Wooohoooo! Soloed the soma!

scottessex

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WHOO HOOO! Well I just got back from Macon, went down late this afternoon to fly the Soma, I was just going to do some crow hopping and get used to it, Well I ended up flying it around for better than 30 min, I was getting cold. But I was having Too Much Fun! It was a little windy, but it was blowing right down the runway, and steady, Fly's great! Those Dragon wing blades are awsome, incredibly smooth, the thing climbs like a monkey, I was able to bring the rpm's back to about 5000 and still maintain good level flight at 60 mph.

I went down with a friend from work, and I picked up Phil Ruffin on the way, Dan Leslie met us out there, and he flew for a little while too.
I was worried I would have forgotten alot, but I could still hear Steve's voice, "power, pedal, balance, don't look at the ground, power, balance"
SWEEET!
Man I am so happy! :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
 

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Congrats Scott!!!!!!!! Sounds like a great gyro!!!!!!
 

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Alright!!! :) :) :)

How was the pump stick for ya? How did you like the stability? Seemed to need a good bit of rudder at slower speeds but was pretty solid otherwise, but it has been a while since I flew it.
 

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The pump stick was a non-issue, flew very sweet, nice and stable, no nose-up pitching like the old kb-3, just all around NICE, might fit it for a trim tab, But no complaints, The engine purred, all temps were right in range, no stick shake, and nice soft landings. everything went very smooth. I am a happy camper now, Now to get Phil back up in the air......Then John Stevens.
 

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Man ... I am happy for you! You got a rare bird there, try to keep this one in one piece. Just kidding!
 

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Great News Scott. It sounds like you've found a great machine there. I'm sure you've got a fantastic summer ahead of you!
 

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Screw-Out

Chris aint kiddin :D

I am so glad everything went so well. Scott was as giddy as I've ever heard him over the phone. For the first time, I wasn't able to get a word in edgewise. I can't think of anyone who diserves a break more.

Good on you Scott. I am so excited for you.

Screw-Out
 

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Scott, next project is to fill in the holes on the runway and make it smoother.
 

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Ron you are right about the runway maintenance, The only problem is that I have been trying to get ahold of the property owner about repairs. I don't mind doing them, but I don't think I should have to be the one to pay, if it is comunity property out here, But I will see what I can do, and save receipts, if nesesary.
I did take the tractor out the other day and ran over all the ant hills I could find.

Looks like rain today, But I will put the blades back on the soma, so it will be ready when the weather is nice this week.
 

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It is hard for me to explain. Basically the stick goes to a universal joint under the seat and then goes on to become a fork behind the U joint, and the control tubes go from the fork to the rotorhead.

Maybe someone can post a pair of good pictures of a pump stick and how it works. Also a normal stick to compare it to....
 

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Try again. Last two pics show for and aft attachment points ...stick to pivot.
We now have a long bolt carry through the attachment encased in a alum tube.
Cheers.
Mitch.
 

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Great photos and nice looking parts, Mr. Mitchell. Do you happen to have any photos that show a side view of the cyclic assembly in 1 shot? The close-ups of the hinge points are nice, but without seeing the control yoke in relation its difficult to get a visualization. I visited the Butterfly site which has been moved here. Nice money-shots but couldn't really perceive much detail from the highly JPEG compressed images.

Thanks,
Brian Jackson
 

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Mr Mitchell.

Mr Mitchell.

G'Day Brian,
I prefer Mitch and Mr Mitchell...well, that would be my Dad. :eek: :D Truth is I'm already a Grandfather. :confused: :cool: :D I see your approaching the Big 40...Mr Jackson. :eek: :p All in good fun....taking the 'mikey' that is, not turnin 40, that's no fun at all. Guess that's why we 40 plus mob are into gyro's. :cool:
This pic should give you more idea. Let me know I can take some pics tomorrow of my Butterfly if you like.
Scott, I have a few pics of Soma gyro, nice Mate. Happy Days, Fly Safe.
Mitch.
 

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