N264JP First Flight
Finally, after 7 years, 7 months of construction from
plans, N264JP took to the air over Half Moon Bay, California. For those unfamiliar
with the area, it's 20 miles south of the Golden Gate on the Pacific Coast. N264JP
was constructed by the webmaster, Jim Piavis.
Flight Test Reports
Here's the first pictures from the initial flights.
||The first takeoff. Runway Three-Zero, Half
||First flight of N264JP took place on
26 June, 1999 after 7 years and 7 months of construction.
After some initial fast taxi tests, the last of which was reported by the
Fire department to have actually lifted off the ground, I did a final preflight, gathered
the ground support crew (local airport bums), reviewed the test cards, and blasted,
er...puttered into the air. I don't know if the mighty "Powerful as the
Nation" Continental fits the term "blasted".
I spent the next .5 hours checking basic maneuverability and
engine performance. After slow flight, I descended to the pattern for a three-point
on the numbers and on centerline!
Gary Aldrich, EAA Chapter 1000 Flight Advisor, provided the
appropriate guidance for this novice test-pilot on the first flight.
Overall a great first flight with no major squawks or nasty
habits! Check back for the full flight report.
||Climbout on the initial flight.
||Boredom Fighter over the Pacific on flight #3.
||Another shot over the ocean; a rare clear day in
these parts! (Caution, large download of this pic)
||First landing, on centerline, on the numbers.
FLIGHT TEST REPORTS
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