The windshield is getting ready for the fiberglass fairing that will surround it and provide a lip that the slider will sit under for weather seal. I have cut the strips of fiberglass for the front but still need to do the top part with both fiberglass and carbon fiber. I will be using carbon fiber for two of the layers to add extra strength to the lip in case somebody accidentally pulls themselves up using the lip.
I also got to do some flying this weekend. Jeff organized a "last of summer" hurrah of 5 RV's (two RV-7's, one RV-8, one RV-4 and on Harmon Rocket) and we flew up to Friday Harbor for lunch. Of course no trip to Friday Harbor is complete without some ice cream so we had that too before we made the trek back to the airport to fly home. On the way home we had some great flying weather so we did lots of interesting flying. We started with some formation flying followed by some extended trail flying. The extended trail was a lot of fun because its essentially follow the leader in the air. We were on our way to Snoqualmie when we did this so the scenery was spectacular. I took a ton of pictures with Jeff's camera so I don't have any to post here but Jeff promises he will post them on his blog. We followed that up with a couple of trails of smoke over Snoqualmie and then some close trail which is a very close trail formation that had some very cool views. I really hope I can get some of those pictures soon. (EDIT: I linked a couple of pictures from Jeffs website below)
Lots happening right now in the aviation part of my life including a couple of friends who did their first flight in the past month. One guy flew his RV-9A (same airplane I am building) this month and ended up with a "heavy" wing. That means that the airplane wants to slightly turn all the time in one direction as if that wing was heavier than the other. He troubleshot the cause down to a slightly twisted right flap so he borrowed mine to see if that solved the problem, and it did! So now part of my airplane has already flown. :-)
Anyway enough chat, on with the show!
|Sunday evening status picture.|
|Moving on to the cowling I managed to get the quarter turn fasteners installed on the lower cowl in this picture.|
|Here you can see the top cowling after I installed the quarter turn fasteners. Still have to wait until the receptacles are installed before I can start working on the big cooling air rings and the forward section of the cowling.|
|Here are the strips of fiberglass that will be used for the windshield fairing that goes around the front and sides. The strips start at a half inch wide and go up to two inches a quarter of an inch at a time.|
|Close trail picture. There are actually two planes ahead of us in this picture but it looks like a one with lots of wings!|
|Here is the group picture we took on the docks at Friday Harbor.|