Sunday, August 09 1998 @ 06:33 AM EDT Contributed by: Kevin Horton Views: 1014
Here are the completed flaps. I finished the left one last night, and the right one today.
I have been building both flaps in parallel. After I do a step on one flap, I do the same step on the other. This saves a lot of plans reading and setup time.
The left aileron can be seen in the jig in the background. I will start riveting the skins to the skeleton the next work session.
The step ladder visible in the background is used to hang a plumb bob from to make sure that the ends of the aileron and flap jig are vertical. This makes sure that the surfaces are built without a twist in them.
I made good progress on the two weeks of vacation that I just finished. It looks like I am heading back on the road for two weeks, so the project stops again.
Wednesday, July 15 1998 @ 06:22 AM EDT Contributed by: Kevin Horton Views: 1514
The normal construction sequence is to build the main wing structure, then the fuel tanks, and finally the ailerons and flaps. I decided to start with the ailerons and flaps so that I could delay any work on the main wing structure. The fatal accident of RV-8 N58RV was caused by an in-flight separation of one of the outboard wing sections, so I wanted to wait until the accident investigation was complete before doing any work on parts that might see a design change.
Here is the skeleton of the left aileron all clecoed together.
Now I have to do is deburr the parts, prime all the parts for both ailerons, and then I can rivet the ailerons together.
Unfortunately, I am heading back on the road again, so nothing more will happen for a week or so.
Note - The N58RV accident investigation eventually put my concerns to bed - an extensive engineering review and static testing by outside consultants showed that the wing structure as designed is adequate.