Van's RV-9A in Aurora

The Big Picture

The Big Picture
Flying! 8/28/2011

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


1.0 hrs
Fixed a leak on the left side brakes. All of the leaks were where the Van's brass fittings screw in to the Matco master cylinders. No leaks anywhere else, and that includes the brakes themselves and their fittings, aluminum tube to AN fittings, VA-128 (?) hoses, parking brake, cheap-ass plastic tee at the fluid reservior. Only the brass to brass fittings.

Then bled the left side, and the right side one more time for good measure. This was all done in about 20 minutes.

Sat in the airplane and pumped the brakes for a good long time. When I did that before, fluid was oozing out of the fittings. Not now. Used it as a workout. Those pedal assemblies flex quite a lot, and it doesn't take much force. Tried out the parking brake. It seems to work as spec'd.

With the brakes conquered, removed the rudder and enlarged the hole for the wiring snap bushing. The one installed earlier was just too small.

Oh. Last item. Called the San Antonio FSDO and requested a 8050-1 form. For some inexplicable reason, they don't post this online. At any rate, this is the start of the registration process.