Wing Removal

Time: Hours

I started the process of removing the wings for moving the RV to the new home. I started with the left wing as that poses the hardest removal of the close tolerance bolts due to the fuel valve and lines that are on that side. I first removed the fuel valve and moved as many of the lines out of the way. Then I started with the lower large bolts. I used a rag to protect the skin and used the flush set to back the bolts out as far as they would go. I then worked one at a time using my 7/16″ drift pin(a hardware bought 7/16″ bolt with the threads ground down smooth) to drive the bolt all the way. This way the pin replaces the bolt and still provides temporary support. I found the need to use several tools to get the bolt backed out enough so that the drift pin could be inserted. I had a air chisel set that had a point on the end and this worked well. I just had to go slow and be careful so I didn’t slip and damage the center section. Once I had enough of the bolt pushed through I could inset the pin and drive the bolt out with the flush set. It took me almost 3.5 hours to get all four of the large bolts and all four of the smaller bolts out. It wasn’t a particular hard task except for how tight it is in that area. I took an long break and then started on the right wing using the same process. All of the bolts look good and had no burrs or damage. I will use new wing bolts and nuts when I put the wings back on per the advice from Vans. With the help of my son we spent the day moving the rest of my tools and the fuselage/wings from the hangar up to our new home. The drive takes about an hour normally but I drive slower with the trailer and parts. It took two trips but we got it all done without any issues. I have a lot of honey-do’s to take care of in the new home as well as the big task of organizing and setting up the new hangar space. Once that’s done I can start the process of putting the wings back on and getting back to building.

New Home

Time: Hours

So my girl and I have been working for a few months to get our home sold in Chicago’s west suburbs so we could buy a new home. We finally got it sold and purchased a home, before it even went on the market, in Poplar Grove IL in the BelAir Estates on the Poplar Grove Airport. This home fit is perfect and had a 2200 sq/ft hangar that is heated and has a half bath. So the last few weeks had us packing and moving all our worldly possessions and storing them in my other hangar. Then we lived in our camper for a week while we closed on the new home. After several truck loads in a U-Haul we have all our stuff in the new home. So I now need to get the wings taken off the RV so that I can trailer it to it’s new home. To say our life has been busy is an understatement…I’m ready to get back to building after I get the new hangar organized.

Another Update

I wanted to update my blog and let everyone know I’m back to working on the RV-8! It’s been a fun transition back to the airline world from the corporate side of flying. After a few weeks of basic indoctrination training followed by systems/SIM training in the Boeing 737 I finally got to the line. First up is 25 hours of IOE(Initial Operating Experience) with a training captain. Here is where I learn the day to day activities at United. It’s also the time when you make your first landing in the actual aircraft(with passengers!)

So as my professional life starts to calm down I’m back at the real task at hand…finishing my RV-8!

My buddy Glenn is closing his shop up which means my project needed a new home. It’s been a lot of fun building right beside a veteran/award winning builder. So T and I did some searching for a hangar and found one we liked at KARR, Aurora IL. It’s a big T hangar with an extended side off the left wing side. This extra space is great for storage.

So I borrowed a fellow RV builders flatbed trailer and we loaded the fuselage on it. The wings made the trip in the back of Glenn’s truck. After a non-eventful 20 min drive she was in her new home.

I spent the next few days moving all the rest of the shop equipment over to the hangar. We also had a storage unit full of stuff so I set up heavy duty shelving units and moved all that stuff over as well. It feels good to have an airport home now and knowing someday I will do my engine run up and first flight out of this hangar.

Build Update

I just wanted to update my followers of the blog and give a reason why there hasn’t been any posts for a little while. I decided to switch up the career a little and started my training for United Airlines. I finished Indoc training last month and I’m waiting on my Systems/SIM training which will start in May. I’ll be based in SFO to start with and hopefully not to long after I’ll get ORD as base in the Boeing 737. So my building is on hold for a few months until I get trained and settled into my new role. Then I’ll be back at it and into my groove.

Engine Arrives!

Time: 0 Hours

The time has come and my AeroSport Power IO-375-M1S Engine has made its great trek from Kamloops BC to Oswego IL. The truck arrived on time and the driver made quick work of carefully unloading it off the truck. After a quick inspection of the condition of the crate I signed off on the paperwork so he could be in his way.

Once I had it in the shop I put it off of the way so I could work on the wings. With the right upper gear leg fairing done I was finished with the wings and we could remove them. With Glenn’s help we made quick work of the six bolts I had holding the wings on and we put the wings back in their cradles. I then moved the plane back into the original position so that we would have good access to both of our engine mounts for the engine hanging party we will eventually have. Next up was to uncrate the engine after I put it into position just below the engine mount.

We are shooting for next weekend to get the engines hung which will give me a week to get items ready for the big day.