EAA strongly encourages all homebuilders to perform fuel flow testing prior to flight testing. Although not required for certification, the time to figure out if you have any fuel flow issues is on the ground. For more info on fuel flow testing, watch the EAA webinar on Fuel System Testing.
Tim, Charlie (me), John and Tom preparing for the test. I’m removing the fuel line at the carb inlet.
Not to waste any time, while we are doing the level flight test Jerry is working on installing the ELT in the tail section.
Level flight testing complete, now it is time to test for high angle of attack by tying the tail down.
Tom checking the angle.
Testing in process. As it turns out, we do in fact need a fuel pump when the aircraft is in a high angle of attack with minimum fuel on-board. Perfect example of why you do the test!
Experimental sticker installed on entrance to the cockpit.
EAA chairman Jack Pelton stopped by to check out the progress and give the staff some encouragement.
Of course he couldn’t resist trying on the aircraft.
Jim installing an access panel.
Kyle putting some sealant around the fuel tank filler neck. We used DAP Alex Ultra 230 with the 50 year life available at Lowes (expect a Hint for Homebuilders on this in an upcoming Sport Aviation).
Tracy working on a few more baffles for better cooling.
ELT and antenna installed.
Jeff applying the N numbers while I safety wire a turnbuckle.
Jeff squeegeeing the graphic to remove air bubbles.
Until next time…