Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Aero Chia 550 Cylinder Mod Nomination

Title: Aero Chia 550 Cylinder Mod
Experimenter: Andy Chiavetta, Lee Behel, Chris Padilla, John Jackson, Darryl Greenamyer
Category: Design/Build/Test
Aircraft: N33XP
Date: May 2013 - Sep 2013
Author: Elliot Seguin

Argument:  Andy and Darryl have worked very hard for many years dialing in the race 33 Legacy.  The final iteration, a GTSIO-550, has been whispered about for a long time.  It is a tough challenge, but if anybody could do it, Andy could.  In the final weeks leading up to the '13 races, Andy's battle for this holy grail came via passionate text messages, and when I heard Lee Behel had flown the airplane (video) I figured it was in the bag.  Unfortunately, that was as far as the project got for '13, but when I think about what it took to get that motor to run, the fact that it flew is only another testament to the hardest working man in air racing.  Go Andy!