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Old 12-07-2015, 07:00 PM
JamesClarkIV JamesClarkIV is offline
 
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Default New RV-7A Blog Describing First Flights

After seeing some of the other professionally done blogs about flight testing: I'm trying my hand at documenting my experiences flying my new RV7A in a wordpress blog. So far its only flights #1 - #4, but it seems like a nice way to keep track of all the new/changing/items and information in one place.

Follow along if you like, and please feel free to make suggestions as I'm pretty new at this:

http://jamessclarkiv.com/
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Old 01-03-2016, 06:41 PM
JamesClarkIV JamesClarkIV is offline
 
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Default I've completed 8 flights now on the RV7A.

Here is a record of my learning curve. I'd appreciate feedback on what I'm doing right, and what I'm doing wrong if anything stands out to the experienced folks out there:

First Flight

Flight 2

Flight 3

Flight 4

Flight 5 Flap Fault

Flight 6 Added Oil Sump Heater
Flight 6 Data


Flight 7 Fuel Smell In Cabin

I finally located the source of my fuel smell in the cabin.

Flight 8, Found Leaking Interior Fuel Vent

My first attempts at polishing

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Old 01-04-2016, 03:19 PM
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Microfiber tip: Get a 5 gallon bucket from Home Depot or Ace or the usual places. Buy a tub of TCP. Throw a couple of gallons of hot water in. Mix in (and really mix it up) about a 1/2 cup of TCP. Throw the towels in for 24 hours. Drain. Wash. Works fine.

Two: The microfiber towels at a place like Perfect Polish are a MILLION times better than what you pick up at the auto or hardware store. This is something I' learned far too late.

Three: Your bird looks great.
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Old 01-04-2016, 06:51 PM
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Default Tips

Thanks Bob.

Looking forward to trying your TCP tip.
Jim
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