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An exciting day here for us on Norfolk Island with our first taxi runs on the Norfolk Island airport while we are waiting for the paper work to be processed.Thanks Bill for fitting me in for my BFR on my very short trip to Australia and thanks also to Neil for being there as a back up.

Haydn, dont taxi it too fast unless you want to get airborne, lifty these Savs. Also when you get to flying check your venting and make sure that they are pressurising equally, looks great and a nice variation on Mark Kyles. Pleasure to help where I can.

 

 

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Hadyn,

 

Posted reply on my thread before looking at yours. How's that for being self-centred?

 

Beautiful looking aeroplane. I can understand the pride you would be feeling right now.

 

Are you going to test fly it yourself?

 

Bob

 

 

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Hadyn,Posted reply on my thread before looking at yours. How's that for being self-centred?

Beautiful looking aeroplane. I can understand the pride you would be feeling right now.

 

Are you going to test fly it yourself?

 

Bob

Yes im sure we have been having many of the same experiences and "feelings" along the way like all the other Savannah builder / owners. Yes we will test fly ourselves.

 

Hadyn

 

 

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Just spent a few days down at Rangiora near Christchurch and met a great bunch of flying enthusiasts who fly in a group around the area doing strip and river bed landings. A great group of guys. Certainly was exciting doing a river bed landing.

 

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If they were any bigger, they may as well have floats. These are the same size Gungy fitted aren't they?[ATTACH=full]31699[/ATTACH]Maybe not.

I wonder what the weight is of those huge tyres?

 

...not to mention the drag at cruise speed.

 

 

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Who are the suppliers of those tyres and what rim is required to fit them

The picture is of regular and XL tyres fittes to standard 6" Savannah rims.

 

Eighty, it costs 2Kg per tyre just to upgrade to Condors so it is going to be more than that for the big stuff.

 

 

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I wonder what the weight is of those huge tyres?...not to mention the drag at cruise speed.

Once you try big tyres and see how smooth they make rough strips you would never go back (unless of course you want to tour, but even then they open up a lot of country.) Yes they are heavy and they add a lot of drag but they are so much FUN!

 

 

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they weigh 4.5 Kg Each, load rated to 725kg at 120 Mph. as for the effect on cruise speed, i dont imagine there would be much, but it might increase fuel consumption by a small amount

 

 

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i have a set of slick 8.5x6 tyres for my savannah ready to go on. 162b8f813e99565d5a77bfee.jpg

 

Not my aircraft, but same tyres fitted

 

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That's quite an increase in size. I suppose it will be quite a lot better for bumpy strips. Eventually, when I get around to my aircraft, that is what I would be aiming for too.

 

That opens up an interesting question, why do air craft tyres have treads? (the only thing I can think of is to stop aquaplaning on a paved runway but at the kinds of speeds a Savannah would land at, this may not be much of an issue)

 

 

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they weigh 4.5 Kg Each, load rated to 725kg at 120 Mph. as for the effect on cruise speed, i dont imagine there would be much, but it might increase fuel consumption by a small amount

A friend has them on his Cub , says it a 4 knt penalty .

Wonder how they'd go on the Avocet !

 

 

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they weigh 4.5 Kg Each, load rated to 725kg at 120 Mph. as for the effect on cruise speed, i dont imagine there would be much, but it might increase fuel consumption by a small amount

4.5 kg x2 = 9.0 kg LESS the tyres they are replacing (perhaps 2.5 kg x 2?). If so, the total weight penalty may be just 4.0 kg.

 

 

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I have three ICP standard tyres and tubes down there unused, I will weigh one this afternoon and let you know what the standard one are to compare. Those New unused tyres/tubes are available if anybody needs them.

 

 

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I have three ICP standard tyres and tubes down there unused, I will weigh one this afternoon and let you know what the standard one are to compare. Those New unused tyres/tubes are available if anybody needs them.[/QA price please.

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September 11th turned out to be a very special day for me and in tribute to the victims of 9/11 I dedicate the successful test flight of the first ever hand built aircraft on Norfolk Island that I had the privilege of test flying on my birthday. It was an extreme success and memorable moment.Savanah0027.JPG.96e1e1d2c6558e9fc29f7b2387054120.JPG

 

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