Waiter Posted July 4, 2009 Share Posted July 4, 2009 Independence Day was a good Day. N961EZ won her independence from the Hangar and took to the air again. Total Time for Today 1.0 hr, and three full stop landings. I didn't retract the gear the first time, just around the pattern, controllability check, and landed. A quick walk around to see if any parts fell off, then out again. Second time I did a full retract, WOW, When the gear hits the wells, its like somebody hit the Rocket Switch :-) SURPRISES - The only surprise I had, I can't hear the Hydraulic pump running (Sure is loud on the ground, but can't hear it running when airborne. I've got a couple issues to deal with, some may be related: 1)Rough engine, high Oil temp, and High CHT on #1. I'll bet money that the injector on #1 is plugged, or the intake tube gasket is cracked. #1 is very lean ant the other 3 cylinders are sooty (looking at the exhaust) 2) Left UP indicator shows "In Transit" even though the gear is UP. Most likely a switch adjustment. NOTE - I can't see the mains to see if they are UP or DOWN, BUT, I can see the upper door that rides out under the wing. I'll paint a couple stripes on the wing leading edge, that line up with the door. One when the gear is down, and the other when the gear is up. This is a good visual indication of the gears position, based oon the position of the upper door. 3) Gear warning horn did not sound when I retarded the throttle to Idle. I need to check into this. 4) Fuel Qualtity, Need to look at the sensors and see whats going on. I can see the fuel in the windows, but the guage isn't working. Speaking of Fuel: My original EZ would hold 43 - 44 gallons total. The New configuration holds 34 in the strakes, and five in the sump. So, I lost ten gallons in the strakes, but got back 5 by installing a thigh support sump tank. I'll keep you posted when I start speed test. Waiter Quote F16 performance on a Piper Cub budget LongEZ, 160hp, MT CS Prop, Downdraft cooling, Full retract visit: www.iflyez.com Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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