Sunday May 1st, 2005|
LZU to JZP; Finished Drilling Bulkheads
The forcast for today was for absolutely gorgeous weather, so Friday I called and reserved an airplane for a couple of hours to remain current. When I was leaving church I asked a friend, Justin if he wanted to go flying. He's flown a couple of times before in small airplanes so it wasn't a new experience for him. The mission for today? Deliver a modem to my aunt in North Georgia (Pickens County Airport, JZP).
Why rent a small airplane and fly away to the North Georgia mountains to deliver a modem? Well, because I can! Ask any pilot -- any excuse to fly is a good excuse!
Here's my aunt -- new owner of a Painter Air delivered 56K modulator-demodulator.
I got home not long before Jaime, so we went and did dinner. When we came back, Jaime started napping so I took the opportunity to sneak out to the garage. I started by making the h-stab attach bars. Very simple.
I drew a center-line, lined up the holes and match-drilled the bars.
The bars get trimmed on the -7A. Apparantly, the -7 needs a little more support in this area because of the abuse the back of the plane takes with the tail wheel banging around on the ground back there.
...And here are the bars trimmed.
Here's the pieces I trimmed off. These things are 10 inches long each...they feel quite weighty.
I didn't get any more pictures, but I was out in the garage for a while longer drilling and dimpling the last bulkhead. All the bulkheads are now drilled, etc. I just need to pull them apart, deburr and and dimple (not many dimples here), and double-check to make sure I haven't forgotten anything.