Saturday, March 2, 2019

Airball has a plane and a posse

Greetings! Watching this blog, you might think that Airball is somehow pickled. Nothing could be further from the truth.

So far, we have been flight testing on certificated aircraft, relying on the kindness of friends and trying to make our mountings as temporary as possible. This has limited what we can do. So for the past few months, I have been arranging access to an Experimental Amateur-Built (E-AB) aircraft we can really do some serious testing on.

I am proud to offer you the Coyote Valley Sport Flyers, a new flying club based in San Jose, CA (KRHV), which owns N291DR, a Dave Rigotti RANS S-6S "Coyote 2". At this point we are 4 pilots with an equal share in the airplane.

Our club motto is adverso vento ululantes, which means, "howling into the wind".

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I have been getting my tailwheel endorsement in the plane and I can say it is the perfect testbed for Airball. It's a very predictable, simple rudder and tailwheel bush plane with lots of power and climb, and excellent glide performance.

Due credit goes to Dave Rigotti, of Chesterland, Ohio, who did an amazingly great job building the airplane. We cannot thank him enough for his care and attention to detail.

Stay tuned for some awesome developments as we get used to the plane and start doing Airball experiments on it!