Here is the last installment of the Swiss trip:
Finally home from the two week trip and still trying to recover and answer all of the e-mails.
We started Monday afternoon and had the new engines installed and rigged by the next Monday. We even took Sunday off for a day of sight seeing! Early Tuesday morning we ran the engines with two squawks: a dead left manifold pressure and right tachometer indication. Blowing out the MP line fixed that problem (some cleaning fluid made its way into the line during firewall cleaning). Swapping two wires on the right tach wiring harness from the firewall to the tach generator fixed the lack of RPM (we accidentally made two left harnesses). All in all not bad.
Here are a few photos from the trip.
First engine runs
Check out the prop tip vortices's in the early morning cold air. They are only visible from a certain angle of the sun. Pretty cool. Yes rebushing the gear doors is on the list of things to fix.
All ready for the first flight on the new engines
Our first flight was over the airport for 50 minutes to be sure everything was working well. The only thing to adjust was the RPM which was a little too high. You can only check this when the engines reach full RPM at the end of the takeoff roll or shortly after.
What a nice thing to see on that flight.
Hugo was very pleased and he brought everyone Pratt & Whitney shirts for a post first flight celebration.
After the first flight we pulled the cowling to check everything out and it looked great. Not a single drip to be found anywhere. We went back up to put some time on the new engines and flew around to see some of the sights at the same time.
Here is the town of Solothurn from the air which was built between 1530 and 1792 (according to the Internet) which we toured on the ground the Sunday previous. Check out the walled city with the towers on the corners. What history!
After putting time on the new engines we felt comfortable enough to venture over toward the Alps for some more sight seeing. This is Lake Geneva
We flew into Sion to meet with one of the pilots who is checking out in the Twin Beech. Philip is the Swiss equivalent of a Top Gun who flies everything in the Swiss Air Force. He is also the only formation check pilot in Switzerland. We flew the pattern around Sion which was a kick to do. I don't think there is a single standard pattern in Switzerland because of terrain and noise. You vary your pattern around small towns and settlements as well as the geographical features so every pattern presents its own unique challenges. It is a lot of fun.
Here is the approach to Sion.
Just to the right of final is a mountain with two castles on top the Basilique de Valère and Château de Tourbillon
Gotta love an airplane with an Astrodome to give you a different perspective while flying.
On one of the maintenance flights I was able to put Fritz in the left seat for a while. Fritz is Hugo's chief of maintenance and an all around good guy (everyone we worked with in Switzerland were wonderful). I believe this was his was his first time actually flying an airplane over his own country. He did great too! Well done Fritz.
We were getting ready for another flight in the Beech so here we are getting her out of the hangar. Check out the Grand Daddy of all Lazy Susan's, or should that be the Grandma...? Maybe you could put one in your hangar?
What a great day to go flying!
I got out of the right seat so Steve could check out the sights from up front. This was his first time out of the US and what a way to get your feet wet. Hugo gave him and the rest of us the executive tour through the Alps. I think it is safe to say that Steve had a good time!
Here is a video of Steve getting a tour through the Apls with Hugo.
One happy owner; which was our goal. Thanks for the work Hugo and for the awesome tour of your beautiful country.