The little jet actually does just what it is supposed to do - and it looks good doing it!
We've now made three flights in the airplane I am calling "Loki" (The trickster from the Nordic sagas), and each one has been interesting. It had ben over three years since I last flew a Subsonex, and since there really is no way to get current other than to fly one, it was interesting to get re-acquainted with the flying qualities. On our first flight, we discovered that we need to re-rig the ruddervators to provide more "down" elevator, so we kept that flight short. The second and third flights proved that we got that right, and that the airplane is going to be fun, fun, fun! Continue reading "Yup... It Flies!"
SubSonex Serial #21 (N958PD) made its first flight out of the Dayton Valley Airpark in Nevada on the 24th of March, 2019. Winter kept trying to hang on in the Sierra Nevada mountains, but the weather smiled on us, I had a great crew that made themselves available on short notice, and we got "Loki" off the ground for the first time. Thanks to all, and especially chase pilot extraordinaire Bob Mills, and my wife, Louise Hose, who acted as the airborne test conductor. Continue reading "Paul Dye's SubSonex N958PD: Successful First Flight"
There's a new jet in town - N958PD, the Subsonex kit formerly known as "the project" received its airworthiness certificate today after a thorough inspection by Inspector Gerry Rose of the Reno FSDO, thereby officially becoming an airplane. It was a pleasure working with Gerry, who exemplifies an attitude of civil service that I wish would be copied by everyone that works for the public. He did not only a great inspection of the airframe for me (finding a couple of hardware nits that we all had missed), but his preparation of the paperwork was top notch. He worked hard to make sure that we had all of the possible permissions we could get in our Operating Limitations, and a test area large enough to give us numerous landing areas for the jet in our desolate part of the world. And although that test area includes the restricted areas servicing NAS Fallon, we think we'll stay well clear of the Top Gun students based there - we might be a jet, but we don't have the armament... Continue reading "It's a Plane!"
It's finished! Well, mostly finished... as finished as an airplane, or a paint job, can ever be. Painter John Stahr put the final touches on a number of small details, and fixed a few more spots where paint had sneaked through masking around rivet heads, all in preparation for the final clear coat on the fuselage and tail sections. Continue reading "And Just Like That... It's Done"
John Stahr announced first thing in the morning that Friday would be "a day of fussy fuss." It was time to address all those little nits bound to come up in the original work. As Paul Dye is always telling me, "It isn't how perfect you do the job initially, it's about how well you can correct the little errors." So, it was a tedious and some times a bit frustrating day of inspecting for issues and addressing them. Continue reading "A Day of Fussy Fuss"
John Stahr continued working on N958PD, KITPLANES Editor-in-Chief Paul Dye's recently built SubSonex jet on Thursday. With the large area painting completed and detailed art work started, it was another day of mostly detail work... addressing minor flaws in the original spray painting and air brushing on more details. Some of the details were air brushed on while others were shot through stencils... both prepared and made on the spot. Continue reading "Light at the End of the Tunnel"