Thank you! We have both found that flaring even a little bit early cause eventual heavy sink and then the nose wheel drops hard so it is good to hear from an experienced pilot jthat maybe we are on the right track for this plane.
Do you have a good contact for someone at Zenith who will reply to e-mails. I write to Roger Dubbert but quite frankly it seems that this is an irritation to him as his reply time is worse than surface mail from Africa to America! I actually want to know how much difference a variable pitch prop would make to the performance of the plane as much in terms of take off performance as cruise speed. I have also asked him about the flight data systems fuel flow computer FC 10 which is in my plane but not fitted to the system yet.. I wonder if you have any experience with these and wheter or not you would advice setting it up.
I really appreciate your feedback and trust that this is not too much of a nuisance for you!
Very many thanks for your comprehensive reply. Somehow I had missed it until tonight- I do not know why! My son and I have flown about 50 hours in our plane now and are getting better as we go along. Stopping the nose dropping hard after the main gear is still sometimes a problem. I do think that our ASI is under-reading but it has been difficult to find out for sure as it is very windy here at the moment. Glad you approach speed a little bit higher as we find she sinks fast at anything lower.
We have done about 8 two hour cross countries and really enjoy the great visibility. Will keep you infomred how we are doing.
Dear Larry, I live in Kenya and have just completed and flown my 801. It has a O 360 Lycoming wiht standard prop from the factory. I have done 5 hours in the plane and my son about 4 all under instruction as we are newly qualified pilots. I am not sure whaich engine you ahve but I would interested to know what cruise speed you manage to get as we are only achieving 90 mph at 2500 rpm. Any other comments on approach speeds, flaps running tanks low would be greatly appreciated.
Well Larry here we are again Christmas time 2010 I hope you had a great year and the flying went well, now that I have finally got mine into the air I will be looking ofrward to having an opportuity to go somewhere as a pair of 801's. Have a great holiday season and the best to you and yours. phil
Hi Larry. We did 75 hours the first month in our 801.with the long range tanks, I have to strecth endurance to almost 9 hours on one flight! Fuel flows down to 4gph! Glazed the cylinders becauseof this though. To low power settings for 2 long! Having cooling issues on the oil temps and cylinder 2 at the moment. Did all our flying in winter and now in summer we are battling abit. Redoing the baffles and moving the oilcooler to the right rear baffle where we now take off bleed air from the cowl. Also repitched my prop from a 54 to 57 to better absorb power. We run almost 2900rpm staright and level at full power. Also did a 1" prop extension. As I go along, I tweak things to make it run cooler, bit faster etc. Found that with a slight flap down setting we get 5mph better cruise at the same power settings as well. Am also installing the VG kit on the elevator this week.
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