Van's RV-9A in Aurora

The Big Picture

The Big Picture
Flying! 8/28/2011

Saturday, July 18, 2009

3.9 hrs, 103 rivets

Went flying this morning. A reasonable day, went early before it got too hot. Nice smooth air. One lousy landing, one so-so landing. Need to get a biennial flight review scheduled.

Finished riveting aft fuselage for now. Over 9900 rivets. I'm just starting to get the hang of it.

Finished deburring crotch strap brackets. They're ready for when the center section ribs get removed and deburred.

Match drilled 623 ribs and attach straps. That task has been waiting for almost a week. Ended up making one of the aft straps for a third time. Aligning the 623 in the way that seems to make the most sense (seems too has to be good enough, because the drawings don't get you any closer), and then using the stock aft spacer, the aft most rivet, the one through the bulkhead, will be way off center. Well, and I didn't quite understand the layout, so I had the spacer too far forward. Both were problems. But the third try worked great, and the other side went without any further problems.