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!

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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.

Engine

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We made our annual trek to the greatest aviation gathering on the planet, EAA's AirVenture, to get our yearly aviation fix. As always the show never disappoints and we had a blast camping for 12 days. Each year I have one main goal with regards to my RV-8 build. This year was no different, the goal was to secure an engine. I have been looking at several different options over the last year and decided on AeroSport Power. They have a solid reputation on engine builds (they have over 2000 out flying now) and customized the engine for me. It will be the IO-375-M1S putting out between 195 and 200 HP. It will have a Superior case, heads, pistons, ECI crank (375) dual P-Mags, Precision Silver Hawk fuel injection, Sky Tec high torque starter, Plane Power internal regulated alternator, roller lifter camshaft, cold air oil sump, duel color paint, chrome package and several other items. I plan to attend their facility in Kamloops, Canada to attend the build school which allows me to help build my engine. This will probably take place in November depending on the kits arrival times. To say this was a huge step for the build is an understatement! Thanks to my girl, T, for helping keep me motivated with her her excitement and enthusiasm for the build!
Here are a few shots of our trip.

Experimental Sticker

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I spent a little time with my vinyl cutting machine and  designed my “experimental” sticker. The regulations require that a placard identifying that the RV-8 is experimental must be placed where anyone entering the place can see it. For most RV-8’s it gets put above the passengers right armrest on the side panel.  I made mine out of satin black Oaracle 651 vinyl and also added a placard, based off Jason Beavers, just under the word experimental. 

Classic Aero Seats

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I had ordered my Classic Aero seats, arm rests and stick boots a couple if months ago after a long thought out process of the style, color combo and layout. After my better half (Tricia) weighed in I decided on the Aviator I seat design in a two tone leather. The body of the seats would be a dark gray with an inset of red. The darker gray was a nice contrast to the lighter gray paint of my interior. The red will tie into my final P-51 paint scheme. I also ordered a set of arm rests for the passenger seat and a custom set of arm rests for the pilot seat since I made custom side panel/arm rests. I also ordered matching stick boots for both the front and back seats. The back seat boot/cover does a nice job of covering up the opening where the stick connects to the controls. In this cover they cut a hole for the vent and make a special bracket to hold the larger aluminum vent from Stein Air. I also had them cut an opening for the passengers seat heat on the opposite side of the vent. The last thing I had them make was a small pad that I will stick to the rear bulkhead for the passengers head. This will prevent the passenger from banging their head but is small enough to not be an eye sore. I’m very happy with how all these turned out and the quality of workmanship is outstanding. They are pricey but in my opinion they are worth every penny and Jeremiah was awesome to work with and answered all my questions. While I was ordering the seats I also ordered my Hooker Harnesses from them since they were able to match the colors to the leather.