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.

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