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Old 09-19-2018, 10:06 PM
Flying Canuck Flying Canuck is offline
 
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Default First solo flight

It's as official as it's going to get. This evening I took my newly finished plane out solo. I put in 7 flights with my engine builder to get me completely comfortable handling the plane. I decided to leave him behind today and went out for some circuits resulting in 9 decent landings (out of 9). Greased the mains every time, bounced the nose wheel a little a couple of times.

This really is an easy plane to fly, I'm probably a little fast, final at 75kts, touching down at about 65. No problem getting down to those speeds with my c/s prop. I'm finding it to settle down very well, sinking exactly like I'd expect it to. I haven't used full flaps yet, 1/2 (18 deg) is good enough.

Flying solo showed a bit of a heavy left side - not there at all dual. I had a full left tank as well, so I would have been surprised if the wasn't some heaviness to the left. Didn't need to adjust anything to fly it like that other than a touch of right stick that I hardly noticed.

This also marked the first flight where my CHTs stayed below 400F all the way. I hit 399 on #1 on the first circuit, it peaked in the low 380s after that. Fuel flow was 8-9 gph on downwind while indicating 103-110 kts.

The most surreal part of the flight tonight is that I didn't need to schedule anything and I didn't need anyone's permission. I can get used to that! I'm looking forward to starting on some of the actual testing over the next few flights. The grin may be permanent.
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Old 09-20-2018, 08:07 AM
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Hi Claude.
You mean CHTs not EGTs.

Congrats.
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Old 09-20-2018, 08:56 AM
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Default Congratulations!

Pictures or it didn't happen!!

I think what you're seeing with the heavier left side is indeed normal. My -9A is much, much more sensitive to lateral weight distribution than my Cherokee was. I can really tell a difference when one tank gets a little heavier, with/without a passenger, etc. I suspect this is all a result of the overall design, and the fact that the thing just weighs so much less than the Cherokee.

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It's as official as it's going to get. This evening I took my newly finished plane out solo. I put in 7 flights with my engine builder to get me completely comfortable handling the plane. I decided to leave him behind today and went out for some circuits resulting in 9 decent landings (out of 9). Greased the mains every time, bounced the nose wheel a little a couple of times.

This really is an easy plane to fly, I'm probably a little fast, final at 75kts, touching down at about 65. No problem getting down to those speeds with my c/s prop. I'm finding it to settle down very well, sinking exactly like I'd expect it to. I haven't used full flaps yet, 1/2 (18 deg) is good enough.

Flying solo showed a bit of a heavy left side - not there at all dual. I had a full left tank as well, so I would have been surprised if the wasn't some heaviness to the left. Didn't need to adjust anything to fly it like that other than a touch of right stick that I hardly noticed.

This also marked the first flight where my EGTs stayed below 400F all the way. I hit 399 on #1 on the first circuit, it peaked in the low 380s after that. Fuel flow was 8-9 gph on downwind while indicating 103-110 kts.

The most surreal part of the flight tonight is that I didn't need to schedule anything and I didn't need anyone's permission. I can get used to that! I'm looking forward to starting on some of the actual testing over the next few flights. The grin may be permanent.
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Old 09-20-2018, 09:18 AM
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Default Congratulations

Congratulations Claude
Itís been two years since I soloed my 6 and your right about having trouble getting rid of the grin , since it sounds like your breaking in a new engine , try and get 10 plus hours of hard running on her before doing to much patern work, mine took nearly 15 hours before CHTs settled down into the 370-380 range @ 65-75% PWR Cruz ,,, I found wheel fairings helped cool things better when your airspeed increases
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Old 09-20-2018, 10:11 AM
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Default Congratulations

Another congrats here, and where are the photos?
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Old 09-20-2018, 10:13 AM
Flying Canuck Flying Canuck is offline
 
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You are correct on the break in. Iím closing in on 10 hours, running time. 7.2 hours of air time. We did run it hard for most of the first 5 hours and CHTs have started to come down from the shocking initial numbers. Iíll be back to pushing it for the next few flights, but I think the break in is proceeding well. Iím down only about 1/2 quart of oil. Iíve got my leg fairings ready to install, might tackle that before my next flight.
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Old 09-20-2018, 10:25 AM
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Default Congratulations!

Congrats, Claude! I'm about a year behind you, and motivated by your success!

How about those pictures?
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Old 09-20-2018, 11:27 AM
Flying Canuck Flying Canuck is offline
 
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Default Pictures

All of these picture requests are great, but I'll need to install that flux capacitor before I can get the ones I didn't take. Maybe I should add "take some pictures" to my checklists.
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Old 09-21-2018, 01:50 AM
Jim Frisbie Jim Frisbie is offline
 
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Default First Solo

Congrats on your new plane!

I have 700 hrs on my 9A and loving it

Do you have AOA?

I fly my approaches much slower than you describe
With AOA my app speed is about 60kts with touch down about 54kts

Yes it will ďfly onĒ much faster than that but it is not necessary (unless you have a G5 on short final behind you as I once did!)



Enjoy your plane!
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Old 09-21-2018, 05:12 AM
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like I told you, you're going to like it!
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