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    Gone West

    It is with the greatest sorrow that I need to post this. My long time friend who I thought of as my Father, Angelo Regina passed away today. He was a long time Ryan owner who stuck with me, looking out for me no matter what stupid thing I did. Me made me a better person, and Pilot. He flew 747 for Tigers and later Federal Express, but loved his PT22. Angelo befriended me when I was a young man with fours hours of Ryan time under my belt. We all met at Santa Paula Airport for the flight to the Annual Ryan Reunion flight to Paso Robles. Back then. It was a meeting of 15 to 25 Ryan’s for a weekend of fun and food. I was the youngest and newest member and many did not give me the time of day as they had seen “ my type “ come and go. Angelo took me under his wing from that day on. We became Father and Son, where you found one of us the other was by his side. We shared his hanger at Camarillo Airport where we enjoyed our aircraft and each other for the past 20 plus years and were family. Angelo is one of the most giving persons I have ever had the pleasure of being part of my life. Most did not get to known him as I did....he put up a bit of a front with strangers. He always told me to “ Watch out for the winnies, they will kill you! “. My first real exposure to formation flight was under his watchful eye, flying his wing. He would look over and give me a grin as his finger would signal me to get closer and closer followed by a smile of confidence. He had great pride in me and I the greatest respect for him. He held on to his Ryan until a couple of months ago. I had the pleasure of delivering it for him to his Brother Pete Regina at Van Nuys who shipped it to Germany for its next adventure. This bond between us would have never transpired if not for the Ryan PT22 and two men, their love of aviation, adventure, food, and friendship. Angelo will alway be my instructor in my front seat along for every flight. My Weight and Balance as been amended to reflect this change. We will both be looking out for the winnies! I promised Angelo years ago when the time came I would spread his ashes, anyone interested in joining let me know and I will update you when details develop. chris nehus cnehus@verizon.net N53271
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  5. Does anybody have info or a lead on the oil shutoff valve that was fitted to a lot of Menasco engines? Assume this was done as a 337, not an STC, but wondering if anyone knows who the preferred supplier of shutoff valves was. Thanks in advance.
  6. Just wanted to share, and hopefully renew a total respect for hand proping. I’ve been starting these aircraft for 30 plus years now and I almost had my second encounter with a moving prop. While pulling a prop thru several times priming a PT22 in preparation of starting , the engine fired and ran for a second then stoped. I was doing everything by the book, pilot in cockpit, calling for “switch off”, “ brake set” , and pilot repeating each command. After my first encounter with a moving prop 25 years ago I learned a valuable lesson......never trust this sucker! Then as now the switch was in the OFF position. Last time troubleshooting found a broken “P” lead, that little wire attached to the back of your magneto. If that wire is not grounded (open) the magneto is HOT. This time around the “P” leads were fine. Troubleshoot found the magneto switch contacts not providing a clean ground while in the OFF position, thus acting like a broken “P” lead, open ground to the magneto.....HOT! These switches are getting old, dirty, and worn internally. Special attention should be paid to this simple system every time you start and shut down. If you don’t feel a detent while moving your mag switch thru each position, it’s worn out. At each and every shut down you must accomplish a quick , easy switch check. At idle power select OFF and note engine ignition shut down, then back to BOTH and shut down with mixture as normal. This was drilled into me both during Flight Training and during my A&P training. These switches were not that great 80 years ago when new, Manufacturing was cheep as was the design. I personally have added a second grounding switch to my oil shutoff valve. When the valve is off it adds a second ground to the Left Mag. This is helpful, two fold. Starting with your oil off will be difficult due to this is the impulse (Starting) magneto. Secondly I feel more comfortable moving prop during maintenance with the additional ground supplied to the magneto. I have also added to Annual Inspection a quick check of the condition of the ground supplied to the mags via the switch. It just takes a couple of extra minutes while checking the timing of the mags utilizing a cheep ohm meter. Make sure the ground is solid to that P lead. If the resistance is high, other than a couple of ohms, jumping or open , your switch needs attention. Chris Nehus N53271
  7. Hello all Ryaneers. Quick intro.  Not newbie--not unpaid. Have faithfully paid dues-sometimes extra just to keep things going since 1976. Should show paid up for next five years.  My Ryan is close to being totally restored by my good friend, Dylan Sujet who is a master of his craft. He has been working diligently for the past few years on my PT-22, N46805, and we are close to getting it reassembled for flight hopefully early next year (2020). Enclosed a very  recent shot just before engine run up. Will be great to get back in the game again. Rick Farrell NRC #330

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  8. Hello David, this is Ron LeBlanc and I'm trying to reach you and Pete Groves. Can you call me at 585-944-9714 please? Thanks
  9. August 17 and 18 will be the KCMA Airshow. As usual I will have open hanger and expect Terry Freedam with his PT22, Doug Schuster with the Riverside CAF PT 22 which is flying again after a couple year rest awaiting a new engine. I would bet Gary Jackson will be around as well with his Ranger Ryan and Angelo Regina’s PT22 has returned home after a couple of years at Baker City OR. Terry, Doug and I will be flying in the event supporting Wings Over Camarillo as usual. Anyone else is welcome to join in, hanger will be open with snacks and drinks, Airshow vendors for food, chairs and shade awnings setup for our group, and lots of friends for additional entertainment. This will be the largest gathering of Ryans for the past several years so don’t miss it if you love Ryans! Chris Nehus cnehus@verizon.net 818-825-4252
  10. Jeremy, My name is Chris Nehus and I’m located in Camarillo California and answer most tech question on the web site about the Ryan PT22. I would be happy to answer any questions you have and guide you thru your inspection. I am an IA and PT22 owner for the past 30 years. Reach out any time, cnehus@verizon.net, 818-825-4252 cell, N53271
  11. All, I am a new member and am looking for help in completing an annual on a PT-22 in the Dallas area. I am an A&P with round engine / vintage aircraft experience, but I have not worked on a Kinner or PT-22 before. Is there anyone in the area that could give me a hand or that I could pay to do the annual while I observe and help? Thanks Jeremy jeremylash@gmail.com
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