Good job on the go around! Not an easy call once you are down and on the "brakes". Your go around track reminds me of stopping skid marks I see at the biggest airports (BOS RY27 pops in my head). You turn off and look downfield and can almost see the a bit of brown in the giant skid marks leading down towards the threshold! Bet you'll have other aviators sctatching thier head while looking at that gouge!
I call it "your" RX1. If it were "mine" it wouldn't look or be done half as nice! LOL I plan to do a build thread when I get going (mostly to gather expert eyes and help from everyone here, and hopefully to help a little with anyone considering doing Yamaha power). Looking forward to getting started, but other "irons in the fire" seem to always get in my way
All kidding aside, I sure think you are doing a great job checking over your new bird and going through it so thoroughly. Maybe this has been covered (forgive me), but did they "pickle" that engine up with fogging oil for storage over those 6 years and keep it oiled up? Of course sitting is tough on any motor, but IMO even tougher on a 2 stroke. Just little stuff like pitting on the rings can slow heat transfer from the piston to the cyl and cause big problems. I had one that sat a few years in my KF2 and it ended up dropping a cyl after about 50 hours. Not sure what exactly went wrong since insurance took the bird after the light damage occured in the off field emergency landing, but in hindsight I remember wishing I woulda sent it to a reputable Rotax aero rebuilder for a tear down and look over before flying it after long term storage.
And Vance, I bet that plane would really rip some holes in the sky with an RX1 motor! Just came across a mint one all ready to mount. Sell for maybe $7K (plus "custom" shipping) LOL!! (You just knew I was gonna pipe in here right )
You need to add in on that ak gold reality show. Bet they'd like to have a fly in prospecter segment. Ya just gotta start coming up with some good fabricated drama you could pitch to them so they'd bite LOL!!
My maule would "mush" down like this as well. I remember thinking it wouldn't be the worst technique to use in a forced landing where you have bad forward visibility (iced up windshield, imc, dark night with no reference, ect.) Gonna bend up some stuff for sure, but I think a guy could have a decent chance of walking away at 500 fpm and <39 mph.
It really does mess with you to see and deal with that stuff firsthand. Gives you a great deal of respect for ptsd and the stuff police, first responders, firefighters, military, and others have to deal with mentally. My experiences have been pretty easy in comparison, as a 18yr old: a highway speed head on auto wreck a few cars in front of me.... messy, and it too changed forever how I drive and what I now teach my kids about driving. And about that same time: a fella at our airport who i knew casually. Spun his glasair in short of the field. My CFI wathced it happen, then grabbed me and we drove over to the site but were luckily stopped by the sheriff deputy who was there first and needed a confirmation on who took the plane up because there "was not enough left to identify". Glad he stopped us.
I have ski doo sleds with the 2cyl 600 ace (60hp), 3 cyl 900 ace (90hp), and 3 cyl 1200 (135 hp)4 strokes. Great motors in sleds, all highly reliable, fuel effecient, quiet, and "computerized". IMO the best candidate for aircraft would be a turbo version (aftermarket) of the 2cyl 600 ACE (120HP). It comes in as the most compact and lightweight with best power to weight ratio. https://www.rotax.com/en/products/rotax-powertrains/details/rotax-600-ace.html http://mcxpressturbos.com/turbo-kits/snowmobile/ski-doo/ace-600/