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Re: Ian's Savannah Project

Postby RudiGreyling » Fri Oct 05, 2007 10:03 am

Ian wrote:<SNIP>
Hi Wollie, the judges were very favourable.... gave me a double ostrich egg cup :!: Engraved on it is "Grand Champion, Kit built aircraft"

There were some stunning RV's there... dont know how I beat them :?
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Hi Ian well done!!!

Was there on Sunday and nobody there...pitty!

Lot of the RV's are put together by professionals, or a lot of the work is outsourced to profs. I don't know who was there from the RV crowd, and if any newly build RV entrants on the scene. I think the EAA judges should give credit to people who do most themselves. Anycase RV's have won enough trophies, it is time for a change!! :twisted:

Well DONE!

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Postby RudiGreyling » Fri Oct 05, 2007 10:36 am

Ian, does Mapsource also do the vertical maps you uploaded?
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Postby Ian » Wed Oct 10, 2007 6:10 pm

RudiGreyling wrote:Ian, does Mapsource also do the vertical maps you uploaded?
Yes Rudi, all from mapsouce once you open up the track properties you click on "show profile"

And many thanks all for your kind words, I must tell you I was very surprised but anyway a real nice way to end the project... (well almost end, still got the rest of the proving flights which I find very interesting to do)

Then its off with the goal to land at every field in SA !

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Postby Ian » Sun Nov 11, 2007 1:22 pm

Some proving flight update/info ... :)

First it was gentle stalls, then circuits and landings, then some longer trips then climb & glide and trying to fine tune the ASI calibration.

Climb & Glide - will re do this again as the pressure was low (thundrstorm arriving) and quite a bit of wind (at least for us spoilt highveld drivers..) I was also a novice with trying to keep the speed constant :?

The plan was to fly into the wind then with it and average the 2 measurements. Anyway for what it's worth, below shows the climb and glide profiles off the GPS. A spreadsheet determined the results.
I could not finish the 45 MPH tests as the storm was closing in.. One conclusion is this aerie goes down almost as fast as it goes up :?

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Today I worked out how to calibrate the ASI. First attempt is for 70 MPH, not exactly square and you can guess which direction the wind was coming from 8)

I'm also not sure if 2 minutes a side is really long enough (AC90 talks about 2 miles)

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practice... practice... :D
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Postby RudiGreyling » Mon Nov 12, 2007 11:53 am

Nicely done sir.
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Postby IFLYHI » Mon Dec 17, 2007 10:01 am

Hi Ian

Haven't posted in a long while, congrats on a brilliant job done!!

Hope she gives good and long service.

Are you now a "builder that flies" or a "flyer that builds" ?

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Postby Ian » Tue Dec 18, 2007 9:10 pm

IFLYHI wrote:Are you now a "builder that flies" or a "flyer that builds" ?

Ian
Hi Ian,

Definately a 'flyer that builds' and right now I'm just a flyer :D

Only snag so far is a slight oil leak around the fuel pump.. Will fix it this week.

You should be able to ID this airfield. even though you cannot see much of it..

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Postby FAWGie » Tue Dec 18, 2007 10:45 pm

Well done Ian...excellent work of art.....
How are you enjoying the flying part on this bird?
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Postby IFLYHI » Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:56 pm

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You should be able to ID this airfield. even though you cannot see much of it..

Cheers ian[/quote]

Sadly it looks quiet :cry:
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Postby Ian » Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:55 pm

FAWGie wrote:Well done Ian...excellent work of art.....
How are you enjoying the flying part on this bird?
Hi Steve,

Thanks for your comment

Its a STUNNING AC :D

With my limited experience I cannot compare to many AC's but it's certainly all (and more) I hoped it would be. Feels very strong, climbs like a homesick angel, input response is immediate, turns on a tickey, very easy to keep straight and level in a bit of rough, rudder control is great in the landing (always a crosswind at Bara), the stall is amazing, and now the experience at short landings etc is being built up, taking it all slowly and very cautiously though :D

Looking forward to flying further than 100Km soon ..

Plan to fly down to slummies next year, hopefully a few of us get together..

Have a good Christmas !

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Postby Ian » Wed Dec 19, 2007 11:00 pm

IFLYHI wrote:
Sadly it looks quiet :cry:
Yep, very sad, hopefully not for long now.. Wayne and his family are up for Christmas which is good for all of them.

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Postby Wart » Mon Jan 07, 2008 7:52 am

Ian

Been a while since I have browsed this section so herewith a rather belated =D* =D* CONGRATULATIONS =D* =D* on both the completion of your build and the trophy!!

Here's wishing you many fun and safe flying hours. Maybe we will see you down at Light Flight (Cato area) soon.
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Postby Ian » Sat Jan 26, 2008 11:52 am

Hi Wart, many thanks for your kind words, yep I intend to get all over, so Cato (Light Flight) is definately on the menu sometime.....

An update:

Final test flight with test pilot went well, could'nt (did'nt) pull more than +3.5 and -2 G's.

Submmited all paperwork and now have ATF :D

Then I was VERY lucky to secure a hangar for the Sav at Summit where my mates Andrew, Fritz and Callie fly out of .

Flew EMW in there this Am (first decent flying morning in what seemed like decades) :) Quite sad to leave Bara though :( there are some great people out there, and a great safe AF to conduct proving flights from but new AF much closer to home and slavecamp.. :)

So here I am having a cuppa in the new hangar, relaxed in a chair Callie kindly "gave" me .... 8)

Looking forward to many memorable flying hours :!:

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Postby Ian » Sun Feb 10, 2008 8:21 pm

To end off this 'project thread', some pics which illustrate why I did it.

Pictures say more than words... :)

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Postby grostek » Sun Feb 10, 2008 10:25 pm

The smile says it all

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