Monday, May 30, 2016


So I think I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had purchased a new modification for the 9A that allows me to slide the canopy back another 8-10".  Well I got a chance to install that modification this week.  It really works well!  I have the "Almost a 14" modification in my airplane as well which allows the seats to recline another 4" or so but it also reorganizes some of the parts that this slider extension modification needs to work with.  Fortunately everything went together well as you can see in the pictures below.

Travis and I flew over to Montana to have lunch with Dad this week and since I was not thinking I didn't get any pictures.  We flew over IFR and ran into some electrical problems with the airplane (nothing that affected the safety of the flight) so I have some work ahead of me troubleshooting the issue.

As you might have guessed, now that the 9A is back and flying season is ramping up quickly I'm not expecting to make much progress on the 10.  I suppose this is exactly what I figured would be the case and I'm perfectly fine with it.  :-)

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Paint...the full story

This week has been torturous for me!  I finally got to see the final paint job completed and get my airplane back.  The entire trip was somewhat challenging due to weather.  Jeff was unable to fly up with me due to some previous engagements so Mariah was nice enough to drive me up there on her way to visit her boyfriend.  She even hung around and helped reassemble the airplane.

We arrived about 6pm on Friday evening and found that Mike from Upper Valley Aviation had already reassembled the control surfaces on the airplane!  That saved me a couple of hours at least.  Mike, Mariah and I spend about 3 hours on friday evening finishing up most of the reassembly.  Saturday morning the weather in the Puget Sound was pretty ugly but not up in Canada so after filing my eAPIS to Tacoma Narrows I chased my tail trying to figure out how to modify it to allow me to land at Friday Harbor which I eventually did.  After passing through customs I sat for about a half hour trying to get some idea of whether or not I could get back into KPLU.  Since it was really iffy I decided to see if I could get a little closer to home just in case I had to have Amy come pick me up or spend another night in a hotel.  Bremerton was IFR as was pretty much everything so I turned around and headed back North.  I noticed that Paine airport was VFR and I knew that Chad would be out working on his airplane so I landed there to spend some time waiting out the weather.  I had lunch with Chad but the Paine Aviation Day's annual event was going on so I also got to visit with Martin B who was demoing his VR setup.

Finally about 6pm on Saturday night KPLU was showing marginal VFR so I decided to file IFR home and go for it.  The flight was pretty much uneventful and and even got some actual IFR time on approach.  I landed, tucked the airplane into her newly remodeled home and went home myself...content.

The original concept...except with yellow instead of red

One of the design options proposed by PlaneSchemer.

An iteration of the design as it nears its final look.

And the final design with paint colors and all views.
Leaving for Canada with no paint.  Picture courtesy of Jeff as usual (as are the next few)

Disassembling the airplane for paint.

A pile of parts that need paint.

Final walk-around before we leave it behind.

Progress at last!!  It took about 6 weeks from delivery date to get to this point.

Masking for the colors

Red color applied.
Control surfaces and other parts with red color applied.
Blue applied

blue on many of the "pieces" we removed for paint
The lower cowling...the blue looks amazing!
After landing and passing through customs at Friday Harbor. Finally back in the US!

And here she sits safe and sound in her own home!
The "Glamour Shot" taken by a photographer just before I departed Chilliwack BC.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Taking shape...

Once again I was out of town for the majority of the week so not much work got done on the 10.  I managed to get the engine out of the crate and up on the engine stand so I can begin the disassembly process.  I also got some time to work on the hangar finishing up the drywall hanging.

I do have some exciting news though..the 9 is almost ready.  Yes I know I said I was going to pick it up this friday but as I suspected would happen it got delayed.....again.  However, they have been sending me pictures so I know it's being worked on.

Masking for the red and blue....the design is starting to show.

More masking...without the actual design its hard to see where this is going... ;-)

Ok, a little more detail but the color can be deceiving... that's all I'm going to say.    

Lets play name that part....
Finally out of the crate and ready to put on the yellow engine stand.

I got the engine up on the stand and found that there was still a lot of oil in there.  In this picture you can see where I am draining the oil from the prop governor pad cover.  At least its up on the stand now and I can begin the disassembly process.

Drywall is done, now I'm waiting for the mud to dry so I can do another quick pass and then paint it.
Here is my new wallpaper....its the laminated RV-9 plans that I got from Jeff.  I decided they would look great on the wall so I started the hanging process while I was in the hangar today.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

First peek....

Not much to display this week.  I did get some time to work on the elevators but that was mostly drilling and deburring which is not much fun to take pictures of.  I did get some work done on the hangar though.  Its not complete but at least its ready for the airplane to come home....hopefully next Saturday.

Speaking of the airplane I got a picture in email this week which means they are working on it!  Next Friday pickup is a very real possibility at this time!

Here she is with her white base coat of paint!  If you look in the paint booth in the background you can see some of the other parts of the airplane (cowling, control surfaces, fairings)

Another view of the first coat of paint

This is what the hangar looked like before I started....

This is what the back section of the hangar looks like after this weekends work.  I still need a few sheets of drywall, some mud work, and some paint but its getting close!  I have a lot of crap stored back there for now just to make room for the return of the RV-9A.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Work gets in the way....sorta

So I missed a weekly post again but this time I have a good reason...I've been traveling for work.  Well that's kind of an exaggeration since it was really a vacation trip but I did have to attend a few work meetings while I was there.  Amy and I went to Hawaii (Maui to be exact) for a work related trip this past week.  It was a fun trip and I posted a few pics below.

On the RV-10 I finished up the horizontal stabilizer.  Next up is the elevators and I may make a modification to the trim tabs but we shall see how that goes.

The engine arrived this past week as well.  It was very well packaged and other than open up the crate, take a few pictures, and put in some desiccant I just sealed it back up and will attend to it when I find a shop to send the case to for overhaul.

On a less than exciting front I was suppose to be headed to Canada today to pick up the RV-9A from the paint shop.  I had a call with the paint shop owner earlier this week and found out that it will not be ready for another two weeks.  I'm very frustrated with the whole paint progress.  I was so excited about getting my airplane in early so I could use it for an upcoming conference trip but now it's even later than the original delivery date.  So frustrated...I hope the paint job is worth the wait.

And the final topic of the week is I got to fly with Jeff to Montana on Sunday.  We flew over there so I could drive me new truck home.  I bought my dads Toyota Tundra so I would have a truck to haul things around.  I'm getting tired of having to borrow the 4Runner back from Mariah or rely on friends for use of a hauling vehicle.

Here it sits in its plywood crate before I sealed it back up.  O-540 B2B5 which is a 235hp engine that I will be upping to 260-300 horsepower by swapping out the pistons and probably the cylinders.  No accessories so I have to buy a few of those yet and since I plan on using the EFII fuel injection/ignition system I will have to purchase that as well.

The finished horizontal stabilizer ready to go to storage.
The view out of our room at the Hyatt.

Panorama of lunch

Jeep tour of the Hana road

Sunset on our last night in Maui.