A Tail to Tell…

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Well, LOTS of things going on, but mostly moving forward!

We have a new hanger partner, we have the engine back, and mostly, we have the vertical stabilizer mounted!!!!

We are mostly cleaned up and back to work, even though it was HOT today. We helped Don move some stuff in,and Tom and I went to wok on the vertical stab.  We found that I had mis-mounted the bottom hinge support, and had to move that, then got the basics into place, drilled the holes, and we are back in the game!

Vertical Stabilizer on an RV-9A

Vertical Stabilizer on Loud Emily

How hot was it today?  Have you ever used a cat thermometer?  When a cat is cold, they curl up into a tiny ball. As the temp rises, they stretch out.

Here is how hot it was today:

Cat Thermometer

Cat Thermometer – It was HOT!

Engine is back home….

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We are still cleaning the hanger to get ready for new tenant, with LOTS of stuff moving, selling and giving to the EAA hanger here on the field. BUT BEST OF ALL, the engine is now back.  My A&P did a beautiful job of inspection, gaskets, hoses, and making sure we complied with the oil pump AD. Nice paint here and there too! The engine is used (about 900 hours) but we did a careful inspection and I’ll get a few hours on it before I need to overhaul. Pretty stock 150HP with std mags, carb and fixed pitch prop.

Lycoming O-320 engine

Lycoming O-320


We are still working on the hanger but I really want to fit wings this week-end if possible. We have the space now, and all will be better if we can get the wing incidence set before the new partner plane arrives.


More later.


The times they are a changin’

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Well, my old hanger partner has moved out, and my new hanger partner will be moving in, so this is a good opportunity to do some serious house cleaning!

We started by doing a quick evaluation of all the stuff we had that has been pieced together as we have been building. Work tables, donated stuff, old Cessna parts and duplicate tools and supplies.

We decided to build a few new wall racks, remove some old tables and decommission duplicate equipment. A stop at the local EAA hanger with an offer for some sturdy work tables had the guys stopping by and picking up a few donations.

Part 1: Tear down. And clean the floor!


Out with the old…

I’m finding TONS of stuff that I really want, and have not seen in awhile. This has been a good lesson about being a pack rat. Sometime you get so much stuff, you can not find it anymore.


Well, the floor is clean anyway.

Next Week: Part 2 –