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Off to the races ; )
« on: Jul 21, 2012 »
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!
Jeff Lange
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Re: Off to the races ; )
« Reply #1 on: Jul 21, 2012 »
Best of luck to you Jeff! If that strong westerly holds for the race, your ground speed should be rediculously fast.  Hope you'll post results for us soon.  And pics, LOTS of pics!


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Re: Off to the races ; )
« Reply #2 on: Jul 21, 2012 »
Really excited to see how you run this year, your airplane is clean and really nicely built, and you are an experienced racer now!
I hope you get some good photo/story coverage, you are a great ambassador of the Sonerai! 

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Re: Off to the races ; )
« Reply #3 on: Jul 21, 2012 »
I ended up flying 90 miles south of course to get around the first batch of weather. Finally made my turn west and made it tI Austin MN. Big line of storms in the way now.

So the 3.8 gph thing does yield 135 indicated at 3k. I had to put some power in to beat the rain to where I was headed. 3.8 is about 19" MAP, I pushed it up to 21", leaned to 4.8 gph and was indicating 165. I must be behind the drag curve at 135.

The only real change this year to the plane was to cut the P tips off of the prince prop. The Cloudcars prop was just to much diameter for it and would only let it wind to 3600 at wot.
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Re: Off to the races ; )
« Reply #4 on: Jul 21, 2012 »
Jeff,

Go get them - good luck - i'm sure you've made plenty (of luck) with your preparation!

When you write your book i'll be one of the first to buy it!! ;D
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Re: Off to the races ; )
« Reply #5 on: Jul 21, 2012 »
Thanks guys. It took 9 hours to accomplish what should have been a 2.5 hour flight. Still fun and I made it.
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Re: Off to the races ; )
« Reply #6 on: Jul 22, 2012 »
Mark, set, weather delay
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Re: Off to the races ; )
« Reply #7 on: Jul 24, 2012 »
How did the race go?  I guess I'm just impatient :)

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Re: Off to the races ; )
« Reply #8 on: Jul 24, 2012 »
Good. Average speed of 200.96.
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Re: Off to the races ; )
« Reply #9 on: Jul 24, 2012 »
That is awesome!!  Soon, you'll be bumping up against Vne!!

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Re: Off to the races ; )
« Reply #10 on: Jul 24, 2012 »
Not anytime soon. I don't think I am going to do much more with it until its time to recover it. The big things to fix have to be done with the fabric off. Time to fly it and work on the Cassutt
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Re: Off to the races ; )
« Reply #11 on: Jul 24, 2012 »
Well done Jeff.

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46   Cozy Mk III   Jeff Mallia   1:53:55   237.43
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12   RV-8   Alan Carroll   1:56:02   233.10
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Re: Off to the races ; )
« Reply #12 on: Jul 24, 2012 »
Not anytime soon. I don't think I am going to do much more with it until its time to recover it. The big things to fix have to be done with the fabric off. Time to fly it and work on the Cassutt

Good, you get to work on the Cassutt so I can put 200mph on my hangar wall as the goal for my S1!  Maybe your airplane will slow down by collecting some dust :-)
Let me get a baseline once I get my S1 flying again, then we need to talk so I am literally 'up to speed' on what mods to do next!


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Re: Off to the races ; )
« Reply #13 on: Jul 29, 2012 »
Congratulations Jeff ! ! !  ;D   I got together with another Jeff, Jeff Scott here in Santa Fe. He is looking forward to seeing you at the KR Gathering this year. He has a verrrry nice new J-3 Cub.  8)
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