Skunkworks Sneak Peak

Russian hackers intercepted this photo of the RV-8F instrument panel today, and it will no doubt be all over WikiLeaks by tonight, so I might as well post it here. The system is a Garmin G3X Touch PFD, with GMC 307 autoflight mode controller and GTN 625 GPS (currently not…

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Landing Light Wig-Wag

Now that the wings are bolted on (hopefully for good), it's time to get back to wiring. I admit that all the new wire bundles in the fuselage had given me a bit of option paralysis, so I figured I'd just get one thing working and see where things went…

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Wing-Fuselage Mating

Our tech counselor Tom and my engineering buddy Eric joined me and Dad in the hangar today and we installed the wings on the fuselage for the first time. We used hardware store bolts to hold the wings on temporarily, then began the measurements and layout to set the wing…

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Moving to the Hangar!

In late June, after over a year on the waiting list, we finally got the call that a T-hangar was coming available at the Eastern Iowa airport (KCID). We didn't feel quite ready to move, but it was now or never, so we made arrangements to transport our pride and…

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Spinner and Baffling

After the main engine components were installed, Dad got started on the baffling kit, while I began work on fabricating the spinner backplate. Hand-Filing the Spinner Backplate Trimming the Baffling Iterating the Baffling Kit Oil Cooler and Ignition Holes Dad on the Drill Press Tech Counselor Inspection Scotch-Briting the Cutout…

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