Re: Original Builder Poll

Bob Farnam <bfarnam@...>

Here's mine.

Bob Farnam
Aircraft: Q200 N200QK - 470 hours
Serial number 2351 - Purchased in 1981, first flight in May 1998
Engine: Continental O200A - stock engine with 700 hours SMOH
Based at Livermore, CA

The engine had an exhaust valve leak (low compression) which surfaced at
about 120 hours. Valve grind done on that cylinder. It has been fine since.
Erratic oil pressures during original flight test at about 20 hours traced
to sticky oil pressure relief valve. No other problems other than some oil
Like Jim's, this airplane is completely controllable on the runway. It was
the development airplane for the "six-pack". The fuel system is totally Q200
(no gascolator) and has never had a problem. I added an aux. fuel tank 5
years ago which has also been trouble free. It gives me 4 hrs 20 minutes to
dry tanks.
This airplane is tested to 1300 lbs gross and I routinely fly it at 1250
lbs. This airplane has been to OSH twice, Ottawa twice, and all over the
western states.
Also like Jim's, a pleasure to fly.
Bob F.
EAA Flight Advisor

-----Original Message-----
From: Q-LIST@... [mailto:Q-LIST@...]On Behalf Of
Jim Patillo
Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 10:03 AM
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Subject: [Q-LIST] Original Builder Poll


I'm taking a general poll to find out how many original
builder/flyers we have amongst us. If you bought your kit from QAC
and are finishing, or have flown please let us know who you are. I
think you'll see something interesting here.

Please note how many hours you've flown your plane, serial #, what
engine you use or any that you've tried, any major structural,
engine or other problems over the years.

I'll go first:

Jim Patillo
Aircraft: Q200 N45JP Q200 - 650 hours
Serial Number:#2468 - Kit purchased October 1980
Engine: Continental - pumped up & dual electronic ignitions

This airplane has never suffered any deviation from the runway and
is totally controllable though all ranges of ground taxi and flight.

The engine has had three failures; The first - fuel starvation 100'
off the runway which was a vapor lock (throw those gascolators
away!). The second was also fuel starvation about 100' off the
runway where I had mistakenly taken off while pumping a full aux
tank into a full header/main tank. The other was a push rod seal
failure which lost all the oil and almost created a forced landing.

This airplane suffered what appeared to be the only documented
canard failure to date due to a poor testing process at the factory.

Other than that N46JP Q200 has been a pleasure to fly.


JIm Patillo N46JP Q200

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