The 2011 Aviation Trade Show was a big success for everybody in attendance. The Airmen’s Association sold almost all of their raffle tickets, lots of good company was had by all the visitors who often see each other only once or twice a year, and a lucky Massachusetts guy won a GREAT airplane. It was especially a good weekend for us here at DAN’S AIRCRAFT …..We received a lot of nice compliments about this year’s Cub Project and we had a chance to see many of our customers from out of state as well from here in Alaska.
DAN’S AIRCRAFT would like to thank all the suppliers who generously donated a lot of expensive components and hardware for this project. We will feature many of them in this blog in the near future.
Well, in a couple of days we’ll deliver the new ALASKA AIRMEN’S Raffle airplane to Lake Hood. We just needed a couple more hours to complete our checkout of the airplane and we made a few stops at Knik Glacier and Settlers Bay before returning to Merrill Field. e.s.
After climbing to about 6000 to work the cylinders and get the motor up to temp we shot over to nearby Knik glacier and LakeGeorge for some short gravel bar workouts with the new Cub with the bushwheels 35′s….. A few of the local pilots were in the area and were interested to get a close-up look at the aiplane. We all landed on small bar and everybody got the personal tour of 84C. With the new Lightspeed Headsets its a joy to fly and commnicate quietly with your passenger on the intercom. All the engine instruments(ELECTRONICS INTERNATIONAL) are right on and stable,and the JPI fuel flow computer indicates miles per gallon and easily allows the pilot to stretch fuel on a long trip.Some nice KNIK GLACIER photos follow………….
This afternoon at about 4PM Pilot & Guide Dee Deoudes took off from MRI in the first flight of N1184C. The half hour flight consisted of many touch & go’s and low passes down the center of the runway right in front of DAN’S shop. A small audience of DAN’S crew and customers were delighted in the excellent performance of the airplane and its distinctive metallic green and gold paint scheme. A couple of minor squawks will be addressed in the morning and we’ll be off to get about 8 hours of break-in time logged. I’ll probably go with Dee for a couple of photo trips and to check out all the electronics and instruments, then a couple of the other builders willget a little air time to check on their work.
Cub pilots and other raffle players are welcome to drop by DAN’S at MRI and sneak a look at this airplane before we fly it to Lake Hood for float installation
After a few more days of rigging and final test, we may make the first flight around noon on WEDNESDAY. In about a week the project will be flown to lake Hood for installation of the WIP 2100 floats at Floats Alaska. You can visit DAN’S on Merrrill Field to get an advance view and buy a ticket