Right Wingtip Work

For mounting the wingtip lights, my original concept for a upswept winglet wasn’t going to work – there is no place to run the wires out at the end of the factory wingtip. Therefore, I went back to the drawing board, and came up with a fairing that goes...

Visit to Sling Pilot Academy

My recent job change has me traveling out the Mojave CA about once a month. I took advantage this trip to make a visit back to where my airplane building journey started – the Sling dealer in Torrance, CA. My reason for visiting was two-fold: to get some flight...

Winglet Mod

Yep, yet another mod, but this one’s pretty minor. My wingtips are the older design that lacked a good place to mount the wingtip light cluster. Therefore, I designed a small winglet to attach to the wingtip, mimicking the design of the newer wingtip seen on the TSi kits....

Propeller Arrived

My Airmaster propeller arrived! I now have all the parts needed to build up everything forward of the firewall, just need time 🙂 Thanks to COVID-related delays, including lockdowns and sea freight shipping problems, it took over a year for the prop to arrive (the normal lead time is...

Right Wing Closeout & SB0014

With the trim servo mods completed, I spent the last few working sessions closing the starboard wing. There are many hundreds of rivets to install, and sometimes the holes need to be reamed open for fit, so it’s just time-consuming work. I also had to carry out service bulletin...

Aileron Trim and Wing Electronics Module

This past weekend I finished up most of the aileron trim servo installation. My remaining tasks were to glue down the doubler, and to install the connectors for the wire harness. Before gluing down the doubler, I decided to increase the number of screws holding the plate from 8...

Aileron Trim Servo

It’s been a little bit since my last logbook entry, but have some great news to share. I recently made an exciting career change — I accepted an offer to work for a startup company called Merlin Labs and I’m helping create an autonomous flight system for retrofitting into...

Right Tank Pressure Test OK

After replacing the one bad rivet on Wednesday and letting the sealant cure, I re-pressurized the tank on Sunday afternoon. 24 hours later, the pressure reading was exactly the same, so the tank is good. As before, the zero point for the unpressurized tank was 16” WC, so I...

Right Fuel Tank Closeout and Leak Test

Over the past few weekends I worked on closing out the right fuel tank. I attached the last accessory bits (fuel pickup, vent) and then proceeded with applying the sealant for the back channel/cover. Having the wing turned 90° definitely made it easier to set the fuel tank in...

Engine Transport Success

When I bought the engine way back in December 2020, I planned to bring my plane to the airport to install the engine. I found space inside a community hangar at the Nashua airport, which I where I will perform final assembly. The hangar manager graciously allowed me to...