Well as the title states this will be my last update from the garage. I have scheduled the move to the airport for Saturday the 1st of May. That's just over a week away! Ben has a trailer all ready to go, Jeff and Harry are going to be here to help, and Bob (silver Super 8) is a possibility if he doesn't have to fly. Its going to be a great day.
Looking at the date of my last post I guess I have lots to catch up on. Not all are related to N88DA (the tail number of this RV-10 I'm building). So lets start with the most impactful news...I've decided its time to retire from Senior Living. I should probably call it semi-retire because I don't think Amy could stand me wandering around the house looking for something to do. Not 100% sure what I will do next but I do know it will be something I really enjoy.
I also have to add that Harry, Jeff, and I took a last minute trip to Florida for the annual Sun-N-Fun fly in. It was a whirlwind trip but we got to see a couple of F-22 demo flights, the Blue Angels with their new F18's, and of course a ton of other aircraft. Vendors were a bit light but better than I expected and RV-10's were scarce. There was however lots of beer available which went well with the high temps down there. :-)
So, on with the RV-10 stuff. In the past month I've knocked out a bunch of smaller tasks and the list is actually getting shorter. For a while it felt like I added two items to the list for every one I removed. some of the items that I managed to complete include wiring up the overhead console with lights, switches, and dimmer's to control the cabin heat; installed the SCAT hoses for the heating/ventilation systems; finished the filtered air box; installed most of the baffle seal rubber; installed the temporary N number on the empennage; finished hooking up the SDS controller; finished and tested the pitot/static system; installed all fuses and tested as appropriate; painted the interior of the snorkel with epoxy primer; installed the lower cowling heat shield material; adjusted my backup alternator voltage regulator to about .2 volts lower than primary; installed the lighting controller and wired it up to allow me to adjust the brightness of the switch lights, and I'm sure there was more but that's already quite a list!
|Looking outboard from the spinner opening at the inlets to see how much of a gap I have to fill.|
|This is the #2 cylinder with the slight proud injector assembly. I think there is just barely enough room in there with the rubber baffle material.|
|Overhead panels installed, labeled, and wired up.|