More than half way

The title pretty much says it all. I flew a bit today and we are up to 23.6 (lower right corner) hours total time on the airplane, more than half way to the required 40 hours.

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The weather was nice enough to wander away from the airport for a little while, but the ceilings and visibility eventually came down enough that I spent some time in the pattern doing take offs and landings. Since I was in the pattern, I was paying attention to performance data for takeoff and landing performance. Also, for the first time, I was flying the airplane with a  parachute on in preparation for the CG range opening and stall testing.

This flight was done with added ballast in the nose of the airplane, flying it at the most forward CG that I have flown it. That was at a CG of 100.4″ and a weight of 1,466 lbs. When I can get higher, I will do some stall testing at this CG location.

Tomorrow is supposed to be similar weather, so I intend on putting some time on the airplane, but doubt I will be able to accomplish the stall testing.

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Did I mention that the weather in the Twin Cities has been phenomenal for December? The airplane still doesn’t have heat, and I was comfortable in a sweater… Can’t beat that.

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