Category Archives: Recent Posts

  • First Flight

    Posted on 8. July 2019 by Thomas in Miscellaneous, Recent Posts.

    A great day this morning. Our Rebel made his first flight in Koblenz-Winningen. Everything was perfect. The engine ran smoothly and with enough power. Wow! This was a nice reward for a long build and long time doing the documents. Due to our FAA first flight has to be performed by an very experienced pilot. […]

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  • Strut Fairing

    Posted on 31. October 2017 by Thomas in Miscellaneous, Recent Posts.

    In the meantime I also made the strut fairings. They are fabricated from 0.015″ aluminum as per the manual. Getting them in a proper shape is a lot of work. Took some time to get them in good fit …. but time was not an issue waiting for the documents …  

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  • Waiting and Waiting for the OUV – Gear Fairings

    Posted on 31. October 2017 by Thomas in Landing Gear, Recent Posts.

    We are waiting and waiting for our OUV-assessment. It’s really frustrating having a ready to go airplane and waiting for the bureaucracy. Meanwhile I am doing minor things, which where originally planned after the first start. Today I fabricated a fairing for the left wheel. As suggested by other builders I used Lexan (or the […]

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  • Foil for rear wall

    Posted on 8. April 2017 by Thomas in Fuselage, Recent Posts.

    For insulation and soundproofing I used a aluminum air bubble film foil. This weighs nearly nothing and should give good insulation. Fixing of the foil on the back is with Velcro-strips. My wife wants another look so I will be cover the foil with car roof lining material  

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  • Rear Wall

    Posted on 8. April 2017 by Thomas in Fuselage, Recent Posts.

    Since I am still waiting, I started doing minor things. One of these was a rear wall, which I wanted to have to make sure no luggage goes into the back. I fabricated this from Airex C70 and glassfibre. Very stiff and very lightweight. Picture shows the raw wall, it will be cased later with […]

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  • Waiting and waiting for the reviewer

    Posted on 8. April 2017 by Thomas in Miscellaneous, Recent Posts.

    Long time no post! There is not really much left to do. The plane is ready to fly, but the bureaucracy drives me crazy. I am waiting for my reviewer from the OUV (German EAA) to finish his assessment. Progress is slow and summer season is coming ….

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  • Flap Indicator

    Posted on 18. September 2016 by Thomas in Instrument Panel, Recent Posts.

    The inspector advised to install an flap indicator. With the standard setup it was not possible to make appropriate markings. An aluminim strip above the installation makes it possible to mark the flap positions. The Rebel standard positions are in increments of 6 degrees. For the sake of simplicity I marked the positions in 10 […]

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  • Wing Fairings

    Posted on 18. September 2016 by Thomas in Recent Posts, Wings.

    Fabricating the wing fairings was a time consuming job. Lots of checking and reshaping. Due to the ballistic recovery system harness at the front wing connection it has to be a little big thicker at the front.

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  • Weight and Balance

    Posted on 24. August 2016 by Thomas in Miscellaneous, Recent Posts.

    With support from the local aircraft works, I did the weighing of the Rebel this morning. I am quite happy with the results: Although I installed a ballistic recovery system the total weight of the Rebel is 382 kg. I had 176 kg on every wheel in the front and 30 kg on the tail […]

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  • Rescue System Harness

    Posted on 28. March 2016 by Thomas in Ballistic Recovery System, Fuselage, Recent Posts.

    I received the ballistic recovery system from Junkers Profly and started installation of rocket, container and harnesses. The picture above shows the holding point for the backward Aramid harnesses. Picture below shows the harnesses from above. I will protect them with 0.015 Aluminum strips later on.

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  • Cotter Pin in Aileron

    Posted on 7. February 2016 by Thomas in Recent Posts, Wings.

    Inside the ailerons the screws need to be secured via cotter pins. This is really a painful job. The size of the opening is one inch and the nut is not really reachable.  A pliers with a 45 degree head is the solution to solve this. Nevertheless putting 6 of this cotter pins into the […]

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  • Identification Plate

    Posted on 7. February 2016 by Thomas in Fuselage, Recent Posts, Tail Unit.

    As required by the VLA and EASA specifications I needed to install a fireproof identification plate. I decided to install it near the left fin. For marking I used a fireproof stainlees steel plate engraved by laser. This laser engraving is available via Internet.

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  • Flaperons Down

    Posted on 1. January 2016 by Thomas in Recent Posts, Wings.

    Picture shows the flaperons in the Full Flaps down position. Again I got a deflection in the suggested range from Murphy (15 degrees or 3 inches). Looks really great when the flaperons are down on the whole wingspan. I am curious how this will work in flight.

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  • Flaperon deflections

    Posted on 1. January 2016 by Thomas in Recent Posts, Wings.

    Picture shows the flaperon deflections. The deflections are in the range as suggested by Murphy. I measured 3.5 inches up and 3 inches down.  

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  • Flaps Mounted

    Posted on 1. January 2016 by Thomas in Recent Posts, Wings.

