We meet again

Arriving at Homestead, 8am Monday 26th Feb, an email was sent to KRL’s New York office, to find out when the BZIM would arrive. Karla quickly replied she would contact the trucking company and get back to me. A few emails later, and I learned the BZIM was still at Port Everglades, the driver not yet having collected the container. With a sense that delivery wouldn’t be soon, a decision was made to drive to the FAA offices at Miramar, to collect the Special Flight Authorization (SFA). Collection of the SFA was a breeze, having only to wait a few minutes after entering a very secure facility before it was delivered to me in person. Thanks again to all those in the FAA I had contact with.

After collecting the SFA, I returned to Homestead GA Airport arriving just before 1pm, to find the container truck and the BZIM awaiting my return.

Less than 30 minutes later, the BZIM was unloaded and was being unpacked.

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removing the bubble wrap

Roberts Air South

John and Diane Roberts of Roberts Air South could not have been more kind, offering access to their facility, use of tools, storage space, after-hours access and “if I needed anything“, I was just to ask. John insisted, they would not accept anything for this access. They understood I was doing something outwith the norm and were happy to help in my adventure. To both, I am forever thankful. I am equally thankful to fellow trike pilot Mr P. Davies who managed to find space to store the BZIM when I returned to the UK.

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the BZIM’s original color scheme still visible on the fiberglass seating, at the Roberts Air South hanger

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Unpacking was easy in the calm winds and ample space beside the Roberts Air South hanger

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Florida afternoon heavy rain showers provided a welcome cooling off during this sweaty, exhausting effort, in 30’C temps

Eventually the wing is built and attached to the Trike. The Rotax 912 was started for the first time in almost 2 months. Immediately the battery charge light went red and the voltage display reads 12v, and is dropping. Checking battery connections and electrical connections, and things appear normal, but still the low voltage. A very faint, brief spark could be heard as some wiring was moved behind the panel. This is quickly traced to the 15amp car fuse holder. Here blackened contact points, at the fuse could be seen. A dirty/loose sparking contact, was causing the low voltage indication. Cleaning the fuse and closing up the contacts, returned the voltage indicator bulb green, with 13.8V on the display.

Next the MGL iEfis Discovery lite instrument was powered on. Drat, the engine monitoring indications were not working. The engine monitoring unit (RDAC XF) was located at the rear. Locating and removing this, to inspect all the connections is not a simple task. Eventually I could see it was being powered correctly, as was the compass, but neither had LED’s blinking indicating data transfer. It was at this point I decided to check the data lines at the iEFIS, behind the panel, near the area with the previous fuse problem had occurred. Sure enough, one data connection wire had been pulled out.

Eventually one hour after first powering on the Rotax 912, everything was working as it should. By now it was getting dark, so the first flight was delayed until the next day.

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the BZIM parked for the night

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