Saturday February 23rd, 2008|
Paint Shop Visit
Wow, what a long day today! This morning was supposed to be a quick flight over to Tuscaloosa to see the progress of my airplane and to check out the taping.
Larry Dickenson, RV-9A driver said he would be glad to fly me over there, then he had a conflict. But another friend of ours (Vic) is on Larry's insurance so Larry let Vic use his airplane to fly me to Tuscaloosa. We started over VFR and ceilings started dropping, so we stopped into Cartersville, GA, check weather again and filed.
So we're cruising along with the O-320 humming along. We start our approach to the field and as soon as we pop out of the bottoms at 1800ft AGL we start hearing a very loud noise from the engine. We land the airplane uneventfully and everything is fine except for the loud banging noise coming from the engine. Needless to say, we weren't going to fly it back unless there was something obvious wrong and easily fixable with the engine. We pulled the cowl and found nothing. Larry's engine guy is supposed to be looking at it Monday.
In the meantime Larry Dickenson (the RV-9A owner) and Fred Hubbartz (one of our EAA690 members) started toward LZU to load up and come get us. This is just one of the advantages of networking with EAA folks...there is always a good friend a call away to bail you out of situations.
Here are some pictures so far. Bobby is using PPG basecoat/clearcoat on my plane. You can see here that the guys have painted and buffed out my left wing. The remainder of the airplane is painted in the base color and Monday they are going to shoot the blue and yellow, then tuesday they'll spray the clear coat and start buffing out the entire airplane. In this picture you can see the stark difference between the clear coated wing and only the base coat on the fuselage.
Here's a close-up of the wing. Unfortunately I FORGOT (argh!) to bring my nice camera with me and I only had the camera on my Samsung Blackjack. It's a decent camera but lacks a flash, so pictures really suffer with it.
And here can you see the right side of the plane and the taped off area. I think it's going to look awesome and I can't wait to see it in a little more than a week. If the rest of the airplane shines like the left wing it's going to look awesome!
Bobby's helper (sorry, I forgot his name) helping with the taping job.
More taping. One thing I'm very happy about is how Bobby fixed up my canopy front fairing. That thing was quite embarrassing before where I had cracked it. Now it looks really nice. He also built up the forward top skin where it didn't align with the canopy skin quite right. Again, he made it look nice.
One more pic for the sake of it.
And here we're flying back in Fred's Bonanza. His plane is a smooth ride and a great family plane! All he needs is some tunes over the headsets and he would be set. Thanks, Fred for the ride back home!
Yes, it was IFR all the way back to LZU. LZU was VFR so we did a visual approach into there.
Thanks to all the guys who helped us out. I really feel bad about Larry helping us out by loaning us his pride and joy and then us getting it stranded somewhere. I suppose that's what happens with airplanes sometimes!