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Culver General Discussion / Re: Heading home in the Culver Cadet
« on: February 18, 2012, 09:29:30 PM »
Today I had a late start, woke up at 5:30AM and found out the airport didn't open until 8:00AM.  Since I needed fuel I had no choice but to wait, so I decided to have a long relaxing breakfast and work on my flight plan. 
Got to the airport at 8:00, wiped the frost off and paid for the fill-up, then tried to get the engine to start (it was cold last night and about 32 this morning).  That took a while...
So 10:30 rolls around, after letting the engine run for 20 or so minutes, the oil temp was up to ~80 so I started rolling.  Did a run-up ok, check temps (oil was now at 100) and got out of Ely, NV. 
The airport elevation is at 6100', the airplane was off the runway pretty quickly but the climb rate was slow, slow, slow.  I had to 'S' turn and circle to climb above the low pass (7500') following Route 6.  I think my glider experience is coming into play with managing airspeed and altitude.  Climbing over some of these mountain passes is challenging like working a weak thermal in a glider!
Now that I have stopped for the night, I just pulled out the fuel receipts and the fuel burn rate doesn't seem possible.  I am tired so I must be making a mistake (someone feel free to correct me).
I have been throttled back to 2200-2300 seeing ~90kts ground speed on the GPS (cruising altitude around 9,500' and briefly up to 10,500 today)

Airport ID   City/State                              Flight time        Gallons              GPH       Oil added
KMAN-U03 (Nampa, ID to Twin Falls, ID)      1:20                 5 gallons              3.8         Topped to 6.0qts
U03-KELY  (Twin Falls, ID to Ely, NV)            2:20                7.9 gallons            3.4         Added .5
KELY-1L8   (Ely, NV to Hurricane, UT)           2:00                7.89 gallons          4.0
1L8-KGUP  (Hurricane, UT to Gallup, NM)      2:47                11.0 gallons          3.9         Added .5

More updates to follow!

(Woody, The prop is a Sensenich W70AB-54)

Culver General Discussion / Re: Heading home in the Culver Cadet
« on: February 18, 2012, 01:37:02 AM »
Its Culver for Cross-Country, right?  The trip is from Nampa ID to Atlanta GA.
It's not restored, but it is new to me. This is a LFA with a 90hp Franklin engine. 
Cruise altitude was up to 9'500, OAT 30-32 averaging 90-100mph indicated while burning 5gph.

Culver General Discussion / Heading home in the Culver Cadet
« on: February 17, 2012, 10:56:49 PM »
Hi Everyone,
Picked up the Cadet this afternoon and have started for home. The airplane is a joy to fly. 
Today's flight started from Nampa, Idaho and stopped at Ely, Nevada. 
More pics to follow

Culver General Discussion / Re: Sun n Fun
« on: February 10, 2012, 01:29:30 PM »
Yes and yes! 
If anyone is flying past the Atlanta area on their way down I'm having a BBQ at my hangar on the 26th. I'll probably head down to Lakeland on Thursday

Culver General Discussion / Re: Culver Photos Wanted
« on: February 09, 2012, 11:15:27 PM »
Great photos, website looks really nice Bill

Documentation / Re: Stations diagram
« on: January 31, 2012, 07:16:49 PM »
Great stuff, thanks for sharing these drawings Paul and Bill
Keep 'em coming!

Documentation / Re: Culver Factory Service Memorandums
« on: January 29, 2012, 02:02:03 PM »

Culver General Discussion / Re: Cadet Brakes
« on: January 21, 2012, 08:07:18 PM »
I'm collecting parts and I don't even have the airplane home yet!  Wheels and brakes arrived in the mail today.
Thanks for the heads up on that auction, the parts are in great shape and I think I got a pretty nice deal.

Culver General Discussion / Re: Cadet Brakes
« on: January 08, 2012, 04:59:50 PM »
If anyone is interested in converting their wheels and brakes to Clevelands, here's everything it would take including the tires, up for auction on eBay:

The only other things you would need are master cylinders.

hmm, that's interesting - I'm going to keep an eye on this auction. 

I found the 337 and master cyl details on your website Bill, thanks for sharing this info!

Culver General Discussion / Re: Mechanical landing gear
« on: January 02, 2012, 04:33:01 PM »
Hi Woody,
The hydraulic dash pot is mentioned in Service Bulletin #1 which I have attached. 
Keep in mind, I have not yet worked on/seen the system yet, but I have reviewed the technical documents available to me to date and it appears to be shown on page 14 of the Culver Cadet handbook (#'s 52/53/54/55). It's not pressurized, just filled with oil to dampen the lowering of the main gear.
I believe the SB's and the handbook are both shared on Bill's website if you don't have a copy (Thank you Bill)
I'm sure there are others with actual experience on these airplanes that can chime in with additional details!
Best regards,

Culver General Discussion / New Member Poll
« on: January 01, 2012, 10:53:45 PM »
Hello Everyone,
I thought I would start a poll so we could all get a chance to introduce ourselves, where we live, and what Culver we are working on and/or flying.
Looking forward to getting to know everyone so let's get it started!
My name is Joe Burley and I live in Atlanta, Georgia.  I just purchased Cadet LFA #246.  It is currently out in Idaho and can't wait to bring it home!  I voted that it is 'flying' even though I have not yet flown it :-)

Culver General Discussion / Re: For you Culver guys
« on: January 01, 2012, 10:29:31 PM »
I believe that the W70AF-54 would be a good cruise prop for the Cadet with a 90 Franklin. 

Hello Everyone,

I just spoke with Sensenich a week or so ago on this topic and the W70AF-5x is not approved for the 90hp Franklin (The TC specifies only up to 80hp for the 'AF').
The approved propeller for the 90hp Franklin engine is a W70AB-5x (My recent purchase has a W70AB-54, unfortunately I can not give any reviews as I have not yet flown behind it)

Best regards,

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