The AVC race is from Mitchell SD this year. I had planned on leaving yesterday but I needed to do a few more test flights and the weather was IFR for most of the day. I was able to get things tested yesterday and am headed for the airport.
The winds are horrible the later in the day I leave and at the altitudes I prefer to fly at, at least 3k up to about 10k, somewhere around a 20-30kt headwind.
I'm going to try and beat the shift if the wind and make it the full 390nm distance without stopping. I was able to get about a 140mph cruise out of 3.8gph and without the wind I would make it just fine. We shall see.
The plane is running great, I love the new radio and instrument setup. With a calibrated sight gauge on each of the three tanks and a calibrated fuel flow gauge I feel pretty good about fuel awareness for the race. Its the longest I have done, over 500sm. There are a lot of guys having to stop for gas.
Hoping to beat an RV this year
We shall see tomorrow.
Wish me luck!