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Old 04-18-2014, 10:42 PM
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Default Congratulations, Randy!

Hope to see it if you make it out West, Congrats.
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Old 04-21-2014, 02:27 PM
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Thank you everyone for the nice comments.

Tom, I will be in Eugene somewhere around May 26th weather permitting. I can't believe I'm going to miss the race (Indy 500 and the new Grand Prix of Indy), but I must adhere to the painter's schedule.

I have flown the -12 four times now. The weather lately has been just great. I've solved the heavy wing by adjusting the trailing edge (either in or out). It is pretty hands off now.

I've also settled on a rudder wedge too. It is 7.5" long by 1.5" wide by .6" tall. I made a total of three wedges before settling on this size. Now I just need to permanently attach it.

Other than a minor fuel smell that I traced back to the fitting on the electric fuel pump (and fixed), there have been no issues. I just completed my time-to-climb exercise and four-way airspeed calibration run but haven't analyzed the data yet.

I did get a chance to check out the Nexrad radar image today as showers were approaching from the West. Also, the traffic display is way cool. Love that too.
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427 Shelby Cobra - Completed 2012, Sold
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Old 04-21-2014, 06:01 PM
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Living the dream! Now you need an airpark property so you can keep your bird in your living room.
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Old 04-22-2014, 05:08 AM
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Randy does currently live on an airpark.
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Old 04-22-2014, 06:06 AM
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Yep, I live on II87.

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Lund fishing Boat, 2017, GONE FISHING
RV-12 - Completed 2014, Sold
427 Shelby Cobra - Completed 2012, Sold
F1 EVO - partially completed, Sold
F1 Rocket - Completed 2005, Sold
RV-7A - Partially completed, Sold
RV-6 - Completed 2000, Sold
Long-EZ - Completed 1987, Sold

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Old 04-25-2014, 01:00 AM
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Living the dream! Now you need an airpark property so you can keep your bird in your living room.
From the photos I've seen, I think Randy's shop/hangar is cleaner and neater than my living room!
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Don, although I've haven't seen your living room, I have been in Randy's hangar and you probably are correct. It is spotless with everything in its place.
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Old 05-02-2014, 06:59 AM
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The test flight phase is essentially complete. I just have a couple rate-of-climb tests to complete since I've been limited by ceilings the last few times.

All I've changed is to add a wedge to the rudder and fix a cowl rub on the #2 cylinder exhaust spring. All the performance numbers are slightly better than the book and the stall numbers are right on.

Not sure I have the prop tweaked exactly right just yet. I can't quite get it to 5500 RPM but its real close. Next step is to get the prop balanced and then fly it 2000 nm to get it painted.
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Paid through 2043!
Lund fishing Boat, 2017, GONE FISHING
RV-12 - Completed 2014, Sold
427 Shelby Cobra - Completed 2012, Sold
F1 EVO - partially completed, Sold
F1 Rocket - Completed 2005, Sold
RV-7A - Partially completed, Sold
RV-6 - Completed 2000, Sold
Long-EZ - Completed 1987, Sold

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Old 05-02-2014, 07:53 PM
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The test flight phase is essentially complete. I just have a couple rate-of-climb tests to complete since I've been limited by ceilings the last few times.

All I've changed is to add a wedge to the rudder and fix a cowl rub on the #2 cylinder exhaust spring. All the performance numbers are slightly better than the book and the stall numbers are right on.

Not sure I have the prop tweaked exactly right just yet. I can't quite get it to 5500 RPM but its real close. Next step is to get the prop balanced and then fly it 2000 nm to get it painted.
Where are you going 2000nm to get it painted? That's a long long long way.
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Old 05-08-2014, 11:21 AM
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John Stahr in Eugene is putting his unique touch on it. The trip is partly to get it painted, and partly (mostly) to make it an adventure. Retirement has it's plusses.

I flew the final test flight this week, signed off the QAR, and popped it in the mail to Van's. It took me 9.2 hours to complete everything and re-test some of the changes I had made. She's ready to go West now.

The plan is to leave sometime after May 18th. You can follow along on Flightaware if so inclined. Look for N417E.
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Paid through 2043!
Lund fishing Boat, 2017, GONE FISHING
RV-12 - Completed 2014, Sold
427 Shelby Cobra - Completed 2012, Sold
F1 EVO - partially completed, Sold
F1 Rocket - Completed 2005, Sold
RV-7A - Partially completed, Sold
RV-6 - Completed 2000, Sold
Long-EZ - Completed 1987, Sold

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