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Culver General Discussion / Re: Hello from the other side
« on: September 29, 2017, 09:07:26 AM »
Thanks Andreas,

I did watch that lovely video of the two of you flying out of Kiel (?).  I think that might have to be a destination for an expedition next year!


Maintenance and Repair / Re: Lifting a Lark (Jacking etc)
« on: August 01, 2017, 09:55:08 AM »
Thanks Andreas,

Those axel stands look like a neat solution (6 tonnes!!!).  But how (where) do you jack-up the airframe in order to rest on the stands?   (one local engineer did suggest just getting 3 people to lift by hand (or rather by back!).

Maintenance and Repair / Lifting a Lark (Jacking etc)
« on: July 25, 2017, 09:27:45 AM »

(warned you the questions would be coming soon!)  I need to get the weight off the wheels to inspect the oleos and wheel alignment.

Thanks to this site, I've found the quaint and excellent rigging manual for the PQ8, so I know that 'Station 91' is a good starting point.  However, the text implies there should be jacking points 'attached' to the wing.  On my Lark, there is no break in the canvas/wood to attach a tool, nor markings to confirm where station 91 is. Can a jack just be placed under the wings without any attachment?  I'd be very worried about slipping...

A friend (non-aviation engineer) has suggested knocking up something to attach to the metalwork around the main gear mounting points.

I'd also like to get the aircraft stable on saw horses or similar, but again, there are no clear details of where they can be safely placed (just a very small illustration of the wing rigging process, with the weight of only the fuselage+engine on the stands).

Can anyone provide any more ideas/solutions for jacking the Lark? 

Culver General Discussion / Hello from the other side
« on: July 22, 2017, 02:39:25 PM »
Hello folks,

I'm new here, thought I'd better introduce myself before I start asking too many questions!

My name is Ben and I've just become the proud owner of Lark No.17, G-LARK, based in Wales, UK.  This is the first aircraft I've owned outright (I've had shares in a Jodel and two RVs over the last 15 years), and the first that has had the steering wheel at the wrong end.  But I couldn't resist the shape of the wings and fell in love at first sight.

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