Bob Lang removed the original seat and back cushions and the wedge, and we tried some summer lawn chair foam and some built up moving pads for the seat and backrest, respectively. Fit was now more than adequate. I am more that tall enough to see well across the top cowling in the RV-12.
Successful flight from KWHP to KSZP, where I bought Bob breakfast. We topped off there with Shell LL100 at $3.99 per gallon, plus some lead fuel additive stuff. 8.7 gallons taken on, and now the plane flies level. Skies were moderately turbulent, which, in this aircraft, means you are going to get thrown around quite a bit. Flew through 1 pass, and over several mountain ridges, typical of Southern California terrain, under mild Santa Ana wind conditions... it will definitely churn milk in your stomach into butter. Maybe even buttermilk!
So, in conclusion... an RV-12 with 20 gallon tank and 2 bubba's with a dry weight of 753 # and no paint on the hull, has a margin under the max gross, with no luggage or carry on. I am 250, Bob, probably 190. + 120 # in the tank. We had only 7 #'s to spare. Fortunately KWHP is 1000 ASL and KSZP is about 240 ASL, plenty of lift.
Fun, but bumpy first flight. I did OK doing some turns, managing throttle, and trying to keep it level, Bob's plane likes to climb, I'll trim it out better next time with the button on the dash. Stick is very, very very light and sensitive, takes hardly any input at 110kts to change anything in your direction or attitude. Most amazing is how fast this thing climbs.... like a jet compared to my Cessna 150 and 152 days in the late 1970's.
darn quick. Gets to your destination fast, too. The Dynex 1000 is a neat piece of avionics equipment. I suffered gauge overload... sure I'll get the hang of it with time.
Good times! Thank you Bob Lang for a trip in N836BL.