Re: Flight report


Richard Thomson
 

    Yep, been on it since 1996, with holidays in between.

    As the TriQ is almost there the lockdown allowed more time to get those nasty little jobs done, and one by one knock em down.

   The fins have been a long road, but now in a final sub assembly form ready to fit and skin.

    Engine mount and firewall fitted ( plenty of space for  Electronic ignition and the RDAC).😛

   But still loads to do.Viggen
        Mount Oct 20

    Rich T.

On 17/11/2020 15:50, Jay Scheevel wrote:

Hi Richard,

 

Did not know you also had a Viggen project. That is unique! I am using Dynon servos and autopilot. So far, so good.

 

Cheers,

Jay

 

From: main@Q-List.groups.io <main@Q-List.groups.io> On Behalf Of Richard Thomson
Sent: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 2:33 AM
To: main@Q-List.groups.io
Subject: Re: [Q-List] Flight report

 

Thanks Jay, I will look forward to seeing them. What servos are you using ?

We have been on lockdown for 2 weeks so not done anything on the TriQ, but have been continuing to build the twin fins for the Viggen, that has been hard work as the plans are various scales so you have to play with sizing all the time to get it right. Will swap you some pics when they are done.

Br

Rich T.

On 16/11/2020 16:51, Jay Scheevel wrote:

Hi Richard,

 

Oddly enough and quite out of character, I did not take any pictures of the install. I only took pictures of the lables, so that I could register warranty on them. I will take some pics next time I am out at the hangar, and post those for anyone who is interested. They seem to be working out quite well.

 

Cheers,

Jay

 

From: main@Q-List.groups.io <main@Q-List.groups.io> On Behalf Of Richard Thomson
Sent: Monday, November 16, 2020 2:30 AM
To: main@Q-List.groups.io
Subject: Re: [Q-List] Flight report

 

Pleased to hear you are having fun Jay, seems no time ago it was your first flight.

Have you put up any pictures of your servo install ?

Br

Rich T.

 

On 15/11/2020 21:40, Jay Scheevel wrote:

Hi All,

 

Had not been up in my Q for a couple weeks, so I thought I would take advantage of a nice calm, cool, crystal-clear fall day to do a short local flight. I have recently finished the final paint on my wheel fairings, so it is nice to have the airframe “finished”. Although it is a homebuilt, so I guess you are never really finished, right Sammy?

 

It was my first flight in a long time where the density altitude was less than the field altitude. DA was 4250 and field elevation is 4750 MSL.  So I guess you could call it a “low altitude” shake out flight for me. The good thing about cooler temperatures (5 degrees C at 1000’ AGL) is that it allows me to close up my radiator air exit doors and reduce drag. That adds some nice speed, so once I got up and level, I was showing over 170 mph TAS at about 70% power. Pulling it back to economy cruise (55% power), still gave me 160 mph TAS, which is really a nice speed at 5.5 gph!  The scenery is tremendous out here any time of year, but the lower sun angles make it really pop. Had to take a little opportunity to take it in, so I flew along the west edge of our valley (Grand Junction, CO) and flew down over the cemetery where my dad is resting and made a tight circle and couple of wing wags to say hello. The plane really likes about a 35 degree turn angle. It kind of “locks in” at that angle.

 

At my last condition inspection, I installed the autopilot servos, so I have been playing with the autopilot for a month or so. It is really nice to have, and having it hold altitude and heading is a real pleasure.  That gives you a chance to play with the engine settings without holding the stick. And magically, you can just twist the heading bug to make a turn. I have not used it for a multileg trip yet, but if I get the opportunity in one of the colder months, it will be nice.

 

Since it is starting to get chilly here, it is worth mentioning that I take my cabin heat air off the back side of the left and right radiators, so when I close up the exit air doors,  I get extra pressure on the hot air source into the cabin. That is a nice feature of winter flying for me, since that is the time that you are flying with the radiator exits mostly closed up.

 

My engine is really running smoothly and the rest of the plane is functioning as designed, so I am a happy homebuilder and now have 121 hours on the plane. Hoping to get out and see some of you in 2021, and maybe make that long dreamt of trip to OSH this year.

 

For those of you in Canada, hope you had a nice Thanksgiving, for those of you in the US, Happy Thanksgiving,  11 days from now, and for everyone else, I hope you have a nice November 26th!

 

Cheers,

Jay Scheevel, Tri-Q2 N8WQ, 121 hours.

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