Hey, guess what? I finally got wheel pants on the plane, and now I can say that the plane is complete! Recall the minor fiasco where my pants got swapped with my next-door-neighbor’s when they were both at the same paint shop? Rather than having them (both sets) stripped and repainted, I just hired Joe (local A&P and fiberglass wizard) to trim & fit the pants in my colors onto my plane.
I got to get out of the office and go fly yesterday and was pleasantly surprised to find them installed and ready to go. I’m waiting for Joe to let me know how much I owe him, but I really don’t care. I’m not a good fiberglass worker, and these things have been a thorn in my side for a long time, so now I’m just glad they’re done.
By the way, I did pick up the predicted 6 kt in level flight (114 KIAS, 3000’, 3°C, 5400 RPM)
The plane is complete!
All three wheel pants!