Category Archives: Flying and Flight Testing

  • New Tailspring and Tailwheel

    Posted on 15. March 2020 by Thomas in Flying and Flight Testing, Recent Posts.

    Having to repair the tailwheel, I decided to go for a slightly new setup. One of the major considerations was weight. With such a long lever I didn’t want to move the CofG farther backwards. So after consulting the helpful Murphy builders list, my reviewer and my examiner I decided for a setup based on […]

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  • Tailwheel Spring Delaminated

    Posted on 19. October 2019 by Thomas in Flying and Flight Testing, Recent Posts.

    During starting suddenly the tailwheel spring was breaking. This was not a nice experience. I couldn’t steer anymore and the Rebel went to the left. Furtunately not far and I could stop the plane without any damage. What happened: The spring was fabricated out of glass fabric (GFK). I never trusted this part so much. […]

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  • Flight testing

    Posted on 3. October 2019 by Thomas in Flying and Flight Testing, Recent Posts.

    Next phase to get the full aircraft permissions is flight testing. We have to do a long catalog of tests to make sure the Rebel is performing well. Calibration of the air speed indicators is one of the early tests. For this we used the GPS method as suggested by NTPS (National test pilot school). […]

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  • First Flight

    Posted on 8. July 2019 by Thomas in Flying and Flight Testing, Recent Posts.

    A great day this morning. Our Rebel made his first flight in Koblenz-Winningen. Everything was perfect. The engine ran smoothly and with enough power. Wow! This was a nice reward for a long build and long time doing the documents. Due to our FAA first flight has to be performed by an very experienced pilot. […]

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