Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Race 44 550 Development Nomination

Title: Aero Chia 550 Cylinder Mod
Experimenter: Andy Chiavetta, Lynn Farnsworth, Chris Padilla, John Jackson, Justin Gillen
Category: Design/Build/Test
Aircraft: N23LF Race 44
Author: Elliot Seguin

Argument:  Andy has worked very hard for many years dialing in the continental 550 for the very grueling mission of pylon racing in the Sport Class at Reno.  Since the last Aero Chia win at Reno in 2005 Andy has been hammering hard to understand this power package even better.  The result was 2014 was the closest to the winners circle that Andy had been in a while.  Over the summer of 2014 building up to Reno Andy prepped Lynn Farnsworth's Miss Karen II for the event.  It was fantastic to watch Andy get some traction again and see Andy back in his sweet spot, between the guys at Pacific Continental, Jon Hadlich, Lynn Farnsworth, and a little Mojave luck the whole package started to gel.  The testing meant a grueling schedule for Andy but with his ridiculous energy he got the airplane to Reno.  Unfortunately engine problems during a heat race cut the program short.  Since Reno Andy has been posting updates for his fans on the internet and the pace of the work is impressive.  We all look forward to seeing what comes next from the hardest working guy in Air Racing, Andy Chiavetta.

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