11 Nov 05 - NACA vents, Parts Arriving, Documenting Oops Moments


Wow. Work sends me out of town for a few days and when I get back, there is a fairly large pile of parts to deal with.


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There's the pile. The most interesting arrivals are . . .
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The transponder (a Garmin GTX 327) which just arrived from Stark Avionics, and . . .
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. . . the Altrack Altitude hold, which just arrived from Affordable Panels.
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This is the first serious attempt to figure out how well the recess is going to fit. This is prior to a bit of filing around the corners to help convince it to sit nice and flat.
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New NACA vent is here (the old one was cracked. Match drilling it like I just did right before I took this picture is not a good idea - the vent fits nicely . . . to the outside of the skin.
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The holes in the plastic got just a bit wallowed out as a result of that brain cramp. Because there's a metal plate backing it up, though, everything seemed to work fine.

These last two pictures are from a couple of "whoops" moments that we're both a but unsure about. I don't think either one of these is really bad, just the sort of error that needs a couple extra pairs of eyes to be able to know you're fixing it correctly.


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Drilling holes for the battery box - accidentally drilled one just a bit too high. (The battery box brace is in the correct place below.) Structurally, not so worried - just how do we plug the hole? I think we'll just put a nut and bolt in it, as it's the right size for that.
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Gas line that runs from the fuel pump to the fuel selector. It might be okay, but does that look like it may eventually leak? Dunno.



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