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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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    PT22 for sale

    This aircraft has been SOLD!
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
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    PT22 for sale

    Angelo Regina has decided to sale his PT22. This aircraft has been re skinned, electric starter, and an Al Ball R55 engine with R56 heads for overhead oiling. This is a turn key flying aircraft based in Camarillo CA. Serious inquiries only. Email Chris Nehus cnehus@verizon.net for details. SOLD
  7. Durning this years Annual Inspection I uncovered an issue with my Throttle belcrank and rod end in the Engine Compartment. I reached behind the exhaust collector and found play in the Belcrank between the crank and rod end. A closer look uncovered the crank damaged at the rod end attach point. The rod end attach hole was elongated almost to the point of failure and the rod end was found frozen. This was a bearing type rod end vs the conical style found on current production aircraft. It is important to remember when installing the rod end to tighten the bolt enough that the rotation is via the rod end bearing NOT the bolt. If rotation is via an under torqued bolt it will result in early failure of either the crank or bolt. I elected to replace several of my older style bearing rod ends on the mixture and throttle with conical F34-14M ends from Spruce and Specility. Upon removal of the old ends inspection revieled most had some sort of looseness and or ratcheting via the bearings. I also replaced all the hardware using fiber locking casle nuts also advailable from Spruce. Should you miss a cotter pin these will not back off as they are self locking as well. YES it happens trust me! Our throttles fail to Idle if the linkage should happen to come off or fail. We have had a couple of accidents from different types of throttle linkage failures. Special attention needs to be paid to the entire Throttle and Mixtrue control system. Lots of moving parts, ware points, and direction changes within the system offer lots of points of failure. Another local aircraft has been inspected and the ends were also found to be worn. chris nehus
  8. The R55 when cold will have high oil pressure until warm. Once warm it should be around 80 PSI. It's not uncommon to see 100 PSI or greater when oil is cold. The R56 will run 80 PSI hot or cold. You should be running 120 oil , not 100. Chris Nehus N53271
  9. I have posted the STC on the site under "Downloads" Technical Info., STC SA00754AT. Chris
  10. Propeller / Hub STC SA00754AT View File Here is the STC that Steve Freeman was kind enough to get for use by the Ryan Club addressing use of Sensenich 90HASPxx series propellers on the PT22. Submitter cnehus Submitted 10/06/2017 Category Technical Info  
  11. Ron, I will email you the STC chris
  12. cnehus

    ADS-B

    If you fly in complex airspace like I do living In Southern California you may want to consider installing a mode S transponder and ADS-B. Now the good news is we are still exempt as we do not have An engine driven electrical system. Bad news is access to the airspace is on a work load acceptance from ATC. Well no matter how much notice I give So Cal I have yet been allowed access into the airspace prior to installation of a transponder. Around three years ago I installed a Becker mode C Transponder with a blind encoder which was powered by a 9 amp/ hr alarm battery as a total loss system and received FAA Field Approval for the installation. This allowed for around 12 hours of use between battery charge cycles. Now I have removed the Becker and Blind encoder and installed and received FAA field approval for a Trig TT22 mode S transponder and TN70 blind WAAS GPS unit giving me a lot of new capabilities and still 12 hours of use between charging and ADS-B out, 2020 approved. Coupled to your iPad with a STRATUX you can now get inflight weather, moving maps, charts, TFR, traffic and much more. Even AHRS is available with some FREE programs like FlightPlan.go, STRATUX, or pay for Foreflight. Adding a STRATUX for around 250.00 on eBay or build it yourself for less ( see stratux.me for details ) allowed me to get rid of the paper charts and Airport guide.....it's all on your iPad. I'm a paper guy and struggled with this tablet stuff for years but even Pilots Guide is no longer available in paper.....only electronic subscriptions. Even the local pilots shop stopped stocking paper sectionals and I've had to mail oreder them for the past few years. I've dodged and weaved my way around and under the local airspace for 25 years, well no longer. I will still keep a paper sectional in the cockpit for back up, I just can't seem to give it up! Now I fly directly over Burbank Airport or call them up and go right thru without issue. I know this is not for everyone, part of the joy of the Ryan is flying basic again, but it is possible if you want to do it. Chris Nehus cnehus@verizon.net
  13. The Wings Over Camarillo Airshow will be Aug 19, 20 this year. Once again we will have 3 PT22 and 1 Ranger Ryan attending, Chris Nehus, Doug Schuster, Terry Freedman and Gary Jackson. Chris will have an open hanger for the event with lots of goodies to munch on so feel free to join in or just stop by and chat. If you wish to attend drop me a quick email, cnehus@verizon.net. This is one of the best airshow if you love War Birds as Camarillo is home to the CAF. Chris Nehus
  14. If you have not already drilled oversize try to install NAS close tolerance bolts first. Close Tolerance bolts are slightly larger diameter as compared to standard AN. Easy way to tighten up any slight movement.
  15. Im interested in the lifting eye . Name your price Chris Nehus cnehus@verizon.net 818-825-4252

    1. Kromerjb

      Kromerjb

      I sent an email with asking price...but I will trade for a set of rebuildable landing shocks for my SN 1574 project.  Jeff

    2. Kromerjb

      Kromerjb

      Also...I cant tell if I'm paid up or not...my profile says non-paid but when I try to purchase through the <store> it says I can onlu purchase one and that I've already purchased a membership.

       

      thanks, Jeff

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