Author Archives: pclifton

Making a cable anchor

So I spent most of the day working outside, yard work and so forth. But after it got dark and I had some dinner, it was time to get out and do some plane work. I started off working on … Continue reading

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More seat ramp prep

So tonight was mostly spent getting those nutplates riveted to the seat ramp components. Took a bit of creativity to get some of the rivets done in some tight corners. These parts should be pretty well done now, though I’ll … Continue reading

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Seat ramp prep

Not a ton of stuff tonight. I started working on prepping the front seat ramp parts. Nothing unusual here – final-drilling some nutplate rivet holes, trimming some extra material, and deburring all the holes and edges. Deburring here was more … Continue reading

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Building landing/taxi light units

Yep, time today for more fun with lights. I really liked the wingtip boards I got from Paul at Flyleds, and when he mentioned offering a combination landing/taxi light unit for RV leading edge cutouts, I was pretty excited. I … Continue reading

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Building the light boards, pt III

*crickets* Once again it’s been a while since I’ve been here, and yeah, it’s been a while since any real work got done on this project. I will defense myself slightly by saying that I have been doing some stuff, just not … Continue reading

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Building the light boards, pt II

So first off, the good news: The board that didn’t want to work right last night is now fixed. As planned, I took the board to work and tried testing it with the multimeter in the lab, but that didn’t … Continue reading

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Building the wingtip light boards, pt I

So, after spending a fair amount of my long weekend alternately catching up on work around the house and being lazy in the air conditioning (since the Houston summer has arrived), today I finally got to work building the FlyLEDs … Continue reading

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Wingtip light fitting, pt II

Short night again tonight, but I trimmed the other three boards to fit the light coves. Board #1 from last week was where I was timid and took forever, tonight things went a lot faster. It helped that the forward-facing … Continue reading

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FlyLEDs wingtip light fitting, pt I

Alright, so once again it’s been a couple weeks. You see, a few weekends ago the clutch in Josie’s car gave up the ghost…so of course I said I’d fix it to save her the $1000 mechanic trip…and of course … Continue reading

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Finished fitting mid cabin covers

Whew…so after a weekend of distractions (and ok, also laziness), I got back to work tonight. The next tasks seemed pretty simple, really. Compared to the left cover, where I had to tinker with the fuel selector mount and locate/cut/drill … Continue reading

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