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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.


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.
Scott Balmos - RV-9A N112SB
Cincinnati, OH, KHAO

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
tfriendshuh tfriendshuh is offline
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as a buyer not a builder, I am so impressed with guys like you who get out there and get 'er done!
[ed. Tim died in the crash of his biplane 9/17/21. Deepest condolences to all his family and friends. V/r,dr]

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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 Swearengen, TS Flightlines LLC, AS Flightlines
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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.
RV-9A Based K6I2
Flying - out of Phase 1
Building RV-12 with brother
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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.
Rob Rickards
Melbourne Australia
RV7 VH-RRA flying Sept 2017
Sept 2019 180 hours
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Old 09-18-2017, 10:52 PM
tspear tspear is offline
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Congrats. Sounds great!

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Old 09-18-2017, 11:18 PM
Scott Hersha Scott Hersha is offline
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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.
RV6/2001 built/sold 2005
RV8 Fastback/2008 built/sold 2015
RV4/bought 2016/sold/2017
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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.
Steve Melton
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RV-9A, Tip-up, Superior O-320, roller lifters, 160HP, WW 200RV, dual impulse slick mags, oil pressure = 65 psi, EGT = 1300F, flight hours = 900+ for all

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