OK, so you've driven the last rivet, and hung the last hinge. The airplane is ready for inspection, and all you have to do is pour fuel in and fly... it's finished! Continue reading "Graduation Day"
Paulo Iscold's Nixus put air under its wings for the first time March 4 at Castle Airport (formerly Air Force Base) in Merced, California. The goal of the Nixus project was to to push the limits of the soaring sport, as well as bring innovation to general aviation. Continue reading "Paulo Iscold's Nixus Fly by Wire Sailplane Project"
The 47-page manual is a comprehensive program for amateur-built aircraft flight testing. It includes outlines for each essential test point, as well as a booklet of 19 test cards that can be carried in the aircraft for quick reference and data collection while in flight. Those test cards are similar to those used by professional civilian and military test pilots, and are an exclusive resource for amateur-built aircraft pilots using the EAA manual. Continue reading "New Flight Test Manual From EAA"
Early morning is the time for flight testing, especially in summer, and especially in the high desert! Today's mission was to do the first flight of a friend's RV-4 after he decided to upgrade from a fixed-pitch prop on a stock O-320 to a constant speed equipped O-360 with high compression pistons. I helped him build the engine from a box of parts (a Superior kit) and then he re-did the entire firewall forward, including modified cowl and just about everything else. It was a process that started the first of the year, and it took six months because, well... it took six months. That's sometimes just the way it is in the airplane world, waiting on custom parts, and then waiting again if you find a cable an inch short - and other things like that. Continue reading "Flight Test Morning"
Yesterday I completed the shortest Phase 1 flight testing program I have ever done - it was for a neighbor's ELSA RV-12, an airplane I have been watching him build for the past five years. I have flown numerous flight test programs on E-AB aircraft, but this was my first time going through a factory test program for an airplane built to conform exactly to their specifications. Because it is more in the nature of production flight testing than experimental flight testing, the FAA allows a simple five hour program - which is not a lot of time to get a LOT done. Continue reading "Five-Hour Phase One"
The latest version of the Turbine Legend - the Venom has made its first fight in Florida, and the company is promising to complete its flight test program in the near future. The aircraft has been re-engined with the GE H75 turboprop rated at 750 horsepower, and the avionics have been modernized with a full Garmin G3X EFIS panel.
Watch Kitplanes for additional news and an upcoming flight review! Continue reading "New Turbine Venom Hits the Skies"