I did make yet another change this week that will set me back a little. I decided to replace my existing comm radio with one that allows me to receive VOR/ILS/GS information. If you don't know what those acronyms mean it basically means I will be able to travel in clouds safely with more than just a GPS. My original plan was to get my instrument rating and only fly GPS but I recently found out that for my final check ride I need to have the ability to shoot at least one non GPS approach and since my airplane was not equipped with more than GPS I would not be able to train in my airplane. Hence the reason I am opting for the Comm/Nav radio (Garmin GNC-255A).
OK on to the pictures of the week. Obviously the big focus this week was getting things done to the fuselage that will be easiest to do in the garage. I think I have met that goal.
|As I have done in the past I am going to start this weeks update off with how we sit as of Sunday night. Woo Hoo N1605A is in its new home!|
|This is a closeup of the shape of the clay. It was actually easier to mold the clay than I expected. A big thank you to my friend Daniel S for providing me with the clay.|
|This mess is what it looked like after I applied the fiberglass strips and topped it all off with some special cloth that helps leach excess epoxy out of the lay-up and also provides a nice surface to apply more fiberglass to if needed.|
|Since I will be mounting the wings I decided I better get my aileron push rod tube seals in place on the fuselage. These are just simple home made seals that I fabricated out of rip-stop fabric and an aluminum ring.|
|And here you can see where I need to drill with the wheel pant installed. Nifty tool that laser level.|
... AND THUS BEGINS THE "BIG MOVE"!!!!
|Moving out of garage and into the sun....yes the sun...it was in the 60's today.|
|Too bad we didn't get pictures of us trying to get the airplane onto the trailer. But here it is all loaded up. Jeff Bloomquist and Randy Albritton were my best friends today!|
|Tying it down tight.|
|Is there anybody in there?|
|Here we are at our first stop light.|
|And down the highway.|
|Arriving at the hangar in one piece!|
|Jeff took this picture of me holding the airplane to keep it from rolling down the ramps on its own. Look how high that tail is!|
|Snug in its new home and ready for the next step.|