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.
Pleased to hear you are having fun Jay, seems no time ago
it was your first flight.
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!
Jay Scheevel, Tri-Q2 N8WQ, 121 hours.