Matt's RV-8 Project



Matt Dralle's RV-8 Project
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Date:  4-23-2010
Number of Hours:  1.00
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Brief Description:  Third Taxi Test - Brakes Overheat - Part 2

As you'll see in that part of the third taxi test, I lost the brakes. As I'm taxing off the runway I noticed that there was smoke coming out of both the left and right sides. At the time, I really wasn't sure what caused the brakes to get so hot. But, after watching the video a couple of time and recalling back to what I was doing, I'm positive that I was dragging the brakes on those down-wind trips. I even remember thinking at one point, "oh, I'm riding the brakes". Doesn't seem like they should get so hot as to start smoking, but perhaps it was a combination of being new, over worked, and a bit of brake fluid leaking out and hitting the discs. Anyway, my comment at the end of the video is kind of funny. It wasn't at the time, mind you... :-)

Third Taxi Test - Part 3

http://www.youtube.com/MattsRV8?v=57W-O8905cg

After I hosed the wheel pants and brakes down and got things cooled off and no longer smoking, I had to push the plane back to the hangar from the wash rack, which isn't too far, but still kind of a long ways at the end of a day. As I was pushing it back I noticed that there was brake fluid leaking out of the right brake. I pushed the plane about 1/2 the way into the hangar and took the wheel pants off. Once I got the leaks stopped, I pushed the plane the rest of the way in. It was kind of a demoralizing sight to see the brake calipers smoked like that, but it could have been a lot worse.

A word to the wise - STAY OFF THE BRAKES!!! Its really easy to drag them and this video is a document to what can happen.

Third Taxi Test - Epilogue

http://www.youtube.com/MattsRV8?v=JlQjRWnbO2c

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Third Taxi Test - Part 3

Third Taxi Test - Part 3

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Third Taxi Test - Epilogue

Third Taxi Test - Epilogue

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