Sunday September 26th, 2004|
To West Virginia by RV
Man, after a week of working 12+ hour days, I get an e-mail Thursday from Mike Stewart asking if I want to go ride out to an airshow with him. Absolutely! We launched out of LZU yesterday and got back today. The airshow was located at the Mid Ohio Valley Airport up in West Virginia so it was quite a hoot. Mike actually let me fly left seat there and back, and I hand-flew the entire thing except for a few minutes when we were playing with the autopilot and testing a firmware update on his Dynon. I logged 6 hours of RV time and three landings. What an airplane!
The purpose of this trip was so that he and Danny Kight could fly formation with the Ohio Valley RVators during the airshow. They put on quite show!
I put some more pictures here.
Anyway, the landings really kicked my butt. I had a couple of problems handling the plane in slow flight and getting setup for landing. Here are some things I had trouble with:
Getting Low: I'm a fairly green pilot and like most newbies, almost all of my flight time is in small Cessnas. The Cessnas have a decent glide ratio and a fixed pitch prop, which means you really have to start decending fairly early to descend enough to get you to the runway. Well, the RV drops like a rock, especially with the constant speed. When flying Cessnas, I've kind of gotten in the habit of doing more of a 'cruise' decent to the runway by just slightly pointing the nose down. Well, you can't do that in an RV! You'll lose 400 feet before you know what happened.
Control Authority: The thing that surprised me the most was the control authority the RV has in slow flight. It's simply amazing and caused me to overcontrol the aircraft on approach.