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Monday, June 24, 2013
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
With Phase one behind me and things looking good on the airplane, Bekah and I decided to head up for her first flight. All went well, and fortunately for us it was the smoothest weather I have experienced in all of my phase 1. We flew up over the San Juans for a quick evening flight and returned to Paine field after about 45 minutes of flight time. Great experience and now Bekah has flown in the RV !
Saturday, June 1, 2013
I have been flying with different weights to simulate “Bekah”. ;-) Also to simulate luggage and different loading configurations. Things went well and while I didn't hit every single weight I proved the plane flies well and that there is not a major difference in control feel. With heavy luggage you end up with a bit slower tail rise on take-off and more pitchy movement on landing, but now that I have “felt” the characteristics I am good to close out my phase one.
Flying down to Renton Field I hit the fabulous 40 hour mark. I didn't get a pick in the air, but now the plane has been test flown the appropriate number of hours, I have signed it off and am now entering Phase 2 which means I can take passengers to experience the airplane with me. Oh, the reason I was heading down to Renton was to catch some aerobatic training in a Pitts.. Not cheap, but valuable experience for flying and for future aerobatics.
Also including what I think is just a great pic of my plane tied down for the first time at Renton Field.