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2/16/2019

Member Projects n' Planes
Dave Bertram's Velocity XLRG - Return to Project n' Planes

I am the proud owner of Velocity N350TX. I received my
kit in November of 1999 and began the never ending job
of building. As you all know you never seem to finish the
project as there is always something to do or redo. My first
flight was on Thanksgiving of 2004. My first major problem
to overcome was keeping that big Chevy V-8 cool. As a result
of over-heating I burned two pistons and eventually
(after an off runway landing) replaced the engine. My new
V-8 runs cool with my newly designed belly scoop.

In the cockpit I have a Blue Mountain EFIS One and an
EFIS Lite. This gives me a moving map and lots of engine
instruments. I also have an autopilot and hope to add XM
weather in the near future.

The performance of my Velocity is really great. I get around
400hp on take off with lots of torque for cruise. I run a constant
speed MT prop which lets the V-8 cruise at 4000rpm
and 200kts true if I donít worry about the fuel burn. If I
back off to a 180kt cruise, I can get my fuel burn to about
15gph. This makes it a nice cross- country machine. However
one of the special features of the V-8 is the distinct
sound it makes especially on take-off. Even at cruise, my wife
knows I am flying in the area by the sound of the big V-8.

My thanks to my wife Nita and all my friends at the MOHA,
who have helped and supported me in this building experience.

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