40 hours of phase 1 flight testing complete.
Successful first flight.
Took off from CJR on Sunday 8/13/2017. Flew around for 20 minutes and landed without incident. …. Only issues were high CHTs because I left full power in too long (excitement got the better of me) and my flap breaker on the VPX tripped. I elected to continue what an observer later called a “picture perfect flaps-up landing” and debug on the ground.
Thanks to John Trollinger who gave Zach and me a “dress rehearsal” flight immediately prior in his RV-10, Dick Koehler for inspecting my airplane and doing the SB-632 work on my engine, Todd Stovall for answering many questions over the years. And a very special thanks to Ralph Hoover who helped me with just about every part of the build from inspecting my empenage work to first flight advice.
Most of all I thank my wife and kids. This was a family project for us as the pictures recorded on this build log show. Lastly, I’m grateful to the Living Lord Jesus Christ who calmed my nerves and showed great mercy in bringing this sorely unqualified pilot back on the ground safely. May He see fit to do it many, many more times.
Also thank you to Dennis and Andrew Crider for their support on the day of the event and for the great pictures they took, which are viewable here: Click here for pics on google drive
A picture show of the work done to satisfy SB632. No bad bushings were found. Once I get the baffling reinstalled, all the wires re-plugged in, and do another 3 minute ground run, we’ll be ready again for flight.
Three local guys with about 120 years of experience between them (including Dick Koehler of EAAs “Hints For Homebuilders” fame) came over to do the work. It was very instructive.
Total time: 3030 hours.
Got our special airworthiness certificate! This marks the official end of the build. There is still work to do, but since in the eyes of the state, I have an airplane I can legally fly, I will no longer be tracking my time.
Now just have to sort out a few squawks and we’re ready to fly.
… Update … Service Bulletin 632 was just released by Lycoming. Looks like our first flight will be delayed for a little bit longer.
Total time: 3010
Firewall Forward: 95.6
Too much stuff to mention in detail. And not too many pictures. Most notable, as of this date (6/30/2017) the engine has been run for 0.4 hours. No issues.
Here’s a general list of things done.