Coming together at Air Mod

The pressure is definitely on. Air Mod is still working, hammer and tongs, on the Debonair. The airplane has to make it to Fort Worth well before AOPA Summit’s doors open on October 10. In fact, setup day is Wednesday October 9th. So I better have 75YR in place by Tuesday.

Now it’s time for more photos of just some of the home-stretch work at Air Mod. Here we go:

 

Gray sound-dampening material noew replaces the bad old sticky-tar job of 1963

Gray sound-dampening material now replaces the bad old sticky-tar job of 1963

 

Refitting and installing metal window trim moldings

Refitting and installing metal window trim moldings

 

BAS' intertial-reel four-point shoulder harness installation. Now the airplane will have a proper restraint system

BAS’ intertial-reel four-point shoulder harness installation. Now the airplane will have a proper restraint system

 

Stripping the control yoke T-bar. It was covered by the usual chips and sctratches that affect older Bonanzas, Debonairs, and Barons

Stripping the control yoke T-bar. It was covered by the usual chips and sctratches that affect older Bonanzas, Debonairs, and Barons

 

The control yokes, now reconditioned and repainted

The control yokes, now reconditioned and repainted

 

The Debonair Sweepstakes logo, embroidered into the newly-fabricated headrests for teh pilot and co-pilot seats

The Debonair Sweepstakes logo, embroidered into the newly-fabricated headrests for teh pilot and co-pilot seats

 

14 Responses to “Coming together at Air Mod”

  1. Joanna Smith says:

    It is awesome! I love all the updates! Thank you Mr. Horne :)

  2. Barry Blake says:

    Thank you so much, I’m really going to enjoy picking up my insrtument rating in this plane.

  3. Rich Kemp says:

    Would it have not been better to powdercoat the yokes so that they would not chip again?

  4. tony says:

    My plane is looking good

  5. tony says:

    Wow, that is great

  6. Juan says:

    My plane is just getting better and better, can’t wait to be “surprised” when I win it!!

  7. Tom says:

    Thank you, Tom Horne, for all the updates. This is going to be a real dream machine for whoever wins. Like everyone else, I hope I will be the winner.

  8. John PAPPAS says:

    It would be difficult to powder coat since therev are internal bearings on the yoke that couldn’t take the heat

  9. John PAPPAS says:

    It would be difficult to powder coat since the yoke has internal bearings that would not stand the heat

  10. Rich Kemp says:

    Thanks John, it was just a thought and me trying to help.

  11. Tony says:

    fly fly fly

  12. T Schwartz says:

    I have to laugh at the poor damaged and neglected oddball planes AOPA raffles every year. Last year it was a bushplane that had been heavily damaged in a storm. Jeez. Follow the example of King or Sporty’s and give away a new plane and let this old stuff rust away in the weeds where it belongs.

    • Dieter says:

      Personally, I wouldn’t have it any other way! One man’s junk is another man’s “Prize”. If by chance you do win the Deb please, please, please give it to me. I would be the happiest pilot in the world and would gladly fly this well preserved under used modernized classic. Thank your consideration.

  13. Allan Haggar says:

    This is a great thing that AOPA does. I look forward to winning this beautiful bird. The process and sense of community that this whole project has created and the great updates and transparency has been great and a credit to the AOPA.

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