchip. Back at Pratt, the jet engines has a single power lever that went to a hydro mechanical fuel control that weighed about 50 pounds. It was an incredibly complex machine that had bellows, flyweights, three dimensional cams, and dozens of linkages. If you wanted to change a characteristic, you had to redesign a cam, and grind a new one. Today it is all done with software.
† At the May VASI meeting, we have Charlie Melot of Zephyr Engines as our guest speaker. He will tell us how to pamper our beloved engines. He will tell us the best things that we can do for them, and the worst things we can do. Charlie knows engines. If you fear it, he has seen it. Come and learn, come and ask questions.
If you are looking for a new place to fly to, maybe you havenít heard about Jumboliar?
Jumbolair, once home to three thousand crocodile, ninety eight elephants, three white rhinos and a four hundred pound gorilla named Mickey is on its way towards becoming the nationís largest and most exclusive fly-in community. Jumbolair was conceived and built to be the perfect home and business center by Terri Jones and her former husband Arthur Jones, the avant-garde inventor of Nautilus exercise equipment. Situated in Ocala, Florida, Jumbolairís rolling hills and sprawling oaks almost seem in direct contrast to its enormous 7,550-foot runway. And if itís colossal length seems a little excessive, its width is almost confounding. The three Boeing 707ís that Terri and Arthur once parked on the north end of the runway seemed dwarfed by the huge ten acre paved parking pad. Jumbolair is rich in history. Although originally owned by the Muriel Vanderbilt Adams, the legend of Jumbolair really began with the eccentricity of Arthur Jones. Jumbolair has been featured on such programs as 20/20, Lifestyles Of The Rich and Famous, The Tonight Show, Good Morning America and NBC Nightly News.
The first Sunday of every month Terri hosts a brunch at the Clubhouse Ballroom.† $25 per person includes tax, tip and a wonderful brunch with everything from, made to order tableside omelets, donuts, biscuits and gravy to Lasagna, shrimp and sliced ham, save room fpr every desert you can imagine.
The Airpark is just 8 miles northeast of Ocala, not hard to spot a 7550ft. runway.
Calendar Of Events
(Cable TV) The one hour
2003 Sun 'n Fun Fly-In Television Special on the Sunshine Network - Monday, May 26 @ 8:30
p.m.Wednesday, May 28 @ 11 a.m. and 12 a.m.
(Fly-In, Food) May 24, Sat., ( ISM ) Ranger Aviation at Gateway Airport. Discover Osceola Fly In, Kissimmee Gateway (ISM) Florida. May 24 (May 25 wx alt), 11 AM -3 PM. Free Fat Boy's BBQ, discounted self serve fuel, warbirds, give aways and informational displays. Discounts to Orlando area attractions and hotels available.
(Sunday Brunch) June 1, First Sun., ( 17FL ) Greystone Airport, Jumbolair Estates. 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM (see article)
(Food) June 1, First Sun., ( FMY ) Page Field, Ft. Myers, EAA Chapter 66 has their Pancake Breakfast the first Sunday of each and every month 8 am to 11 am at the EAA building. Pancakes, sausage, eggs, OJ, coffee and nice folks.
(Fly-In-Food) June 7, First Sat., (May - Sep.) Triple Diamond Jet Center at Venice for FREE Barbeque and FREE Sodas.
For more dates check www.floridapilot .com
Joseph Rand, MD
VASI Airport Advisory Board
The VASI Angle
P.O. Box 1153
Venice, FL 34284
--The May meeting will be our last until September. Do plan to attend? Charlie Merlot of Zephyr Engines is a true expert when it comes to engine overhauls. He has worked for all the the major and well known shops, came to Florida and turned Zephyr Engine into a superb , well respected shop. He has been highlighted in Aviation Consumer and will provide us expert insight into engine overhauls and the decisions/tradeoffs that need to be made at TBO time.
--Sometimes the good things going on close to home get overlooked. Triple Diamond is doing some neat things to help make VNC a great place to fly to.† Did you know that the first Saturday of the month, Triple Diamond offers free food (BBQ) and drinks as well as discounted self-service fuel till noon. Help get the word out to pilots from other places that VNC is a great place to visit. The Cockpit Cafe has new ownership with some new menu items...try it out .
--This may be old news but if you have not heard it, the city and the FAA have settled the fund diversion issue and VNC can now apply and receive Airport Improvement Funds; you may recall that Larry Heath (at our last meeting) told us he was pushing for a full time airport manager, well the city is now in the process of hiring a manager who among other things will work full time on getting the funds needed to bring VNC up to speed.
--There are many positive things happening airport related right now .The city is going out for bids/proposals on the business park and marina; as well as the park in place of the water treatment plant. Get all the info at our meeting. Remember there is strength in numbers, get others to join VASI, together we make a statement, our collective voice is loud, strong and steady.
--IF ANYONE HAS AN IDEA,SUGESTION OR COMPLAINT ABOUT VNC SEND ME AN E-MAIL OR WRITE IT UP AND SLIP INTO MY HANGER #96 (same hangar building as sheriff's helicopter- north side across from Ray Hoey). Fly Safe see you at the meeting.
†Nick Carlucci.† e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 941-408-7777
May 15th, 2003
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