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Flight Testing Results

7/30/07            6 Gals in the wings + 9 Gals in the main tank = 90 lbs fuel

                        42 Lbs ballast + Me & Parachute, 190 Lbs =  232 Lbs

                        Take off Weight 1126 ( 104 under GTW)

                        79F 0 wind 72-75 MPH = 440 FPM

 

8/2/07              6 Gals in the wings + 10 Gals in the main tank = 96 lbs fuel

                        84 Lbs ballast + Me & Parachute, 190 Lbs =  274 Lbs

                        Take off Weight 1169 ( 61 under GTW)

                        72F 0 wind 72-75 MPH = 490 FPM

 

8/2/07              6 Gals in the wings + 9 Gals in the main tank = 90 lbs fuel

                        126 Lbs ballast + Me & Parachute, 190 Lbs =  316 Lbs

                        Take off Weight 1210 ( 20 under GTW)

                        72F 0 wind 72-75 MPH = 480 FPM

           

So, if I take off with full main tank (13.5 gal), empty wing tanks, I can

carry up to a 155 lb passenger. I can, therefore, swap out 1 gal of fuel for

each extra 6 lbs of passenger. If I take a 188 pound passenger with me,

Iíll have to have only 8 gallons of fuel in the main.

That will give about Ĺ  hour ride with reserves.


I find that on a very warm day, say 80-85F my climb rate really suffers. I will not carry a heavy passenger if it is hot.

 

The power off stall is very tame with no tendency to drop a wing. She barely has a clean stall break, just a easy nose drop and that's it. The power on stall is much more pronounced but equally as well behaved.