my, how time flies when you are having fun flying! Or, to quote a Virgil via a student of mine, tempus fugit.
N76012 now has 25 hours on the Hobbs meter. It has also been a year since my airworthiness certificate was signed, so I have grounded the plane until the 25 hour Rotax inspection and my annual condition inspection are done. The 25 hr Rotax inspection is pretty much an annual/100 hr inspection according to my local Rotax specialist. He’s going to help me do that in a few weeks.
I’m pulling the paperwork and organizing the Service Bulletins before I start unscrewing things and just doing random inspection. In other words, I am making a checklist and to-do list before beginning work. Stay tuned.
I also identified a new painter at Marion airport, which is only a 10 min flight from Delaware. He’s just setting up a new business and has agreed to paint the plane sometime in December or January. I’m learning a fair amount about the painting business in the process.
Here’s an embarrassing rendition of a color scheme. I’ve been carrying around a handful of these 2 view drawings for several months. Now that I have a painter, I’m finally motivated to choose a paint scheme. I’ve been collecting pictures of RV-12s and went through my folder. This scheme (originally in blue/white) kept catching my eye. I had a few minutes at work the other day and grabbed the crayon set we give to keep kids entertained in the ED and just colored it in. With only 3 crayons to work with, you’ll have to use your imagination. The red represents a bright candy apple red, the yellow is actually the beige of the upholstery. Despite the crudeness of the sketch, I’m pretty pleased with it.
As part of the condition inspection, I will pull the panel and and have it covered in carbon fiber. Get that done, re-installed and finish the inspection, then fly it over to Marion. I will take off all the control surfaces and he will paint it. (He says in a week or so!). I then will head back and re-install all of the surfaces, re-tension the control cables, etc. and finally put in all of the carpet. I will then sign the logbook and take her out of Phase I and into Phase II and find my first passenger!