I haven’t had too much to post lately as I’m just in savings mode for the Hartzell propeller. I have just been keeping the battery charged intermittently and updating the database on the Dynon.

Today I received an email from my website host, SiteGround, that my site had a piece of malware code on it that showed up sometime this week. So shut down the site to prevent any damage and allow me to remove the code. Apparently a lot of emails were generated from my site, I’m not sure who or where they went, but it created a red flag to the host. Luckily it was a small code and looks like it came in from and outdated contact form plugin on my WordPress site. Thats all fixed now and a new firewall has been installed to help prevent this in the future. If any of my subscribers received an email from my site that was not due to a new blog post please delete and do not click on any links. My apologies for any issues it may have cost you!


Project Update

Time: 8 Hours

So It has been a pretty busy summer for us…mainly for me flying and picking up extra hours so we can save for the propellor/spinner. I have done a lot on the RV that is worthy of posting on the blog. I have been cleaning up little items that were on my to-do list and checking them off. One item that I had added on the list a while ago was to remove all the zip ties I used and replace them with cable lacing. I wish I had just started off learning to lace and going that route from the beginning but I fell into the zip tie trance and how easy they are to put on. One problem with the ties is that they can chafe the wires as well as leave a sharp edge on the tail you cut off. So I watched a few videos and taught myself to lace properly and began to carefully remove the zip ties and replace with lace. I started on the firewall forward area including the engine. I then moved to the harder areas like the battery compartment and avionics bay behind the panel. It was a slow process but very rewarding to make it look professional. Here is just a couple of shots of how it looks with lacing.

Flap Actuator Safety Wire

Time: 1 Hour

One item that was on my list was to safety wire the top of the flap actuator where the rod end bearing gets bolted to the attach bracket. This was a service bulletin for earlier models and is now incorporated into the current plans. I held off on this until I figured I was done assembling-removing-assembling the flaps. One thing I didn’t think of was to pre drill the required hole in the actuator earlier when it was off the plane. So rather than remove it again I decided that I had enough room to drill in place. I used a 1/16″ drill bit and started at a 90° and as it bore into the metal I changed the angle enough to drill through the end clearing the jam nut. I then safety wired through the new hole then around the bolt holding the rod end to the bracket. This prevents the actuator falling out of the bracket if the rod end fails.