Departing IndyJet at KMQJ for home after Memorial Day weekend.
Ok, it is not a stunning newly painted plane photo, but it's my favorite so far.
And considering it looked like this...
for most of Feb. thru early May during this year's condition inspection, it sure felt good to be back in the air. It still hurts to look at this photo.
What happened? It was time to fix the following items.
1. improve oil cooler air flow
2. modify fuel cooler installation
3. fix left fuel tank wingwalk rivets that started weeping--- AGAIN
4. improve lower right dynacup alignment
5. resized cowling inlets
6. improve fuel pressure at altitude with new high output pump
Oil temps are about 10F cooler in climb and cruise, but the CHTs also dropped about the same- didn't see that coming. The CHTs are already cooler than I want.
No weeping tank rivets and I was able to hang the engine- solo- in 15 minutes, so the alignment issue was greatly improved.
Also got in a trip to the factory's Experimental hangar in Mobile for a checkup.
They have the only compression check and borescope equipment for this engine right now. Clean bill of health