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Old 01-19-2019, 05:00 PM
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Saweeeeeeeeeeeeettttt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Old 01-19-2019, 05:44 PM
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Cool !!!

with mine balancing between the two limits and trimed for level flight at 50 procent trust I also noticed that you have to really apply elevator to rotate.
Old 01-19-2019, 06:56 PM
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Congratulations Carlos

Don't forget to wipe that silly smirk off your face after a day in the field with the Reaction 54, or, the wife will start wandering, Ha Ha

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Old 01-19-2019, 08:41 PM
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Thank you, thank you, yep! How did you know Josh?

I'm still processing the maiden, all of it and I'm so happy it all worked out good

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Way to go Carlos, Congrats!!! Very happy for you and your new baby. Thank you so much for documenting your build and sharing your experiences in this thread. Appreciate it!
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Thank you Bruce, it was an excellent experience to build your Reaction, so far one flight but, man! it all felt soooo good and the touchdown was one of my best.

I will be practicing short field landings so I can take it around here to show off at other flying fields, we need to get the word out that a new bach is coming.

We have a torrential downpour of water here tomorrow so, no flying till next week then I'm off for the last week of January, I will take the opportunity to fly it some more, a lot more

Pictures showing before and after the build was completed.

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Old 01-19-2019, 09:54 PM
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Waiting on the video.
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Some pictures of my exhaust deflector, it is a must have every time you start the engine.

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Old 01-20-2019, 01:16 AM
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We all wait the next BTE kits batch, fortunatly I have a wood project based on BTE kit that can allow me to wait . Turbine conversion of a other BTE classic


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Congrats on that maiden. Chic
Old 01-20-2019, 11:47 AM
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Thank you Chic.
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Congratulations, Carlos. You should get years of enjoyment with your R54. I've got about 85 flights on mine so far.

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Thank you Joe, I can't wait to get that many flights on my new ride
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This is a two part video of the maiden flight, and yes, this is the very first flight.

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Part two, the landing.

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On the TO run it neede more elevator that expected, I suspect the removal of some of the ballast will reduce the amount of elevator needed to rotate for the TO.

Landing, the flaps are very effective, I see no need to add Crow, I needed to use 1/2 throttle to keep it flying to the runway then I cut it a bit too soon and it started to sink fast, that's when you see it ballooning I had to pull on the elevator to stop the sinking and added a bit of throttle to keep it flying as it was approaching the runway, at the end it all worked out and it landed on the mains and on the center of the runway, happy happy
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Congratulations. Good job Carlos. It has been a good ride following your build, from opening the box to the first landing.
You go!
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Congratulations Carlos! Nice flight.
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Very high quality build Carlos! Nice maiden too...now go enjoy it!

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Thank you John, Marty and Alan.

John, you know I got inspired by the first Reaction you build almost 10 years ago.
Alan, it was good that you happen to be there flying your F-15 on maiden day, your help with the engine and on the maiden flight was excellent, thank you for letting Kevin film the flight with your phone.

Thank you Kevin for filming the fligh, you did good.
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Thank you SB.

The two things I needed to check after the maiden were the steering and that has been adjusted and the brakes, there is an air leak when set to on, I found the leak at the valve so, it came out and it will be replaced with an air button valve.

Other than that, all is good.
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About Brake, I went with stock electromagnetic setup and I have to say that I never used them ( either our concrete club runway is not very long). I encountered a dragging nose wheel once that killed my nose tire . I entirly replaced the brake unit and don't have troubles anymore. But I seriously consider to simply remove the brake on the R54 because he doesn't need it in my opinion.
Once you will be confident with the R54 landing you will see it can be land at ridiculous speed and fit with a P60 you don't have any residual thrust issue
That being said , this is for info only because I think US regulation force you to place brake on jet airplanes

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Old 01-22-2019, 07:28 AM
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Yes a brake is required if you are flying under AMA rules in the USA. It is very rare that I use the brakes on my R54. I use the brake more often on takeoff than I do for landing. I have an OLD P70 that takes all of 7 seconds to spool up. So for short runways I will hold the brake while spooling up until the tires start to skid. It is not necessary to do so but makes for a safer takeoff. With that long spool up time the plane is usually airborne long before the engine is up to full power. By holding the brake the engine is very close to full power at lift off, along with a shorter takeoff run, allowing a steeper climb to clear the trees.

The takeoff that the spectators at our field seem to like the most is to pick the plane up only about 2 feet, get the gear and flaps up ASAP, let it accelerate at that level a bit then pull hard to vertical to a hammerhead at exactly 399.9 ft AGL, with one full roll on the way up and another full roll on the way down.
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Spectators?? or the Pilot likes the takeoff??

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