So we put the Monster Shocks on the Highlander. What an incredible upgrade. There no longer such a thing as a bounce when you “drop it in”. The aircraft now has cat like reflexes. The aircraft literally plants itself on the ground. It’s a game changer for landings.
High Sierra Experimental crew out on the North Circuit yesterday for Father’s Day. Warm, no wind and beautiful out!
The aircraft: Kitfox, Rans, Highlander, SQ and a Pacer (certified)
Just waiting for this to return from powder coat and labeling and then the bird gets weighed this week. Thats all we are waiting for now. The DAR is coming and she will be flying shortly. Stay tuned.
On another note, its been very windy this week. Have spent some good time flying in the wind and working on landings in the Highlander.
Seems a bit crazy but I went out and got myself a Highlander. Yes, the cub should be done soon but this deal popped up and I could not pass it up.
I have wanted one of these for sometime but always had the opinion that I was to big. After flying it a fair bit, I retract that thought. I have plenty of room and it feels like a I’m sitting inside a Ferrari. The response is very quick giving me the first impression that it was very sporty. Now having a few hours in it, it’s just awesome.
The plane has 500 hours TT on it with a 112hp Rotax engine. It’s certainly not my 180 but again it’s not for that mission either. The Highlander reminds me of getting on that YZ 125 when I was a kid and riding it in the backyard. Fun, fast and responsive.
So yes, this is kind of silly but, we skied the plane 36 miles across the water. Any challengers? We started on the north shore of Tahoe then turned south for Camp Richardson then up the west shore. At about Meeks bay I was over it. Next time, if there is a next time we will do the entire circumference of the lake…72 miles. No FAR’s were broken and all rules were followed. All pilots and helicopter pilots were briefed ahead of time and we were in communication the entire time.
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Every now and then a smokin deal comes up. This one for example I could just not let pass. Going to pick it up next week!
500 hour TT on engine and airframe. She weighs just over 700lbs. It was a no brainer….Have a look. I have wanted one for sometime now ad even more so when watching my buddy Steve Henry fly around.
Almost there as we get closer to the DAR inspection. It’s really coming together now as its in for final assembly. The kit has been nothing short of a challenge but man it’s really looking good. The DAR inspection looks to be around the end of the month here.
Getting very close. Engine is getting hung shortly. First runs will be in about 2-3 weeks we are thinking. Have not posted for a bit. Just an update here with some photos
Covered and painted with Super Flight 7
Initial cowling plug. Catto is producing the new cowlings for the BCSC but we did not want to wait on the completed product so we made our own.
Getting ready here for final assembly. Love my new tires! She will be fast!
Wing painted and ready for trim in this one. Trim is now done but dont have a good photo yet
Getting ready for final assembly
Put the Aero Fab stick control in. Set me back $3300. Hope it pays off. This means I can land anywhere now correct? I mean it is all about the stick
Wiring for the Garmin G3 going in
TK Tail shock. Will see how this holds up. May end up with Dan’s system
Big side door. This is one of the concerns. Will be anxious to see how the big door holds up and flies
Tail chevron. Its growing on me. Did not like it at first. Now I think its pretty cool. As me next month I may have a different answer
We were hoping to be done by now but we had a significant problem with the paint wicking. Needless to say we had to wet sand the entire thing and have a do-over. The paint is now beautiful!
She is in for final assembly and looking to be flying in 3-4 weeks. 35″ AKBW’s will be on her soon and hoping she comes in under 1250…Fingers are crossed
This is me flying my buddies older SQ from the back seat. That always creates some excitement! Flying from back there with zero visibility creates quite a challenge but it sure is fun!
My bird is in for cover officially! Wings should be back in a week or so and the airframe is now on deck. All cables are rigged and engine is hung. It won’t be long now! The engine came back from Barrett Performance and put out a true 202HP! Total weight on the scale came in at 262lbs. Here are a couple photos from the past few weeks. My next update should have wings and airframe covered and my panel installed!
Superior Engine built by Barrett Performance
Carbon floor boards
TK 1 Shocks for the cabane
Side baggage door prep, ailerons and tail section covered and wings prior to going for cover
With so many great videos coming out on our recent High Sierra Fly-in you certainly want to check this one out. You will see a wild airplane chase, or first ever of its kind STOL Drag and much more. Sit back and enjoy the next five minutes of your time!