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Saturday, February 6, 2021

Portable ADSB Receiver in the Q2

 February 6 2021

I received a portable ADSB receiver for Christmas, now it is time to install into the Q2.  This is a portable unit (Stratux) from "Sky Dog Electronics" "and came with a battery pack and external GPS puck.  You can buy the unit as a kit or as a completed ready to uses unit.  The unit works as a receiver only and I do not have a ADSB out unit in my airplane.  In Canada however this is all a moot point since ADSB is not in wide use here.  There are no ground stations in Canada broadcasting weather, Notams or Radar.  So what is it good for?   For giving the pilot a better view of the airplanes that are flying in the airspace you are flying in.  A note of caution here though is that it will NOT show airplanes that are transmitting a 1200 transponder code, those you will still have to be on the look out for.  Going into the USA though you will receive more traffic and get weather.  I am  using the "Stratux" and picking up it's WiFi signal on my Samsung S2 Tablet and all is working very well.  After doing some testing I found that it will show all traffic that has ADSB out as well as any airplane that is transmitting with a Mode S transponder.  This covers quite a few that would be in my airspace.  I did some testing at home and found that there were many aircraft that I could not find with my eyes only.  I live 5 miles from and active airport with lots of small aircraft traffic and training going on.  It was quite a surprise  how many I could not find easily.  Traffic can be filtered so  you only see traffic within say 2000 feet altitude and it will give you color coded examples if they get to close.  So this is a inexpensive traffic observation tool you can add easily.  Should you be a frequent US flyer you can add a ADSB Out unit when needed.

Installation in my plane.  Although I received a battery pack I wanted to install onto the airplane electrical system so it would always be on when aircraft power was running and off otherwise.  Wiring was easy and power via a switched 12 volt cigar lighter plug in the aft of the plane.  Easy also because it can see through fiberglass and can be placed anywhere convenient.  The only problem I ran into was finding a USB power plug to go into the cigar lighter which would not make noise on the radio.  Some trial and error tests with various units finally worked out.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Winter Surfacing Upgrades

 January 2021

Down time in the winter.  Weather has been dismal and a lot of snow is on the ground and the local taxiways.  Time to do a few upgrades on the Q2.  I have never finished the fiberglass support structure for the canopy, it has been left as bare fiberglass since building it.  Now it is time to sand fill and paint the canopy frame as well as four locations on the fuselage that have shallow blisters that show in the sunlight.  The canopy was sanded and then filled with micro and then finish fill three times with NAPA two part auto body putty.  These same materials were used on the fuselage blister locations after they were cut out and sanded.  I found under the fiberglass blister the foam was not attached to the fiberglass and was the reason for the blister.  I cleaned the area to good foam then layered in a couple of layers of micro/epoxy to fill most of the space leaving room for new cloth.  Glassed over, sanded and then applied a few skim coats of body putty for finishing then spray can primer/filler.

After the micro then body putty filling was smooth I rolled on "Featherfill" prmer/filler.  I used a 3 inch wide foam roller and it turned out very good.
The finish color on primer/filler is never consistent but I don't mind as this is and ongoing fill and finish project on the surface of the Q2.
Aft side of the canopy bulkhead was also roller'd with primer filler onto the bare fiberglass so that when opened it looked like the exterior.

Friday, December 11, 2020

Alberta Winter is here

 Yes bummer bummer we have lost site of summer.  Cold and snow is here so time to  work on plane #2 and to make bread during our Covid Lock down.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Annual Inspection and Prop Balance completed

 I completed the annual inspection on my Q2.  The oil and filter have been changed and all items on the annual checklist completed.  I also spent time to do the prop balance again since it had been a couple of years since the last on I completed.  The Prop balancer is a Dyna Vibe unit and it works very well.  Multiple test runs were completed and my results were the same as a couple years earlier.  Results were .02 which is an excellent result and no correction weights were required.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Bag Lunch & Homebuilt Aircraft Viewing

