Louis Beaulieu's RV-9 Project Diary

Louis Beaulieu began building his RV-9 in 2001, and finally completed it in 2010.  Along the way, he decided to build his own engine, after first trying to make do with a used engine.  He began his flight test program in January 2011, and as of October, still has some items to complete before finishing the flight test period.

He has made two presentations to the chapter, the first on his engine building project, and the second on his flight test program.  The presentations are provided as links below, in PDF format, and some detailed documents from his flight test program are also included to give the full flavor of the complexity of a thorough flight test program for a homebuilt aircraft.

###   CONTENT UPDATED AS OF JANUARY, 2012  ###

Engine building presentation:

   Building an ECI Kit Engine.pdf  CLICK HERE TO VIEW

Flight testing program presentation:

   Flight Test Diary.pdf  CLICK HERE TO VIEW

Additional documents related to the flight test program:

   Flight Test Map.pdf  CLICK HERE TO VIEW

   N178TL load_analysis 01MAY11.xls  CLICK HERE TO VIEW  ## REVISED  ##

   N178TL Flight Test Record.xlsx  CLICK HERE TO VIEW  ##  REVISED  ##

   N178TL_Flight_Test_Cards 16DEC11.pdf  CLICK HERE TO VIEW  ##  REVISED  ##

   N178TL-Weight-Balance 01MAY11.xls   CLICK HERE TO VIEW

   RV-9 N178TL POH 01DEC11.pdf CLICK HERE TO VIEW  ##  REVISED  ##

   Visio-Main Distribution N178TL 18MAY11.pdf  CLICK HERE TO VIEW  ##  NEW  ##