Allure Gets Airborne

Today I was able to get out and get the first few flights on Bryan’s new baby.  I did some last minute programming and radio setup in the shop then headed out to the field in the afternoon.

Bryan keeps making my airplanes bigger and bigger and my car stays the same size... something's got to give and I know it won't be Bryan!

Bryan keeps making my airplanes bigger and bigger and my car stays the same size… something’s got to give and I know it won’t be Bryan!

After dealing with some rain, which comes through almost everyday around 3 or 4 in the afternoon, I finally got her in the air.  I had been anxiously awaiting this flight for quite awhile now.  It’s always exciting to fly any new airplane but even more so when I know what the designer has gone through to make it happen.  Bryan and I often have long conversations about his latest projects.  We talk about what inspires him, what guides certain decisions in the process, and what hardships he went through to make it happen, among other things.  This gives me an appreciation for what he does at a level that not many people have.  There just aren’t that many people out there who will hand carve a plug, send it off to Thailand, then actually go to Thailand and make sure it’s given the care it deserves.

I can now say that my anticipation was certainly satisfied.  I was very impressed with how the airplane flew.  Bryan told me not to expect perfection; this is a prototype and there are still a few quirks that need to be worked out with production.  I took off with that in mind but my thoughts were soon overwhelmed with how solid this thing is!  The airplane has a fantastic presence in the air that I personally think is not rivaled by any other monoplane out there.  There seems to be a trend towards super light airplanes, or airplanes with a thousand fins and vortex generators hanging off of them and none of them impress me.  The Allure is impressive, a big and beautiful machine that doesn’t have to try so hard to be great.

We were up until 2am last night and our tired eyes didn't catch that missing bead of glue to keep the fuel tank in place...

We were up until 2am last night and our tired eyes didn’t catch that missing bead of glue to keep the fuel tank in place…

With that said it wasn’t perfect, like Bryan said.  It’s not entirely mix free, but that is just down to some minor adjustments that’s we’re already aware need to be made.  I also had some motor issues which we think comes down to a bad clunk, and the fuel tank didn’t want to stay in place as you can see.

We’ll get these things taken care of in short order.  We’ll have everything running smoothly for the Nationals and I can’t wait to let some of you out there feel what I felt today.  One turn on the sticks is all it’s going to take.

All-in-all a great day flying a great new airplane.  The saga continues tomorrow…

Obligatory selfie at the end of the day

Obligatory selfie at the end of the day

 

 

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