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Old 07-04-2018, 04:38 PM
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Default First Freedom from gravity

It was more than a first flight. It was first freedom. Freedom from the tyranny of gravity. Today, my plane celebrated its Independence (from Gravity) Day! Kind of appropriate, right?

The first flight was much shorter than planned, just over 15 minutes and one time around the pattern. Definite extremely high CHT issues, especially on #2, to work on with the baffles. And I think I have a loose pitot tube fitting somewhere - lost airspeed indication some time after I passed 25kts and switched my attention back outside to lifting off. Oh well, no biggie. Everything handled smoothly and engine sounded fine. Fly with your senses, not your sensors.

What little time was spent in the air was incredibly smooth and stable, and even a great first landing (albeit a bit shallow).

A huge amount of thanks to Scott Hersha, who flew chase in his RV-8 and checked for anything flapping around or pouring out the underside (thankfully no). Thanks to Steve Melton for snapping the exhausted RV grin pic that I'll get and post up some time soon. Thanks to Tim Ribble for great transition training out at Chesapeake, VA in his RV-6A. And to everyone else in the RV Community, both at HAO and online here, who's lent assistance at any time during the past 6.5 years, THANK YOU.

Runup, with Scott Hersha off to my side


A beautiful, but incredibly hot, day


Coming back in to HAO
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Old 07-04-2018, 05:48 PM
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congrats Scott! a last minute modification prior to takeoff set you back a couple hours and put you into the heat of the day. the heat index was over 100F. there are several new tech features on this bird that will be interesting to follow on your phase 1.

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Old 07-04-2018, 06:17 PM
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Congratulations Scott! Nice cowling! Work those bugs out while in the test box. Time to fly somewhere cooler

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Old 07-04-2018, 06:20 PM
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You have no idea how enticing that looks right now.
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Build Time - 6.5yrs
IO-320 w/EFII and Catto 3-blade
Beringer brakes/wheels/tires
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Old 07-05-2018, 12:29 AM
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Congrats!!
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Old 07-05-2018, 06:09 AM
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Congrats! Congrats! Congrats!
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Old 07-05-2018, 06:24 AM
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Scott, Congrats on a job well done! Now enjoy the plane that you worked so hard to build.
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Old 07-05-2018, 06:39 AM
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Default Well Done!

Scott,
Thatís just fantastic news, Sir. Now knock out that Phase 1.
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Old 07-05-2018, 07:04 AM
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Default Test flight cards

Had the same issues on my first flight, high CHT's and no airspeed indication. Flew the pattern a little hot based on the 496 GPS ground speed which was one of the "what if this happens" items on my first flight flight test card.
I did the EAA test flight program where you sit down with an experienced "test" pilot before the first flight and run through what if scenarios and then develop test cards for each phase of the phase 1 program, I thought it was well worth it.
Congratulations you will love the plane.
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Old 07-05-2018, 07:35 AM
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Congratulations Scott! Last spring you were gracious enough to spend a couple hours with my wife and I showing off your plane and answering all of my questions. Hopefully in the not too distant future there will be another 9A with James cowl and Catto 3 blade prop gracing the skies. Your plane looks great! Your panel was one of the coolest I've seen as well.
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