N45FT has a birth weight...

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N45FT has a birth weight...

Postby SuperFly » Thu Dec 24, 2015 12:22 am

Got N45FT weighed tonight. She's a little fatter than I had hoped for, at 847.5 lbs.

That is with oil and coolant, 29" tires, and a nitrous system.

I have heard of a couple over 900, and have heard of a couple under 800. So I guess Im about average. (story of my life...)

Just thought Id share what I came up with. Now waiting on the Feds.
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Re: N45FT has a birth weight...

Postby AV8R Paul » Thu Dec 24, 2015 1:03 am

Take the little one off of the tires, that will save about 20 lbs.. :D :D. Congratulations!
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Re: N45FT has a birth weight...

Postby SheepdogRD » Thu Dec 24, 2015 1:04 am

Congratulations, Ben... I hope the Feds are fast.

We'll need to see a lot of pictures... :D
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Re: N45FT has a birth weight...

Postby AV8R Paul » Thu Dec 24, 2015 10:46 am

Ben,
Post a Picture of her, having read your entire build site, I would like to see your completed Project.
When is your 1st Flight Schedule? Congratulations again!

Merry Christmas! With three children, I am sure it is an enjoyable occasion.
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Re: N45FT has a birth weight...

Postby SuperFly » Thu Dec 24, 2015 5:34 pm

Here is a picture we took after getting it out of the shop, just before starting it up for the first time. Weather has not been fit to get it back out yet, but as soon as I do, Ill post some pictures.


45FT outside.jpg




This should be a link to the video.

https://youtu.be/YU5YavXzvxQ
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Re: N45FT has a birth weight...

Postby AV8R Paul » Thu Dec 24, 2015 7:55 pm

Beautiful, and she's alive! Congratulations.
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Re: N45FT has a birth weight...

Postby SuperFly » Sat Dec 26, 2015 7:29 pm

Thank you Paul,

And I have an update. I was tinkering around inside the airplane on Christmas eve, and I noticed there was fuel in the tanks. You couldn't see it from the door, because of the way I mounted my door hinges. But once up inside, I could see that there was still a bit of fuel in the right wing. So, I turned around, and sure enough, there was fuel in the left as well. Hmm... We just did the empty weight, and had not touched the airplane since. Now I know these Rotax engines are fuel efficient, but I dont think they make fuel...
I didnt first hand drain the fuel out of the airplane, I had some buddies there helping, so I assumed they had drained the fuel completely. Turns out, they had not quite got it all. The header tank was full, and there was a bit in each wing. AHH HAA! Thats why is so heavy!
We didnt get an empty weight.

I drained the rest of the fuel, got just about 2 gallons out.

Got it back on the scales, and the actual empty weight of N45FT is 836.5 pounds, with an emtpy CG of 14.25". Better.
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Re: N45FT has a birth weight...

Postby smiley » Sun Dec 27, 2015 8:12 pm

nice to see it Running. Also nice that she got thinner.
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Re: N45FT has a birth weight...

Postby gkremers » Mon Dec 28, 2015 7:27 pm

Ben,
Congrats on the engine start, a big milestone for sure. Looking forward to your first flight report. We just need to get some good weather which has been hard to come by lately.

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Re: N45FT has a birth weight...

Postby AV8R Paul » Fri Jan 08, 2016 1:20 am

Ben looking at your N Number, I was wondering I'd it reflects your goal for landing distance? 45 Feet. :lol: Sorry, I'm am a retired engineer.
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Re: N45FT has a birth weight...

Postby SuperFly » Fri Jan 08, 2016 10:26 pm

Thats exactly what it is Paul. It is nice and short, both for landing, and radio calls. :)
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