Monday February 11th, 2008|
Plane is in the Paint Shop
Today was finally the day. I took the airplane to the paint shop. It's being done by Bobby Potts in Tuscaloosa, AL. Bobby has done a lot of RVs and Rockets and his work is top notch. As is obvious, Bobby will also be doing all of the pinhole filling on my fiberglass. He prefers to do it this way so that he can ensure a good finished product.
Anyway, Scott Will (RV-7A) flew over with me and helped me disassemble the airplane (meaning removing the fairings and control surfaces). On the way over Scott snapped a bunch of pictures of my airplane in it's unpainted state. I can't wait to get it back and see what it looks like.
Me in a hard slip. Check out the big rudder deflection.
Scott following underneath.
Here's the plane almost disassembled in Bobby's shop. It feels sort of weird flying your airplane somewhere and taking it apart, but it must be done.
Oh yeah, how about another note.
Everyone asks me about performance numbers. I obtained these with 4-way GPS runs at 10,000 ft density altitudes. I plugged them into my spreadsheet and found a standard deviation of 0.1 knots.
2450RPM, 21.1 inches yields 175kts (201.3mph) TAS.
2680RPM, 21.1 inches yeilds 178kts (204.8mph) TAS.
Wow. What a machine.
Now for the big wait. I have no idea what I'm going to do with myself for the next 4 weeks. Thanks again, Scott for all your help!