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Old 03-17-2009, 02:07 PM
Dave_Boxall Dave_Boxall is offline
 
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Default WAM-120 Diesel RV-9A first flight

We flew our RV-9a fitted with the WAM-120 engine today. First impressions very good. Cooling is fine. Pictures on the RV-9/9a section - "show us a picture of your finished RV-9/9a"

Not the fastest RV ever, but certainly cheap to run.

I love the smell of jet fuel in the morning....


Dave

[ed. Here are those pics (from the other post). dr]





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Old 03-17-2009, 09:37 PM
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Congrats - while DeltaHawk is still showing the same old lame drawings, WAM seems to be actually delivering!
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Old 03-18-2009, 06:35 AM
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Default The Video is on YouTube

YouTube Video at


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJ8bQz8GWz8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjIc1ohkiqI

As far as I'm aware we're the 6th RV-9/9a flying with the WAM engine, and thare are around 6 more engines flying in other aircraft. I know that two of the RV's in the UK are well past 100 hrs (one of the guys I talked to has done 120 hours since September) and their owners are very pleased with them.

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Old 03-18-2009, 10:22 AM
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Default Good Job!

Great job guys. Must have been a ton of extra work with a non standard engine. We'll be very interested in your numbers when you get around to posting them.
Of course, you'll have to behave yourselves since you are so recognisable.
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Old 03-18-2009, 10:28 AM
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Awesome!

How's the weight/balance/cg with that installation?

Bob
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Old 03-18-2009, 10:31 AM
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Congrats Dave! Looking forward to more performance numbers down the road especially at altitude with the turbo.
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Old 03-18-2009, 12:40 PM
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Default Good deal Dave

As an Expat Brit (I Did Mechanical Engineering at Bath University) I can feel the pain at the pumps where 80% of a gallon of fuel is tax!!!

Like everyone else I ran diesel cars and loved them.

Good for you!

Frank
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Old 03-18-2009, 12:47 PM
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Default Just a tip though

Get that nose gear OFF the ground ASAP on the TO run and don't let it touch on landing till as late as possible..Have the stick all the way back st the start of TO and end of landing.

Pretend the NG is made of glass..Cus it pretty much is..

We don't want to be reading of a noseover accident!!

Cheers and Say Hi to the Duke of Beaufort for me...I used to skydive at his farm in Badminton many years ago..

Frank
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Old 03-19-2009, 06:38 AM
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Default This is a real step forward

Its only matter of time until 100LL goes away. Auto fuel is going to have alcohol. I think stopping these things will be like trying to stop gravity.

Motors that run on JetA have a real future and solve a real problem. I don't have the wrenching skills or patience to be one of the pioneers of this activity, so I'm thankful for those that do.

Congratulations Dave for moving this work forward!

I'm hoping that by the time I need an overhaul there are several diesel options out there.
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Old 03-19-2009, 06:50 AM
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Default Congratulations...

...on creating a very nice retro look! A little modern, a little SE-5...a little

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