Rome wasn’t built in a day, the saying goes. And so it is with the Debonair’s engine upgrade. Right now, the pressure’s on to finish the job well in advance of Sun N’ Fun, so all you sweeps winners out there can see the latest improvements in person.
So where are we with the engine buildup? Most needed parts have been received, and that includes the new crankshaft and cylinder assemblies–as was reported a few weeks ago. The cylinders are from ECi, so thanks again to the folks there. Dawley Aviation of Burlington, Wisconsin is inspecting and modifying the exhaust components to fit on the new engine, Precision Hose Technology has come through with a new set of oil and fuel hoses, so thanks go out to Robert Williams for his help there.
Here are a couple of shots showing the connecting rods and crankshaft as they begin coming together at Genesis Engines by D’Shannon:
The plan is to ship the completed engine to Aero Engines of Winchester (Virginia) on March 10. It will take Aero Engines about three more days to install the engine in the airframe, attach the hoses, exhaust, and other components. So that makes it approximately March 14-15 when yours truly takes the new engine up for its first flight.
Sun N’ Fun runs from April 1-6 at the Lakeland (Florida) Linder Airport, but I like to get there earlier than that so the plane can be set up right after AOPA’s tent goes up. Right now I’m planning on getting there March 29 or so.