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Test flights : 11th flight
le 10-03-2012 19:50:00 (1705 lectures)

During todays' flight, I checked the performances with wheel pants on. For sure the plane is faster. At full throttle I knwo reach the 2700 rpm engine limit and read 165 knots.
I gained between 8 and 14 knots depending on RPM. At 2300 RPM, I stll fly at 140 knots.
Stall speeds ar unchanged. Flying out of trim in case of trim failure needs some attention but is doable.
Only problem is  the left wheel fairing I found cracked after the flight due to some bonfing issues or to some tension during assembly.

Test flights : Two more flights
le 29-02-2012 20:00:00 (1660 lectures)

I managed to make two flights and add 1h40mn.
As climbing to altitude was not possible, I tested the autopilot. Somme tweaking to be done but it's working correctly for the time being.
Before flying I found why the VOR had a very small range, the antenna was not correctly connected.
I also found why I might have problems with the calibration of the right magnetometer, my PDF is working in reverse on the pitch axis. I'm wainting for some news from the manucfaturer.

Test flights : Flight 7 and 8
le 26-02-2012 18:00:00 (1577 lectures)

Today, I made two flights addong 2h15mn.
I made the first stalls. No flaps stall occurs at 47 kts with somme buffeting at 49 kts. With full flaps, the stall speed was 42kts. There is no problem during the stall, a small preference to dip the left wing and the plan flies again as soon as back pressure is released.
I made 9 landings, made some notes on performances.
On the second flight Jeremy and Remy flew a loose formation (I'm not trained for this) and made som pictures. They were taken from some distance.
I will try to add a video if I have some time to edit the takes.

Test flights : 5th and 6th flight
le 11-02-2012 19:10:00 (1642 lectures)

Temperatures are too low to work in the hangar, but the weather is sunny so I went flying. I managed to make two one hour flight. Still the same problems : the OAT not working and the VOR reception being lower than expected.
For the second flight I made some go-arounds, some touch and gos, tested half flap landings. On the last  landing, ths flaps got stuck due to a blown fuse. This is a known problem, I replaced  the the 5A fuse with  7,5A.
A small video about the flight.

Test flights : Fourth flight
le 15-01-2012 19:03:05 (1728 lectures)

Today, with Sabien we stayed a ggod part of the day at the hangar. We reinstalled the OAT probe. It worked for part of the flight but the stopped giving valid indications, some more troubleshooting to do.
During the flight I noted that the VOR was working, I made some performance measures and opened the speed range. I could fly at 50 KIAS without stalling and the throttled up to 164 KIAS. I made two landings. I lowered the approach speed for the seconf landing but I'm not really convinced.

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