Road Trip - A Kind of Flying Adventure - Look What Followed Me Home...

rcflier

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Looks like the BL 1750 prop is it?

wolfy
It's a BL-1770x1450 cut down to 1730 mm.
So it's the same size as the standard prop - I didn't dare get it closer to the keel.
But with larger area - I guess that's alright since it's on a 914 engine.
Sometime when it's convenient, I have to have it noise tested.

Cheers
Erik
 

rcflier

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Guys - thank you so much for all the good wishes.

I am rushing training insofar as it will be condensed (hopefully).

I'll live in the hangar for two full days each time I visit my instructor.

That should be good for at least two hours of flight training each day.

Then I'll have plenty of time to prepare flights. Where and how etc.

When I have the paper in hand, my instructor will take time out of his calendar.

And I'll travel far (for Denmark, that is) each time.

Cheers
Erik
 

wolfy

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It's a BL-1770x1450 cut down to 1730 mm.
So it's the same size as the standard prop - I didn't dare get it closer to the keel.
But with larger area - I guess that's alright since it's on a 914 engine.
Sometime when it's convenient, I have to have it noise tested.

Cheers
Erik
I am using a BL 1770 x 1450, it is a very quiet prop.

wolfy
 

rcflier

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I am using a BL 1770 x 1450, it is a very quiet prop.

wolfy
It looks like it is cut down slightly - BL 1750x1450?

These props look great - and they are even very cheap...

Cheers
Erik
 

rcflier

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Well, my instructor had to ferry it home alone.
We couldn't get the intercom to work - both could call out, but not talk to each other.
And the pneumatics acted up - probably water in the valves.... ouch.
So it would've been dangerous to let me have the front seat.
But the strangest thing is: The rudder is flapping about, although the wires seem taut enough...?
I'll make a trim tab to see, if it helps.

In the one flight I had in the backseat I did not like the vibrations - not like the swedish MTO I tried earlier.
Work to do.... Starting with fixing the rudder problerm, then vibration testing of first the propeller, then the teeter towers and the rotor.

But the propeller is set at (or very close to) the correct pitch and the rotor fits the MTO very well.
The recommended RPM is from 320 to 490 with 420 as max.
With my instructor (lightweight guy) and smallish amount in the tanks it runs at 320 (edit: No less than 300).
With both of and the same amount of gasoline it runs at 350.
So with both of us and full tanks it shouldn't be more than 370, I'd guess.
With room still for cranking and banking.

It spins up very nicely and the take-off run is short.

So, the rotor seems to work as advertised and we have some work ahead also.

Cheers
Erik
 
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rcflier

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Update.

The flight/brake valve was loose and a screw was missing, so it didn't really work.

There was an air leak and previous owner had also got the air lines mixed up.

The rudder wires were made more taut and now work well.

I have flown 3 x 3 days more or less and have racked up 30 hours total. But it has not been without challenges.
I got the second covid shot the day before we flew first time. And it just destroyed that week-end. Sick as...
But we flew twice the first day, second day was rain and I got my radio operator certificate. Third day sick but flew.

Second outing two weeks later we still flew mornings and afternoon/evenings. So hard to keep that pace. And the prerotator
axle broke, so I had to cross the country twice to have it repaired - took two days.

Third time one week later we flew the first morning and I thought: Shaking body, heartbeats, not being able to sleep -> STRESS.

So I called and backed out of the evening flight. Instead the last two days we flew just one big chunk (4 hours instruction) each day.
That was so much better. That week-end was start and landing in crosswinds.

When we debriefed he told me, I now fly the gyro by myself (sort of, I thought). He is NOT doing anything - maybe once saying "speed".

But I still have a lot of challenges. Focusing, keeping height, speed, flag (nose) and direction constant.
And the correct descent rate. I have a tendency to pull the stick a bit to the right (drifting) when pulling back to settle in.

So, in the three outings I have come a long way - with still a long way to go.

Cheers
Erik
 
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