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 Luckily it was a small code and looks like it came in from and outdated contact form plugin on my WordPress site.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!


Fresh Air

Time: 0 Hours

I did pull the RV out of the hangar to clean and sweep the floor from all the winter dust. While it was out I snapped a few photos for you to enjoy…yes those are shoes under the left wing! My son and new private pilot, Chandler, is sitting in the RV making engine noises.

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.