Day 1 - Monday 10/31/11
I hit the road early with a few tools, lunch and my flight bag. I always get excited at annual, the chance to work on the plane, play with power tools and hang out with the guys in the shop. I made a stop for donuts for the guys and a large tea for me. Frank was already in the shop making coffee and answering the phones, it seems to start early. Keith and Stan rolled in and after the morning coffee we got started.
|Stan on the nose wheel|
|Lead build up from a bottom plug|
|Inside the bead blaster. Where's the moon rocks?|
|Spark plug gap tool|
|Gap tool with clean plug ready to set|
|No go .019, good to go .015|
|From the outside, vac system filter nut|
Day 2 - 11/1/11
Is it 6am already? Another early start to my day with a large dunkin tea in hand. I didn't pack lunch today, instead, I planned on a treat at the local deli for an Italian hoagie, sub or whatever it's called where you live.
|Ready to roll out for the run up and leak test!|
I did some clean up, including the belly, and made sure any finger prints were removed. Keith and I went over the check list of annual items. Keith told me to plan on new brake hoses next year for the mains and I think we will also replace the rubber door and baggage seals since we found a few areas just starting to crack. The last two remaining items that should be in today is the ELT battery and the Bracket air filter.
08Romeo was pretty much complete and ready for her run up and leak test. We all moved the planes around so my Sundowner and Paul's Cardinal could perform the required tests. Both aircraft did fine and we followed up with some high speed taxi brake test to burn in the new set of brake pads. I taxi to the main ramp area and secured 08Romeo complete with her covers, I'll be back for her tomorrow.
I decided to head for home and get some work done around the house. Mary and I swapped text messages and decided that we will drop off my SUV at Wilmington Airport tomorrow morning then she can drop me off at Cecil Aero before heading to work. Another annual in the books!
- Oil filter (oil was changed 10 hours ago)
- Repair nav light wire so new LED will work
- Vac systen filter
- Relief valve filter
- Bracket air filter
- ELT Battery
- Install fuel sump (I already had the part)
- Replace one C-Spec fastener (lower cowling)