Thursday was the big day, after a few months of work the R3600 run stand was complete and ready to go. As we went through the pre start check list a crowd began to form, students, staff, and others from the airport. As is normal for first runs something had to go wrong, but luckly it was just a dead battery. We swapped batteries and finished the check list. yelled “clear”, pulled the choke and pushed the starter button and the Rotec came alive, a cloud of smoke and it was running. What a great sound. Everyone was really suprised on how easily it started. We ran it twice Thursday and then again on Friday to confirm temperatures and pressures. Every thing checked out great, now back to work on the airframe and wings. Can’t wait to see the engine mounted on the front of the Strutter.