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Old 04-07-2016, 09:30 AM
YellowJacket RV9 YellowJacket RV9 is offline
 
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Default N313GT First Flight

Well some nasty weather rolled through early this AM, hopefully going easy on Lakeland, but by 8:30 the skies were clear and wind was calm, and I got to fly N313GT for the first time - it was pleasantly uneventful. She flew hands-off and as expected the only hard part was slowing her down.

Take-off roll was extremely short - I had a friend setup at the first taxiway to shoot pictures but was off well before I got there. Climbed out at 100 knots and was at 3000' before I knew it. I have 4 new ECI cylinders so I watched the CHT's - #3 topped out at about 406 for about 20 minutes and then I noticed a distinct drop. The others were in the 365-395 range. I kept power at about 70-75% for 35 minutes and then did a brief slow-flight test, with a full flap stall right at 40 knots. Came back into the pattern and flew final at 65 and then 60 knots. Just like Jan Bussell said it would, the plane landed itself and made me look good.

Thank you to everybody here for answering what started as dumb questions and hopefully at least became slightly less so over 3.5 years. I have learned immensely. Thanks to Jan for excellent transition training, and to Vic Syracuse for a thorough inspection and the confidence-inspiring kind words. And it doesn't hurt to have an amazingly supportive wife.

As they say, it's all worth it. And now, the grin....

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Old 04-07-2016, 09:35 AM
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Default Congratulations!

Nice job! Enjoy many more safe hours.
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:38 AM
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Default Congratulations!!

Chris, big congrats on the maiden voyage
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:42 AM
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Default Congrats!

Well done, Chris. Have fun doing the testing
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:58 AM
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Congratulations!!
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Old 04-07-2016, 10:03 AM
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Default First flight

Congrats. It is an amazing feeling.
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Old 04-07-2016, 10:17 AM
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Excellent work! It is indeed worth it...
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Old 04-07-2016, 10:19 AM
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Congrats to a Helluva Engineer!
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Old 04-07-2016, 10:27 AM
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Default Congrats!

Good show Chris.

I've got just over 450 hrs on my 9A and contend that while not the fastest of the family, it's the easiest to fly. Sounds like you're finding that out fast.

If you're at ZPH tomorrow, be sure to stop by Hanger 4 facing the 5-23.
George and I will be there in the AM then lunch at the best Mexican Restaurant in the area in downtown ZHills. Join us!
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Old 04-07-2016, 11:03 AM
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Good show Chris.

I've got just over 450 hrs on my 9A and contend that while not the fastest of the family, it's the easiest to fly. Sounds like you're finding that out fast.

If you're at ZPH tomorrow, be sure to stop by Hanger 4 facing the 5-23.
George and I will be there in the AM then lunch at the best Mexican Restaurant in the area in downtown ZHills. Join us!
Thanks Carl - Unfortunately I have to work tomorrow so won't be able to fly again until Saturday. It will be the longest 24 hours of my life. Hope to meet you soon though! I have a large phase 1 area so hopefully after I have gotten through the initial test phases I can meet up for some lunch fly-outs, etc.

Chris
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