Trip Report to the NW Territory
After removing the lower cowl from the mold, I cleaned it up and put it back on the airplane and tested it out. All was good so I was off for an adventure.

Here is the report: 

I'm having a great time here in N91KS (Shadow Subaru EG33). I flew up from LA to Lake Tahoe last Friday. I made my stop in Modesto, CA for Mogas. That is the only place other than Sea bases that has it in CA!. I was warned about the short fuel hoses there but man they are ridiculous! I had to put the nose wheel up on the pump pad to make it and then move the plane to get to the other tank. It was pretty warm there on Friday (6/9/06) so when I went to take off the engine was already pretty warm then I neglected to set the prop pitch (IVO) to max and didn't get full RPM on takeoff so I aborted. That didn't help the heat problem a bit! But after it cooled off and I set the pitch right and I was out of there and up to beautiful Lake Tahoe!. Total time from LA to Tahoe was 2:24 including the detour to Modesto. I met my running team there.

 TahoeTeam-s.jpg (47929 bytes)They are a group I run the Calistoga to Santa Cruz relay with every year (199 miles). This past weekend it was the around Lake Tahoe Relay (72 miles with 7 runners). I had the leg that goes across the north end of the lake. It was 12.3 miles but not too hilly. That was a real stretch though since I'm used to 10 miles at sea level. But anything you survive is good for you in the long run. That scenery is spectacular! On Sunday I had planned on going to Marysville. By the time I got going Marysville was closed . So I gave rides around the lake to my running mates. One guy was 200 lbs and with all the gas I bought at Modesto I was a little concerned but the takeoff was down hill and toward the lake and it turned out to be no problem. After the rides I took off for Arlington, the next spot on the west coast for Mogas. In 3:24 I was there. Man what a desolate route that is. I kept thinking of the guys on the net that recommend IFR ( I fly roads). That is very good advise in these areas. I tried to do that but there are not many roads. The engine purred right along, the weather was great and even a small tail wind. I took it up to 14,500 and checked the cruise performance there. It slows down a tad at that altitude but gets excellent fuel economy. I was down to about 8.3 GPH and about 165 KTAS. I think some of you Lycoming guys do better than that and if I'm not crazy I think the Mogas (87 octane) has a higher burn rate than the 100LL. I went up over Goose lake then over to just south of Portland and north to Seattle. I had dressed for the airshow at Marysville in shorts so flying at 14,500 for several hours got pretty chilly. I found that if I stuff paper in the copilots heater duct, my side is quite a lot better. I guess I need one of those fans you all have been talking about. After filling up at Arlington, I flew down to Auburn and spent the night with my brother and niece.

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            Brother Bill, Desiree and Keith.                                   Brother Bill, Sister Ellen and Keith

Monday my brother and I took off for Tri Cities, WA to visit our sister. The clouds would not allow a straight route, so we flew down to Portland and up the Columbia river gorge. It is awesome to fly this plane thru this beautiful country up here. We came back to Seattle today. After 2 days of rain in Tri Cities, it was pretty nice over there. But going West the scattered turned to broken and then overcast. Flight Watch said there were holes on the west side of Puget Sound so I headed that way. There was one hole so I popped under and flew under a 2000' overcast at 1500 to Auburn. Quack! This canard is staying here until at least tomorrow. I wanted to head down to Medford today but it'll wait. I found out I have some water sealing to do and some drain holes to put in but the plane is doing fantastic! So far a great trip.

The next morning (6/15/06) Seattle was still overcast at about 1500 but they forecast for it to break up. So I took off out of Auburn and  headed up to Arlington to gas up. I was pretty low on fuel and decided to buy some 100LL at Auburn to avoid the $5 tie down fee. I flew under the class B airspace East of Lake Washington at about 900'.   It sure is pretty country in the Northwest. Man that AvMap EKP GPS is fantastic for navigating class B! Arlington has a great little restaurant for breakfast. I did pass a few holes on the way up there but it didn't show any signs of breaking up. I filled up with Mogas and headed for Medford. Sure enough I found a hole a few miles south and climb to VFR on top. I had to climb steep since the class B top is 10,000 and not very far South of AWO. That was not a problem but after the climb, I noticed that the left tank, which I just topped off (26 gals) was down to 20 gal and that was not the selected tank! Looks like in steep climbs the expansion with altitude vented 6 gals overboard! Since my vent is in the rear of the tank, that makes sense. Looks like two vent locations is a good idea. I had called Wx prior to takeoff and they indicated that the cloud layer was persistent to the South but my Uncle in Medford said it was scattered. I flew more than 300 NM over the cloud layer but sure enough about 50 miles from Medford it broke up rapidly and was near clear at Medford. I spent the night with my Uncle and filled up with Avgas for the flight home. I added some TCP to reduce the effects of lead but didn't want to take time to stop in Modesto again for Mogas. It was severe clear Friday morning all the way from Medford to to LA. Remind me not to drink 4 cups of coffee before taking off for a 3:17 flight. OK I'm ready to join the small bladder club, please no more relief tube emails, I've read them all! Ah, it was a great trip but it's always nice to get home. The total for the trip was 16.3 hours, 3092 statue miles and 171 gals of fuel. The aircraft performed fantastically! There are a couple squawks. The VOR indicator pooped out but the GPS worked flawlessly. The transponder was reported weak by Seattle (probably the antenna was wet from sitting out in the rain. The fuel venting. Even with taping all the seams I still got a little water inside in the rain. What a Great Trip!

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