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Old 09-10-2007, 05:24 PM
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Default First Flight - n44VF - Cincinnati Velocity XL/FG

Our Velocity XL/FG, 44VF, took to the air for the first time on Friday just over 5 years from receiving our (all fast-build XL/FG) kit from the factory, with Dave Bertram at the controls. It’s an early birthday present for us, as Elizabeth and I both have late September birthdays!

First off we’d like to thank Dave for being so professional and taking such great care of our baby, as we were both on pins-and-needles all day. When you add on top of that the fact that the weather was a bit dicey as we arrived to the airport, with high (at least for Ohio) winds and gusty conditions, we were pretty tense. But the weather calmed considerably and Dave gave the OK to push her out of the hangar. Dave’s been really patient with us as well, he came up previously and had to abort the flight due to a rough running motor. But after cleaning up the fuel injectors and running on the ground a fair amount all seemed well, and after a run-up (and a back-taxi to the very end of the runway) she and Dave were ready. Being new parents to our airplane, I was trying to untie the knots in my stomach, and Elizabeth asked one of the lineman to chase the plane with a fire extinguisher and to put the local fire/rescue squad on alert just in case. ;-)

With the camera running and a brief prayer for Dave’s safety, we watched 44VF accelerate and leap into air after what seemed an impossibly short ground roll (of course we had 15-20 mile an hour headwinds), and I started to breathe again once she was 50’ off and crabbed into the breeze, clearly answering the helm. I began to really enjoy the flight as she departed the pattern with the throaty tone of an unmuffled high-compression IO540, but I was anxious to see her safely return to the airport as well. Dave began to lap the airport at about 4,500’, and a good friend of the family assumed the camera duty, just as Dave reported in that the oil temps were running high, at 240 F, but would cool when throttled back, so he took another couple of circuits. For about 30 minutes everything went really perfectly.

I always figured there would be some defect that would need to be addressed after the first flight, and so it was, at about 35 minutes in Dave reported that engine was running rough and the #6 cylinder EGT was low, and that he was coming in. Fortunately the weather had shut down the sky-diving operation and scared the rest of the airport community into their hangars, so Dave had the airport to himself, setting up a 4 mile straight-in approach and made a picture perfect landing, easing off the runway at the mid-field taxiway.

Dave reports that she flies well and didn’t display any ill behaviors, even at pretty good speeds for a first flight, running her to about 150kts, and slowing her down to about 70 to see where she would start to pitch-buck. What a magnificent feeling, watching Dave taxi her in, back safe and sound as though a first flight was a completely natural and unexciting event – the weather aside. We retired to the house for a celebration of beer and pizza, and as they say in Monty Python, there was much rejoicing. Thanks to all of the folks at Velocity for their help and patience, and to all of our friends here on the reflector, it's been a long but fulfilling journey.

Brett
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Old 09-10-2007, 06:45 PM
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Old 09-10-2007, 09:59 PM
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Spectacular!
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Old 09-10-2007, 10:31 PM
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A true thing of beauty... congrats!
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Old 09-10-2007, 11:20 PM
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Ooooooooooooooooooooo ......... ahhhhhhhhhhh!
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Old 09-10-2007, 11:31 PM
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Very Good! Very very good. Congradulations!!!
SOMEDAY.........I'll be in your shoes!!!
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Old 09-11-2007, 12:33 AM
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Well done.
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Old 09-11-2007, 07:10 AM
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Great to hear! Another is born!
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Old 09-11-2007, 08:15 AM
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Dear Brett & Elizabeth,
Congratulations to both of you!
Regards, Chrissi & Randi
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Old 09-11-2007, 09:53 AM
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CONGRATS what a feeling it must of been to see your baby fly!!!.......Now I have to ask this question...who is the next person to take "her" up next? Talk about knots in your stomach.
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Old 09-11-2007, 10:28 AM
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There is no other feeling like it except "your own" first flight. Get that engine problem resolved and start building time.

Well Done.
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Old 09-11-2007, 06:50 PM
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Way to go Brett. Looking great.

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Old 09-11-2007, 06:55 PM
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Congrats, Brett.
I'm jealous - I have never seen my aircraft in the air.
Then again - how does it feel to watch 5 years or more of blood & sweat pass overhead under someone else's control?
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Old 09-14-2007, 08:09 PM
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I raised my plate of Skyline Chili high to celebrate your accomplishment, for what better way is there to hail such a momentous occasion from Cincinnati other than to eat it's greatest dish while doing so. The extra cheese was a personal preference and had nothing to do with it.
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