November 30, 2004


Boy what nice weather to fly up for a peek at the Mt. Washington area before the snow/sleet/freezing rain shows up tonight! Sure beats taking pictures of deburring parts.

Been meaning to get my mother-in-law up for flight but the weather hasn't been too cooperative so when when Cathy had a day off and we had good weather I decided to strike while the iron was hot.....

The snow capped peak in the distance is Mt. Washington. The peak accross from the ski area is Mt. Lafayette, and the ski area is Cannon Mt. where the Old Man of the Mountain used to be in the notch between Cannon and Mt. Lafayette.

November 28, 2004

Floor Sheet

Finished the drilling today on the floor sheet metal that covers the fuel and brake lines.

Van's calls for the sheet to be 15/16 inch from the floor which was accomplished using two pieces of wood to set the gap then it was a matter of drilling pilot then finish holes through the sheet meal and floor stiffeners.

More materials to the inventory of stuff to debur-dimple-prime-and platenut rivet.

November 25, 2004


Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Sure had an interesting downpour today from the squal line of a cold front.

Starting to work again on the plane. The infection on the leg has finally healed and I have my system back up and running after an interesting exercise in upgrading to Redhat Fedora Core 3 to fix some programming libraries that recently got hammered.

I'm warming up on details on the front cover materials between the fuel selector and the fire wall. While my leg was healing, scoped out the roll bar fabrication work.

November 19, 2004


Here are some sunset shots from a few nights ago. They are calling for freezing rain and sleet/snow starting after midnight saturday.

November 02, 2004

Lotsa Lines

Finished routing the brake lines on the rudder pedals. Was easier than I expected. Hard to believe the brake lines associated with the rudder pedals are plastic, but the lines indicate they have a 500 psi capacity.

Did a trial routing/fitting of the elevator trim cable (manual trim). I was a little skeptical the cable could make the tight bend up front in the cockpit area bit it does. Also double checked measurements for the static air ports and drilled the holes and installed the ports (1/8 pop rivets whose mandrels are then driven out).

The fun part will be pulling that elevator trim cable all the way back out so I can drill the hole in the fuel selector cover, install a snap bushing in same, and then re-feed the cable all the way back in... Although at this point I will drill the hole, debur, prime etc. and leave the final cable assembly for much later.

Last night I ordered the X-Plane PC simulator to check out the RV-9A simulation that is available. I figure what the heck, it's going to be at least a year or two before I can make use of some transition training, but anything you can do now to get started helps. Besides, hopefully I can use it for working on an instrument rating.

November 01, 2004

Bracket Mill

I find the 2x4 support method for milling aluminum sheet metal parts works fine. Here we are milling the lightening holes in the rudder pedal support brackets and drilling the holes to pass the brake lines through.

Will probably have my spare time tied up for a couple days while I replace four struts on the Elantra and probably bite the bullet and do a clutch job on it... Yuck! At least I got the plow ready for winter.