Well I finally did it! About 3pm today I got to fly my plane. It was great, it flew great, it performed great and everything seemed to work fine the first flight. Second flight the oil temp probe stopped working and I played with the nav side of the SL30 without much luck, but I need to read the book to find out exactly how it works. I'm off tomorrow and will fly some more.
is a link to my First Flight Video
March 8, 2007
It looks like the only problem that I have had is that oil temp probe. I
replaced it and now it is working great. With the cool temps right now I have
had to block off most of my oil cooler to get the oil temps up between 180-200.
I ordered a oil cooler vent from Vans and hope to install it this weekend. I put
some alum. tape on the front of the #1 and #2 cylinders to help equal out the
cylinder temps, I still need to add a little. I have about 12.8 hrs on the
engine now and will be doing the first oil change this weekend.
I ended up working Saturday and I only got a few hour to work on the plane
Sunday. I flew for about 30 minutes then I drained the oil out of the filter and
out of the sump. I purchased a filter drain kit and oil filter cutter from
Avery. The filter drain kit comes with a punch that you use to punch a hole in
the top of the oil filter and then attach a hose to it rotate the filter and
drain the oil out without a mess. After draining the oil from the sump I
installed a quick change drain plug that I purchased from Vans. I cut the filter
and laid it out and inspected it for metal. I did find some very small specks
and one small sliver. This was about what you would expect to find during a new
engine break-in. I still need to inspect the oil screen and then fill with new
Some people on one of the RV lists wanted to see some pictures of how I
installed my GPS antenna. The end on the wire is pretty big so I made the hole
big enough to feed it thru. I used a round black plug from Lowes to plug the
hole. I cut a slit in it to feed the wire through and I installed a little
grommet around the wire. I used velcro to attach the antenna to the glaresheild.
I have been flying in mostly with the outside temps between 45-70 and I've had
about 80% of my oil cooler blocked off with alum. tape. Today I finished
installing Van's oil cooler vent. After I installed it I went flying, the
outside temp was between 82-84. I had the control knob about 1/2 inch out and my
oil temp was about 190. I'm going to open it all the way tomorrow to see how
cool it will go wide open. I'm thinking that I may have to take it off when the
outside temps get in the high 90's and stay there. It will be easy to remove and
install the way that I installed it.
I checked my oil temps today wide open and outside air temp was about 85. I saw
the oil temp get up to 190.
Today I decided to make a bracket to mount my GPS directly in front of me and
tilted up to me. The panel looks great with the Airgizmo mount but I could not
see it as while as I'd like. This new location isn't as pretty but I can see it
a lot better and I can even read the small print. I still need to route the
cables. I'll bring them thru holes directly behind the mount.
is a picture that a fellow flyer took of me one day we were flying.
I finished my 40 hr phase I today. I took Richard and Ken two buddies that have
helped me along the way. I then took Lexie, my granddaughter. She has been
waiting a long time to fly in our plane. I've got to work on a better setup for
her to be able to see out. When I turned she could see, the first time I turned
she said it's beautiful. I was
kind of shocked to hear her say that, she is only 4 yrs old. Later she said that
It was funner than she thought it would be. I have decided to take my oil cooler
vent off for the hot summer months. I'll put it back on about October.
Today I decided to make my first long cross country. Richard meet me at the
airport and I pulled up Shelbyville, TN on the GPS. We took off and Richard took
the controls to continue the climb while I contacted Campbell approach
and got Flight following to destination. This is the way to fly. We climbed to
7,500 feet after a while were handed off to Nashville Approach. A few minutes
later they called us to tell us that we had traffic at 10 o'clock a 747 that
would be turning toward us and flying below us at 7,000 feet. Now that was cool!
Sure enough he turn directly toward us and passed a little to the east of us and
about 500 feet below us. I wish I had my camera out, but it was in the back. We
got to Shelbyville at the very end of the breakfast, need to get there between 8
and 9 next time. We had a late start and did not get there until 9:40. We ate a
little bit and then talked to the RV guys. I called Dan Cunningham in Decatur,
AL and he said they were planning to fly to Pell City for lunch, so we decided
meet up with them and then fly to Pell City. After we left Pell City we flew
back to Decatur I was hoping to see Garrett Smith and his Dad they were there
earlier but we did not have time to stop. When we got there they had left, so we
filled our water bottles and headed off back to Hopkinsville. Richard started
our climb and I contacted Huntsville Approach and got flight following to
destination. We went up to 10,500 to clear the clouds. We made it home in 1
hour. Here are a few pictures that we took.
Today I flew to the Owensboro's Fly-in Breakfast (3rd Saturday every month),
there is a fly-in breakfast, within a 45 min flight, every Saturday around here.
Anyone that would like to split the fuel and fly with me, just let me know. Before I went I loaded the new
version (3.0.0) of the Dynon software. They have added alot of new features.
Here are a few pictures. The first two are before and after shots of the main
screen. The third picture is of the CDI screen that works if you have your GPS
tied into the Dynon. One thing that is missing is wind direction and speed. I
plan on adding the OAT probe and after I do that info will be available. Click
on the pictures to enlarge.
leaving the breakfast I flew over to Mayfield, KY and Paris, TN at Paris I saw a
flyer on the bulletin board about a restaurant on the field at Dyersburg, TN.
Off to Dyersburg for lunch :-)
restaurant is Nellie's Hanger, it is open M-F 6am-2pm, Friday night 5pm-9pm,
Saturday 6am-1pm. It is a great place to eat if your flying thru that area or
just looking for a place to fly to.
Nov. 3, 2007
Today I flew up to Sporty's Pilot Shop. 210 Statue miles 1.6 hrs there and 1.6
hrs back. The Ohio Valley RVators were meeting there and I haven't met some of
the guys that I've swapped emails with. It was a neat place to visit. Every
Saturday they cook Hot dogs and Brats and pilots and customers eat for free! I
invited a buddy of mine (Austin) to fly up with me. We cruised up at 9500 and
back at 4500. Here are some of the pictures I took.
is a video that I made with my nifty little digital camera, it's a Panasonic
Lumix DMC-TZ3 7.3 mega pixel 10x zoom. It saves the video files in QuickTime format but
I finally found a good converter program that keeps the good quality: http://www.imtoo.com/
I'm just using the free version right now. I'll be playing around with more
videos in the future :-)
Finally getting around to working on
the wheel pants and leg fairings. I worked on the nose wheel pant first, I got
the wheel pant almost done when Van's decided to change the fork and leg. I've
decide to wait on finishing it until I change the fork and leg mid Jan.. The
next thing I started was the main gear leg fairings. I've got the hinges in them
and the top fingers formed to the leg. I need to reinforce the fingers next.
I went to the Shelbyville, TN flyin breakfast today. I invited a buddy that I met
at a flyin a few weeks ago, to go along. He rents to fly now, but after that
trip he might become a builder in the future, I warned him :-) I met someone in
Shelbyville that has starting selling some items that he makes. He showed me one
item that he just finished. I told him that if he wanted, I had my digital
camera in the plane and could take a few pictures and a video clip of it. I put
it all together for him and uploaded it to YouTube. He said he has just about
got his web site update ready to publish. Here is the video, the
ordering info at the end of it.