NEWS UP DATE!!
Dear Friends of SOAR
Engine Run #16 & Ground testing
On August 28th, 2001, weather V.F.R. OAT 78 deg.
Purpose of Test
At 09:47 pilot was secured into the seat, little uncomfortable reaching
toward the starter, we feel it's something the pilot must get used
June 27, 2001 15th Ground Testing Run. The weather was VFR and had six support people for assistance. This test was done to determine whether we had any leaks in our fuel idle control arm. Also, for the modifications made to the interior of the cockpit. These modifications included the reduction of the mixture control arm that was protruding more than was needed for operations. We also extended the cockpit by removing 2 inches of the rear horizontal shelf. This created additional leg room for the pilot. At 10:30 A.M., June 27th, the engine was started using the electric fuel pump and immediately checked for any fuel leaks on the idle control arm. The pilot was given a "thumbs up" and continued the run. Within a few seconds we had oil pressure and the fuel pump system was turned from electric to manual. The engine sounded good. The pilot was in raido communication with the ground personnel. All instruments checked out, the cockpit seemed more comfortable than usual because of the cockpit enlargement and was given a "thumbs up" to do a two mile medium speed taxi run on the grass. The ground personnel were advising the pilot by radio where any obstacles were and the pilot, in order to avoid them, had to make S-turns. This is normal for a tail wheel aircraft. The pilot was given the green light for a medium speed taxi which is approximately 40 MPH. At this speed, small maneuvered S-turns are required. Unknowingly, the canopy locking handle had worked itself free and during one of the S-turns the prop wash ripped the canopy off the aircraft. No damage was done to the aircraft but the canopy had excessive damage. This has all been repaired and some newer modifications have been made to the plexiglass, similar to the original Messerschmitt design. We anticipate our final ground testing within the next week and will be ready for a final FAA inspection before flight testing.
On June 19th, we commenced taxi testing the 109. The aircraft handled well
and we felt confident for a successful high-speed taxi run. The pilot
inadvertantly left the locking handle for the canopy open, resulting in
damage to the structure of the canopy. We have made repairs and expect to
commence testing within a week. We will endeavor to keep you informed as we
progress into our maiden flight.
Just a little update on our progress. After weeks of repairing the fuel leaks
and making modifications to the 109's fuel system we also made a few cockpit
alterations which included extending the cockpit's length, changing the
mixture controls and various other cockpit items.