Saturday January 14th, 2006|
More Prep for Interior Paint
First of all, I've been working a little bit on the airplane, but not a lot. Things just kept coming up. Thursday I got to work late (which means I left later), which means that I got stuck in traffic. The distance to my office is 18 miles. I took me just shy over 1 hour to get home Thursday. Any middle school kid should be able to tell you that this means I traveled an average of 18 miles per hour on the way home. Holy crap...that was horrible. Anyway, last night we had our EAA Chapter 690 meeting so there was nothing happening then either.
One of the great benefits of being a member of an organization like the EAA is the 'social networking' it enables. I was discussing with one of our chapter members that I'm getting ready to do my canopy and I've gotta start getting serious about buying some avionics, an engine and stuff. He mentioned that he had this Apollo GX50 GPS sitting in his bedroom he would sell me. When Garmin purchased UPSAT (makers of the Apollo line), they discontinued this GPS. Discontinued in the aviation world is really no big deal -- there are thousands and thousands of spam cans running around out there with radios that haven't been manufactured in 25 years. Jeppeson provides the database updates for this thing and will probably do so until GPS is relegated to the current status of LORAN by some new, superior technology.
Anyway, my fellow EAAer offered me a FANTASTIC price on this thing. It's approach certified and will make me legal for IFR enroute and approaches. Very cool stuff. As of now, if I do decide to use this radio I'm going to go with an SL-30, SL-40, GMA-340 and GTX-327. Should give me a nice setup for IFR. I'm most likely going to buy my radios from John Stark and I'll end up sending this unit to him to get him to pre-wire it with the rest of my avionics.
Oh yeah, what makes this deal especially sweet.....
...is this little ACU that he threw in there. Believe it or not, this little box sold for $700-$800 new. I'm not going to say publically the price that I'm paying for this stuff...but let's just say that I think it's a great deal.
Anyway, I went downstairs and finished scrubbing down the rest of the interior components. A respirator is definately necessary when scuffing this many parts. What dust gets everywhere!
I also did a bunch of loose end things such as attaching these platenuts for the stick boots on the forward seat pans.
It was WAAAY to cold to paint today (in the 30s and 40s) with wings gusting to 50! Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny and light winds, temps in the 60s. Welcome to Georgia!