Worst Case: We are going to be in this for a long time, so be prepared. The mask-in-stores requirement will go on for months as the ramp up for the second wave occurs next fall.
Dolly and I have a handful of N95 shop masks left over from building the airplane. They have been used during trips to grocery stores, etc. We expect them to become contaminated, and they get set aside after one day’s use.
I found DIY advice on building a UV-C sterilizer on YouTube. The sterilizer uses a 30 watt Phillips UV-C bulb available online.
Note: UV-C is the far (short wavelength) end of the ultraviolet spectrum. Brief exposure is said to cause eye damage and skin cancer. It’s not the UV-A/B ultraviolet spectrum used to light up fluorescent materials. The light intensity will sterilize anything in the box in five minutes.
Dolly contributed the wooden box which was made some time ago by her late husband Al’s uncle Edsel. I wrapped Reynolds foil around quarter inch foam board and stuffed it onto all interior surfaces of the box. The shiny foil ensures the light is reflected onto all surfaces of anything in the box.
Masks are held for sterilization on 3D printed frames. Each frame is composed of five parts that snap together solidly. Lucky we have a printer! I found the design for the frame on a medical website.
Family and friends who need masks sterilized are welcome to use the box.
Pilots flying under instrument flight rules (IFR) make a practice of recording instructions from air traffic control (ATC), usually with pencil and paper. Pity the poor pilot who lost their pencil to the cabin floor and can’t retrieve it because the seat belt and shoulder harness are tight and the plane is flying through turbulence while ATC is issuing an amended route clearance.
With a 3D printer and idled hands I made a solution for Van’s RV aircraft.
The blue double ended thingy sturdily clips onto both the plane control stick and standard sized pencils.
I’ve started giving them to other fumble fingered pilots.
You know who you are. Just ask the next time we see each other.
For RV deprived pilot friends, I also have a version that clips onto standard aviation chromalloy 3/4″ tubeing.
In the world of Van’s RV Homebuilt Aircraft there is an event known as “joining the 200 knot club”. It’s for aircraft that have surpassed 200kts (230mph) groundspeed in level cruise flight. By far the majority of Van’s RVs have a top speed in level cruise around 175 kts or 200 mph. So a pretty good tailwind is required.
Thursday 4/7 on a flight retrieving N50KB from Michigan to Florida we (I and the plane) joined the club. Click on the photos to see the detail. What a ride!
There was a 72 kt tailwind component at 14,500 ft msl. That plus the 143 kt full throttle (59% power) true airspeed pushed and pulled us at 215 kts over the ground.
9.9 gallons per hour. 24.9 miles per gallon. Hooah!!!