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Date:  3-9-2008
Number of Hours:  0.20
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Brief Description:  First Engine Run

After making sure all the gauges worked and the GPS/Radio combination looked good, I rolled N601EL out of the hangar for the first time since it was completely assembled and inspected. After draining the tanks and maiking sure the wheels were chocked, I stepped into the cockpit and started the pre-flight (or in this case, pre-start).

The engine started within three or four revolutions after I remembered to use the throttle to prime it (I'm using the MA3-SPA).

The Oil Pressure immediately started to rise and Fuel Pressure was at 5 psi. The Tachometer wasn't working so I used the optical tack to determine that I was idling at about 1000-1100 rpm. The Oil Temp didn't show a reading at all during this test of about 3-5 minutes.

At about 3 minutes into the test, white smoke began to appear beneath the aircraft and I could see it from the cockpit. I pulled the mixture control and nothing happened, although it did start to idle a little faster and smoother. After a few seconds playing with the mixture control, I throttled back and after a little while I just shut off the fuel pump and Ignition coils. It stopped.

A review of the white smoke showed a huge puddle of oil dripping from the left exhaust. This was a concern but some additional detective work showed that the Oil Pressure sensor was not tight and was throwing the oil onto the firewall and dripping down onto the left exhaust.

Problem fixed.
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