As Ron Mattson, our gracious host, said of the President's Trophy, "It
should be given to the bad weather, because it has been the only thing
to show-up at most of the fly-ins!!" The weather, unfortunately,
deterred anyone from flying-in to yesterday's BAC East Central Fly-in
that was held at the Griffith-Merrillville, Indiana Airport. It,
however, had one, if not the, largest turn-outs of any Musketeer fly-in
I've ever been to! I didn't get a total count, but at one time we had 24

Ron did a super job of organizing the event and cooking! We had
hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken wings, dessert, etc. Everyone thought the
wings were quite hot, but Ron said he didn't make them as hot as he
usually does - thank God!!

We were given a tour of the G&N motor shop that is based at Griffith.
Jim from G&N gave us a very thorough tour that took about 1 3/4 hours.
He took us from the time an engine is received at the shop until it is
ready to be shipped out. Not being very mechanically inclined, I got a
real education about what is involved in this very important aspect of
our flying. Engines being worked on spanned the gamut of normal TBO, to
prop strikes, to one that an A&P ruined by putting in a gasket the wrong
way. Jim is a proponent of using straight grade oils (50 in the Summer
and 40 in the Winter, unless it gets real cold) rather than blends,
although he did say that he thought Phillips made the best blended oil.
He mentioned that the oil screen (not the one that is used instead of an
oil filter, but the one that is about the size of your middle finger and
catches larger pieces of metal) doesn't get taken out of the engine and
inspected enough. Lycoming has had engines returned after 2,000 hours
that have never had the safety wire taken off the bolt that holds this
filter - it still has Lycoming's factory paint on the safety wire! Jim's
#1 advise for making your engine last to TBO is to fly your plane.
Corrosion is the worst enemy we have to fight, and not running the
engine often enough gives corrosion a foothold. He also mentioned that
anyone using a Tannis heater (as I do) should not keep it plugged in all
the time. Plugging it in the night before your flight is the best method
of using the heater. If it is left plugged in for extended periods it
will cause condensation, which leads to corrosion.

We had about 15 pilots in attendance for my presentation on flying to
Alaska. None of them fell asleep for more than a few minutes, so I guess
the presentation (or my loud voice) was enough to keep their attention!

Pictures of the event can be found by clicking on this link

My thanks again to Ron Mattson for hosting a very nice fly-in. Don't
forget about the next East Central Fly-in that will be held at Oshkosh
on September 10th and 11th.

David Snodgrass
BAC East Central Regional Director
Beech Be23 N6083N
North Manchester, IN

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