December 29, 2017 Volume XXIV


We are now north of 1300 members keep spreading the word.

This past month, Albert Sieve, Luann’s dad went west. The video ‘End of an Era’ was just part of what we did flying for the navy. Albert and his wife, Goldie, were both Founders of the GPA.


Propellers are without dispute the most abused appliances on an airplane. This is the part that literally pulls you through the air and translates all the wonderful power of your engine into motive force. Be sure your is in proper shape.

In 1991 the FAA required all propellers to be given their own logbook and not recorded in the engine or airframe log. Here we are 27 years later and planes still come into the shop with no propeller logbook. Do you have one?

Since last month we have added 3 new propeller videos from Bob Reed. I would like to thank Bob for these videos and the contribution to the GPA.


Our YouTube channel ‘Grumman Pilots’ was created on August 24, 2016 when we pushed up our first video, the ‘Whelen Orion Tail Strobe’. On October 24, we added the first of many Ken Blackman Videos. On February 10, 2017 we turned on monetization of the videos after completing all the requirements. On that date we had 69 videos already on the channel.

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457 videos now in the collection.
Subscribers 51 this last month bringing total to 478
Views 8,548 last 28 days with a total of 81,805 views.
Watch time 41,503 minutes for the last 28 days.


We have created several playlists on our channel to help organize our videos. There is also a new link on the channel page, here you can look at videos or playlist just by clicking.

Magnetos (6)
Spark Plugs (7)
Unusual Aircraft (9)
Landing Gear (10)
Baffles and Seals (12)
Flying (15)
Seats (9)
Lighting (8)
Canopy (15)
Fuel Systems (26)
Rivets (7)
Windows (20)
ELT (4)
Powerflow (5)
Brakes (13)
Compasses (4)
Electronic Ignition (12)
Propellers (9)
Restoration Projects (1)

Christmas Movie

As many of you know, when you post a Forum article about one of the topics and you include pictures, we ask that you keep us informed of the project and offer any help we can.

Over the last months we have asked a bunch of folks and finally someone came through. That is how the Christmas Video came to be, Merry Christmas Curt and thanks for sharing your Tiger with us, Happy Holidays All!

The 31 Maintenance Items that You Can Do

What is Preventative Maintenance?
”Preventive maintenance” means:
simple or minor preservation operations and the replacement of small standard parts not involving complex assembly operations.

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The 31 items that you CAN do yourself

  1. Removal, installation, and repair of landing gear tires.
  2. Replacing elastic shock absorber cords on landing gear.
  3. Servicing landing gear shock struts by adding oil, air, or both.
  4. Servicing landing gear wheel bearings, such as cleaning and greasing.
  5. Replacing defective safety wiring or cotter keys.
  6. Lubrication not requiring disassembly other than removal of nonstructural items such as cover plates, cowlings, and fairings.
  7. Making simple fabric patches not requiring rib stitching or the removal of structural parts or control surfaces. In the case of balloons, the making of small fabric repairs to envelopes (as defined in, and in accordance with, the balloon manufacturers’ instructions) not requiring load tape repair or replacement.
  8. Replenishing hydraulic fluid in the hydraulic reservoir.
  9. Refinishing decorative coating of fuselage, balloon baskets, wings tail group surfaces (excluding balanced control surfaces), fairings, cowlings, landing gear, cabin, or cockpit interior when removal or disassembly of any primary structure or operating system is not required.
  10. Applying preservative or protective material to components where no disassembly of any primary structure or operating system is involved and where such coating is not prohibited or is not contrary to good practices.
  11. Repairing upholstery and decorative furnishings of the cabin, cockpit, or balloon basket interior when the repairing does not require disassembly of any primary structure or operating system or interfere with an operating system or affect the primary structure of the aircraft.
  12. Making small simple repairs to fairings, nonstructural cover plates, cowlings, and small patches and reinforcements not changing the contour so as to interfere with proper air flow.
  13. Replacing side windows where that work does not interfere with the structure or any operating system such as controls, electrical equipment, etc.
  14. Replacing safety belts.
  15. Replacing seats or seat parts with replacement parts approved for the aircraft, not involving disassembly of any primary structure or operating system.
  16. Trouble shooting and repairing broken circuits in landing light wiring circuits.
  17. Replacing bulbs, reflectors, and lenses of position and landing lights.
  18. Replacing wheels and skis where no weight and balance computation is involved.
  19. Replacing any cowling not requiring removal of the propeller or disconnection of flight controls.
  20. Replacing or cleaning spark plugs and setting of spark plug gap clearance.
  21. Replacing any hose connection except hydraulic connections.
  22. Replacing prefabricated fuel lines.
  23. Cleaning or replacing fuel and oil strainers or filter elements.
  24. Replacing and servicing batteries.
  25. Cleaning of balloon burner pilot and main nozzles in accordance with the balloon manufacturer’s instructions.
  26. Replacement or adjustment of nonstructural standard fasteners incidental to operations.
  27. The interchange of balloon baskets and burners on envelopes when the basket or burner is designated as interchangeable in the balloon type certificate data and the baskets and burners are specifically designed for quick removal and installation.
  28. The installations of anti-misfueling devices to reduce the diameter of fuel tank filler openings provided the specific device has been made a part of the aircraft type certificate data by the aircraft manufacturer, the aircraft manufacturer has provided FAA-approved instructions for installation of the specific device, and installation does not involve the disassembly of the existing tank filler opening.
  29. Removing, checking, and replacing magnetic chip detectors.
  30. Removing and replacing self-contained, front instrument panel-mounted navigation and communication devices that employ tray-mounted connectors that connect the unit when the unit is installed into the instrument panel, (excluding automatic flight control systems, transponders and microwave frequency distance measuring equipment (DME)). The approved unit must be designed to be readily and repeatedly removed and replaced, and pertinent instructions must be provided. Prior to the unit’s intended use, an operational check must be performed in accordance with the applicable sections of part 91.
  31. Updating self-contained, front instrument panel-mounted Air Traffic Control (ATC) navigational software data bases (excluding those of automatic flight control systems, transponders and microwave frequency distance measuring equipment (DME), provided no disassembly of the unit is required and pertinent instructions are provided. Prior to the unit’s intended use, an operational check must be performed in accordance with applicable sections of part 91.