Stephen R. Smith's Blog – August 2009 Archive (2)

Jabiru 3300, Bing carburetor and air intake system on in the Zodiac XL

Having flown my Zodiac XL about 600 hours with my Jabiru 3300 and Bing carburetor I must say it has had it good points and bad.

The short story is that initially the performance I got was quite poor. With some minor changes, performance improved to the point where it seemed acceptable. However problems remain which are perhaps serious.

Now the longer story...

First, in defense of Jabiru and the Bing I will say that the firewall forward kit I got with the engine… Continue

Added by Stephen R. Smith on August 30, 2009 at 1:33pm — 17 Comments

600 hours and counting

Today I added 3.7 hours to the log book which brings the plane up to 600 hours. Today's flight was a lazy sightseeing flight with an average speed of 87 MPH.

I spent a little time seeing how low I could get my fuel burn and maintain altitude. Around 2.8 GPH is as low as I can get it without sliding out of the sky.

When I got home I upload my GPS track like I always do to review my flight. This one looks like I perhaps I had a bit too "much to drink" with all the S-turns. I… Continue

Added by Stephen R. Smith on August 21, 2009 at 1:07am — 4 Comments

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