What did you do on your airplane project today?

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  1. Aug 13, 2019 #1401

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    The Ugly Stick is so much better looking. I have seen Rockiedog fly his and they are pretty impressive without trying too hard. To me the 701 looks like it’s made of aluminum foil, but how strong does it have to be? Strong enough.
     
  2. Aug 14, 2019 #1402

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    I mostly finished riveting the right wing of my Zenith 750 Cruzer. Working on this wing was a real learning experience, so I hope the left wing will go faster. I still need to plumb the fuel tank, button up the covering panel, and install the wing tips, but I am now moving on to the left wing. Need to strike while the brain still remembers details. :)
     

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  3. Aug 21, 2019 at 4:21 AM #1403

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    Getting the Rocket prepped for first flight this weekend. Buttoned it up, washed 3 years of dirt off, and did one final engine run/taxi test. Since the airplane is so close to first flight, the taxi test (really just checking the O2 sensor and prop hub seal) was treated as a "flight". Good thing - tail up, about to close the throttle, and along comes a gust of wind. Now I'm flying and drifting off the side. So I keep the power in and fly the pattern to an uneventful landing.

    So the Rocket has flown - 1 week shy of 3 years since last flight.
     
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  4. Aug 21, 2019 at 1:24 PM #1404

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    Got it flying! It’s amazing how fast those one month projects go.
     
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  5. Aug 21, 2019 at 1:41 PM #1405

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    Congratulations.

    Pictures, please.


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  6. Aug 21, 2019 at 4:35 PM #1406

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    And that is why you treat high-speed taxi runs like a flight, and don’t do them till you and the airplane are ready for flight.
     
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  7. Aug 21, 2019 at 6:14 PM #1407

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    I completed the 40 hour Phase 1 flight testing this morning in my CX4. I would have taken a picture but I forgot the camera.

    Regardless, I still have some minor oil leaks and I still have to finish my improved cabin ventilation system. The airplane still needs polishing and the cowl still needs finishing. It is due for an oil change and I will inspect everything next. It is still ugly but it is performing well. However, I am off the 25 mile leash!
     
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  8. Aug 22, 2019 at 5:09 AM #1408

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    Indeed. The only thing lacking here was test cards, nomex, and safety chase. This weekend will fix that oversight.

    Working on cards now, I have 2 chase Rockets at the ready, and the nomex is in the closet.

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