It's getting close... - Jay Maynard

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Friday, 30 May 2008


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1103 - It's getting close...

Just talked to the airplane manufacturer. It's pretty well finished. It'll go into the paint shop today; when it comes out, they'll add the vinyl graphics and interior, finish up the inevitable last-minute stuff, and then it's time for the test flight.

I got the finished layout for my panel, as well...



Lots of stuff there. There's also stuff on a console running from below the panel, down in between the seats: the engine management system, with all sorts of gauges to monitor the engine; the fuel selector valve; the parking brake handle; and the mount for my Garmin 496 portable GPS. It's very full, and very capable - more so than I am, which is just the way I want it.

current mood: [mood icon] bouncy

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From:unix_jedi
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They're going to do the engine break-in?

I just thought about that, fresh engine, going cross-country?

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From:jmaynard
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Yup. They'll run the engine in, and they'll also fly it for several hours before I get there, both in testing (and verifying the control rigging) and also just shaking it down a bit. The sales manager/test pilot lives an hour's flight away; I expect he'll fly it home at least once.

Once I get there, I'll fly it for several hours with factory CFIs (they've got 3 on staff, including the sales manager), both to get familiar with it and checked out in it, and because AVEMCO requires 3 hours dual in the airplane before I solo it. Then I'll take it cross-country - and the first flight will be just a couple of hours from the factory, just north of Charlotte. Only then will I launch for the first long trip, Charlotte to Houston (or thereabouts).
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From:susannahdon
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Oooh, that's really shiny. So you have a couple weeks until you get it, whole and new and entirely yours?
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From:jmaynard
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Yup. I'm on schedule to take delivery June 10, and then it's mine, all mine. (Well, mine and the bank's, but you know how that works.)
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From:reddragdiva
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That is just way too cool. I look forward to pics.
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From:jmaynard
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I'm planning a page devoted to the aircraft, with all of the pictures I can possibly think to take, neatly organized for your viewing pleasure.

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