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Old 03-16-2008, 04:51 PM
Steve Sampson Steve Sampson is offline
 
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Smile Chuffed!

Hi Rob! S Africa sounds more fun that North Yorkshire, but you are always welcome to stop by. Besides, you will be here soon to witness my and G-IKON's first takeoff :-)

Mind if you knew how things are in Yorkshire you might be put off.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VLYpKGVBUg

This is how it is really:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4OVakmsmPw

Glad you like the big tyres. I guess I will never know how much of an improvement they make.

Instrumentation on G-IKON all up and running today. Still a million small jobs though.

I'm chuffed too. Cheers, Steve.
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Old 04-05-2008, 01:21 PM
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Default Firewall forward is nearly complete.

I am very close to finishing in front of the firewall, so a quick update is appropriate. The back end is 99% together. I am waiting on some electrical parts in front of the panel that I have been let down on, and then its time to put the wings back on.

Here is what I have been working on today.

The end is in sight!
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Old 05-07-2008, 12:10 PM
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Default Fastback-4

Ready to fly and waiting on paperwork from FAA registration



Click Here for my building site
Click Here for my flickr site (w/all pictures)

Enjoy!

-Bruce
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Old 05-08-2008, 09:57 PM
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Default Very cool Bruce!

Very cool looking Bruce, am looking forward to seeing it in person! Something about the Fastback that just seems....FAST!
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Old 05-09-2008, 11:38 AM
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Default One slice to go.......

They say to eat an elephant go for just one slice at a time. I think I am down to about one slice left. It really looks as though I am going flying soon. You can see todays pictures here.
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Old 05-09-2008, 12:02 PM
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Default Beautiful....

......tattered checkers! I really like that treatment. Kindly keep us informed of your progress,

Thanks,
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Old 05-20-2008, 06:58 AM
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Default Nearly time to go flying!

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......tattered checkers! I really like that treatment. Kindly keep us informed of your progress,

Thanks,
Pierre & all, here is an update. Steve.
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Old 05-21-2008, 08:05 AM
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Default Eye Catcher!

Steve,
You continue to be an inspiration! Beautiful job! I just finished pressure testing my right (last) fuel tank and will start my fuselage jig construction this weekend.
I just noticed that you installed your pitot on the right hand side and wondered your reason?
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Old 05-21-2008, 08:49 AM
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Default G-IKON weight and CofG

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Steve,
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I just noticed that you installed your pitot on the right hand side and wondered your reason?

Bill, to answer your question....ignorance! I did realise before I finished, but by then the hole was drilled and I had planned to use the left wing for the magnetometer and had run the conduits appropriately. Yes its unconventional but not an issue.

I weighed it today and it has weighed in at 974lbs, but since I have included the canopy cover and 2 headsets which will always be with me, that is 970lbs without.

For comparison it is complete with paint etc. Its an O-320, 2-blade c/s MT prop, oversize tyres which weigh a little extra, Odyssey battery on the firewall, and the heavier grade empenage skins.

I have no lights, day/VFR only in the UK, except for a strobe on the fin. Becki Orndorf supplied her very comfortable RV4 seats and I added VANS 5pt belts back and front.

The panel is reasonably simple, though the ACS3400 does everything, and I probably saved quite a bit of weight here.

The canopy is (hopefully) held on with Sikaflex. that probably weighs rather more than the rivets it replaced.

Finally, I have worked with the PFA (now LAA) to allow me to use dual P-mags. This will be the first Lycoming type engine in the UK approved for the use of dual electronc ignition, even though it is old hat elsewhere. This will have saved me a little more weight.

So far my inspector has signed his name to this project 51 times though he has a few to go yet! (And you thought it was the flow of air over a cambered surface that keeps planes in the air. The LAA and CAA know otherwise....its signatures. I bet BA038 was short of one! Fortunately the LAA dont ask you to carry the signatures on board.)

All in all I am pretty happy with the result. I had set my heart on getting below 990 and I have a 20lbs margin. You can see my ramblings re weight here.

It will allow me, my other half, full fuel, 50 lbs of luggage and still be inside the 1500 lbs design limit.

PS The CofG is at 68.1"
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Old 05-21-2008, 02:26 PM
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Default Be Sure To Recalibrate

Steve,
Since you put the pitot on the other wing remember to recalibrate for right hand air speed. It's been too long since I had to do that so I'll have to do refresh my memory on the process.
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