Hi Dave. You have a nice looking aircraft there! I hope mine turns out 1/2 as nice as yours is! I'm building a CH650 from kit. I have her up on her landing gear. The wings are done and so is all the "upgrades". I'm going to be using a 2700cc Corvair for my power plant. I'm at the point of doing the first engine run. After that, all I have left to do is the nose bowl, cowling kit, canopy (I dread this part) and installing the instruments. Hopefully if all goes well, my wife and I will be attending OSH in the near future! I'll see you there I'm sure!
I enjoyed meeting you at Sporty's and looking forward to seeing you again at Oshkosh. The flight home was a bit choppy, but nothing significant. Typical light airplane bounce mostly. Did get a 15 mph boost in groundspeed with that westbound breeze. Took 1.3 going home, 1.6 to arrive. There is probably about .5 hours of taxi time in that 2.9 hours.
Hi Dave, Yes it was me that you met at MERFI. Thanks for sharing your insights on the upgrade experience.
I looked over some of the pictures you posted on your website and they are very motivating for me to get my project back in gear again. Hope you made it back in time for the presentation you wanted to attend. If I get stuck on some of the technical issues of my upgrade I'll be in touch. Look forward to seeing you at other events around Ohio and have a safe trip next week.
Thanks for commenting on my photo.
I am pretty sure that what you are talking about is the gull wing deflectors that sit between the cylinders. If so, then the answer is yes but I will be fitting mine underneath the barrels like other air cooled aero engines. This has been done by another builder and with success so part of the guessing work has been done for me and also acknowledged as a good idea from the Jab factory.
While I was in the USAF in Great Falls MT I never saw a C5 in the three years I served. We were a missile base... I could tell you what the Minuteman Mod 3 were like but I'd have to kill you afterward. I did see a C5 parked at Keesler AFB back many years ago and at first glance I thought it was a building. It's such a complicated airplane from what I have read; it rarely takes off on a mission with more than 90 - 95% of it systems functioning fully. It takes 90 man hours of maintenance for every flight hour.What a monster!
Dave, the DAR, Jim Gilchirst showed my my Airwothiness, he was more optimistic. As I mentioned, I'm real close. What a relief. The final piece of information is Empty Weight. I was hoping for 700 pounds, now I'm thinking 730.
Wow! There went a nice big chunk of your useful weight allowance. Okay.... attention everybody, we're all on a diet as of right now. The savings on the grocery bill will be spent on the extra fuel burn ;-)
I have the dual stick set-up so I moved down the hole on the inter-stick arm by 1" = 20%. If you were going to move the holes in the elevator bellcrank, you could move them closer to the pivot by the same 20%.
I am using nuvite. Not going too bad. I figure it will save some weight. I figure I will polish them up while waiting for the kit. I will probably pull the skins next. The center wing is going to be a lot to remove. I am checking my documentation to see what wiring I will need to deal with. Once I get it out it should not be too bad. I guess I will learn to shoot some solid rivets. I have a couple of friends that will help.
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