Van's RV-9A in Aurora

The Big Picture

The Big Picture
Flying! 8/28/2011

Sunday, January 31, 2010

7 hrs
It was supposed to warm up today, but it never did. Overcast, humid, temps in the low 30's.
Cold in the garage, and my fingers are just beginning to thaw. Had a goal of serious progress on fitting the empennage to the fuselage.

Make F-798 shims.
Positition HS and check for square.
Drill to aft fuselage.

With the HS attached, finally time to get the elevator pushrods done. Too cold to prime, but the end caps fit so tight there is no need to rivet them for fitting.
Cut elevator pushrods to length.
Drill aft pushrod and ends.
Fit bellcrank and aft pushrod to fuselage.

Attach elevators and bolt to pushrod. Using the measurements in the drawings, it all fit perfectly with no adjustment required, for right now that is. It all has to come apart and get final adjustments at some point.

Next up, the Vertical Stabilizer. The blue plastic is still quite easy to peel after storage. But the masking tape I used to keep out the spiders was hard as a rock, and impossible to completely get off. Stupid, stupid, stupid.
Edge deburred the 981 attach plate.
Drill and bolt the 981 to HS front spar and aft deck.
Marked the front VS spar for trimming.