Van's RV-9A in Aurora

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The Big Picture
Flying! 8/28/2011

Saturday, June 19, 2010

4 hrs
Congrats to Tony Phillips, who flew his RV-9 for the first time this week. I've been using Tony's web page as one of my resources, and we trade emails about various items. Can't wait to meet you in person Tony! Sun-n-Fun '11, maybe?

Cleaned up flap actuator wiring, and the 12V power jacks. Not particularly great, but it will be OK. Cut a slot in the rear tunnel cover to allow the wiring harness to pass through, and installed a grommet for protection. That part worked great.

Charged the brakes. Constructed a brake charging system from various odds n ends. Total cost - $0. It worked OK, but it does take some skill to use properly, and I was afraid of popping the ozarka bottle after looking at how some other builders did this.

Those in the know will recognize the recycled presta valve.

Had two fittings that had to be tighted up one full turn, and this required removing the hoses. Kinda messy. But got both lines filled and was able to test the brakes and the parking brake. It all seems to work! Made the mistake of thinking it was done, and filled up the reservior. This will have to be drained, because of course I found some air bubbles and a leak. But I know how to deal with them now.

Cut holes for nosewheel fairing attach brackets.

Reattach HS and VS. This is in prep for cutting the rudder links, which I want to do while the forward cabin is still accessable. While, they're on , I'll fit the tail fairings.