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[June 28, 2007]


I dug out the baggage floor skins and match drilled everything. I made the mistake of countersinking the nutplate rivets on the baggage ribs, when in fact the baggage floor needs to be countersunk. I think I should be able to just dimple the baggage floor and deepen the countersink. Its not structural after all, they just hold the nutplate. I am also trying to figure out how to make part of the floor removable for extra storage or mounting the strobe power supply, ELT, etc.. Making the whole baggage floor removable seems like too much work.


Next was onto drilling the F-715 outboard ribs to the skin. I put some marks on the rib where the F-704 bulkhead's #30 rivets go. I then marked back from it 12/32" and trimmed it because it was rubbing on the F-704, causing a bad fit.


I backdrilled the rib. This sucked because all of the dust fell all over me. I hate drilling upside down.


Next I backdrilled the 7 holes between the F-704 and the F-715. I still have to flute the top of the rib and backdrill it to the floor skin.


Today I also got in on a VAF forum driven group buy on a PCU5000X prop governor. The price is going to be equal or less than price of the MT governor that Van's sells. This governor seems to be of great quality, gives good performance, and most importantly is lighter! I spoke with the guys at American Propeller Services and they seem to offer a top notch service. The guy I spoke with (Kevin Russell) walked me through the order form on all of the options.
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