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BD-4 Builder/Owner: Earl Levers


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Name Earl Levers
Address 425 SW Airpark Glen  
Lake City, FL 32025, US
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Phone 386 758 5515  
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Callsign N903EP  
S/N# 267  
Project Status flying  
First Flight 2007-05-01  
Pilot Earl Levers  
Last Update 2009-07-08  
Remarks This must be longest project ever. Started in 1973 and went into storage for over 25 years. I just had my first flight May 2007!  
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My other plane...     Edit the text to this image Delete this image  
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Perfect touch-down of the first flight!     Edit the text to this image Delete this image  
Earl thanking everybody after the first flight.     Edit the text to this image Delete this image  
After first flight     Edit the text to this image Delete this image  
First flight party at the 15FL airpark.     Edit the text to this image Delete this image  
First trip away from the airpark for a fly-in breakfast.     Edit the text to this image Delete this image  
Bd-4 N903EP right side inside view, seats are from a Cessna 152 and were reuphostered in a gray valore fabric     Edit the text to this image Delete this image  
Just move in closer for a better look.     Edit the text to this image Delete this image  
Close up of panel, older radios I have got working. The control yokes are from Cessna and the wheel system is from a Piper Tri Pacer, they had to be reworked because the BD is wider then the the Tri Pacer. I am very happy with the planes performance!! I have got it in the air in about 400+ feet and climbs at 1200 to 1500 ft, of course it was light, only myself and 3/4 fuel load     Edit the text to this image Delete this image  
I have changed the paint scheme slightly, I am now hard at it to get it DONE! The plane has been down since March 1st to work on getting it ready to paint. Unless your use to doing paint jobs JOB! is the magic word, I rather build then do all the prep work to get the paint on. LOL     Edit the text to this image Delete this image  
Here is most the paint job done. I changed it a little from my other scheme. I still have to add a little blue on the bottom and paint doors, wing, ETC. But hope to have plane back flying before SEPT. Please note: If you look closely at the picture you will not see any gussets showing, I put them UNDER the skins. Happy Building & Flying Earl     Edit the text to this image Delete this image  
FINALLY! I flew the plane today, Sept. 27th 2008 Felt good! Earl     Edit the text to this image Delete this image  
Hello again, Here is photo of plane with nose gear fairing installed. I noticed higher airspeed and better cooling! I started with Bede\'s design but made it not so wide and of course for servicing nose strut and wheel assembly it is put on with AN hardware. As far as having any problems of control with it installed, I did not fine any negative results. HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Earl Levers Email--- bd4pilot@copper.net     Edit the text to this image Delete this image  
Just landed at Ocala Airport. This is a flyout of 10 planes from Cannon Creek Airpark. My neighbor took this photo as I was shutting down to go to the Tailwinds restaurant for breakfast.     Edit the text to this image Delete this image  
Flying back to the Airpark from Ocala. It was a hands off smooth ride. My average GS was 155mph at 21MP and 2250rpm. visibility was great. I hope all you builders get to enjoy your plane as much as I do.     Edit the text to this image Delete this image  
I am just lifting off after about a 400 ft run and then was climbing at 1500FT. I now have 139.25hrs on 903EP. I am going to try and make Sun-&-Fun this year. Hope to see some other BD4\'s there. Regards! & HAPPY FLYING!! Earl     Edit the text to this image Delete this image  
This is a photo taken just at sunset, my neighbor was flying a T34 Mentor(Lima flying team #20)while my other neighbor took this photo.     Edit the text to this image Delete this image  
The following 4 photos are showing the hinged cowl doors, the entire cowling weights about 5 pounds. I used stainless cam locks.     Edit the text to this image Delete this image  
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I took the air from the rear of the baffle and it works well, oil temp 180 (even when outside air temp here in FL was over 100 degrees. CT\'s were about middle green.     Edit the text to this image Delete this image  
Photo showing duct going to oil cooler. It is mounted on a lower part of the engine mount     Edit the text to this image Delete this image  
This photo is showing the opening for carb air     Edit the text to this image Delete this image  
This is showing the filter box I made. It uses close cell foam for a filter element. .you can see one of the screws to remove to change filter, the other screw is on the opposite side. Some people told me that this would not supply enough air, BUT it does just fine. Full power run up is 2700. I guess people think that because it is on the rear of the baffle the air would be hot and lean the mixture, but I have no problem getting full power RPM. PS: Cessna 310 takes it\'s carb air the same way.     Edit the text to this image Delete this image  
The following photos are showing how I put the skins over the gussets instead of skins under then.     Edit the text to this image Delete this image  
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Here I put the leading edge of the door skin under the cabin skin. It slides under and help reduce air noise this way.     Edit the text to this image Delete this image  
door open in this photo     Edit the text to this image Delete this image  
I mounted this .063 2024 T3 plate on the landing gear using WEST epoxy. I have had a passenger who weighted 260 pounds, and it held with no problems.     Edit the text to this image Delete this image  
Photo of my better half, she has had the patience of Jobb. She also helped me when I was painting, she was the air line hose mover!!She also helped in the paint design. Thanks Honey     Edit the text to this image Delete this image  
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