The ELT antenna is mounted near the ELT position. Cable can stay inside the recovery system compartment and the already existing doubler is strong enough to take the antenna root.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Since I am building a german Echo-class airplane, an ELT (Emergency Locator Transmitter) is mandatory. This ELT has an acceloremeter inside and can detect a crash. After activiation it sends out a signal on 406 MHz as well as on 121,5 MHz. Satellites will detect this signal and a rescue mission is started. I bought […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I considered several positions for the ELT. I decided for a place in the compartment for the recovery system. There I built a special bracket out of 0.040 where the ELT could be mounted. As required this position is strong enough to take the ELT.Continue Reading... No Comments.
To get enough fresh air into the cabin, I installed a NACA inlet in the front. CAT ducting transfers the air flow to the cabin. The inlet I used is the “902 MA-A” from ACS. Inside the cabin the “whisperflo eyeball vents” allow regulating and directing the airflow. Ducting is 2 3/4″. Since the outlet […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The teakwood grip really looks cool inside the cockpit. It was a good idea and is probably much better than any plastic piece. And we are sure to have a unique piece.Continue Reading... No Comments.
My wife wants a nice grip for the steering stick. I preferred a simple plastic version, but in the end (of course) we decided to go for a wooden grip. With the help from a good friend working in a company which produces wooden plinths, I fabricated my own teak wood grip. In the picture […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
A fellow builder from the Netherlands recommended this Sikaflex 295 UV adhesive to me. He uses it to fix acrylic windows in the yachts the company he is working for is building. What is good for such top yachts must also be perfect for my airplane. Indeed this is perfect adhesive for the windshield. I […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Today I installed the windshield. It was a relatively easy job. I used butyl tape (I still had this tape from building the house), Würth Scheibendicht and Sikaflex 295UV. I am pretty sure the windshield is waterproof and strongly fixed.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Retainer is ready for installation. Surface is clean and smooth. I do not paint the retainer, since I will paint it in the general aircraft color later.Continue Reading... No Comments.
As written in the manual I used Auto Body Filler to get a smooth retainer surface. This Auto Body Filler really works great. After 3 layers of this filler and some time of sanding, it ended up in a clean, nice and smooth surface. It works really quick. After 30 mins of drying you can […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The photo shows the retainer in the raw format. It looks really ugly. You don’t think to get a nice smooth retainer at some point of time.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Last layer is this peel ply layer. It helps to get a nice, non waxy surface.Continue Reading... No Comments.
The retainer for the front of the windshield is built from fibreglass (GFK). 4 layers of fibre glued together by epoxy. With the experience in fibreglass work from the wing tips, it worked straight forward.Continue Reading... No Comments.
The windshield and other parts are coated with duct tape. On top if this tape the fibreglass retainer will be built. I used duct tape instead of wax paper. It worked quite well.Continue Reading... No Comments.