Van's RV-9A in Aurora

The Big Picture

The Big Picture
Flying! 8/28/2011

Saturday, August 14, 2010

5 hrs
Spent some time during the week on the cowling, but didn't log any of it. A busy week on many fronts. But today managed to get some time in the garage, despite the brutal heat index. This morning I was working on the cowling and by 11AM I was completely soaked. The morning sun lights up the garage, and in August it's downright unbearable.
Despite that, got the cowling nose fitting much better, good enough to start fitting the lower cowling. Trimmed too much from the left side of the upper cowling. Epoxy filling will be required.

Then got back to work on the canopy. Ordered SikaFlex and it came in Thursday. So today I fit the 957 canopy trim strips. Drilled them to the frame, to #40. Need to drill to #33 for the MK-319BS pop rivets. After that, I'll check the canopy spread adjustments again. Decided to use some clear 1/16" thick plastic tubing as a spacer. Will have to do some slight bending on the frame to account for spreading, and should be ready for SikaFlex sometime tomorrow.

During the week placed orders for the canopy handles, carbon fiber and epoxy tools from AC Spruce, and forward deck liner from Cleavland.

Looking at fabric swatches from Classic Aero. Decided on colors for the seats, and need to get that order started. With a 15 week lead time, it should be here before I need it.