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  1. Hi Mike, I assume you are still using the old 3 inch tyres. These are extremely difficult to source these days. There are a couple of options here. Firstly, you can use an extension when you need to check or inflate the tyres, installing and removing the extension each time. This is a little bit cumbersome, but avoids having the extension potentially snag or foul on something. Alternatively, a more permanent solution is to convert to 8.00 x 4 Cub tyres. This entails fabricating adaptor plates to fit the hub (lots of filing for a patient person), but enables you to fit tyres and tubes that are readily available from Desser. As you can see in the attached photo, we are fitting the Grove brake units, which offer better reliability as well as fitting neatly inside the wheel pant. Hope this is of some help. Guy
  2. http://vintageaircraftmuseum.org/ Sadly the North Cascades Vintage Aircraft Museum appears to be disbanding. The former Bill Rose STA Special looks to be up for disposal, along with some other unique machines.
  3. Hi Dave, Brad Ball is your best contact for Menasco's and Ranger's. I think he is still at Santa Paula. Guy
  4. Nice find Bob. I doubt it is one of the Dutch Ryans, as they seemed to be confined to the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). The photo is labelled as having been taken i China, so it is more likely to be one of the Chinese Ryans (about which little is known). When I get home I will dig out my copy of The Ryan Guidebook and see what I can find.
  5. Hi Chris, any idea on a potential date for the event? Those of us from far away need to start planning early.
  6. http://www.campbellaeroclassics.com/ These are not cheap, but are highly recommended.
  7. Contact Encore Aviation in Wagga.
  8. There is a D4-87 being advertised on Barnstormers, allegedly zero time. http://www.barnstormers.com/cat.php?mode=listing&main=
  9. RYAN STM-S2 Starting Fuel………………………………………….…………………………………………………..reserve Spark……………………………………………………………………………………………….retard Mixture……………………………………………..………………………………………………..rich Magnetos……………………………………………………………………………………………..off Prop……………………………………………………….….pull through 3 or 4 times if cold Throttle…………………………………………pump 2 to 6 times if cold, the 1/8” open Magnetos……………………………………………………………………………………..…….both Crank handle…………………………………………………………………………….turn slowly Allow the engine to warm up at 600-800 RPM, until oil temperature 160° Takeoff Trims………………………………………………………………………………………………………..set Mixture…………………………………………………………………….………………………………rich Spark………………………………………………………………………………………………….advance Fuel……………………………………………………………………………………………………..reserve Flaps………………………………………………………………………………………..……..as required Magnetos……………………………………………………………………………………………….…both Controls……………………………………………………………………………………………….checked Harnesses……………………………………………………………………………………………….secure I use about 30 inches manifold pressure (not to work the engine too hard), and increase the power slowly and smoothly. The tail comes up pretty quickly, and I let the airplane fly itself off about 45-50 knots (don’t try to haul it off). Accelerate in ground effect to about 70 knots and climb away. Select fuel to main above 1500 feet. Cruise about 1900 RPM, an (depending on your prop) that gives about 90 knots. Endurance is about 2 hours plus a reserve of 45 minutes (don’t try to stretch this). Approach about 60 knots on final, and touch down at 50. I usually don’t use flaps (for takeoff or landing) as they seem to blank airflow over the elevator. Limit crosswind to maximum 10 knots, as it will easily swing with the narrow gear track. Flaps and crosswind is a bad combination. Rudder is very effective from about 10 knots. Weaknesses of the airplane are the brakes (absolutely for taxying only), and the narrow gear track. Make sure your mechanic checks the oleos and gear legs regularly. Tires are hard to find (3 inch Goodyear airwheels) but I got adaptor plates made to take 4 inch Cub tires, available from Desser. Supercharger seals (leather) tend to leak after a while, and are hard to obtain. Many Menasco’s have a mod done to install an oil shutoff valve, to prevent oil draining down into cylinders. Ensure this is installed in such a way that you cannot close the cowl access door unless the shutoff is turned on. Grease the rockers every 10-15 hours, as they throw a fair bit of grease. You won’t find a sweeter machine!
  10. Hi Mike, I have some info at home, but am on the road for a couple of weeks at the moment. I'll try and get something to you soon. What c/n is your STM?
  11. Looks like a sweet machine. http://www.starmanauctions.com/Past%20Auction/FIREBIRD%20ENTERPRISES/Photos.Firebird%20Enterprise/Ryan%2001.jpg http://www.starmanauctions.com/upcomingauctions.5.htm
  12. Our Ryan (STM-2, Menasco C4-S) was fitted with an Australian made Perfectus prop, however in 2000 we replaced it with A Sensenich W80R-72. Cruise speed with the Perfectus was about 90 knots, but dropped to about 85 knots with the Sensenich, although climb rate improved slightly.
  13. Anybody know which Ryan it is that makes a brief appearance in the movie The Artist? It is only a momentary shot, so couldn't tell if it was an STA or Ranger-powered PT-22.
  14. Hi Jesse, They were 3 inch tyres, which are impossible to obtain nowadays. A suitable compromise is to fit adaptor rings to the original wheels and then fit 8.00 x 4 Cub tyres, available from Desser tyre & rubber. The adaptor rings need to be hand-made; they are not an off-the-shelf item.
  15. Saw a recent article on your hangar and fleet; you have excellent taste!