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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Hey Guys,

As I previously mentioned, the bottom cowling is pretty much installed and squared away… with the very final installation occurring when the top cowling is installed.

Also as I noted before, over the last few weeks I have been focusing on the Hell Hole area to create a functional and usable hatch as well as install the belly RAM air scoop.  For the most part, both of these tasks are completed.  I do have to add a couple screw hardpoints to secure the RAM air scoop/hell hole hatch cover and create a bell mouth inlet at the front of the scoop (later) –but beyond these tasks, both the hell hole hatch cover and RAM air scoop are complete.

While the fuselage is inverted I’ll also press forward to knock out a number of other things, including strake-to-bottom wing intersection finishing and main gear leg-to-fuselage interface. 

I expect this bird to be inverted for another week or two before it gets flipped back upright to close out the strakes with the top skin install.

After the top strakes it will be on to the winglet/rudder install (Chapter 20).  Then engine and top cowling install, finish and prime/paint.

 

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