Van's RV-9A in Aurora

The Big Picture

The Big Picture
Flying! 8/28/2011

Saturday, August 28, 2010

6 hrs
Finished installing canopy pin hold down blocks. All these canopy tasks take a long time. The canopy now closes nicely. It sticks a bit when opening, but that might be a good thing. I may have to add a small tab on aft skirt to serve as a handle when opening the canopy from the outside. It's very difficult to get the first bit of travel using just the handle from the outside. A small bit of lifting to start the process would help a lot.

Install right side roll bar handle. Decided to install only one right now. My thinking is that you have to get your feet under your butt first, and one hand has to be pushing down to help. The other can be on the handle.

Once again demonstrated that I can't drill straight. Started with a #40 and drilled all the way through the roll bar. This after carefully marking the center of where the handle will attach to the roll bar at two points. Then enlarged all the holes to #19, then #27, then #12. The bolts on the forward side are AN3s, or #10-28 screws. Then enlarged the aft holes to 5/16". The 5/16" holes were just right. But the forward #12's where off by a bit, and this made it a PITA to get the handle bolted on. But finally got it, and tried it out. Had Katrin try it out too.

Then tidied up and rolled it out in the sun for some pictures. Now it's time to get ready for football! LT vs Westlake at DKR Memorial Stadium. The first high school game of the year is being played in a 100K+ seat stadium. That was the only way to deal with the parking, plus these are two of the top teams in the state, with strong ties to the UT football program.