Sunday August 19th, 2007|
15 Hour Report
Today I reached the 15 hour mark on the hobbs. Ok, it's really about 14.8 but I got some cool pictures so I thought I would post an update. Anyway...it has been miserable weather for flight testing -- until this afternoon. I have tried in the last couple of flights to climb above the haze layer and have been unsuccessful.
At noon, visibility was 3 miles so Jaime and I did some chores around the house, including getting Tyler's room ready for his arrival. At about 5:00 I looked outside a window and actually saw a BLUE sky with little white puffy things around them, which could only mean little haze or at least a thin haze layer. I called the LZU ATIS phone number and they were reporting 10 miles. Hmm...yeah...gotta run, Jaime.
I climbed above the haze at around 6000. Even in the haze it wasn't all that bad. I did quite a bit of testing. I'm mostly still looking at my CHTs and oil temp. I went to 8500 and did some cruise testing on temps. CHTs were around 380 (+= 15) and oil temp was 190. The oil temp is still a little high for my liking but I'm still running straight mineral oil so I'm going to wait until I change my oil type before I really start worrying about it. (mineral oil is supposed to run a little hotter)
This photo was taken at 11,000 ft. I've really learned that the deciding factor in climb rate is not the prop or the engine, but the COOLING. I went from 8000 to 11000 at 1500fpm but my CHTs started skyrocketing. This thing climbs like all get out.
Squawks, what squawks? I just need to tidy up a few things here and there (mostly paint the center channel cover in the fuselage and install it). I need to do that so I can get my front carpet installed. I'm pretty sure that it will help a lot with noise. Most of the noise I'm getting appears to be coming from the exhaust resonating on the floor.
Note the interesting aliasing effect from the prop! These pictures were all taken on my Samsung Blackjack (yes, my cell phone). It's a 2MP camera. Not really bad, IMHO. Not good - but certainly not bad.
More of the same.
That buildup in the distance was HUGE.
That's Lake Lanier reflecting the sun through the haze. Did I mention how much FUN this is??????