Thursday May 11th, 2006|
Received Prop; Canopy Fairing; Trim Indicator Rant
Today I received my prop...a thing of beauty. I went with the 74 inch model. Van's recommends the 72 or 74 inch for the -7A and the 72 inch for the -7, so those of you that think you have more ground clearance for the prop because you have a taildragger, I have some oceanside property in Arizona to sell you. The fact is that on a take-off roll in a taildragger you have less ground clearance than the nosedragger. Anyway...this prop is AWESOME. I'm still trying to recover from my mental breakdown that resulted from paying for this thing. ;-)
And guess what...more canopy frame stuff. Yep..it's really getting there.
Still a little bit of a rough edge down there around the bottom. Maybe one or two more iterations??
I also finished cutting the hole for the vertical trim indicator. Why did I put these trim indicators here? Well, I'm going to be using the Dynon EMS D-10 which doesn't have the indicators. Also for me it's a safety thing. There have been many incidents over the history of aviation where people attempt to take-off with trim all out of whack. I want the indicators glaring in my face right there so I'll always remember to check them before taking off. The aileron trim is really not as critical for take-off as the elevator trim. The aileron trim you can actually feel because it's spring-loaded, whereas the elevator trim leaves you clueless. In a Cessna, one pre-takeoff checklist item is to always look back and check the trim tab to make sure it's in the nuetral position. You can't do that in an RV, so the trim indicators it is.
Most of my holes in the panel are cut. Holes I'm missing:
mag key switch
All switches (lights, boost pump, etc)
ELT remote (if I install it here...not positive yet