Beth did our first hard-core speed and cross-country work yesterday, circling Dayton. I’m disappointed with the speeds, even with the rough paint, fit and finish, and no wheel pants. We were only mustering 155-160 kts at about 2500 RPM (and 20 gallons an hour). So, we were definitely at full throttle, but she just can’t turn that prop any faster, and we need to be able to run her to 2,700 or 2,750. We’re going to do some more testing, at altitude, to see for sure that we don’t get greatly different RPMs up there (I don’t expect we will, but…) than we do at 7-9k MSL. I’m going to get with Catto, but will probably not have the prop depitched until the cooler weather sets in, because it’ll be awhile before we get it back. Along the same vein, we’re still collecting a fair number of items that we intend or want to fix/change/adjust, but as they say, you have to “make hay while the sun shines”, and the weather right now is just too great to miss. Oh, and we cross the “40 hour” mark on the Hobbs yesterday. And, another big shout at to folks at Dayton Approach for taking care of us.
Posted By: Brett FerrellMonday August 11th, 2008 at 6:38 PM