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Flying Marathon! 15 Test Flight Hours in One Day for AirVenture Deadline!

In this episode of Flight Chops, we’re flying a marathon day to complete the 25 hour #TestFlight mandatory minimum to apply for the Airworthiness certificate from Transport Canada for the #VansAircraft RV-14. Dave and I logged 14.9 hours Flight Time and 13.5 hours Air Time in one 24 hour period flying an extended pattern within 25 miles of the Windsor, ON Canada Airport (CYQG) – all within weeks of our departure for #AirVenture in Oshkosh. I literally got blood in the journey log – so to say it took blood sweat and tears is not even an exaggeration.

This video is entertainment and not meant to be instructional. Please review your own aircraft / engine manufacturer’s instructions for your break in procedures. Both Glenn and I are running Lycoming IO390 Thunderbolt engines with angle valves. While we may want to run CHTs even hotter than we are, we don’t want to run as hot as a break in for an engine with traditional parallel valves. The main mechanism for controlling temps is leaning. So, throughout these flights we are VERY cognizant of the mixture setting.


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I am a “weekend warrior” private pilot, I fly for fun with no intentions of going commercial. I have had my PPL for over 15 years, but still consider each flight a learning experience – I generally take detailed notes after each flight to remind myself what went well or what I could do to improve…. Having the GoPro cameras to record flights like this is invaluable. I find these self analysis videos very helpful in my constant quest to improve, and am happy to share.

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