Van's RV-9A in Aurora

The Big Picture

The Big Picture
Flying! 8/28/2011

Saturday, June 26, 2010

1.3 hrs, 8 rivets

Had a catastrophic cable failure on the bike. Had to ride up Barton Creek (400 feet in 1 mile, with the last bit at about 18%) with only one gear, and it was the wrong one. Actually had to push the bike. Embarrassing. That gear was almost OK for the rest of the ride.
So spent most of today giving the bike a long delayed overhaul. The bottom bracket was in bad shape, but a cleaning and new grease and it's good for another year. And replace all the control cables.
Funny how bike and plane maintenance have so many similarities. But no surprise, the Wright Brothers were bike mechanics, after all.

Did get some work on the plane. Dremeled the aft most bulkhead to provide a better fit for the rudder stop rivets. Then riveted on the rudder stops.
Removed the HS, then drilled and tapped holes for 994 fairing strips.