Ok, so now that I am back from my Emergency Room visit (just kidding) I have decided to spend a little more time working on the airplane and a little less time flying. Not much less but a little. So in order to keep up with things I thought I would do a little show and tell about what has changed recently and a couple of items that are still on the "list".
It seems I am never happy with the layout of my instrument panel. So hopefully this latest revision will be the last major change. I moved the GRT Mini-X over to the left side of the panel. I found that doing partial panel flight during my IFR training was a bit challenging with the backup instrument so far away from my normal line of site. Now not only is it in a better location but I also have room to put a "glove box" in on the right side of the panel. Thats one item on the list.
Speaking of canopies, I also installed a thumb screw that I can use to lock the canopy partially open for taxiing. I will get a picture of that up here soon but it's really a simple change.
I also found that my Kroger sun shade was rubbing up against the center slide and occasionally causing the canopy to slide harder than it should. I fixed that issue with a new low height screw. No more binding.
And today I am working on the aux fuel pump cover. I will get some pictures of that up as soon as it is fitted.
Oh, one more task that I finished yesterday was the tie-wrapping of the Aileron pushrod boots under the seat pans. I told myself I was going to wait on this one because I didn't want to pull the seat pans but I finally gave in and pulled them to not only install the tie-wraps but to inspect the control linkages. Everything looks good down there so I did a quick clean up with the vacuum, installed the tie-wraps and then buttoned it all back up.
Finally on my list for this weeks post is the real fun stuff. I got to take a good friend up for a ride in the airplane this past friday. Since Fridays are my IFR training days we decided to meet up a couple of hours before the lesson was scheduled. This was Kerry's first ride in the airplane and I am pretty sure she liked it!