1.) The instrument panel houses a laundry list of
glass-panel avionics with backup altimeter, attitude,
and airspeed indicators.
2.) The zero-time TCM factory-fresh IO-550N, ready to roar.
3.) The custom light provides great visibility for
4.) Joaquin test flies his Lancair ES.
Tru Trak Digiflight II VSGV autopilot, a
built-in Mountain High oxygen system for
four passengers, AOA Pro, Zulu power panel
headsets, Kannad 406 AF emergency locator
transmitter (ELT), and backup altimeter,
attitude, and airspeed indicators.
The interior includes leather seats purchased from a factory in Uruguay that makes
leather seats for Toyota, with carpet and
wood décor. I used Sikkens automotive
paint, and the design and colors were at the
hands of my wife, Tania.
In March 2011, after 115 total hours of
flying time, Gustavo Damm and I made our
first international flight to the 30th annual
convention of EAA Chapter 722 in Buenos
Aires, Argentina. The flight was magnificent
with great weather and beautiful scenery as
we headed VFR from Santa Cruz (SLET)
south alongside the foothills of the Andes at
11,500 feet. Upon our arrival at the General
Rodriguez grass strip, we were told that it
was the first time a “CP” registered experimental aircraft attended this event.
We were encouraged to enter the air-craft-judging contest and were honored to
receive two awards: Grand Champion
Experimental International and Longest
Flight International Visitor. The event
rounded up about 300-plus aircraft and daily
air shows including an Argentinian aerobatic squadron with kit-built RANS S- 10 and
S- 9 aircraft, a few Pitts, autogyros, helicopters, and a never-before-seen privately
owned L- 29 operating from a grass strip!
The flight back home was uneventful, but
we again enjoyed the beautiful scenery flying over the foothills of the majestic Andes,
whose snow-covered tops could be clearly
seen towering well above 20,000 feet at our
comfortable cruising altitude of 12,500 feet.
I plan to take many more international
flights, including to the beautiful beaches in
the northern coast of Brazil, and, of course,
to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in the plane
AirVenture helped me build!
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