Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2006 11:51 am Post subject: Why I Love my Rocket and Blue Mountain EFIS (Long Post)
A long time in the planning was a trip to visit a friend in Tulsa, get some avionics work done, and a trip to New Century Aerosport in Olathe Kansas to see and fly the Radial Rocket.
Weather forecasts looked good for smooth VFR . Departure time arrived and the weather was ^%#*^%$.
Low (1100’) overcast terrible winds aloft 290 at 53 Kts and horrible surface winds at my 1st destination 230 at 23 gusting to 33 with the runway of choice being 17.
Ice was forecast in the clouds and I don’t have alt air for the engine so I had to go VFR. Luckily tops were around 5000’ along the entire route and XM showed a nice sized hole 15 miles from my departure point.
The hole on XM looked to be 20 miles across. When I got there it looked visually about 10 feet in diameter. In acuality the hole I found was probably about a mile in diameter. Pulled up from a cruise of 160 KTS IAS to 110 KTS at 1000’ and spiraled up to cruising alt of 6500’. Can’t beat a rocket for climb performance.
Leveled off just over the Mississippi River set the autopilot and enjoyed the ride.
Beautiful smooth ride over the top.
My flight engineer (and CEO) paying close attention to fuel management.
In spite of the winds performance over the ground was great. My landing in the crosswind sucked and am glad there were no cameras around.
I am starting to get the itch to build so took my boss to evaluate the Radial Rocket.
It is a beautiful plane with a good bit more room for my more than ample body in the front office. Now if I can just get the boss to approve the purchase.
Hmmmmm……..I think the CEO may just approve the project.
Jeff and Mark were great Hosts at New Century Aerosport. The plane flys and performs like a dream. Aerobatics were effortless. They have a wealth of experience in AC design build and an immaculate well set up production facility. Anybody going up that way (KIXD) should stop in and visit.
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