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  #101  
Old 01-27-2014, 09:57 PM
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Default Art is where you see it

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...Looks very artsy in the shop
Cousin Vlad's right: it looks like a staged display:

"... the horizontal structures convey the artist's perspective on linearity, juxtaposed against cables and blue tapeflowers which concisely contrast construction with entropy.

The piece is grounded by the red tubes, and simultaneously conveys yearning for motion through the diagonal section at the front, up to the clear top, which opens to the viewer..."
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Old 02-17-2014, 08:21 PM
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Default First engine start!

Another big milestone day. I got the engine started on the airplane.

Yesterday I put some avgas in the tanks and got the fuel pump primed, then did a fuel flow check and drained the fuel from the tanks to find the unusable fuel.

I got the engine preoiled this morning, then chocked the wheels, tied it up to my wife's car, and fired it up. There's video of the event on Facebook, so send me a friend request if you want to watch it. For some reason, I kept getting an error in iPhoto when trying to import the video off her iPhone.

After the first run, my Dad took me to lunch and after the engine had cooled down, we did a second run. The engine sounds like it is running well, and the Dynon Skyview EMS page showed that all systems were working properly.



More photos at the end of my Firewall Forward/Engine photo gallery.
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Old 02-17-2014, 08:34 PM
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That is great Bruce. You are getting REAL close! Keep plugging away. I am jealous!
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Old 02-18-2014, 09:33 AM
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Default Keep up the motivation Bruce

Your progress is keeping me motivated Bruce. We've had freezing temps and alot of snow this winter like many in the North (just not so much). I plan to get out to the garage today to work on my landing lights (temps in the low 50's). I am gearing toward late April/early May to get my DAR inspection. I mailed off my aircraft registration to OK this morning in preparation for that upcoming DAR inspection. I finally found a hangar to do the final assembly. Now I just have to get the windshield glassed in and get the color coats on the plane and then its moving time.

Hoping to be not far behind you Bruce.
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:52 PM
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Congratulations on the milestone Bruce! Keep up the great work. You will be airborne before you know it.
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Old 03-06-2014, 01:40 AM
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Default Final 1%

I'm really running out of things to do on the project. I had to take out the VP-X unit and have it repaired. There was a bad voltage regulator in the box and I wasn't getting any reading on the pitch/roll/flap servo positions. I got it back today, reinstalled it and everything now checks out fine. Over the weekend I started putting on the forward top skin. I was able to solo rivet all of the center section, but will need to find a helper to shoot the side rivets. Once that is done the canopy goes back on. I have a few more engine runs to perform, drain the fuel and weigh the plane. Then pitot/static/transponder checks and ready for the DAR inspection! I'm also starting the transition training on Friday.

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Old 03-06-2014, 06:29 AM
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Great job Bruce. Almost there.
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Old 03-06-2014, 06:38 AM
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Bruce,
Congratulations upon reaching an exciting time during the build. I have been watching your build as I was building my 7A. It is even more exciting when it comes to flying the first time. I will never forget it. You are almost there.
The plane looks real good.
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Old 03-06-2014, 10:06 AM
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Bruce,

Funny how you didn't tie it down to your car when you did the first start.
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Old 03-06-2014, 11:15 AM
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Bruce,

Funny how you didn't tie it down to your car when you did the first start.
Her car is bigger than mine!
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