I AM IN THE AIR

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I AM IN THE AIR

Postby scubarider2 » Sun Feb 03, 2008 2:40 pm

JUST WANTED TO LET EVERYONE KNOW THAT I AM IN THE AIR!!!  :D  :D  :D
FLEW WONDERFUL, NOTHING MAJOR.  A couple minor things mostly electrical.  Flew straight and true.  FAST!
Here is a blurrrrry picture..More to come!
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First Flight Milestones

Postby Wes » Sun Feb 03, 2008 7:03 pm

Dennis,

A big Congrats' to you for the great job on the Escapade! It is encouraging for us 'wanna be' builders. The things actually FLY!
When you get your feet back on the ground, we would be interested in some (any) observations about , -performance, - squawks, - noise, - engine parameters, - etc.

Again, -Way-To-Go!

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Postby Dave Krall CFII SEL SES » Sun Feb 03, 2008 8:24 pm

KUDOS to you Dude!
Nice job, we have a PIX of Tequila Sunrise in the hangar.
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kool

Postby scubarider2 » Sun Feb 03, 2008 9:46 pm

KOOOOLLLL, thanks!  8)
Sorry about the big first pic....kinda got carried away.  After alittle over one year with 750 hours to finally get it in the air was really sweeeet.
My plan will be eval everything as I go along and try my best to let you guys know of anything "I wish I had dones"...
Was way to nervous the first few times to notice anything but wow...in the air....wow....am now back on the ground!   :lol:
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flight

Postby KevinC » Sun Feb 03, 2008 10:07 pm

Very cool, Dennis.  Congrats.

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Postby alan » Sun Feb 03, 2008 11:29 pm

Way cool, Dennis!

And it will just keep getting better.

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great

Postby billy5823 » Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:27 pm

congrats, cant wait to fly mine. hoping for a couple more months. must have been a once in a life time experience.  had to be a rush .
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Postby rgmullins » Tue Feb 05, 2008 9:08 am

Congratulations!! The only thing missing was the picture of the pilot behind the stick with the big shit-eating-grin.....

Now if I can just get JA to send me the parts they have been promising for almost a month...
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keep working

Postby scubarider2 » Tue Feb 05, 2008 11:29 am

Keep working guys, it is all worth it.  What a wonderful bird.  After 3 take-offs and landings I have alittle data.  Right now she cruises at 80mph indicated at 4600rpms.   Did not run her past 80 yet.  I have only had her up the one day.  Hope to go again sometime this week.  The few electrical problems were simply the radio which was alittle lose in the tray which I think I fixed and the GPS which I need to get a better external antenna {just ordered}.  
Trim worked well and didn't need much to fly hands off.  I need to type up some pre-flight/before take-off/after take-off/before landing/after landing card.  I forgot some things in all my excitement like turning the strobes on and turning fuel pump off.
I filled the gas tank one gallon at a time and marked with permanent marker on the inside tanks.  That helps.  
After filling the tanks I noticed that the tires turn in alittle due to the weight.  I will have to take a picture of that to see if it is normal.  BUT, I know I have that funny little wheel in the front and the smaller tires then the rest of you so........hmmmmmm
I still have to continue to torque the prop bolts so no spinner for alittle while longer.
All for now,,,,more to come.
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Postby John S » Tue Feb 05, 2008 10:40 pm

Dennis,
Congratulations, and thanks for the inspiration.  Your plane is gorgeous.  Best of luck with it.  My partner Don S, and I are just starting the wing trailing edges, and are close to starting the wiring.  That great photo you posted will get us through at least the wing work, then we'll need more !

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Postby rgmullins » Wed Feb 06, 2008 9:46 am

What did your completed plane end up weighing?
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Weight and Balance

Postby scubarider2 » Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:36 am

I did the weight and balance and the numbers came out ok.  The total empty weight was 730lbs.  I did add pretty much what I wanted to so not really that bad.  I figure that with loaded fuel and luggage I can comfortably handle myself at 185lbs and a passenger of about 250.  Not bad....I can give you specifics of the weight and balance if you would like.  Just let me know.
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Postby rgmullins » Wed Feb 06, 2008 1:41 pm

That sounds about what i was expecting. JA claims 620 empty weight. I suppose you might get that if you flew without instruments and didn't paint it, maybe leave out the seats, you probably don't really need tires on the wheels......

the other number I wonder if they might have fudged a little is the cruise speed. I suspect it might be a little high.
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cruise speed

Postby scubarider2 » Wed Feb 06, 2008 2:02 pm

I believe the cruise speed will be a around the 90-95 mark comfortable.  Pushing downhill quickly maybe 100mph.  She sings at 80mph in the upper 4000rpm range.  I will let you know as soon as I go up and push alittle.  
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Re: Weight and Balance

Postby Dave Krall CFII SEL SES » Wed Feb 06, 2008 5:40 pm

scubarider2 wrote:I did the weight and balance and the numbers came out ok.  The total empty weight was 730lbs.  I did add pretty much what I wanted to so not really that bad.  I figure that with loaded fuel and luggage I can comfortably handle myself at 185lbs and a passenger of about 250.  Not bad....I can give you specifics of the weight and balance if you would like.  Just let me know.
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I for one, would very much like to see your W&B and CG work, the whole weighing process actually. Thanks!
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