RV-8 Builder/Pilot Visits in Georgia · · PAGE 247.
September 22, 2007: Saturday's flight to
Cartersville, Georgia was successful gaining more information than we had hoped for.
The next leg of today's mission took us around the north side of the Atlanta Class
B airspace over to the Athens, Georgia airport to meet Marshall Jacobson. He is the
pilot who was flying off to my left wing when we started our return trip from Oshkosh 2006.
His RV-8 was unpainted at that time, but now sports a paint job from Glo Custom Aircraft, Inc. He talked about the
trip to the Dallas/Fort Worth area as his longest solo cross country trip ever. He
had another pilot with him when we first met him at the end of our 2006 Oshkosh adventure.
Marshall is a Viet Nam-era US Army veteran and flew helicopters. This paint
scheme is based on the Army Air Corps paint schemes in use during WWII. Sue is his
wife's name. The letters on the sides of the airplane are for his sons initials.
See the photo of the other side of the airplane further down the page.
Wendell has been thinking about access to the tire inflation valve though the
wheel fairings. Here is how Marshall provided his access via a spring-loaded port
which requires a valve extension added to the air hose. The sneakers belong to
Wendell, who is looking at the interior and canopy skirt details of this RV-8.
Grady's team at Glo Custom in Texas did a wonderful job with the painting of
The interior of the forward baggage area now has Wendell's attention.
Here is a view of that baggage area. The miniature gas cylinder is a nice
touch and prevents the hatch from falling over on the top of the forward skin of the
fuselage. The latch pin securing the oil door is barely visible inside the baggage
door on the firewall.
Here is what brought us here to see this airplane - the inside of the
fiberglass canopy skirt. We had called Marshall a few nights ago and he mentioned
having to add some layers of glass inside the skirt and sanding away some glass on the
outer surface. The black felt strip helps to secure the air flow from getting inside
the rear passenger area. The felt also protects the paint finish on the fuselage
skin where the canopy closes.
The panel is IFR capable with the SL-30 driving the new OBS/HSI screen of the
Dynon D-10A. He has installed the same autopilot I have in my RV-9A, along with the
selector switch for GPS or VOR guidance to the autopilot.
And here is a good idea repeated again!
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