 August 14 2020  We were off in the morning to meet up with a few flyers in Medicine Hat Alberta.  I had a errand to deliver something to my wife's brother there and thought we could make it another bag lunch flyin affair.  I made contact with a flyer who lives there and he agreed, he and another homebuilt aircraft owner would show us their airplanes and hangars.  Melvin Reister  has a RV7 and a Glasair and  Allen Rose has a RV7.  These two fellows were amazing to talk with and hear all about their amateur built aircraft.  The details of importing from the USA and having them signed off for Canada was very interesting and quite a simple and inexpensive process.  We had three planes from Springbank head out at various departures to meet in Medicine Hat at around 1130.  Weather was totally clear and temperature was forecast to be about 24c.  Winds were forecast to be light but that was not what we received.  The NW wind came up in the morning and was about 15-20 knots which gave us a nice push on the way SE but was slower on the homeward heading. Brian in his Cardinal, Ralph in his RV7 and myself.  Mel and Allen were kind enough to also offer us the very nice COPA flight club house to eat our lunches and talk aviation.  Here is a peek.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Another Bag Lunch Flight (Rocky Mountain House AB)

 August 4 2020  I emailed out a new invite to local flyers to go to Rocky Mountain House Alberta for another bag lunch gathering.  From Springbank airport it would be a 45 minute flight for me and it sounded like there might be a couple of others joining me.  The view from the plane as I headed NW was of colorful farm fields  in shades of green to the pleasing bright yellow of canola fields scattered across the horizon.  Nearing Rocky Mountain House the farm fields reduced in numbers to more forested lands along the foothills.  We had seven airplanes and nine people attending.  The airport has a very nice terminal building and we met the nicest people while there.  Some were aerobatic pilots, fuel service personnel, airport management and locals.  We have been invited back for two events, a BBQ lunch and a Aerobatic competition later this summer.  A special treat for me was to meet one of my flight instructors who I had not seen in 30 years and now fly's professionally and fly's aerobatics.  It was a wonderful day with fantastic people.  Thanks to all who attended and to those we were lucky enough to meet.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Flight Test 2 of Passenger Carrying Capacity

 July 27 2020  Once again I wanted to do another test to see what I was comfortable carrying for weight in my Quickie Q2 with the Revmaster 65 HP engine.  My airport elevation is just under 4000 ft. at 3965 ft. and as a result I have been reluctant to carry a passenger in my aircraft from this airport elevation.  Note that in a previous post I did a short weight carrying test with 70 pounds of sand in the passenger seat and as a result was not happy with the climb out performance.  Once again I will mention that I purchased this plane from a sea level airport and we flew with two people on board with no problem.

On this day I flew a loop trip for 2.5 hours north from Springbank Airport to Glenifer Lake, Sylvan Lake, Gull Lake and finally Pigeon Lake.  Some segments were along the beaches and finally at Pigeon lake I did numerous circles over a location where I have friends with a lake shore house.

Temperature was 22 degrees C on my departure and the airport Density Altitude was 6000 ft.  My aircraft empty weight is 626 pounds and my gross weight on this morning takeoff was 921 lbs.  Just as in my previous test completed for this purpose my climb out was very shallow and slow to gain altitude.  My header tank has a volume of exactly 7 gallons, which I measured.  Therefore if I carry only the  7 gallons in the header tank plus my 165 pounds and 10 pounds of misc. gear, my max passenger weight would be 157 pounds based upon the 1000 pound max gross weight.

Present airport elevation CYBW is: 3965 ft.
Empty weight of aircraft:              626 lbs.
Pilot weight:                                  165 lbs.
Misc. gear wt.                                  10 lbs
Fuel weight carried:                         120 lbs (this is full header tank and 13 gallons in main)
Outside air temperature: 22 degrees C
Total weight:                                    921 lbs.

So I am flying my test flights on a warm day of 22 degrees C and at a weight of about 79 pounds under the gross wt. of 1000 lb.  Obviously I will not be carrying a passenger in my Q2 from my elevation airport of 4000 ft. in the summer.  Now on a cold day I may be able to carry that 157 pound passenger but I doubt that I will ever try it.  I have a friend with the same plane and same engine at a airport elevation of 2650 ft and he does carry a passenger so you can see that the elevation plus the temperature can make a very big difference to the performance of this marginally powered aircraft.

A note worth mentioning here is that when I bought my plane it came with a registered max gross weight capacity of 1100 lbs.  Now the regular Quickie Q2 as per the plans has a all up max gross weight capacity of 1000 lbs.  The owner however can do a weight/climb test and have his aircraft licensed for a new higher max weight and that must be what the previous owner did when at sea level.

Final note:  If used as a single seat aircraft at my airport elevation this is one sweet ride.  Performance speed, climb rate and handling are just superb.  As a cross country aircraft it is fantastic for covering distance with great visibility and comfort.  Airspeed is 130-140 mph in cruise at 3.5 gallons per hour.  For my airport at 4000 ft elevation to have a density altitude of the same value the temperature needs to be 7 degrees C outside.