Chris, The horizon worked better than the DG. I think it was due to not being able to regulate the flow correctly for both units. Instead, I pulled them out and put in airspeed and altimeter for back up to the digital. I still have the two gyros and the system filter. If you are interested in any of the parts, let me know.
Chris, yes those are venturi's one each side of my 601. I was operating a Directional gyro and a Horizontal gyro, however, I have removed those instruments. Now the venturi on each side is used to pull hot air from around the instrument panel. They have become my no moving parts cooling fans.
Am still at work actually, but when I am office bound I have an internet connection. I am looking at going to Avalon next month, are you going? how is your plane coming along, you must be very close. i just received the conversion parts for the new canopy latch, so will be fitting that this weekend. I am still using the old canopy, just changing the latch gear. After that is fitted I have a lot of riveting to do.
I received my plans in March 08 and haven't started to build yet, as I have been building a large extension to my house. I have also been to see Glenn Andressen at Mallacoota in early 08 when he had just started. We had a good visit and checked out his progress and his simulator. I hope to start flight training for my RA-Aus shortly and need to get a few things squared away here before I can start to build.
I'm buying a 601 HDS that's 95% finished. Some of my friends tell me that only leaves 95% to do but I'm hoping that's not the case. I hope to pick it up in the next couple of weeks. and am hoping to have it airborne in a month. I'm paying a local company to do most of the work.
These are the jobs that I need to do:
sand rust off motor mounts and paint with primer Yes
sand rust of undercarriage and paint with primer Yes
fit cockpit floor cover no floor cover
fit fuselage front top cover Complet the fitting of same
fit bottom cowling " " "
fit top cowling " " "
fit canopy to frame Yes
fit canopy frame to fuselage (incl releases each side NO) I would
manufacture front tilt mechanism
fit rubber seal to canopy As yet I have been unable to source, I need same
for my airplane
fit wheel spats Refit
attach wings Yes
attach wing join cover strips Yes
check fuel tanks for rust flush
test fuel tanks & complete Fuel system for leaks & maybe replace rubber fuel
test all fuel pumps for correct operation as above
fit batteries Batteries have been fitted
build and fit seats Yes
upholster cockpit sides Yes
Fit seat belts
carpet or line cockpit floor Yes
adjust prop to correct pitch Yes
check cooling system Yes, & fit new hoses
test engine at speed & check temp Yes
test instruments & radio Yes
fit altimeter over reading 2000FT
fit Southern hemisphere compass I cannot promise but I may have one
arrange inspection by RAA inspector Yes
Retrack & adjust PSR
Check all bungees
Refit coil splitter on firewall
Check nose leg up travel to radiator, fit donut to restrict same
Check travel of all flying surfaces
In general a complete Major inspection, weight & balance Etc Etc Etc
register & test fly
I was in the USAF a million years ago at Malmstrom AFB Great Falls MT. I wasn't in a flying assignment though, I was already a dentist back then (1977 - 1980) and we had more rockets than planes anyway. I tried to get assigned to flying staus... any flying status... but it never happened. There was no slot for a flight oral surgeon I guess.
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