Van's RV-9A in Aurora

The Big Picture

The Big Picture
Flying! 8/28/2011

Thursday, August 19, 2010

.8 hrs
Started making the canopy rail nutplate strips. The plans specify attaching the slider rails to the canopy deck with screws and nuts. But it's a major pain the ass to get up under the deck to install nuts on the end of screws. A common mod is to use a strip with nutplates instead of screws. Once in place, it's vastly easier to work with. Cut it to length, and predrilled #40 holes, and then clecoed it and the rails to the deck.

That in prep for removing all the clamps from the newly glued up canopy and placing the finished product on the airframe for the first time. The width adjustments ended up nearly perfect. The left aft side could be a bit tighter, but everywhere else it's just right. My first canopy isn't perfect. But it looks like it's going to serve just fine.