Saturday May 6th, 2006|
More Panel Cutting; Canopy Fairing; DA-20 Checkout
Today I had a busy day. Pancake breakfast in the morning. Got checked out in a DA-20 after that...went home...worked on the RV for an hour or so...went to a party...came home...worked some more. Anyway...you're probably wondering what the strange hole pattern above is for. Anyway...Jaime and I went by the store and I purchased 19/64 drill bit which worked perfectly for the knob holes on the DRE 244E cutout. I fit the unit but neglected to get a picture of it.
I also spent quite a while sanding on the canopy fairing. That took quite a while. I think I'm getting it to where I'm pretty satisfied with it. We'll have to see once primer goes on.
BTW: Here's a picture from Diamond's website of a DA-20 (the airplane I got checked out in mentioned above). The airplane is very interesting...and VERY easy to fly.
On take-off you rotate at 45...hold off the ground a little bit...and the airspeed picks up in huge hurry. This thing's little continental sips about 4 gallons an hour at basically the speed of a 172 (which burns about 8.2). It also has a much nicer stack...Garmin 430, GTX-330, GMA-340, ICOM A-200. Also, this thing has very long wings very much like a glider. You pull the power to idle on this thing and it does nothing...I mean the sinkrate is not even noticeable. It will do a mean slip though...so if you come in a little high you can get it down with no problem.