Wednesday December 27th, 2006|
Lower Cowl Support Bracket Installed; Lower Hinges Done
Renting airplanes sucks. If I was not building an airplane I would definitely be buying one. Today I called the place I've been renting the DA-20 from and and reserved an airplane for a couple of hours. I called Ron Brown (RV-9A builder) and invited him along. We walked into the office and they had the stuff ready to go. I asked the dispatcher if we were the first to fly it that day and she confirmed we were and it should have full fuel. We go out and check the fuel (after fighting with the fuel cap for about 5 minutes) with the "notched stick" and it was only 1/4 full. Great...we call the fuel truck. They show up and the fuel truck driver spewed half a gallon of fuel on to the ground. We finally climb in and get buckled in. I turn the key to the start position and it barely turns the prop over. Great. I try a couple more times, double checking that nothing else is on. Apparently the cold weather got to it. Anyway...needless to say I was very motivated to work on the project when I got home. I finally finished up the lower cowl support bracket and got it installed. This thing was really no big deal to drill and install the rivets. The problem was installing it! It sucks! If I can help it that thing will NEVER come off again. The main problem is of course the hardware in the engine mount gusset.
Then I installed the lower cowl hinges. These things are really easy and slide right in. I was contemplating putting camlocks down here but there's no reason to. These things are very easy to put in and it takes just a second.
Only a few remaining items on the cowl and I can call it done. I need to secure the hinges and epoxy in the upper inlet ramps but that's it.