Weight Creep is Real & Something to Keep Your Eyes On!

Talk about airplanes! At last count, there are 39 (and growing) FAA certificated S-LSA (special light sport aircraft). These are factory-built ready to fly airplanes. If you can't afford a factory-built LSA, consider buying an E-LSA kit (experimental LSA - up to 99% complete).

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drdehave
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Weight Creep is Real & Something to Keep Your Eyes On!

Postby drdehave » Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:35 pm

Yesterday, in blazing heat and smoke from wild fires, my mechanic and I conducted my sixth annual condition inspection on my 2007 Sting S3. Afterwards, I just wanted to get home quickly–-to my favorite easy chair and cold drinks. This morning, I went back out early to put all my regular “stuff” (anything not part of the official unladen weight) back in the airplane. Since 3 years had past since I last weighed all that stuff, I decided fresh weights were called for. The results (pounds) were as follows: Tools & Parts Bag–6; Flight Bag–5; Canopy Cover/Rope & Spare Inner Tube–5; Headsets/Hats/Chocks & Pee Bottle–4; Spare Headset & Sunglasses–3; Garmin 695, Run as a Portable–3; and Emergency Radio & PLB–1. The whopping total was 27 pounds.

And do you know what it was 3 years ago–-and what number I’ve since been entering in my daily weight-and-balance determination using the Garmin 695? It was 17 pounds! Small additions, cumulatively, can really add up bigly over time.

And, if you land and take-off in mountains, or anyplace density altitudes may go through the roof--It could ultimately mean whether you live to "flight" another day...or not.

That’s it. I rest my case.
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Re: Weight Creep is Real & Something to Keep Your Eyes On!

Postby Warmi » Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:58 pm

That's all good and valuable info/remainder ... but what happened to your YouTube channel , or rather more directly , where are new videos ? :)
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Re: Weight Creep is Real & Something to Keep Your Eyes On!

Postby drdehave » Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:22 pm

They're in the cameras, Warmi, just waiting to be made...and coming back, soon.

Meanwhile, photos from many of our near-daily "grub-run" flights can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/Sting-Flight-334060526751303/
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