A Flight to Tulsa

I finished the FAA-required 40 hours of flight testing just before Thanksgiving, and then did some night pattern work to regain my night currency. With those items complete, I was all set to give a ride to my first passenger: my lovely fiancĂ©e, Lyndsey. The weather forecast was looking gorgeous,…

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First Flight!

After several trips to Walter Aviation in Perry, Iowa (KPRO), to regain my currency and practice tailwheel operations, the weather finally looked good for a first flight attempt. Dad and I met at the hangar at about 0630 and began a thorough preflight. Preflight Meditations Shortly after 0700, there seemed…

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RV-8 Flight Performance Analysis

I had to write a short paper for my propulsion class last semester, so I put together a quick and dirty performance analysis of a garden-variety RV-8. I used the open source Jupyter Notebook and the Python programming language to run the numbers. The code is pretty ugly in some…

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Skunkworks Sneak Peak

Russian hackers intercepted this photo of the RV-8F instrument panel today, and it will no doubt be all over WikiLeaks by tonight, so I might as well post it here. The system is a Garmin G3X Touch PFD, with GMC 307 autoflight mode controller and GTN 625 GPS (currently not…

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Landing Light Wig-Wag

Now that the wings are bolted on (hopefully for good), it's time to get back to wiring. I admit that all the new wire bundles in the fuselage had given me a bit of option paralysis, so I figured I'd just get one thing working and see where things went…

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