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Date:  4-26-2014
Number of Hours:  3.00
Manual Reference:  ch 9
Brief Description:  Let's get one thing straight...

Man, sometimes it's just that little bit of extra effort that can really put pride in your heart about not just doing an ok job, but an excellent one. I spent my morning with 3 different home builders who ALL complained about the difficulty of installing wheel pants correctly. I then got some time in a Varieze for my transition training. I wasn't expecting the Vari and Long to fly so alike but I could hardly tell a difference. I went home after 2 hours of bliss and was inspired to get those wheel pants straightened out!! I found the problem when comparing both pants. the inboard hole on each pant was off by about 1/4" which caused a massive 3 degree difference between the 2 in the roll axis. I went ahead and elongated the holes in opposite directions. I also confirmed that both axles were dead on which was a great sight for sore eyes. I then re-mounted the pants and got them both within .5 degrees of each other. Awesome! Next I began prepping the leg fairings for install. I had to remove a LOT of carbon fiber, however I found that the leg to pant fairing lined up exaclty where it should have. This confirms that my pant angles are DEAD ON! I haven't totally decided how I will be transitioning from fuselage to leg fairing yet but I'm thinking of sticking to the plans method as it seems the easiest to get a nice even gap. We'll see... More tomorrow.
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2 hrs in a Varieze

2 hrs in a Varieze

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holes filled with flox for new bolt location

holes filled with flox for new bolt location

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Dry fitting the leg fairings

Dry fitting the leg fairings

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