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Old 10-21-2014, 11:24 PM
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Default 40.0 it's a wrap

A few pictures of the last day of testing.

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I put 40lbs of water in the back seat and 20lbs of sand in the rear baggage compartment. Didn't really notice much difference other than the tail coming down a bit faster when slow and 3 point. Will keep the speed up a touch for the first few passengers until I get used to the feel. Aerobatics with the rear weight was fine and didn't seem very much different, but then it's not that much weight.

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Oh, and back at about 30 hours I found this...

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Even after all the inspections, going over it time and time again and I look down and see the main control stick is missing it's cotter key... YIKES. I was looking at it as I'm working on a bent stick replacement to bring the stick back a bit. I'll post an update when I get the new grip to go with the bent stick.
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Old 10-21-2014, 11:40 PM
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Wow, the DAR inspector must've missed that too. The thought of losing the control system, or having it jam is one of several vivid pilot nightmares. So good that you caught it!
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Old 10-22-2014, 12:19 AM
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Congrats. I'm jealous.

Give us some more details on your bent stick. I would like to bend my stick.
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Old 10-22-2014, 12:25 AM
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Congrats. I'm jealous.

Give us some more details on your bent stick. I would like to bend my stick.
You can search the archives for the topic. That's what I did and got a new stick from Vans and had it bent. It comes about a couple of inches and feels nice, but I can't use my Tosten grip with it, so I'm working on getting a new grip setup before I install it. I'll post more about it after it's done.
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Old 10-22-2014, 12:27 AM
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Wow, the DAR inspector must've missed that too. The thought of losing the control system, or having it jam is one of several vivid pilot nightmares. So good that you caught it!
It's a good reminder to continue to check things over carefully. You really can't expect any ONE person to catch everything. In this case, I very much doubt that the bolt would come out as it's horizontal and under tension with the stick at most times. but still, it's the control stick!
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Old 10-22-2014, 09:43 AM
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At the end of the day it's my responsibility to make sure it's right, my name is on the bottom line that said it's airworthy and I maintain it every day going forward.
Good attitude-------you have the concept down.
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Old 10-22-2014, 09:58 AM
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Congrats Andy!!!

Great job !!!

Including spotting that missing cotter pin... Better late than too late ...!!!
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Old 10-22-2014, 10:11 AM
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It's a good reminder to continue to check things over carefully. You really can't expect any ONE person to catch everything. In this case, I very much doubt that the bolt would come out as it's horizontal and under tension with the stick at most times. but still, it's the control stick!
Yes, multiple sets of eyeballs are always best. Your post is a great PSA for those who are still building to triple-check things.

Congrats on reaching the end of Phase 1!
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Old 10-22-2014, 10:38 AM
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Easy now. These types of attitudes keep people from posting things that might be helpful for others down the road. This of the "NASA forms". I considered not posting it at all to keep the flak down, but then I like to share what's going on in real time. At the end of the day it's my responsibility to make sure it's right, my name is on the bottom line that said it's airworthy and I maintain it every day going forward.
Inspection? I had the FSDO do mine and he didn't get within two feet of the plane. His biggest fear was getting a paper cut when shuffled my paper.

Congratulations Andy! I hope you have many more enjoyable and trouble free flights!
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Old 10-22-2014, 10:45 AM
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Congratulations. I often try to imagine what that must feel like.
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