C-182Q N96934 at West Valley Flying Club

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

So Close I Can Almost Smell the New Paint!

If it weren't still covered with masking paper and tape, the plane could fly. Everything is balanced and reattached or reinstalled. I'm sooo hoping the trim is finished today. Then comes a test flight and any necessary adjustments to the rigging.

Aside from the test flight, Phil has agreed to install the repaired pitch computer for the STEC 30, which will save a trip to an avionics shop. I'm hoping he can also install an avionics cooling fan, a valuable item which should have been added when the panel was upgraded years ago. When I ask about having it done, the standard reply is, "Isn't there one already?"

While doing the other work, Phil has installed flap gap seals. They should add a few kts of TAS at cruise.

When the plane returns to the club, there may be a short delay before putting it online. I want to make sure the new paint cures well before it flies into rain which could damage the finish.


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