Saturday February 26th, 2005|
Flew w/ Jaime and Amanda; Finished Right Aileron
This is Jaime's sister Amanda (and me poking my head into the shot). She's been saying that she wanted to go a for a ride and today was a great day for it. Jaime took the back seat to let her sister get the front seat experience. We flew up around the lake and over the Gainesville for touch and go's for my required 3 landings to renew my currency for 90 days. I love giving people airplane rides, especially when it's their first time in a small plane. I can't wait to get to share the RV with people...it's gotta be 10 times as fun!
After we got back home I went out and primed the aileron components.
Then a couple of hours later, the ailerons were riveted together. This is a fairly straight-forward process except riveting the top ribs. I was able to rivet them solo by standing the aileron on end, putting the rivet gun in my right hand and the bucking bar in my left and working down. It's doable. All the rest of the rivets in the aileron are squeezed or pulled...(except the last trailing edge rivet that I drove 'cause I could get my squeezer yoke in there)...so this is a fairly easy component to slap together.
How about another shot for the heck of it??
Then I temporarily mounted the aileron on the wing. Looks good, I think.
This is the outboard aileron bracket with a bolt temporarily through there. I was a bit annoyed at this since the plans specifically say the flush head of the AD4 rivet goes outboard on the aileron bracket...but it just doesn't look right. It seems like it should be on the other side. I'm going to ask around to see what people have to say about this.
Jaime came out to check on the progress and I had her hold the aileron 'close' to the in-trail position. She didn't want to be photographed in her PJ's though!!!!
Hopefully tomorrow I'll finish the left aileron and start on the flaps. The plans say the flaps are the easiest control surface on the RV-7(a) to build, so I hope to be able to at least get everything on them drilled out also tomorrow. It looks like I'm going to be able to finish the wings (minus fiberglass tips, lighting and wiring) before the fuselage arrives, which is excellent!).