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Old 11-11-2017, 02:23 PM
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Default Fuel smell on takeoff

We took our RV-10 on it's second flight today. Both flights were 45 minute long circles around the airfield at 2,400 AGL.

On takeoff, between right when the wheels leave the ground to about 700 ft, I'm getting a distinct and unmistakable odor of fuel in the cockpit. It goes away once I reach 1000 ft, but it's happened both times. Takeoff is, of course, full rich, full throttle and prop governor all the way in. Apart from that both flights have been quite uneventful.

I really want to know where this fuel smell is coming from. We pressure tested the fuel system to 20psi (the most pressure the fuel valve can handle) and it stayed rock solid for days. Anyone else experience this?
Jack and Dave Groat, father and son
RV-10 N1861G
Build #41389, started Oct 2012
Current status: 1st Flight 11/10/17
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