Centering Aileron and Setup Flaps

November 23nd, 6h

I centered the ailerons by creating a jig to set the ailerons at the neutral position.  Then, I torqued to setting all the aileron bolts once it is set at neutral. Afterwards, I attached the flaps while making sure that the trailing edge of the aileron and flap align.  Afterward I drilled the skin to the brace and flap hinge, in the pre set flap position.  After deburing, I dimpled the skin and countersink the brace. Now, the flap hinge is ready to be riveted to the bottom skin.

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Aileron & Flap Attachments

October 13th, 8h

We made some great progress with the flap and aileron attachment:

  • Matched drilled the attachments for both wings
  • Debured attachments for both wings
  • Primed the attachments for both wings
  • Then, riveted the attachments for both wings

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Then we moved to the aileron and flap fairings

  • smoothed the edges for aileron and flap failings for the both wings
  • Matched drilled aileron and flap failings for the both wings
  • Deburred aileron and flap failings for the both wings
  • Primed aileron and flap failings for the both wings

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Prepping & Riveting the Ailerons

June 5th, 8th & 9th  13h

We moved on with the preparation of the ailerons, with the aim to get the ailerons riveted and finished:

  • Drilled the leading edge skin to the aft skin, the spar, the leading edge ribs, the main ribs and the counterbalance.
  • Deburred the leading edge skin, the spar, the leading edge ribs, the main ribs and the counterbalance.
  • Dimpled the leading edge skin, the spar, the leading edge ribs and the main ribs
  • countersink the counterbalance.
  • Primed the leading edge, the main rib, the leading edge ribs and counterbalance.

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All the work went on smoothly. Then it was time to start riveting the ailerons:

  • Riveting the leading edge rib to the counter balance: this had a little bit of tricky access requiring bending the tab of the leading edge rib, but it went on smoothly.
  • Riveting the leading edge rib to the spar.
  • Riveting the top leading edge skin to the spar and the aft skin. Access here was a bit hard, but we made it work with 2 people.
  • Riveting the the main bibs to the aft skin and spar.

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It is exciting to see the ailerons come together pretty quickly.  A little bit more riveting is remaining, and then the ailerons would be done and ready to attach to the wings.