Archive for June, 2011

Finishing Touches

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

I’ve been reading all the posts, and it seems that everybody is of the same mind. The unwavering thread is something to the effect that “It’s mine. Just send it to me at the KXYZ airport. I like/hate [take your pick] the paint job but will accept the Crossover Classic without any conditions.” It’s a refrain we hear each year, and which brings a smile to every AOPA staffer’s face. Hey, we’d keep it too, but the sweeps rules won’t let us!

But wait! No one can have it yet! That’s because we’re still making some final tweaks. For example, we’re performing a complete logbook review. All those STCs and other work must be documented properly–and we’re making sure that all is shipshape. We’ve learned from experience that a 20-, 30-, or 40-year-old airplane can have logbooks that leave a lot to be desired. And a lot to the imagination. (The worst is when an airframe or engine logbook is missing.) So this will take a few more days to complete.

Item number two: AmSafe’s seat belt/airbags have yet to be installed. This will take place at Air Mod, located at the Clermont County Airport in Batavia, Ohio (you know, where Sporty’s is located). The two front seats will get the AmSafe belts, and we’re glad about that. AmSafe’s belts are a great safety enhancement.

Item number three: The JP Instruments EDM-930 engine data monitor has been sent back to that company. JPI will change the EDM-930 default settings to show the airplane’s new N-number, plus load the 182’s total airframe and new-engine (the Continental IO-550 installed at Air Plains Services in Wellington, Kansas)¬†times.¬†Now any mechanic can push the 930’s buttons and up will come the correct TTAE (total time, airframe and engine) information.

The EDM-930 is also having its electrical gauges recalibrated. The airplane has a 60-ampere/hour alternator from Plane Power (thanks very much) but the 930 showed red load exceedances when the electrical load hit 32 amps. That threshold is being moved up to reflect the system’s current safe load capacity.

Item number four: Landmark Aviation at our home field–the Frederick Municipal Airport in Frederick, Maryland–has re-rigged the airplane.

Item number five: The leather seats will be cleaned. During an airshow, the seats pick up drool from the curious (just kidding) and grime that sifts out of the sky (not kidding)–and from hundreds of hands caressing the custom, leather-covered seats (thanks Garrett Leather). I was going to say “rich, Corinthian leather,” but that would be over the top. Hey wait, maybe it is Corinthian leather! Where’s Ricardo Montalban when you need him? Anyway, the seats will be cleaned.

So that’s the latest. All these changes will be completed before EAA AirVenture, so you can see them at Oshkosh–which runs from July 25-31. More news as it happens! And be sure to check out the July issue of AOPA Pilot. Your airplane will be on the cover, and the accompanying story will once more list all the project’s many fine contributors.