Sunday, October 30, 2016

One last flight...for a while

This weekend I got to fly with Travis on Saturday.  We actually headed toward Friday Harbor but the weather wasn't so good so we flew on around Seattle and landed at Bremerton to have some dinner.  I guess I should say Travis flew us around.  He did his first take-off, flew the entire trip, and then did his first landing!!

We got back to Puyallup just before legal dark so I fueled up the airplane, did 3 takeoffs and landings at night, and then Travis jumped back in so we could do some night flying.  It was a gorgeous night for flying!

Today I took one more flight with Harry and Jeff up to Arlington for breakfast.  I say one more flight because when I got back to Puyallup I took the fuel servo, flow divider, and prop off of the airplane.  The fuel servo and flow divider are getting shipped to AirFlow Performance for overhaul and inspection.  The prop came home with me so I can do some cleanup and painting of the back side.  I also brought home the plenum so I could finish the painting that I didn't do last spring.

I did get some work done on the 10 as well.  No pictures because it was just deburring, scuffing, cleaning and priming.  I should be able to start assembling the elevators this week.

Took this picture after Travis and I put the airplane away for the night on Saturday.
Nice fog in the valley.

Neat silhouette of Jeff against the rising sun.

Turning final for Arlington.  If you look close you will see Jeff just crossing the threshold.

Took this picture for reference but this is where the flow divider is suppose to sit.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Weekend of Flying!

This weekend I was "jones'n" to do some flying and when Jeff mentioned flying to lunch on Saturday I was all in.  I had a meeting at Fall City airport that was a lot of fun but after a brutal drive to Puyallup (don't go down the Orting valley highway during pumpkin season!) I got the airplane out and pre-flighted.  Jumped in to take it over for fuel and found that my battery was completely dead...I had left the electric boost pump on.  I guess there is no need to put that on my battery bus so that's going to change soon.

Anyway Harry saved the day with a battery out of his lawn tractor and we eventually launched for Skagit valley airport for some lunch.  On the return trip we stopped by Tacoma Narrows to visit Martin and his new RV-4, and then back to PLU.  I stuck around for about an hour before a fellow RV-9A builder showed up so we could take a ride in my 9.  All in all a great day of flying.

Sunday Harry rode with me to Boise to meet another RV-9A builder who is nearing completion and wanted to ask a few questions and see in person some of the pieces he is working on.  We flew about 5 and a half hours on Sunday!

Taxiing in for the run-up

Run-up before the flight to Skagit

Some formation flight on the way back from lunch to TIW

Martin in his new RV-4

Run-up for the return from TIW to PLU.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Back to work on the 10

Well Fall has come and its time to start working on the 10 again.  Funny but it was kind of hard to get started because I had a lot of deburring and aluminum cleanup that needed to be done.  I finally knocked that out and am moving right along with the elevators again.

Amy and I stopped by the Snoqualmie Falls last weekend. :-)

Right elevator assembled for final drilling.  Still have to do some dimpling and riveting.

Left elevator assembled for final drilling.

Oh yea, I did get to fly IFR to Spokane a few weeks ago.  This was a work trip and a co-worker went along with me.  This was on the return trip as we passed Mt Rainier.

Another picture of the flight to Spokane.  It is so pretty above the clouds.

I had to take some pictures of the interior of the airplane for the guys that I bought from.  This was one of the pictures.

See that pretty little white RV-4 in the background?  Thats my buddy Martin's new steed.  If you have a really sharp eye you will also notice there is an RV-10 fuselage sitting back there....drool.

I got to fly to Bremerton with Harry for breakfast.  He wasn't feeling all that fast and the Cessna was begging for a little air time so here we go...  It was fun flying slow with him.  The RV-9 is plenty stable that those lower speeds which made the flight quite enjoyable.