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Swinnys 4 Place Bush Explorer
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Date:  8-8-2015
Number of Hours:  6.00
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Brief Description:  More flight testing & Air to Air pics

I now have nearly ten hours completed with only a few minor issues.

I had an Ag pilot friend fly the L164 and I flew my RV4 to get these pics.

The first few hours of flight in the Bushcaddy were spent adjusting the elevator trim and the airflow through the oil cooler to get the optimum engine oil temp.

Found that it takes a fair bit of attention to keep the slip ball in the centre, especially when making turns. This maybe as a result of the vertical stabiliser being undersize for the weight or size of the aircraft.

One very good attribute I found, is that to stall the machine requires a high angle of attack with a little power on, and under full power, a very high angle.

Stalls are gentle, but in this one, the right wing drops. Recovery is fast and very little loss of height.

Generally not disappointed with the flight characteristics, however I do have concerns over the tail wheel attachment plate and spring arrangement. This area is under engineered, and I feel will result in an early repair requirement.
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Burning Avgas over Stradbroke Island.

Burning Avgas over Stradbroke Island.

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Home strip off the left wing

Home strip off the left wing

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Looking good

Looking good

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