I've almost complete the baggage area access door as well. The first attempt at getting it to fit flush didn't go so well so I have ordered a replacement piece from Van's to give it another shot. I want that door as flush as possible. I did make a small modification here. Similar to many other RV-10 builders I wanted the baggage door to be removable so I cut the back side of a few of the middle hinge eyelets to allow me to install two half size pins from the middle.
I am now working on the last of the aluminum fabrication work (section 35). There are a number of access panels and cover panels that get installed in this section of the plans. Once that is done the fabrication of aluminum structure is basically complete. I still have to rivet the top forward cover on as well as the flanges for the quarter turn cowling fasteners but that is pretty minimal. I also have a number of modifications to do to the center tunnel cover to accommodate the rudder cable modification I am planning.
As with every year this past few weeks I have been working on the 9. The Annual inspection was due by the end of April and I needed to make a couple of changes (of course). I hooked up the O2 sensor but still haven't configured the EFIS to display it. I tried a few things to try to eliminate the drip of water that comes into the baggage area when I fly through rain. So far nothing I try has eliminated the issue. Well anyway this years annual is in the books. I found out during this annual that my differential pressure rig that I use to do engine compression's was off by 5 pounds! Now that I know the error I found my compression's all at or above 72/80. Nice.
|This is a picture of the hinge assembly with the center eyelets cut in half. You can see how the pins will slide in and out to allow me to easily remove the baggage door.|
|This is an outside view so you can see that this modification will not be visible from the outside.|