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General Helio Discussion / Re: Time to order tires for the project
« Last post by RCarter on November 16, 2018, 07:55:16 PM »
My plane had 22x8-8 tires on the x-wind gear when I bought it.  Didn't seem like a bad tire to me.  Was about the same size as the 21" aeroclassic baby tundra tires we had on the C-170 at the same time.  I did some off airport and mostly gravel and grass runways with the 22" tire.  No complaints at all.  I only flew it for 50 hours with those tires while I was learning the plane, but of all the early problems I had tires were never one of them.

On that tail I had the 10.5x4 channel tread.  It seemed to work well on the tail.  I didn't notice any shimmy with it on gravel or pavement but I land on pavement so rarely I don't really remember.  It was sturdy as all heck and I would still be running it if I only flew to firm places.  I bought one from Desser about two years ago, but checked there yesterday and they don't list it any more.  I do wonder if their pile of NOS tires may have run out, but the local Aviall had a few of them on the shelf last time I was in there.

How about a picture or two?  Always fun to see projects turn into flying airplanes!

-Russell
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General Helio Discussion / Re: Time to order tires for the project
« Last post by Jason Stephens on November 15, 2018, 01:16:18 PM »
Hi Kevin,

Well the tailwheel that was on the plane was not the proper one.  Maybe just for moving it in the hangar as it had a weight limit of only 100lbs and its cracked.  I have what I think is the factory tailwheel which is stamped BF Goodridge and date stamped 1954.  Also stamped with size 10.00 S.C.  ASSY B-3-41-A.  Looks pretty much the same as what is on our U-10B.

Pretty much open to whatever handles the best on pavement or compacted dirt.  We don't have anything soft around here really.
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General Helio Discussion / Re: Time to order tires for the project
« Last post by Kevin Dunn on November 14, 2018, 09:40:13 AM »
Jason,

What size tailwheel do you have?

Kevin
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General Helio Discussion / Time to order tires for the project
« Last post by Jason Stephens on November 13, 2018, 09:41:47 PM »
Just wanted to hear some opinions on tire selection(mains and tailwheel) for our H-395.  For now at least it will stay on the factory X-wind gear and wheels.  I believe I found the original factory tailwheel and will post of pic later to verify.  It seems to match the tailwheel on my U-10B project which also has the smooth rounded sidewall tire.

Its an Arizona plane with mixed pavement and dirt/gravel runway use.  No off-roading expected.

Thanks,
Jason
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General Helio Discussion / Brittain wing leveler
« Last post by rmartell on November 11, 2018, 06:48:39 PM »
Fired up the recently modified panel...All good accept the inverter for the 24 volt turn coordinator/wing level is not working. With the recent events at Brittain Industries, does anyone know of a reliable avionics repair station that can fix the inverter. Or does anyone have a 24 volt system for sale?
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General Helio Discussion / Re: Exhaust Studs and Nuts
« Last post by jmetzler on November 07, 2018, 03:10:20 PM »
I'd definitely use corrosion resistant nuts. Jim
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General Helio Discussion / Re: Exhaust Studs and Nuts
« Last post by yukonranger on November 07, 2018, 08:10:31 AM »
Thanks Jim.  I see CRES studs are availible too.  Do you recommend those?

Mike
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General Helio Discussion / Re: Helio H391B master & starter relays
« Last post by Barry Dechert on November 06, 2018, 10:02:59 AM »
Thanks I agree, I wasn’t hoping for a magic part number but curious if I was seeing the best options out there. Never did find any part number for the original start solenoid. 12 volt on this H391B.
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General Helio Discussion / Re: Helio H391B master & starter relays
« Last post by Kevin Dunn on November 05, 2018, 09:35:28 AM »
Barry,

Sky-Tec has a line of FAA PMA'd solenoids (available through Spruce) that are eligible for installation on a large number of certified aircraft. If your FSDO wants a field approval because Helios are not listed in the eligibility paperwork, it will be far easier if you start with a PMA'd part.

Kevin
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General Helio Discussion / Helio H391B master & starter relays
« Last post by Barry Dechert on November 03, 2018, 08:14:38 AM »
Has anyone had to substitute the original starter relay and or the master relays from the original part #’s? Looking for options I know of many relays I have researched and the original part # for the master relay some sites say not FAA approved hmmm. If I am to substitute approved relays I am assuming discussing this with my F.S.D.O.
The starter relay I cannot find the part # available.
Solenoid part #2295-7, alternate # 70-111226. The starter relay I don’t have a part # for the original. Some may consider this minor deviation.
The aircraft is H391B, s/n 091. N4431U.
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