Here are some shots of the first time the plane has been assembled painted.
I was doing a preliminary weight and balance. The plane came in at 1134
pounds dry (no oil or fuel).
The last day in June and we fire the engine for the first time on the plane.
The Ballistic Batteries battery did a fantastic job. Primed the fuel
system the day before along with spinning the motor over to test the starter
then started the motor cold and hot today without missing a beat and having
power to spare. The engine fired straight away probably the result of
having two impulse couple mags and a SlickStart. I see the Diamonds seem
to use the SlickStart connected to both mags. I need to check with
Champion to see if I can do the same. The engine was smooth, very smooth.
Throttle response was much stronger than the Extra's certified engine and much
less vibration. The lack of vibration was particularly impressive given
that very stiff carbon planes typically pass along every little hint of
The oil pressure was high and the right mag grounding switch does not work
but otherwise the event went off without a hitch.
It's inspection time as this bird needs an airworthiness certificate!