This is Dirt reporting in for Michelle who has been very busy as a Fed Ex pilot. I corresponded with her about getting a report on her Tundra. I had stated previously she was now in Alaska. I believe that I misunderstood the person who told me "she was now in Alaska" and took it to mean she lived there. The fact is she is just about everywhere. Sorry for the confusion.
I received two emails from her and have decided to go ahead and post parts of those that describe her work, her mission for the Tundra and what opinions she has of her new plane. If I should get a reply from her build partner or test pilot I will post that also. This was sent to me in mid March and the following is patched together from her two emails.
....I have been working a ton including overseas and trying to get my taxes finished. I only have a few (4) days off then gone again. Give me a few days to get caught up and I will check out the (BCP) website. I also forwarded your emails to Stan who is flying my initial 40 hrs of flight time. Then I will get checked out (I have been out of small airplane flying for 23 yrs and don't have much taildragger time). I will also forward your emails to Bob as he helped me extensively in building my plane. These 2 people could answer questions (at this point) better than I can. I will help anyway I can.
I ask Stan to call you (573 area code) if he ran into anything in the initial 40 hrs that you may have experienced and could help with, if needed.
(Second email from Michelle)
My Tundra currently has 5.5 hrs on it. Stan says it flies like a home sick angel....flies like a dream. It did have a few issues on the flight yesterday, but he said that is to be expected. It was something to do with controls and the left wing being "heavy". Need to do some tweeking.
...I am currently a Fedex pilot (last 15 yrs) in the MD11. I am headed to Anchorage this weekend. I want to take my plane to Alaska too sometime. I live in Memphis and Rossville, TN. I do go up to AK every year to fish and a few times for work like this weekend. I will be up there for about 3 weeks at the end of June 1st of July time frame. The dates aren't set exactly. Let me know when you guys are making your flight. If I know a good month in advance it is possible that I could get up there the same time. Also let me know how your mods go to cruise with the Murphy. I can pass that to Stan/Bob also. It might be something to consider later. First though, I just need to learn to fly again.
I would like to try and fly mine up next year for the airshow in May 2012.
Stan also built his own RV-8. All he needed was a "sports car". I can't remember if I told you but, I bought the 3rd (Tundra) kit and Stan is the one who talked me into buying it in the first place....so he loved the design of it then and now he is loving flying it. I did put the IO-375 engine in mine with roller tappit, port and polish upgrades along with the Reiff preheat system. The plane is going to work for me hauling all my gear. I needed a "truck" in the sky and wanted something with short field performance and a plane that may be a little forgiving in landing. You and Stan both say it is.
Anyway, gotta run. Actually headed out the door in Greensboro, NC headed to Anchorage, AK on a charter flight, 24 hrs off there and then back home. I am pretty sure I will be flying over South Dakota today.
I believe this is the site for Michelle's engine. http://www.aerosportpower.com/prices.htm
Thank you Michelle.