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Old 09-17-2017, 07:53 PM
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Default The sleeper awakens! (My engine, that is)

This past Saturday afternoon, after 5 years and 9 months of building, I successfully managed to awaken my plane's engine from its 13-year slumber. She kicked and protested, wanting to go back to sleep twice. But the third time around, I got the gas-to-noise generator to stay up and going.

FIRST ENGINE START WAS A SUCCESS!!!!

For reference, it is a Lycoming IO-320-E2A, running the full EFII injection/ignition system, spinning a Catto 3-blade wind generator. The engine was overhauled by its previous owner between 2004 and 2006, and then put into storage. Needless to say, I was subconsciously a nervous wreck, deep down not knowing what to expect. I readily admit that once I had run up to 1800 RPM, saw the temps and oil readings were fine, I took a few seconds to just sit back and enjoy the wind and noise.

A thank you to my Dad for the videography, RV-14 builder Bill Schweinberg for a few checks on attempts 1 & 2, and then a major major thank you to RV builder extraordinaire Jon Thocker of Redline for doing the run-up walk-arounds once the engine cooperated on attempt 3. Jon just happened to be doing his usual biking around the airport Saturday afternoon when he stopped by while I was prepping for attempt 3.

Afterwards, more than anything, there was a huge sense of relief. Here on out, it's bug-fixing and finishing work. But now I know I have, in the most important mechanical sense, a working plane.

https://youtu.be/uZdtpZtS7LY
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Last edited by sbalmos : 09-18-2017 at 10:13 AM. Reason: Idiot me, it's an E2A, not E1A
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Old 09-17-2017, 10:05 PM
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congratulations!

as a buyer not a builder, I am so impressed with guys like you who get out there and get 'er done!
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Old 09-18-2017, 06:50 AM
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Default Awesome news Scott!

the hard work is paying off.

Tom
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Old 09-18-2017, 07:16 AM
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Default Way cool Scott

A major milestone you can check off there. Hopefully you won't take as much time as I did between the airworthiness and first flight on my bird. I had a steep learning curve getting through the system checks on my plane with all the electronic gadgets and obtaining a good comfort factor. Didn't help that the airport is far away and winter struck in the middle of it all.

You got a good support staff hanging around Butler so you should be fine.
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Old 09-18-2017, 10:43 PM
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Default Congrats

Ts a great day that first engine start, Enjoy.
Not long now.
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Old 09-18-2017, 10:52 PM
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Congrats. Sounds great!

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Old 09-18-2017, 11:18 PM
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Congrats Scott! Big milestone. You'll be flying before you know it. Please let me know when that is set to happen.
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Old 09-19-2017, 05:38 AM
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yes, that's a big milestone. nice to see someone trying something new with the engine fuel injection.
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