Larry Champion, RV-8 in Chattanooga, Tennessee
February 26, 2005: Larry has been building
wings and should finish his second wing soon. The fuselage kit is in the basement ready to
begin when the wing jig comes down. Here is his second wing tank with some proseal
and ribs riveted in place. The end ribs and baffle on the back are yet to be
completed as you can see.
This time I gave him some warning to "give me the RV-grin" for the
camera and web site. Larry started this project in his other house before moving
into this new place. This is the basement which has no dry wall installed.
When I first saw this new building location, I made sure we measured the basement
door. He won't be able to put the wheels on this one before taking it out of the
basement. If he had chosen an RV-7 or RV-9, he would not be able to get the fuselage
out the door at all. The RV-8 can be carried out the door in pieces of course.
He has installed a heated pitot tube on the left wing. Larry is retired
military with several thousand hours in helicopters and fixed wing turboprop aircraft.
He is a CFII and will be working with me when I start the flight training for an
instrument rating when my RV-9A completes the test period of 40 hours.
He has also followed the lead I took from David Edgemon about putting
electrical conduits in the wings for lighting. There is a landing light in there,
but not plainly visible through these lightening holes.
June 23, 2005: Larry
asked me to stop by his shop just after lunch time to confer on some fuselage building
techniques. Here are his wing spar bulkheads in the first fitting with the precision
bolts and clecoes. I gave him all the warnings about fitting the close-tolerance
bolts and how to avoid some"nasty do-overs" during this fitting and assembly
We also discussed the fit of the wing fairings and the fresh air vent and
ducting for the rear seat passenger
July 8, 2005: Wendell
Folks finally gets to see Larry's project to understand the slow-build
"modification" advantages versus the quick-build he is considering. We
were discussing the wing conduits for electrical wiring that are easily put into a
"slow-build" wing compared to trying to put them into a "nearly
finished" quick-build wing assembly.
Larry is getting into the seating area of the fuselage and was pointing out
some of the key areas of the assembly and how they differ from my RV-9A seating area and
wing spar bulkheads..
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