    Flaps have been mounted these days. Now the rebel is in principle ready to fly. Of course some fairings are missing. But before we can do the first flight there is of a bunch of documents and tests to be performed. It will take some months to get the “Vorläufige Verkehrszulassung” from our LBA (=german […]

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  • Torque Tube Connections

    Posted on 30. December 2015 by Thomas in Recent Posts, Wings.

    Here you can see the connections between the fuselage tube and the torque tube inside the wings. Via this connection the steering commands are transferred into the wings. As nearly everywhere in the Murphy Rebel this is a really solid connection, which you can trust.

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  • Aileron Covering

    Posted on 9. November 2015 by Thomas in Recent Posts, Wings.

    Although the ailerons were the first parts to build, I waited with the covering until now. So it is one of the final steps, but its time to do this. Since the material delivered with the kit (Polyfiber + chemicals) was already more than 10 years old, I decided to acquire new material and chemicals. […]

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  • Electrical bonding

    Posted on 26. September 2015 by Thomas in Electrical, Recent Posts.

    As requested by our german FAA (LBA) I had to electrically bond every moving part of the plane. This sounds rather superfluous in an all metail aircraft, but it’s probably the best to be on the safe side. The picture shows a small wire connection between elevator and horizontal stab. The wire will be covered […]

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  • Registration Number

    Posted on 15. August 2015 by Thomas in Fuselage, Miscellaneous, Recent Posts.

      We reserved a registration number for the Rebel: D-EREB. We used a printed foil to put the numbers on the plane. The plane will be painted later, but to get the permission to do the first start, we need the plate. So we put them on and they will be redone later after painting. […]

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  • Engine Running!

    Posted on 1. August 2015 by Thomas in Miscellaneous, Recent Posts.

    A great day today! The engine was started for the first time. It all went perfect. The engine started immediately. All engine values showed absolutely great values. Several security precautions were made. We fixed the Rebel at the car (in case of a break failure). Of course a fire extinguisher (CO2) was on hand. But […]

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  • Putting Pieces Together

    Posted on 31. July 2015 by Thomas in Miscellaneous, Recent Posts.

    Fuselage, wings, wing tips and tail unit were put together at the airport. Now it looks like a true airplane, ready to start off in the air. But a lot of tests and permissions to get before the first flight will take place.

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  • Wing Transport

    Posted on 30. July 2015 by Thomas in Miscellaneous, Recent Posts.

    Same trailer was used to transport the wings to the airport hangar. It was only possible to carry one wing at once. In any case it was a safe position for the wings and both reached the airport without any problems.

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  • The Rebel’s New Home

    Posted on 26. July 2015 by Thomas in Miscellaneous, Recent Posts.

    This is the new home of the airplane in the hangar at EDRK. The hangar has a rotary ground, so putting it out is easy.

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  • Trailer Ramp

    Posted on 26. July 2015 by Thomas in Miscellaneous, Recent Posts.

    Rolling off at the airport. We build a special ramp and it was an easy job rolling the fuselage down the trailer.

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  • Airport Arrival

    Posted on 26. July 2015 by Thomas in Miscellaneous, Recent Posts.

    We had a safe arrival at the airport Koblenz (EDRK). Fuselage was absolutely stable on the trailer and didn’t move at all.  

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  • Airport Transport

    Posted on 26. July 2015 by Thomas in Miscellaneous, Recent Posts.

    An important date today: Fuselage is transported to the airport. We could use a trailer from a member of our aeroclub. The trailer is 9 m long and really good for transporting the Rebel. Transport took place early Sunday morning, so there was no traffic and we could slowly do the 20 km to the […]

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  • Preparing Airport Transport

    Posted on 25. July 2015 by Thomas in Miscellaneous, Recent Posts.

    Trailer is prepared for the transport. It is a big trailer, nevertheless needs some additional installations to put the wheels on. Crane was very helpful to get the fuselage on the trailer.

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  • Rotax Service Bulletin

    Posted on 18. July 2015 by Thomas in Firewall Forward, Recent Posts.

    Before the engine even had a single minute on it, I had to do a service bulletin from Rotax. The carburator floaters had to be changed, since there were production errors. Easy job if the carburator is freely accessible.

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  • Unusable Fuel Quantity Test

    Posted on 18. July 2015 by Thomas in Recent Posts.

    Again we used the opportunity of the crane to check the amount of unusable fuel in each tank. The Rebel was put into the worst fuel conditions, which means nose down. Following values of unusable fuel were measured for each tank:   X-achsis shows angle of attack (-9° = ground position), Y-achsis shows unusable fuel […]

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  • Fuel Flow Test

    Posted on 11. July 2015 by Thomas in Miscellaneous, Recent Posts.

        Having a crane available in the workshop, I put the Rebel to the expected maximum positive angle of attack. So I put it into 15,5 degree positive angle and measured the fuel flow. We put a minimum   (5 liters) into each tank and measured the flow. Left tank  delivered 24 and 32 […]

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