Cut pitot and added connectors

Just got back from Oshkosh this afternoon. And couldn’t resist heading down to the shop to get something done. Amazing trip with up and back with Jared in his RV-14. Got to meet up with Wes and Joy and met Craig and his son. This was my first time at AirVenture. It was simply amazing but I’m exhausted. I think we averaged 7 or 8 miles walking each day. The airshows were amazing. Especially the night show. Best fireworks and pyrotechnics I’ve ever seen.

 

 

 

I cut the aluminum tubes from the pitot tube assembly using a tubing cutter so that they would clear the aileron push tube when installed in the wing. I added the AN hardware, flared the tubes, and screwed on the adapters. Then screwed the push-to-connect elbows on to the NPT side of the adapters with a bit of Loctite thread sealer. All ready to install.

 

 

 

Today’s Time (hours): 1.0
Wing Time (hours): 267.0
Total Time (hours): 419.0

 

Cleaned up all the partially cured sealant

Started the day with a nice flight down to Aircraft Spruce at FFC with Jared to pick up some PolyGone. Great excuse to go flying!

PolyGone polysulfide stripper is the shizzle! This stuff really removes fuel tank sealant as advertised. I had a real mess on my hands and this stuff saved the day.

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I slathered the PolyGone onto the partially cured sealant and let it sit for 30 minutes or so then used a plastic bondo scraper and rags to remove it. It took about four hours (not counting wait time) to get all the sealant off of the skins and all the stiffeners and other parts. It was tedious and messy but it worked and I got it done. Went through a lot of gloves and rags.

Back to fuel tank assembly tomorrow. I am so ready to be done with the fuel tanks.

Today’s Time (hours): 4.0
Wing Time (hours): 212.0
Total Time (hours): 364.0

 

Fixed the right aileron hinge and riveted to rear spar

Did some flying with Jared today in his RV-14A. Awesome day dancing around some scattered clouds and some fun aerobatics. Thanks for the great flight today, Jared! The aerobatic training is definitely paying off. Sorry no pics. I was having too much fun!

Meanwhile back at the airplane factory…

Received the replacement parts from vans and did the little bit of fabrication necessary to prepare the doublers and attach brackets.

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Deburred and primed the new parts with SEM rattle can primer. Riveted the attach brackets to the hinge.

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Riveted the hinge and doublers to the right rear spar.

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The mistake cost me $45 in parts and an hour and a half of build time.

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Got my new 3/8″ reamer from McMaster Carr. Used it in the drill press to precisely size the rear spar attach holes. The twisted flutes cut like butter.

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Clecoed the rear spars to the wing ribs. Ready to rivet tomorrow.

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Today’s Time (hours): 2.0
Wing Time (hours): 67.0
Total Time (hours): 278.0

Completed Inventory

I completed the inventory with all the small parts and bags of hardware and rivets. I was missing two items: FL-1006, a bundle of 4 doublers for the flaps, and Bag 3010-1. I did however receive two bags 3011-1. So I’m guessing there was a picking error since the items extra item number was consecutive to the missing one. The FL-1006 bundle was part of a sub-kit. All the other parts were in the sub-kit except for that one. I emailed Van’s. I’m sure they’ll send those items right along.

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Met up with the gang at the EAA Chapter 268 meeting out at PUJ this morning and then did some flying with Jared in his RV-14A. We flew up to GMU for lunch with Adam and Ryan, a couple of nice young guys working on their ratings at PDK. Here’s an air to air pic of them in their school’s arrow on the way back to PDK.

Thanks for the stick time, Jared!

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Today’s Time (hours): 3.0
Wing Time (hours): 6.0
Total Time (hours): 217.0

 

Began Work on the Aft Fuselage

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The aft fuselage build begins with cutting and trimming parts. Separated the rudder cable guides.

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Separated the various j-stiffeners, longerons, and battery angles. Modified several of the parts according to the plans. Dimpled a couple. And straightened the HS attach bars.

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This was the first nice flying day we’ve had in the Atlanta Area in a week or so. So Sophie and I took advantage and did a little sightseeing in the Skyhawk around north Georgia. Absolutely beautiful flying day.

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We also paid John and Bernie a visit in the McCollum control tower after we got back and things had slowed down a bit at the airport.  They really had their hands full today. It was very busy with the nice weather. On the way out we were one of six flights waiting for departure and they had three in the pattern, several arrivals inbound and a transitioning aircraft all at the same time. These guys are awesome at what they do.

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Today’s Time (hours): 2.0
Empennage Time (hours): 128.0
Total Time (hours): 128.0