Thursday, March 27, 2014

Lancair Legacy 780 Conversion and other products (2nd Nomination)

Title: Lancair Legacy 780 Conversion and other products
Experimenter:  Mike Patey
Category: Design/ Best Build/Best Test/Best Experimenter
Aircraft: N36XX and N350G (SX300 Swearingen)
Author: Michael J Smith  RACE 35

I would like to nominate Mike Patey for the above awards because of the outstanding work he has accomplished in the past year.  He has designed, built, flown & tested the following modifications, new equipment and hardware.

1) Conversion from Continental 550 dual turbo charged to Lycoming 780 w/ Ram Air and then Super Charged.
2) Design and built Head Lockers for the 720/780 and 540/580 Lycoming Engines
3) Lengthen landing gear to except larger diameter specially designed Whirlwind Propeller.
4) Designed new 4 into 1 exhaust system for 780 engine
5 Designed low profile high flow induction system
6) Designed 2 different size Super Chargers for 580 / 780 engines
7) Designed and tested new winglets for Lancair Legacy.
8) Complete new Cowl and intake system for 780 engine.
9) Glycol injection system to work along with the Super Charger.

This is not taking into consideration all of the hardware modifications that were needed on the Lancair Legacy and SX300 Swearingen to make all of these different mods work and operate as per Mike's specifications called for.
The work that he has done is remarkable in the time he has had to design and build all of these components.
My hat is off to Mike Patey and his extremely talented staff of designers and machinist.
I am forwarding some pictures of Mike's designs and products and hope they can be added to this article .


Michael J Smith  RACE 35



Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mark Albery plans to attend

Mark's RV-8 Photo: Ed Hicks (link)

Hey Guys

I just got an email from Mark Albery he plans to attend.  Mark was on the cover of the December 2013 Kitplanes, he flew his RV-8 from Los Angeles to Oxfordshire England.  Unfortunately the RV-8 from the article N713MB is still in England, so Mark will be flying his RV-4 N106SM.

Across the pond,

Five custom Berkut aircraft to be at the show

James Redmond's Photo LINK

Hey Guys

I was talking to Dave Ronneberg (link) the other night, it sounds like there are 5 Berkut aircraft (link) planning to attend the event!


Monday, March 24, 2014

Catbird Aux Fuel Tanks

The new auxiliary fuel tanks for Catbird post cure in the Mojave sun.

Zach and Jim Reed plan to set a closed course record during the event. The associated mod is up for a Mojave Experimenter award.

GP-5 Tufting

Hey Guys

David Presta posted this picture of some recent tuft work Lee Behel has been doing on the GP-5!!

Check out this article about the airplane from Sport Aviation 1993 (link).


Jeff Lange continues to blast on his Sonerai

Jeff Lange has been hard at work trying to get his recently turbo'd Sonerai ready for the flyin next month. Here are some recent pictures from his blog,

Dave Ronneberg plans to attend in his Berkut

Hey Guys

I ran into Dave Ronneberg at the Voyager this weekend.  He plans to bring his Berkut to the event.

Elliot Seguin