N957DK Phase I Complete!

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N957DK Phase I Complete!

Postby 957DK » Mon Aug 10, 2015 4:03 pm

Hey gang,

I managed to complete my Phase I flight testing. A couple weeks too late for Oshkosh but it's done. The plane flew hands off from the first flight and I haven't encountered any unusual flight characteristics. The only problems encountered were: no oil pressure indication on start up (Dynon FlightDek D180), a spark plug wire came loose and a slight shimmy in the Pecola Tundra Lite tail wheel. The spark plug and tail wheel issues were fixed in a matter of minutes. The oil pressure took longer... That is until I had the Dynon Installation manual out and remembered that 5V is supplied to the sender via the D180. Yep, I didn't switch on the avionics master switch during start but powered up the D180 with it's internal backup battery. Wish the sense voltage to the oil pressure sender could be isolated from the D180, not optimal but that's just the way it will have to be. Good to know in the event of an electrical failure that the oil pressure will read zero.

I've been having a blast exploring the flight envelope now it's time to hit a couple of fly-ins before the season is over. If everything works out I'll see you at Vic and Billy Pain's fly-in this September.

Blue sky and tail winds for all!
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Re: N957DK Phase I Complete!

Postby scubarider2 » Thu Aug 13, 2015 8:32 pm

Fantastic, congratulations! :mrgreen:
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Re: N957DK Phase I Complete!

Postby gkremers » Thu Aug 13, 2015 9:11 pm

Great news Dan. Now you can really enjoy all your hard work.

Fly safe,
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Re: N957DK Phase I Complete!

Postby 957DK » Fri Aug 14, 2015 10:15 am

Yep, lots of hard work. I've figured out that I almost enjoy building more than flying.... Now the question is, what's next? Maybe floats or skis or who knows.
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Re: N957DK Phase I Complete!

Postby smiley » Sat Aug 15, 2015 4:05 pm

congradulations:
Have lots of fun
and your right !!!! what next???
That's why I just start building another plane
When the weather is good in South Dakota---go flying
Bad weather-- build a plane
best of both worlds

By the way, Have we seen any pictures
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Re: N957DK Phase I Complete!

Postby danerazz » Sat Aug 15, 2015 9:32 pm

That's a lot of building smiley!
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Re: N957DK Phase I Complete!

Postby smiley » Sun Aug 16, 2015 9:25 am

I am also slow
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Re: N957DK Phase I Complete!

Postby SheepdogRD » Sun Aug 16, 2015 10:34 am

smiley wrote:That's why I just start building another plane

What's the new one?
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Re: N957DK Phase I Complete!

Postby smiley » Sun Aug 16, 2015 2:28 pm

Started with an RV-4 then RV-6 then Kitfox 4 Now SuperStol, Maybe a helicopter next.
I am still working on the SuperStol, mounting the engine now.
Should be done it a couple weeks??? months or will it be longer
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Re: N957DK Phase I Complete!

Postby Johnny C! » Mon Aug 17, 2015 8:15 pm

I finished Phase 1 this weekend.

My son was my first passenger this am.

It was a beautiful morning!

Later!

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Re: N957DK Phase I Complete!

Postby SheepdogRD » Tue Aug 18, 2015 9:19 am

smiley wrote:By the way, Have we seen any pictures

Yep... here: http://www.wingsforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=218&t=23619&p=47186#p47186
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Re: N957DK Phase I Complete!

Postby Chief » Sat Aug 22, 2015 11:59 pm

Congrats Dan! I completed my Highlander last week, but I'm still waiting for the registration card from FAA. I have put four hours on just taxing.

I trying to get a Phase 1 flight test plan together. The FAA example is far to complicated for this plane. I can hone the FAA plan down, but I woulld prefer to see what someone else who has already tested has done. Any chance you could share your test plan?
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