Folks have been asking how it is going lately.
I took my wife (and the plane) on the first trip outside our area. My wife absolutely loves the plane and told me she is attached to it already. She is really happy with the additional room that the rocket canopy/fastback offers.
A few people got to see Dilemma for the first time at the formation clinic. All the comments/feedback were positive. I learned that I don't like the pitot tube location because it complicates tie down. My other plane had the aluminum pitot line and had more clearance.
The plane flies nice. I slightly adjusted the auto pilot gain levels on this trip. It is faster than the previous plane by exactly 20kts. it also burns 1.3 gal less per hr. I love the auto pilot options to set air speed or ROD when climbing or starting to let down from high altitude. The engine temps are doing well but it is still cold outside. We will see what will happen once we start warming up again. I got a few tricks up my sleeve for cooling. I started work on a cowl flap like the one DanH made for his plane. I am not complete but some pics shown below.
Our first away from home picture
BBQ at our friends house
The all-up flight
And the nice thing about flying with your buds, nice pics.
A few of the cowl flap. It will get a trim motor later. Right now is set with two AN3 bolts. I still have to make the torque tube and a friend is trying to figure out how to take CHT/oil temp and automatically open/close the cowl flap. It is 9 inches wide so opening up the cowl flap one inch gives me 18 additional inch^2 to the exit. A 50% increase in exit area.