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June 2003
Getting the wings and flaps completed is my goal for the summer. I am having Ping Gamboa help me with making the flap gap seals he and Ron Jones developed for Ron's Legacy. The first step is fitting the flaps and shimming the hinges for alignment and clearance. The gap seals are created by doing a release around the flaps, re-filling and chiseling out the excess micro while sanding down the top. Once the micro is built up and the shape established a layer of light fiberglass will be bonded over to protect these gap seals from cracking or chipping.

More works continues on the flap gap seal with back filling and sanding. AeroPoxy light is being used for the minor filling due to its ease of sanding off. The gap seals are taking shape and they really look nice.

The safety wire loop that protrudes from the fuel drain fairing can look a lot better. I am using the same fix that Ron Jones did. I got some threaded rods with a hole drilled into the end from a local hobby shop to be bonded in and giving my drain fairings a lower profile. Flox was backfilled in also to allow taking the height down a bit.

I have been thinking of how to make my center console look more modern without going too far in re-fabricating the whole thing. My solution was to create a simple curve from 8-bids of carbon formed over a paint can and have the engine controls come out. It's nice and clean and eliminates the ugly shelf I had before. The one problem with this will be that unless I want my controls tilted on an angle, I will have to create something for the bolts to back up flush to. I made a release on a 3/4" dowel and wrapped carbon fiber with jeffco until I was about six layers thick. Once it cured I cut the pieces down to 1" lengths and trimmed my holes until they went in at a 90 degree angle using my perma-grit tool. All of this will be completely body worked and ready for paint soon

The other things on my list is to cut down the tip lights a bit and re-shape the wing tips. I want to get the three inches cut off to accommodate the flush-mounted factory lights and round out everything overall the way the Legacy's wing originated. I made molds from my current tips to experiment with the shape and clearance of the lighting. The next thing will be to use foam or balsa wood to create the new wing tips. I hope to cover more on this next month.

Finally my instrument panel is under construction
! I am having Jordan Bach at Lancair Avionics do the build. With advice from Ron Jones, Ron Brice, Scott Allair and Ed Hamlin I have taken a panel that I have been working on for over a year and a half even further. I opted to use the Ray-Allen trim indicators instead of the Lancair so I can get my Mountain High oxygen display in the center console. I am using the Potter & Brumfield W31 switches with built-in breakers to minimize my total breaker count and at the last minute upgraded to the Garmin 330 transponder with traffic warning. The reason I am going with dual Garmin 430s is due to cost, space, ease-of-use, redundancy and multi-functioning of two screens. I really like the Apollo MX-20, but all things considered this will be more than I'll ever need and very simple to program and operate. It's also half of what two MX-80s would be. I always felt that the three most important things in my panel would be GPS redundancy, Angle-of-attack indication and a superior auto pilot. The TruTrak 250 is what I put in.

Overall, I want a nice, clean panel with as little on the passenger side as I can get away with. It's a simple, basic panel, but it's all-electric, completely IFR capable, ergonomic and I can fly coupled-approaches behind it.

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