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The Continuing genius of Scott P:
« on: Sep 20, 2017 »
Guys, yesterday while preparing 994SP for a road trip to the Pacific NW the new owner and I discovered yet another small piece of Scott"s mastery of design perfection, folding wings!
Scott's beautiful engineering of the folding mechanism not only impressed me but the new owner, an RV builder and military veteran technician. 'This guy was a real craftsman", yes sir, he was...

V/R
Smokey

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Re: The Continuing genius of Scott P:
« Reply #1 on: Sep 20, 2017 »
Smokey,    Yes,  and he was a true gentleman.   Sorry you are selling her,   but Hope the new owner takes good care of this Sonerai,   like you did.   It's a special airplane....Ed

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Re: The Continuing genius of Scott P:
« Reply #2 on: Sep 20, 2017 »
Great looking Sonerai.
isn't that the folding wing mechanism shown in the original plans?

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Re: The Continuing genius of Scott P:
« Reply #3 on: Sep 20, 2017 »
Yes, it is.
Fred Keip
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Sonerai Newsletter Editor-Retired
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Re: The Continuing genius of Scott P:
« Reply #4 on: Sep 21, 2017 »
Smokey,    Yes,  and he was a true gentleman.   Sorry you are selling her,   but Hope the new owner takes good care of this Sonerai,   like you did.   It's a special airplane....Ed

Ed,
Appreciate the kind words sir. Nobody will miss 994SP more than I.
I tried to mimic the prototype S2 as much as possible, keeping it light, simple and nimble, by design.
When I met John Monnett at SNF this year, he reiterated my desire for "lean". Scott's installation of the folding wing mechanism was an undocumented treat and one more nod to his outstanding craftsmanship.

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances I had to let it go, for now....Good news is the new owner (K.W.)is a great guy, craftsman, RV builder and a .net member. He plans to keep us posted on 994SP's adventures in the NW and be a good caretaker.... He also offered me first right of refusal when he gets his RV8 built!

V/R
Smokey

PS: If you know of any Formula Vee Racers from back in the day that are languishing in a hangar, email me offline at smokyray@rocketmail.com  I'm interested...
 ;D
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Re: The Continuing genius of Scott P:
« Reply #5 on: Sep 21, 2017 »
Well, I guess it's time to introduce myself.

I'm the guy that bought 994SP. I'm on my way back to Puget Sound with Scott/Smoky's beautiful Sonerai riding securely in the back of a rental truck.

Smoky and his family went all out to make this a smooth and enjoyable transaction.  Will post again with pics when I get her home.

-KennyW
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Re: The Continuing genius of Scott P:
« Reply #6 on: Sep 22, 2017 »
Kenny,  Good luck on the trip and welcome to the Sonerai Community...Ed

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Re: The Continuing genius of Scott P:
« Reply #7 on: Sep 24, 2017 »
Made it home last night about 7:30pm.  Slept like a dead man.  Up at 6am and at the airport by 10.  A good friend (and all around A&P extraordinaire) showed up right on time to help unload.  We used and old retired climbing rope and some carabiners and a pulley to rig up a descent device, and enlisted a couple of guys from the next hangar to help.  It came right down the ramps Smokey provided.  And, I was able to get 'er stowed in no time.  The total was 2,275 miles, 308 gallons of diesel at an average price of $2.80/gal.  And, worth every penny!

** Uploaded a few pics of the trip to my gallery


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Re: The Continuing genius of Scott P:
« Reply #8 on: Oct 06, 2017 »
Congrats Ken, great job getting her to the new home place in WA!
Scott’s genius is already showing up on the RVX...
Great meeting you, looking forward to your flight report!



Tire air service ports courtesy of the Lowe’s Aviation dept

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Re: The Continuing genius of Scott P:
« Reply #9 on: Oct 06, 2017 »
994SP with a couple of the locals (aka "the peanut gallery").



Got some back-seat take-offs & landings in an Aeronca Champ.  Was honored to fly with Mr. Arnold Ebneter (the subject of his daughter's book, "The Propeller Under the Bed").

He is quite modest and unassuming.  But, he is one of our local legends.



(Those aren't white knuckles there, he was at the controls  ;) )
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Re: The Continuing genius of Scott P:
« Reply #10 on: Oct 07, 2017 »
Welcome aboard Ken,  you got yourself one nice bird.  Scott passed away shortly before my first flight, he helped me immensely and I so wanted to tell him all about.  He lives on though in your plane.
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Re: The Continuing genius of Scott P:
« Reply #11 on: Oct 10, 2017 »
Yesterday, I made my first (and 2nd) flight in N994SP.  I must admit the first landing was more exciting that it should have been.   Even with some progressive speed taxi practice, and some warm-up from the back seat of a Champ, I was not prepared for that first experience.  The flare was a little too aggressive and the bottom kinda dropped out on me.  I bounced and waived off.  Then, I waived off the next 2 times around.  Realizing that some of my hangar neighbors were, by this time, out on the taxi way watching made it even more stressful.

About the 4th time around, I surprised myself with a reasonably smooth touchdown, and only a little bit of weaving down the runway.  By the time I finally got everything under control and slowed down, I was passed the A3 turnoff and had to taxi all the way to the end.  That taxi back to the approach end seemed like one of the longest ever.  But, I got a big thumbs up from the peanut gallery.


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Re: The Continuing genius of Scott P:
« Reply #12 on: Oct 10, 2017 »
Good job!  Only give it what it needs very responsive on the ground and in the air. 
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Re: The Continuing genius of Scott P:
« Reply #13 on: Oct 11, 2017 »
Well done!
Carry some speed through final and just hold off. There can be a tendency to flare too high (you're sitting quite low). You can play around with descent angles, speeds etc to find what works best for you but 85mph on final bleeding off as you get over the fence is a good start.
It doesn't get purer than downwind to final in a Sonerai!
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Re: The Continuing genius of Scott P:
« Reply #14 on: Oct 11, 2017 »
Nicely done Ken!
The adventure is just beginning.... 8)
V/R
Smokey

 

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