Craftsman's Corner

THIS is for you homebuilders and ul- tralighters out there with computers. We now have a computer "bulletin board" that indexes safety data for both. Amateur ...
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•Ben Owen-

THE PASSWORD IS SAFETY THIS is for you homebuilders and ultralighters out there with computers. We now have a computer "bulletin board" that indexes safety data for both Amateur Built and Ultralights only. This service does not include type certified aircraft. To access this computer bulletin board, dial 1-800/426-3814. The

password is SAFETY. Use all capital letters when signing on and while in the system. Know the "emulation" used by your system, i.e. VT100 or ANSI STANDARD. You must select the proper

emulation when logging on or you will get a lot of garbage. We suggest trying ANSI STANDARD as a first attempt if

you don't know your standard. Any PC with a modem or any terminal

equipped with a modern can be used. The bulletin board is on line Monday through Friday from 1530 through 0700

CST and 24 hours on weekends and holidays. If you have a problem getting on the system, call the same number during the day and ask for help. You will probably talk to Ben Morrow. He is one of the good guys who thought up this unique program - and he definitely wears a white hat. As he says, be patient with the system; he still has occasional problems. There is only one access line which may be busy, so keep trying.

The system is designed to protect the anonymity of the submitter. No identifying information such as registration number, serial number, city, etc. can be entered into the data base. Even in the

call Ben Morrow during the day or submit your report to the local FSDA/ GADO. Ben voluntarily sends that information on to the aircraft type clubs.

Color and Temperature

Right now we need more input; we

need to spread the word around and also to have those EAAers with computers help those without. If you have a friend with a certain type aircraft, search the bulletin board for him. It will help us all. Not all of us can afford tools, building airplanes and computers, too! This is a successful program right now. It was initiated on November 11, 1990 and in the first two weeks received 224 calls to the bulletin board, including 77 service reports. This compares with approximately 150 reports received in the traditional system over the past 5 years! Right now they are getting more system questions, lots of input from ultralighters, composite aircraft builders and many others. When inserting data, include the following: Model of aircraft (must be entered) Engine make and model (particularly if engine problem) Propeller make and model (particularly if prop problem) Component make and model (particularly if component problem) Part name and part number Location and condition or the part or problem Remarks in detail to help define the problem

unlikely event that someone should wish to use the information in the data

In other words, enter the information that you would like to see if you were

base for an enforcement action, it would The system does not contain reports

reading the report. Also, if you forget the phone number, it will be included at the end of the "Air Alerts" shown in Hot

on any type certificated aircraft. The system also does not accept reports on type certificated aircraft. If you wish to get reports on these aircraft or if you want to submit a report on such aircraft,

Line. EAA would like to thank Ben Morrow and Barry Clements and the FAA for making this service possible for all of aviation. They would appreciate hear-

be impossible.

ing from you with suggestions or comments. Questions are always welcome.

The chart shown with this article contains information on air temperature vs. surface temperature for various colors. This is particularly important when you are building from fiberglass and foam and important for any airplane particularly in the vicinity of fuel tanks and engine cowlings. These suggestions are primarily for the exterior but for heat rejection a light coat of dull black paint is still the best for aircraft engines. If you keep the exhaust heat inside the tubes, white high temperature paint is the best for this application. White high temperature paint is still available from Sperex VHT Corporation, Gardena, CA and through many automotive shop outlets. It will not burn up to 1,350 degrees F.




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