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29-Oct-2011
Catégorie: Assembly

Today at the hangar I met Jéremy, whose RV-8 has been flyiong for a few months now. I told him I wanted to try to start the engine and he offered to help.
So we first disconnected the fuel line after the gascolator and ran the fuel pump, we did the same after having disconnected the line at the spider inlet.
We cranked the engine with the top plugs off, to get the oil pressure up.
We then got the plane out of the hangar, choked it, tied it to Jeremy's car. The engine started after two blades and died. I had forgotten to open the fuel valve!!!
The second start went again without problem, I tested both mags, the alternator and all seemed to work properly. Only glitch was high idle RPM.
After two minutes I shut down, put the plane back in the hangar, checkd for leaks and ajusted the throttle throw to be able idle the engine.
I will have a video of all this tomorrow.

I then worked on the wingroot fairings to notice that since I'm struggling with them, I install the seal the wrong way (upside down).
The picture shows the wrong way with a little dip on top of the seal.



This is how it has to be done, the top being smmoth.




Working time on this subpart
Today :  3h (Total : 102h)

Lectures (2835)
16-Oct-2011
Catégorie: Assembly

No pictures today, some work was done but no real progress.
I began by cutting the wing root fairings. Trying to get the gap the smallest possible, I iterated which is tedious. I will finish next time.
I the calibrated the fuel gauges by transfering the fuel to the right tank. I did not see a leak for the time being.
I also trid, without success, to calibrate the right magnetometer. I know the wiring is correct, may be there is a problem with one of the connectors.


Working time on this subpart
Today :  4h (Total : 99h)

Lectures (2617)
15-Oct-2011
Catégorie: Assembly

I primed the two new wingroot fairings hoping ot get them installed tomorrow.




Working time on this subpart
Today :  1h (Total : 95h)

Lectures (2541)
09-Oct-2011
Catégorie: Assembly

I tried finding out why I cannot calibrate the right side magnetometer. The wiring and connections seem right, so I'll make another try at calibration another time.
I also bgan working on the new wing root fairings.


Working time on this subpart
Today :  2h (Total : 94h)

Lectures (2448)
07-Oct-2011
Catégorie: Assembly

Yesterday, the plane had it's visit at the radio shop to test all the equipment. After a small problem with the VHF fuse, all was deemed in working condition by the technician and I got the aircraft radio license.
back at the hangar I checked the P-Mag wiring and found bad wired switches, it run perfectly now.
With satisfaction I also found that for the time being there is no leak on the left fuel tank.


Working time on this subpart
Today :  1h (Total : 92h)

Lectures (2485)

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