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[November 20, 2005]


Today Mike Rollison invited me out to Carrol County airport (KDMW) to check out his -6 and sit in on a EAA meeting. When I walked into DMW, I found him immediately. He was a super cool dude! We had some coffee and walked over to his -6. He asked if I wanted to go for a ride...uh YES! We took off and he let me have the controls on the crosswind leg. We went northeast of DMW and he let me control the airplane. I did some turns, slow flight, etc.. My main problem was too drastic input controls. Once I rested my hand on my leg and just gave it very slight inputs the plane flew much better.

When we got on the ground, I checked out someone else's -4, and Salty walked over and we got talking. At 1:00p, the EAA meeting started.

Mike Rollison's RV-6. Very nice plane!




When I got home from the EAA chapter meeting, I decided to work on inlaying my backriveting plate and assemble my air system.


Here is my air system setup. From left to right, I have an air filter, regulator and oiler. I put quick disconnects in between each so I can mix and match what type of air I want - unregulated , full presure (general shop air) OR regulated (painting), OR regulated and oiled (Air tools). It gives me the option to pick and choose what I need. I am tempted to put another regulator and oiler on the system, but I will wait until I actually use it to fine tune it. These things are so cheap from HFT, I would opt to make it easy on me to cascade a couple of them.


The other thing I did tonight was line up the back riveting plate to the center of the table. I marked the permiter of the plate on the table. Then I removed the center 2x4. I am going to cut a hole in my workbench to inlay the back riveting plate to make it flush with the top of the table. This will make it easy to back rivet without worrying about bending the aluminum sheets. I plan to put 2 more 2x4's under this to beef it up. The plate is 3/8"" thick and the workbench is 3/4"" thick, so I need to find something 3/8"" thick. I will poke around the shop at work tomorrow to see if I can't find some scrap wood that will fit this. Tom Emery inspired me to do this. He had this setup in his RV Builders shop and it worked great. I am going to make lines from the center of the plate to the edges of the table so when I have it covered, I know that the back of the rivet is in fact over the plate. Nothing worse than backriveting into wood!

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