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Old 06-21-2020, 10:29 PM
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Default The BIG move

A little over a week ago we made the BIG move to the airport. I had contemplated doing this a lot of different ways and ulitmately decided to hire a flatbed tow truck as you will see in the photos.

It turned out to be a real smart move. The width of the landing gear fit perfecdtly inside the rails of the bed of the truck. Plus, the owner operator was a real professional who had just the perfect gear to snug it down very securly for the 50 minute trip.



Here is another view that my wife took as we followed the truck up I-5. It was actually quite uneventful - thankfully!


I think I previously reported a heck of a time finding a hangar to rent. I finally found a 1/2 share of a 45' x 45' hangar at KTDO. It really turned out to be a super way to go and I am very thankful to have it.



Also, one point worth noting is that I struggled with the best idea on how to attach the lines from the tow truck to pull the plane up on the deck. I ended up using swimming pool noodle foam (that I bought at the aviation section at a local walmart) and cut them lengthwise and secured them above and below where I tied a 1/2 poly line that the tow truck could attach to. This proved as an excellent method. The foam kept the attachment from sliding up or down the gear leg and kept the line low enough so that it did not interfere with the cowl. I did not have anything attach to the nose gear. It went on great with zero difficulties.



There will be many trips to bring all the rest of the pieces and parts and tools to put this puzzle back together.

I have also had quiet a bit of flight instruction in two RV6A lately so things are getting done.

Charlie
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Old 06-22-2020, 06:14 AM
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Good progress. I remember the days bringing my 6A and -10 from the shop to the airport. Always a bit worrying something would go wrong but both turned out ok.

Big step forward!

Thanks for the progress report.
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Old 06-22-2020, 11:34 AM
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Yes. Now if I just didn't have to spend a ton of time on our home getting it ready for sale I could actually work on the plane! I only mention that to explain why I have not posted much in the way of progress reports in the past few weeks. But I am hopeful that house will sell soon, and I can get the plane back together again....
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Old 06-23-2020, 10:58 AM
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Charlie -

Looks like you picked up a bunch of bugs in the coolant radiator on the road trip...
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Old 06-25-2020, 09:56 PM
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Jim, I know it looks like that but it's just where some of the fins are slightly bent. The light must have been just right to reflect so it makes them stand out. No worries (or bugs) at all. I'll tweak them before the shroud goes back on.
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Old 07-16-2020, 09:30 PM
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Default W+B done 1036lbs 71"

We did the Weight and Balance today. It was - mostly - good news.

I came in at 1036 lbs with a C.G. at 71.4".

Considering I am in uncharted waters with a never-before-tried engine, PSRU, Enging mount, liquid cooling system, etc, etc. I am happy with the numbers. If anything, the engine is too light!

For those of you who are RV6A guys, you will see the C.G. is a bit on the "AFT" side of the world. I did a full weight work up and I am still "in the box" at 76" but real close to the aft limit which is 77". With very low fuel, and 60 lbs in the baggage area I am at 76.4". I was a bit concerned that the cowling I made was on the heavy side, but now I am glad I did not make it any lighter. Of course there are a few creative things I could do to move the C.G. forward but at this point. It is good.

*** Updated. The full weight configuration was configured in the worse case scenario, certainly not what it will be during phaseI. Configuration during phaseI puts the C.G. at 73.2" which is very good. I add this because someone has thought I would be at 76.4 during Phase I which of course that will not happen....Just for clarification).

On a side note, I am 12 lbs heavier on the right tire than the left. I am sure this is for two reasons. The turbo is on the right, and the panel is heavier on the passenger side. Considering if I fly solo and/or that my wife is lighter than me, it is actually a "good thing" that the right was the "heavy" side and not the left.

So for now I am good with it. It is not "ideal" but it is good.

Also, is anyone else having problems accessing the Halie photo hosting site? I cannot access it anymore. It just is a blank website. No error, just blank screen.
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Old 07-17-2020, 03:53 AM
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House move must be progressing well with restart on airplane project.

Good to see COG in acceptable limit. Airplane design / modification is an art form with tradeoff's affecting everything.

I'm following this project with keen interest...

Halie not working for me either - blank white page. I use Postimage to insert photos in VAF.
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Old 07-17-2020, 06:22 AM
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Pretty darn light. Congrats on that. You're the lightest auto powered RV I've heard of.

Light planes fly nicer and perform better.

Looking forward to seeing how it all works and performs.
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Old 07-17-2020, 09:59 AM
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Default W+B clarification

I added some more info on the W+B post but since some folks may not go back to read it Ill add the info on a new post so there is a better understanding about the "full picture" of my set up.

The full weight configuration listed in the first post was configured in the worse case scenario, *(full weight, low fuel, full baggage, etc). certainly not what it will be during phase I. Configuration during phase I puts the C.G. at 73.2" which is very good.

At 1036lb I could easily improve the CG by adding some weight up front in the engine bay or move the batteries forward, etc. and I would still be fine on Total weight.

I cant say I feel the need to do this, certainly not now, but it is something to consider for the future.

If anyone every considers doing this set up. I just would have moved the radiator forward about 6" - 10". and may be even have a longer engine mount an inch or two. Minor, but worth the thought.....
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Old 07-17-2020, 03:41 PM
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... I just would have moved the radiator forward about 6" - 10". and may be even have a longer engine mount an inch or two. Minor, but worth the thought.....
I think that moving batteries closer to firewall would be first step. You'll save some weight from the shorter cables. Extending engine mount will add weight.

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