Safetyties and Taxiing

This week I got in touch with a San Diego-based inspector and received some documents to fill in and look over. It will take a while to go through the inspection checklist to see what I might not have done but one thing I did know hadn’t been done yet was to safety tie the turnbuckles.

It wasn’t obvious from the Construction Standards what to do so a little Google search brought up some pictures and the technique was copied to the four turnbuckles that make up the rudder controls.

Safety tieing a turnbuckle

The main event today was to get some engine tests done with the cowling on so after a quick wipe down from Teri (the plane, not me) I pulled the plane out and did an engine start. We were particularly interested in whether the spinner would rub on the cowling. There’s enough gap that they shouldn’t but I wanted to know for sure.

Everything checked out well, no evidence of any chafing and all the engine instruments were in the green.

With that done, I decided to try a genuine taxi, the first one with everything on the airframe, just went on a minute or two drive around the hangars.

After pushing the plane back into the hangar I took the cowling off for an inspection of the hoses etc. I didn’t see any leaks, nothing was burning, although I did identify a couple of places I want to tie things up a bit more.

I want to do some more extended engine tests. For one I want to try higher RPM, been keeping it below 3500 so far until I trust the brakes, and also need to check the MAG leads and so on. Unfortunately, with the temps now in the low 100s every day it is a bit warm for such things, no opportunity for the engine or cowling to get cool.

2 comments for “Safetyties and Taxiing

  1. Terry F.
    June 19, 2017 at 20:46

    Just spent the better part of two days, reading of your adventures. I am an A&P mechanic with over 30 years experience and while I would have done some things differently all in all you did a bang up job. Can’t wait to see you get it in the air.


  2. admin
    June 20, 2017 at 07:03

    Hi Terry,

    Thanks for the comment and the compliment. We shall see if this thing can get off the ground and come back in one piece. It would be interesting to hear what things you would have done differently some time, though unless they are ‘omg you are going to die’ things, I don’t suppose much will change from here. That said, I am re-doing the safety ties on the turnbuckles to use the two wire method, and I’m also doing some work in the engine compartment this weekend to fix some things that are a problem.


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