Feather Lite Order

Inventorying the Feather Lite Order

1 May 2012 — Today I tore into the downstairs room that will become the second of two shops here in Germany.  The main build shop will be in the single car garage.  The glass cutting, prep and small layup shop will be downstairs in my house.  It has a fairly large window that vents out to the outside, so ventilation is ok.

I have three (3) large boxes from Feather Lite currently sitting in this room.  I cracked the boxes open not only out of shear curiosity, but to ensure all the pieces were there and make sure there wasn’t any visible damage.  Two of the large boxes contain the foam cores for all my Long-EZ’s flying surfaces:  Wings, Upper & Lower Winglets, Roncz Canard & Elevators.  [This order also included the Main Landing Gear Bow, which can be partially seen in some of these pictures]

Feather Lite Order InventoryFeather Lite Order Inventory

Feather Lite Order Inventory

Feather Lite Foam Core Inventory

Feather Lite Foam Core Inventory

The third large box contains the Upper & Lower Carbon Fiber Cowling halves that were originally designed by Mike Melvill and made off the composite plugs he designed.  The CF cowling weighs around 13 lbs, so its almost half the weight of the original glass cowling.

Feather Lite Inventory - Melvill's Carbon Fiber Cowlings

Feather Lite Order Inventory - Cowling Plans

Feather Lite Order InventoryFeather Lite Inventory - Mike Melvill's CF Cowling

Included in the large boxes were smaller pieces for the cowlings and the instructions on how to configure the cowlings to maximize engine cooling.  It’s cool thinking how these cowlings have such a significant part in the history of the Long-EZ!


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Hi Folks,  

Well, it’s coming up on about 2 months since I’ve been back on the build.  I have a few canopy tasks (latch handle, left side seal, interior paint) to complete to get it very close to 100%, minus exterior finish and paint.

Over the last couple of weeks I was able to get  my 3D printer back online which has helped immeasurably in modeling parts, especially for the canopy latch handle.  In addition, I was finally able to resolve my issues with the plasma cutting table and to get back to being productive with that.  In fact, I just cut test panel #3 out of thin 22 ga steel and really think the next cut will be the actual panel. Finally, I am slowly reassembling the milling machine while converting it to CNC.

I’m currently transitioning off of the canopy (Chapter 18) and onto the nose (Chapter 13).  After a few more canopy tasks over the next week and when the nose is near completion, I’ll start on the strake build (Chapter 21).   The final big airframe assembly will be the winglet/rudder install (Chapter 20).  

That’s the plan . . .

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