Saturday July 28th, 2007|
Well, today was the second flight of the airplane. Yesterday was actually the first flight, which was eventful, but Mike handled it with ease and professionalism. I am very glad I allowed Mike to do the first flight. I'm not going to elaborate too much on the first flight as I'm very disappointed that there were issues, but as I said Mike handled it fine and made what could have been a dire situation an almost non-event.
OK, having said that...this morning Mike came out and helped me get the airplane ready for the second flight, which involved a cleanup of oil in the FWF area. Once that was taken care of, we topped it off and Mike jumped in and taxied out. Second flight was uneventful. One of the squawks on the first flight was the RPM reading. I did some math and entered the setting before Mike's flight and it looks like all is good now. After he landed, we checked everything out and I went for a spin. The airplane flew beautifully. Actually I got in three flights today! Jaime was riding with Mike and got this picture of me doing a 360 descent to land.
And here's a picture of me landing. Yes, that's me...flying an airplane built in my garage. Unbelievable. I would need to complete an exhaustive study of a thesaurus to find the words. And yes, true to the front page of my website, the thought of my grandfather's grin passed through my mind when I throttled up.
My wife is pregnant with our first child. I suppose that one day when I'm old and gray, I'll be telling our son and his children the story of N622JP...of course with an RV grin permanently etched into my face.
Speaking of which, here's an RV grin. First owner flight was cut short due to rain, the evidence of which is on the canopy.
Here's a video I took of Mike as he made the second flight! I should have stood at the first 300 feet of the runway. :-)
Sorry for the video quality as it was taken with my digital still camera.