Did a quick and dirty W&B... She's nose heavy (expected) with my heavy engine. I've replaced the original Delco starter with a Sky-Tec saving about 8 lbs near the prop. She's at the forward limit with a 170 lbs pilot and no fuel. With me (205 lbs) and unusable fuel she's good, but about 8 lbs of ballast in the tail area will make it perfect.
Empty weight came in at 838 (with the original starter) but I'll redo the W&B soon with the new starter. Will probably change up the alternator too, just not sure when. That will give me 600 + useful load. That gives me full fuel, me + wife and 80lbs of gear!!! ME LIKEY!!!
I'm holding off on the paint. Decided to fly it polished up a bit except for the cowling, that will be painted an "aluminum" color to match. Once I get amphibs done, then I can paint the whole thing, but I do like the look of aluminum on a plane so we'll see.
C of R has been ordered. All my picks for registration were taken so I signed up for the next available letters. Not sure how long that usually takes though.
Finishing up the windshield install, prepping the controls and will be doing taxi tests in my yard once the snow is gone. Then off to the Kakabeka Airport (home base) for final inspection! Should be airborne as soon as the strip is dry!!!
Couple of shots...
Hatch for the oil cooler finally fitted. PITA this was to look good. Might change these rivets out for flush, but that won't speed this bird up! LOL.
Installed a flush latch on the hatch instead of the crap butterfly Dzus fasteners provided with it.
Starter comparison! About 17 lbs for the delco, 9.3 for the Sky Tec.
Sky tec installed! Looks like I cut out a hole in my cowling for nothing since the sky tec doesn't have a bull nose on it! One more thing to fix!
Final fit of the Cowling. Glad I got the fat and stumpy nose cone over the long and skinny one to match the short cowling! The 750's with the Rotax engines have at leas 18" more cowling than this beast!
End is in sight! Gotta fly off the 25 hours fast this spring. Wife wants to start flying to some resorts up north for some week-end "get-a-ways"... I'm not arguing!
Made lead bricks for the tail. 14.8 lbs in the tail took a whopping 50 lbs off the nose and put the W&B in the "Cat's Ass" range! Still leaves me with 600 lbs + useful load! I can take some bricks out if I decide to permanently carry some survival gear or tools. But for flight testing, this was the simplest system. Put it back here because it will be behind three bulkheads. Took the rudder off for easy access.
Dash upholstery added with defrost vents. Still have to add the SCAT tubes. Had to get this installed before final setup of windshield.
Final install of windshield completed! Scary nightmare to install as it's quite fragile until secured into place! Now it's rock solid!
Yep, she's officially now a Canadian Bird. Marks attached! These are high speed decals that I got custom cut.
Doors painted. Aluminum color for now on the outside. Will repaint when I finalize my color scheme but that won't be until I get the amphibs done. Interior is going to stay aluminum color though!
Interior shot. Some Zinc-Chromate clean up to do, but interior is 99% complete!
Getting the cowling painted this week (too big and messy a job in my shop), still on schedule for taxi testing once the snow is gone. Some other tests to do for MD-RA, fuel flow, compass swings etc...
Hope to be air-born this spring, depending on how long it takes for MD-RA to file the paperwork with TC. Summer project is to build a trailer to haul it back home for winter storage (will borough one for now) and hope to start working on the floats next winter!
Nice enough now to open the garage doors, so took a quick cell phone photo!
W&B is done. After paint, finishing up the interior, heavy avionics, big ass fire extinguisher, custom seats with sliders, dual controls and a massive engine, the "Silver BB" is heavy! 900 lbs!!!
Currently lock-wiring and double checking everything is tight and secure. Once I verify the control surface deflections, the wings come off and I can then finish painting the smaller steel parts (jury struts, attach fittings, etc.) then out she comes. Wings go back on in the backyard, then some fuel flow testing, run-ups and maybe some taxiing in the back yard... Then wings off, pack her up and off to the airport for the final inspection!
Just ordered a Garmin Virb Elite Aviation bundle for the cockpit video too! She's real close now!!!
Virb Elite is in and works great. Insane video quality from this thing!
Quick video of the smooth running Lycoming! Don't mind the hill-billy tank on the roof...
She made it to the airstrip, wings back on. Adjusting the flaperons has been a complete nightmare (took two tedious days) but finally done. She's sitting now waiting for a final inspection!
Loading up for the airpark trip... This was scary. Took three trips. Built a big ass box for the wings but still every bump made me nervous! Made it one piece though...
Wings put back on, attached all the wiring and control surfaces!
Waiting for inspection! I'm tied up until next week so hopefully I can get it done by the end of next week. Then wait for paperwork to come in from the government... not a clue how long that will take though...
Here's a short video of the first take-off, don't expect much, we babied it the entire way up!
Take-offs are all around 200' now without going to nuts. I KNOW it will do a lot shorter, just don't have the balls to do it. Landings are getting much easier, but it's been a learning curve. This thing does NOT land like a normal plane. I've only experimented with about half flaps so far, full flaps will helicopter it down and I just don't have the experience to find that a comfortable feeling yet. Hoping to have stall speed tests, best angles and best time climbs figured out by the weekend.
No issues to speak of so far. Had a mag that wouldn't ground (dirty P-Lead) and carb heat was wonky because the cable was slipping in the adel clamp. Both two second fixes.
Burning about 5.7 gal/hr in cruise at 80 mph, but can lean it out to about 5.1 gal/hr. All temps are good. Max cylinder temps at full power are 330F, Oil temp is around 160F... little low for me. The oil cooler is too efficient. I'm going to put a butterfly valve on it that I can control from the cockpit. I doubt it will need any oil cooling at all in the colder fall air.
Visibility is INSANE in this thing!!! Here are some shots from my Garmin Virb. Picture quality on this camera is AMAZING! These are stills from the video, but converted to JPG so they don't do the camera justice!