Work Party Day 4; mounting electrical components, welcome dick

Today was a solo work party for the time in the shop. I kept going with the avionics shelf. I started by getting everything back into place and verifying that everything still had proper fit clearance. I set the canard into place and also verified that we have clearance on the elevator torque tube. I’m pleased to say we have plenty. I forgot to get photos of that.

Then with the canard in place, I double checked positioning of the autopilot pitch servo. With this verified, I cut a hole in the shelf to create space for the servo. It will be mounted to the fuselage sidewall, and have to protrude both above and below the shelf.

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When I was working on that, I became concerned that the autopilot and audio panel may conflict. So I mounted the audio panel in the instrument panel. They both fit with adequate clearance, but there isn’t any excess.

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The rest of the work time was spent with reconnecting wiring harnesses to verify routing, ensure that I have adequate fit, clearance, and ability to install and remove connectors. As well as cleaning up a bit.

I finished in the shop early since our next guest in the work party arrived. Dick Keyt flew non-stop from New York City to South St. Paul in his Bonanza bucking 60 knot winds the whole way. He had his dog, Wingman, to keep him company, but 7 hours in an airplane is a long time. I’m looking forward to his help, wisdom, and instruction. We’re going to work on baffles tomorrow. Hopefully we get the aft baffle done.

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The work party is in full swing, and we are having fun.

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