- Nov 1, 2018
Track N352TD flight from Valdosta Rgnl to Valdosta Rgnl
2hrs 2mins of figure of eights,????
Guess he needed to pee !!!!!! ( or got dizzy )
Going to be sad when your flashy airplane gets outclimbed by a 2,000-over TBOH Cherokee 140.Only 4 minutes of the initial climb at around 500 FPM, then back to around only 100- 200 FPM for the rest. OAT was around 17C. That certainly says "high performance" to me...
We used to fly a friend’s Senior Telemaster that had been crashed and rebuilt with a lot of plywood and epoxy (it was way overweight like a certain canard that shall not be mentioned). To top it off, he pulled off the big engine (damaged) and put on a Fox .15. Climb was not in its vocabulary. It took between 600’ and 1,000’ to clear the barbed wire fence at the end of the field. I do t recall if we ever got it up to ‘pattern altitude’.
40 hours proves nothing other than that it can fly for 40 hours. It very well may be a condition of the partner, and that makes it no less arbitrary. They could have said 10 or 100 or anything they wanted, but they apparently chose 40 for no particular reason.Why do you think it's arbitrary? I think it is a covenant or milestone in his investment package. Do not pass go until you fly off 40 hours. Something much hinge on it or we wouldn't be watching the reality show starring Raptor.
You didn't understand what I said. In start up world any arbitrary milestone can apply. That is how the venture capital world works. Someone perceives that 40 hours means something while doing due diligence or the mark... client... customer... CEO says that is important.... and so it goes in the partnership agreement and all things become contingent on it. BTDT, wore out the t shirts. Doesn't have to make sense. Bean counters don't have a clue how to build an airplane. Of course it proves nothing. But the next tranche depends on it.40 hours proves nothing other than that it can fly for 40 hours. It very well may be a condition of the partner, and that makes it no less arbitrary. They could have said 10 or 100 or anything they wanted, but they apparently chose 40 for no particular reason.
If there were a real test program within the 40 hours, that would make sense, but seeing as at this point they aren't even interested in determining such a basic thing as the stall speed, 40 hours appears to be the goal rather than the means to reach a goal.