Unleashed Lancair Super 360
Unleashed Lancair Super 360

Unleashed @ Pylon Racing Seminar (PRS) 2105

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2013 Reno Air Races

This video is from my helmet cam during the 2013 Reno Air Races.

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2012 Highlight Reel

A short video showing some of the highlights filmed during 2012. Enjoy!

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Results

Find 2015 Reno Air Race Results Here:

Welcome to Unleashed Air Racing.  I built this website to showcase many of the modifications/improvements I have made to my Lancair 360 named Unleashed.  The older Lancair aircraft do not have much of a web presence. (Probably because most were completed before the Internet!)  One of my goals is to provide a place for other owners to share ideas and learn about their aircraft.

I purchased Unleashed as a flying airplane.  This is a double edge sword.  On one side, you get a flying airplane.  On the other side, you get all of the previous owners ideas incorporated into one airplane.  Not pointing any fingers here, this goes back to the original builder.  Everyone has an idea for a system to work best.  The problem is that idea usually doesn’t mesh well with my new idea.  So, I have learned to approach things differently.  For starters, rule number one is this: Assume Nothing

When I get an idea for a system it is best to think of it from a few different perspectives.

  • What was the original builders goal?
  • How will that affect my idea?
  • Will the two systems work in harmony?
  • If not, how to re-engineer a fix for both?

Time and time again I have found things that I had assumed would be correct, and they were not.  That usually leads to a system re-design that in my opinion is harder than the original build process.  Having to deal with these issues is what separates an Experimental buyer from a builder, and often why “buyers” have much more risk involved.   Moral of the story, lesson learned.

Anyway, so the goal here is to share what I have learned for everyone’s benefit.  Most of the modifications are covered in the Projects section of the website.  Some are maintenance issues, and some are speed improvements.  Some of the more recent projects are listed below.  Also be sure to view the Videos page.  Tons of great stuff from when the airplane is doing what it does best, going fast!  Feel free to contact me with any questions, I would be happy to talk airplanes.

For a brief intro to some of the 2014 Unleashed modifications, here are some projects in the works.  First, Unleashed is switching to an Airflow Performance FM-200A fuel servo.  The picture below is pretty obvious the difference, but initial testing shows how it is able to maintain correct air/fuel ratio well into the high RPM’s as well as more manifold pressure.  Something the old fuel servo could not do.

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Another huge upgrade for the airplane is Beringer Wheels and Brakes!  This is something I have been wanting to do for years.  I’ll have a full article showing the switch from the old system to the new system and a flight test comparison after Reno.

Beringer_Kit_01Beringer Wheel Kit

 

 

 

 

 

Also, check out the Unleashed Facebooke Page for short bits of updates. I tryFacebook-Logo to keep fans informed there as it is easy to do and gets a lot of traffic. When time is available I write the in depth reports that you will find here. But, for a quick and easy way to see what is new, click here:

Thanks,
Tom McNerney
“Admin”

Pushrod Blog1

Pushrod Seal Replacement

When I first purchased Unleashed, I noticed the pushrod seals had been poorly installed.  But, at the time, they were …

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Slick Blog

Slick Service Bulletin SB3-08A

Before the 2010 Reno Air races, during testing, I found I had a timing issue with the engine.  Over a …

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Spinner Blog

Spinner Bulkhead Upgrade, Again..

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2012 Update!  I cracked this bulkhead in about 25 hours..  Screw it, I’m going carbon.  Check back for my entire …

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Gearspring Blog

Main Gear Locking Springs

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During a test flight of the airplane while preparing for the Reno Air Races it developed a problem with the …

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Inlet Blog

Cowl Inlet Size Upgrade

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The original air inlet for the engine was something I knew would be something that we could improve.  For starters, …

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Oilcooler Blog

Second Oil Cooler Upgrade

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Unleashed has always been plagued by one problem, high oil temperature.  The original setup for racing in 2006 included a …

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