Still amazed by this airplane!
Quick little story about my 8..
I hadn't flown it in 7 months, between being deployed to Afghanistan, and needing to get the ADS-B stuff done when I got home.. Anyway.. EchoUAT + SkyFX EXT installed, Engine Boroscoped (no rust anywhere.. very happy), and I changed out the tailwheel springs/chains for a direct link. Time to fly!
I take off.. get a LITTLE BIT of PIO from the tailwheel initially.. much less movement required.. and we're off.. I climbed up to 3500' to start the ADS-B verification stuff.. After about 20 minutes ATC tells me they're not getting altitude info from me.. I surmise it's the threshold setting, and decide to land.. KMYF clears me into the pattern immediately but I've got 2000' to lose to get to pattern altitude. Ease the nose down to about 600-700' / minute descent with a little power on to keep the cylinders warm. I'm sitting there fat dumb and happy until I realize I'm screaming into the pattern at 195mph.. LOL. Forgot how slippery this machine is!
Anyway.. I level out at 1400' and make a steep turn into the downwind to scrub the speed, and it feels like home again. Hit all the speeds with ease on the approach into a perfect wheelie a couple hundred feet past the numbers. Held the tail off until it wanted to come down and then pinned it.. straight as a string, no issues even with a crosswind. Slide the canopy open on the taxiway and feel the cool breeze and I've got the RV grin again like the 1st time I flew it!
What a wonderful thing we get to do here, this flying obsession!!!
Dues Paid 11/19