Saturday September 27th, 2008|
MT Prop Testing
So what's with the $$$ MT prop on my plane? Well, Vic Syracuse, multiple offender RV builder wanted to do some comparison testing with my Hartzell Prop. So a month or so ago we planned to meet today to swap props and do some side by side comparisons. The results? Well, by my numbers the Hartzell is 9 knots faster WOT, 1680 RPM. The MT looks GOOOOOD on my plane though. Pretty darn cool. If those tips were painted in my blue it would be awesome. Anyway..I don't have the 10 grand to drop on this prop so there's no way I would have one, but still...it's a nice (even if slower) prop. Smoothness in take-off is better with the MT. In cruise my Hartzell is pretty darn close in terms of smoothness. Breaking effect is much greater with the MT. You have to carry power on final unless you want to REALLY drop it in. Starting with the MT is a little different. With the Hartzell once you get the prop spinning, you have forever to mess with the mixture, etc because the momentum of that big heavy metal prop just keeps it spinning for a while.
Here we are taxiing out at the airpark where Vic lives -- Mallard's landing. And no, I don't have reservations about landing on a nice grass strip like this with my nosewheel.
Photo ship flown by Mike Stewart. Photos by Steve Ashby.
In the climb.
Oh yeah, if you're wondering what happened with my canopy break mentioned on the previous entry, I just glued it back into place with an acrylic adhesive. If I get tired of looking at the seam I'll put a fiberglass strip around rear of the canopy. For now I'm having too much fun flying.