Van's RV-9A in Aurora

The Big Picture

The Big Picture
Flying! 8/28/2011

Friday, March 19, 2010

5.0 hrs, 4 rivets
Fit, drill, deburr, countersink lower cowling attach strips. These are done until the cowling is fitted.

Fab new parking brake bracket. Used Wayne's design, it's already making me happy. It sits flush to the firewall, so the rudder pedal clearance problem is solved. The original design was based on Scott Card's documented design, but it just wasn't working when the rudder pedal assembly has to be all the way forward. Fitting into airplanes is one of the few times when being tall is a disadvantage.

Drill firewall, dimple, and attach nutplates.

Install parking brake cable. This simple sentence involved cutting the first hole in the instrument panel, the sub panel, and designing a brace for firmly attaching the parking brake cable and the VA118 brake lines to the firewall. Just a few more details on this and I can move on to the next puzzle.

Over the past couple of days a few care packages have arrived. From B&C, a ground tab setup, alternator OV/LV monitor, fusible link kits, and a 60 current limiter with mount.
From Cheif Aircraft, I got the 4 Lord J9613-40 engine isolation mounts, a Archer nav antenna, and a dual light dimmer. On back order are the other Archer nav antenna, and two Rami com bent whip antennas.