I met up with Terry Alley who has became a faithful advisor on this adventure at around 7:30 at Jabara (AAO) airport. The wind settled down to 11-12 knots nearly straight down the runway. We added 2.5 pounds of ballast to the nose, as the bird was a little tail heavy and slightly out of CG.
We’re trying a different engine on the Belite demo plane — a Compact Radial Engine MZ-34. I’m very impressed — very smooth power, excellent throttle response, dead simple starting, electric start.
The takeoff roll was short, and I climbed up to what felt like 25 feet off the ground, and flew down the runway. Then I reduced power and settled in to a nice 3 point landing. The video is posted on youtube, search for Belite Aircraft and you’ll find it.
This is fun!