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Unread 07-20-2019, 04:20 PM   #16
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Taylor, TX, is 60 miles north of me and is where my John Deere dealership is located.
I must have been very close by when I did my cross-country flight...I flew to Giddings during the training.
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Giddings is about 30 miles from here. See if you can find Rosanky. We are about 5 miles south of there. I have a P.O box in Rosanky.

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Unread 09-07-2019, 12:48 AM   #19
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Shipping progress to me in Nashua

I was expecting the gyroplane to be delivered today after the thing went on a ship from Italy via London, Antwerp, and Bremerhaven before it finally made its way to Boston. It was offloaded the next day, cleared customs the following, and was supposed to be trucked to me in Nashua today...didn't happen. Every other one my dealer has had shipped arrived at his doorstep in the shipping container. This group decided to unload it from the container in Boston, and then the trouble started. The thing was shipped with the wheels off and L-brackets bolted on, then those were bolted to the container so it wasn't vibrating on the wheels and couldn't move around. They wanted the truck driver to do the same to his flatbed, but he wanted to strap it down. IMHO, not a good idea, as excess tension could have bent the frame and the straps damaged the paintwork. So, I suggested they bolt it to either a piece of ply or some pallets and then strap them down on the bed to emulate the way it was shipped in the container. That all took place on Friday, and no decision was firm by the end of the day, so I sat at the airport waiting for the truck all day.

We had a little excitement just as I was about to leave...one of the student pilots landed without putting his gear down...didn't get hurt, but it closed the runway for awhile until the FAA authorized them to remove it (happened after I left). The student was practicing an emergency move flying solo, and just skipped that step. Probably won't make that mistake again! But, it will take awhile to fix the plane, and the school was sort of short on planes in the first place...so, while glad he wasn't hurt, it throws a wrench in the works for them.

Certainly hope that sort of thing never happens to me in my plane!

Controlling things in three dimensions is a bit more complex, and you really don't have brakes you can slam on to avoid hitting something reliably.

Now, expecting in, hopefully, Tuesday. But, have to wait for some of the paperwork before the FAA will bless it to be able to actually fly it in the USA. Flew it in Italy without registration or any tail numbers applied, but apparently, the factory does this all of the time with all of their new planes prior to delivery. I should be able to calibrate some stuff and get some experience with the on-board computers, which is needed and prudent while waiting for the paperwork to catch up. Hopefully, that won't take very long, but hey, it's the US government.

More later. This is a picture of it the day we first test flew it to balance the rotor and verify all systems.
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Glad it's finally getting close to home, Jim. Dealing with the FAA is fun at almost any level, eh?
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You sound like a kid waiting for Christmas to get here.
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The anticipation would be driving me up the wall!

Hang in there, Jim....hopefully just a little longer.
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Think his toy is still firmly attached to the ground by red tape, Goldstein.
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Has the red tape been cut through?
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Ah, yes! The registration took 5-weeks, the air worthiness inspection took about 4 (had to get the proposed test flight area approved, and it crossed between two different offices, then scheduling the actual inspection!?). Then, got a notice from the engine manufacturer telling me not to fly it until the fuel pumps were replaced. The manufacturer isolated a problem in some that weren't made properly, and they were spewing fine aluminum particles and clogging up the fuel injectors...had to be fine to get through the filter! ANyway, that took about another month for them to ramp up production (affected two engine lines sold across the world) and for them to arrive. The day I installed them, I contacted an instructor to go up with me as nearly all of my training was on a different model that they use as a trainer, and I'd not flown in nearly 6-months since Italy, and he was just going away for Christmas. I finally met up with him the Sunday after Christmas. Have flown it a couple of times since, each time, finding something I want to tweak. Have a couple of tasks to do tomorrow, and, if the weather holds, may go up again. Have about 8-hours on it now, and need 40 before I can then fly it anywhere and take passengers. That's the regulation for any new experimental airplane.

The weather hasn't been all that cooperative. Yesterday, the winds were pretty stiff, gusting, and at a full cross-wind to the runway. And, the winds were quite a bit stronger up at 3000' (the lowest other than ground they report) at about 56Kt, or about 64mph...Depending on where you were going, you'd either get there really fast or take forever! That's easily fast enough where if I wanted, I could just hover or appear to be flying backwards from the ground. The thing can fly as slow as 30mph, and as fast as 115 (indicated). Takes a bunch of fuel to run at max speed, especially if you need some altitude as well. Then, the opposite problem getting back.

I will probably hook up my video camera, maybe tomorrow, and if I do, put up a link so people can see what it looks like from inside while out and about. Haven't really felt comfortable yet taking pictures while flying, but if I get the camera mounted, not an issue.

Anyway, both I and the plane are in one piece, and working! hope to keep it that way. Still learning the computer system and the display system. Have to tweak some of the sensor calibrations and maybe move the gps antenna to get better satellite tracking. One of the systems, called ADS-B out requires a solid gps position fix to be in compliance, and it seems to be going in and out.
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. Then, got a notice from the engine manufacturer telling me not to fly it until the fuel pumps were replaced
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Wow! Super glad the fuel pump problem was sorted out like that.

Yeah, pretty soon he’ll be eating lunch and steering with his knees.
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The allowed flight test area is a trapezoid, about 125-miles around the perimeter. Flew that the last flight out. Wasn't pushing it, and it took about 2-hours with taxi, and a couple of turns around the pattern at the airport, and burned about 40-liters, or about 11-gallons. Not the most efficient way to move around. Could have cut that down if I flew lower, but had to go over a 3200' mountain along the way. Could have gone around. It's cold up there! The heater right now is marginal. That will be one of the things I'm going to tweak. There's a couple of open vents that I think I can close. Might get some window fogging on the ground, but should be okay once moving in the air...will need to test that out. That should make the heat work better (hopefully!). I've seen movies of people flying the thing in the Alps in the middle of winter, and it did not appear they were bundled up like an Arctic expedition...lots of little things to learn.

One of the big things with an airplane is how dense the air is. In the summer when it's hot and humid, at sea level, it can be the equivalent of being up 3-4 thousand feet or more. Around here when it's cold, I've seen it calculated to be the equivalent of -4500', or over a mile and a half difference. The performance difference is radical. All of my training was in Texas last summer, so the thing wants to leap off the ground. Last summer, it took a fairly long run on the ground before that happened...so, still learning, and will probably continue forever. Same procedure, but things happen much quicker, leaving you little time in between to think about the next step. Moving in three dimensions takes a quite different mindset. ANd, there aren't any real brakes while in the air...
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