Sunday, January 15, 2017

Long hiatus

Wow, it has been a while since I posted any updates but unfortunately for the 10 there haven't been any.  I've been working pretty much solely on the 9A, oh and doing a bit of flying.  :-)

So what have I been doing on the 9A?  Well I recently purchased a new oil cooler that has more cooling capacity than the one I currently have installed.  As the warm flying approaches I want to do everything I can to keep that oil cool so I moved from an 8 row cooler to a 10 row cooler.  As most of you will remember I have my oil cooler mounted on the firewall and that means I have to duct cooling air to the cooler.  So, I've been fashioning new inlet and exit ductwork.  I decided that since I have the cooler off of the airplane that I might as well finish the exit cooler design plans that I had.  I will have more pictures of this process in the future.

Because of the cold air I decided to do something about the temperature in the airplane as well.  Part of the problem is that cold air can enter the cockpit from the tailcone via some corrugated stiffener bends in my baggage compartment covers.  I pulled those covers and molded some soft rubber plugs for these corrugations and then I glued them in place.  So far it seems to have cut the air flow down considerably.

Oh, I'm also trying out a new audio panel that allows me to use a connection bluetooth to my phone for playing music during flight.  No more cables running across or under the panel.  :-)

Below are some pictures I've taken, or my passenger took, while flying the past few weeks.

Mariah and I after our Christmas flight.

This is a picture of the existing oil cooler and inlet ducting.

Jeff and I on an afternoon flight around the sound.

See Seattle in the background?  We are headed North while flying over the puget sound to the West of Seattle.

Oh this could have been such a great picture....I think it was so cold I couldn't hold the camera still...

Andy Karmy in is RV-8 moving in during a flight around the sound yesterday.

Another picture of Andy with Josh in the back seat.  Josh got his first RV ride today.

Ok, this is a selfie that Josh took during an aileron roll in Andy's 8.  So cool!  If you look closely you can see the ground above his head.