Van's RV-9A in Aurora

The Big Picture

The Big Picture
Flying! 8/28/2011

Sunday, March 8, 2015

No flying in Cav in almost 3 weeks.  The weather has been mostly low IFR, and I'm in the middle of doing the annual.  Done with main gear, wings, empennage and rear fuselage (including new ELT batteries), starting on the cabin items.  Removed the flap actuator since it had grease dripping out of it, but the motor was fine, and the jackscrew doesn't seem to need maintenance.  At least I could not find any info on it.  Put that back together today and it's still working great.

Got in 1.9 in 77WE on Saturday morning.  A perfect day for flying, OVC 8500, light east wind.  Practiced all the commercial maneuvers, nailed one power off landing (out of 4).  Managed a passable Chandelle, I think Lazy 8's and 8's on pylons will work too. 
Was losing altitude in the steep turns, and the steep spiral kind of sucked.  I thought I had those under control.  but it's time for a review with the instructor.

I now have over 700 hours.