Friday, June 19, 2009

First Flight


U76 (Mountain Home) to WYS (West Yellowstone) Total flight time 2.1 HRS, 4:49 PM to 6:55 PM   

First flight from Mountain Home Airport to West Yellowstone Airport. Upon arrival conditions were gusty. I attempted a landing and went around. On attempt to 3 I got "get-downitis" and forced the plane on to early and to fast. Subsequently there were a series of bounces...  

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Deal

This is what she looked like when I picked her up in Mountain Home, ID. The wheel pants are inside...

In order to make the deal I traded my 2002 American Ironhorse - "Legend"  motorcycle and an arm and a leg.

I sure loved that bike and had it since it was new.  The transaction took place online and over the phone since I was in FL and the plane was in ID. I shipped the bike out and came out myself commercial to meet the seller and make the trade and transaction.

Important Note: Always get a prebuy inspection from someone you trust and that is familiar with the craft you intend to buy. I did not and am paying a heavy price for it. Why didn't you? You may be asking. Well, not that any of them are valid excuses but; It was a unique deal in that the seller was willing to take my bike as partial trade, it was a long distance purchase over the internet, I was afraid something would be discovered, I was in a hurry. In retrospect of course all the more reasons i should have had it inspected.

When I picked up 26C it was sporting a pretty nice Fred Felix prop and a very undesirable red on orange paint job that was so poor it could be scrapped off in places with a credit card. Apparently the cowling was even bad enough that the previous owner conceded to just strip and prime it until the plane could be painted.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Van's RV-4 Blog Log #1

Well this is my first attempt at a "blog". I am hoping to use the blog to log my time and effort being put into this project. I will add pictures and dates backlogging the progress up to this point.

Until then here is some background on my project.

The project aircraft is a Van's RV-4 outlined below:

Airframe Info

Manufacturer:Makela Urho J
Model:RV-4    Search all Makela Urho J RV-4
Year built:1989
Construction Number (C/N):1775
Aircraft Type:Fixed wing single engine
Number of Seats:2
Number of Engines:1
Engine Type:Reciprocating
Engine Manufacturer and Model:Lycoming 0-320 SERIES


Registration Number:N2626C
Mode S Code:50504630
Certification Class:Experimental
Certification Issued:2009-10-13
Air Worthiness Test:1989-02-23
Last Action Taken:2009-10-13
Current Status:Valid