Starting to work on the new panel, I’ve ordered everything that I need, and have drawn up the panel in Solidworks. It will have four removable sections. Three on the top and one in the middle. I’m still waiting on the Grt sport ex basic with magnetometer and engine monitor, did receive the mini power panel from composite design, changed to locking toggles for magneto and electronic ignition plus a start button. Then to top it all off I’ve purchased the trig ty91 radio as well.
the great thing about this setup is that everything can talk to each other and it’s lighter than what I have now. Just waiting on the call from Grt for my credit card when it’s ready to ship.
center panel mock-up below.
I haven’t posted in quite some time. So I owe an update. I’ve been flying as much as possible even if it’s just to breakfast on a weekend. The plane has also been moved to Valkaria Airport (X59), and I ordered the sds CPI ignition. I’m also planning a panel upgrade that’ll include a Grt Efis and eis, trig ty91 radio, and composite design inc power panel.
Now for some flying videos.
I’ve been gathering performance data
pattern rpm -2200
Stall speed - 60mph solo 65 mph gross
best glide - 80mph solo 85mph gross
Vy - 90 mph
Vx - 80mph
Power off stalls are benign. There is no indication prior to the stall. The canard just stalls and the elevator gets quickly pulled up, a d you feel a slight pop in the stick from the control surface moving.
Now that everything is working right it’s time to paint the wheel pants. So far I just finished priming the left wheel pant. Prime, wet sand, repeat...
Flew some more today. Stalls are just a pitch buck at 60mph ias. With a descent rate of somewhere between 250-300fpm. Very anticlimactic
landings are getting better too.
Flew the dragonfly for the first time since I started the annual at the end of July. I couldn’t be happier. Just flew around the airport for about an hour, but was able to manage sorting out the takeoff and landings out much much better than before. I also took a c172 for a flight a couple nights ago to refresh my flying skills.
Starting 2021 off the right way. The conditional was finally signed off!! Will be doing some grounds runs tomorrow, and some taxi testing. If all is well and the weather is good will hopefully start flying again in a week or two.