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[June 8, 2013]


For the last few weeks I have been trying to get a flying lesson from my friend Bill. I don't want to venture too deep into aerobatics without some proper instruction to at least teach me the basics and how to get out of bad situations. Conveniently Bill was doing a formation flight at an AOPA event today. He told me to meet up with him early and I could ride along for the formation flight, then we could do some aero.

Here the crew is doing their runups.






After the formation flight was finished, Bill and I got down to business and talked about energy management, which is what aerobatics is all about. We discussed the maneuvers and where you can get into trouble with each of them, as well as entry speeds. We went up and started with aileron rolls. Then we moved onto loops. We combined rolls and loops into a barrel roll. Finally we finished with hammer heads. We learned an interesting thing about my RV-7 - it does not like to fall to the right when doing a hammer head. With the engine at 25 squared, and the right rudder fully engaged, the RV never fully fell to the left. It sort of fell to the side and hung out in a nose-high position. Bill thinks this has to do with my RV-7 having a larger rudder and the prop being a smaller diameter. In the end, his advice was "Don't do hammerheads to the right"!

I dropped Bill off and headed back to KDMW. When I got to the hangar I noticed oil all over the belly.


And on the bottom of the upper intersection fairings.


And also on the side of the fuse! I probably lost about 1/4 of a quart doing the aero maneuvers. I am planning on purchasing an oil-separator to help reduce the amount of oil on my belly. Great RV day!

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