KX 135 A - "King of Gremlins"
Back to the Hangar and the EFIS scheming for N500ME with Russell gets on its way and is picking up momentum. Be aware the man is bad influence when it comes to fancy toys ;-)
Pretty soon an order was placed for an MGL Extreme to make sure we have color TV, other than my trusty Garmin 296, for the way home. No, no,no, it's not that. Now we have fuel flow, yup love it, AHRS, EFIS, EMIS and a bunch more four letter words that are all being usually summed up into one, generally starting with an S or an F, followed by profuse Pilot sweating when lights go out on that one. Redundancy is a key word. So the the airspeed indicator, RPM, engine gauges, and a new compass stay for now. Besides that, we would end up with even more holes and covers. Now, who wants that?
The pressure rises proportionally with the heat in the Hangar and by 5:30 PM, Russell appears with a case of cold beers. Did I mention the he's bad influence? Was it Monday today?
Is it me or the beers? Hey Hans, which way is north-west?
Tuesday, June 07th, 2011
Back to hangar after Groundhog Bagel and Coffee. While we are enjoying our stay here, be fore-warned of the 60 grit towels and their exfoliating properties. If you are getting a bit short of hair you may want to be careful, if you are looking for a back wax to polish your tattoo, have at her.
Well, time to call in troops at the hangar, in this case Jim the Radio-Tech, to deal with removing the old tray and wiring the new radio. Slightly out of our league and best left to a Pro.
We are concentrating on the simpler things like cutting a new overlay panel, fitting it, adding the sensors and modules, filing, building yet another tray for some of the before mentioned four letter parts, more drilling and filing, gruntingly approving our own handiness of which no one besides us seems to notice. Boy, we do fine work!
8hrs later, nearly running on empty and the temperature reaching a whopping 102... that is blinkedeeblank HOT even for the local crowd. Never mind a token Canuck! But we are making progress. When we arrived here we found a flight ready aircraft, and it is a beauty, but flight ready certainly differs from trip ready, like a local circuit differs from the anticipated long trip home. But are we ready?
Hans really wants to get going, me on the other hand wants to really make sure that when we get going we actually can keep on going and not end up on some strip between here, there and nowhere with no means to fix anything. Better get it done at the source and at this point I can not express enough gratitude to the guys here a Flight Crafters and their efforts in getting this Adventure and us off to the good start. Maybe they just want their hangar back? Did I mention they are a bad influence? GEEE, EASY NOW, I got my current project to finish before I can look at that 750 (as in ...better talk to the much better half first, hint, blink and wink honey) and, YES, we agree they for sure look good! Hey Mike, hurry up and git R dun, maybe we'll be back for that one next spring.