Re: Flight reports

Jim Patillo


Howdy dude! Flying around the San Joaquin Valley I've had my plane
loaded with bugs (heavy all over canard and wings) and noticed no
change. Don't think that caused your problem but who knows.

Jim P.

Thanks for the Sho Bloom. Its starting to work wonders on my horses!

--- In Q-LIST@..., Boddicker <trumanst@...> wrote:

7 Sept 06
Again worked on descents. TO from 35 was fine. I think the tires
have a
higher profile than the old ones. I need more ground speed to TO
than before
I changed the tires. At first I thought it was my complacency, but
now have
enough TO¹s to think that the ground angle of attack has changed
for the
worse. Nothing dangerous, just different. The engine has started
to loosen
up some also. I now get 2550RPM on TO roll and 2450 to 2500 in
climb. 360°
descents, 100 MPH at idle, the first 180 ° was down 1000¹ the next
180° was
down 700¹. For a total for 1700¹ descent in the full turn. Thought
it was
odd to have different rates in the same test. Next test was 2000¹
descent at
idle, with 110MPH. Glide was 3.5 miles.
Return to the airport for landing, uneventful.

14 Sept 06
Continued the descent tests. TO from 17 with a 10 MPH headwind
felt better
than the calm wind TO¹s I have been doing. Climb to 5000¹, without
off part way up to cool the engine, was fine. The temps were
normal for this
plane. First descent yielded a glide of 2.5 miles, engine at idle,
2000¹, @ 115 mph. Next try was engine idle, down 1000¹ @ 120 mph,
Flew around some at 5000¹. Had a strange experience. To maintain
altitude, I
had to have the nose high. More so than I have ever noticed. The
plane did
not want to trim very well either. Back to the pattern for
landing. Decided
to try to slow my approach to 90 mph for final. Short final found
me very
low, and almost in the corn. Had I continued I don¹t think I would
have made
the runway. Went around. Next approach was at 100 mph. More like
normal. At
least normal to me. Did a T&G. Next landing was at 100 mph on
final as well.
Decent landing. When I got back to the hanger I had a huge amount
of bugs on
the plane. More so than I have ever seen. I talked with Terry C.
about the
possibility that the bugs could have spoiled some of the lift on
the wings.
He said that his LS1 has not had a bug problem, but any
contamination on the
wings will decrease performance. I cleaned them off, and will know
the next
flight if they were the cause. If I don¹t gather them on TO.

Kevin Boddicker
Luana, Iowa
Tri Q200 N7868B 31.4 hours

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