My annual started out like a typical work day, up and out with the dog then shower and go. I needed to get some fuel in my ML320 or I would be eventually coasting down I-95. I had agreed to pick up Vince at 7:15 and I pulled in front of his house at 7:14, it's a good day. We made a stop at Dunkin for my daily medium black tea, hot with sugar and a dozen donuts for the guys at the shop.
When we arrived 08Romeo was already inside the shop. I uncovered and stored the pitot cover and cowl plugs along with the tail cone and airplane covers. I got the upper and lower cowl removed and then I assisted Keith as we started on the engine inspections and oil change. Vince helped Stan get 08Romeo off the ground and then went straight to work assisting with the wheel removal, inspections and bearing repack. Jeremy climbed inside and started removing the interior for inspection. 08Romeo had hands all over her, she was getting the full shop treatment, all hands on deck.
|Vince -main gear bearing repack|
|Cracked exhaust clamp|
|Pilot side coming out|
|copilot side removal|
|servicing the Gascolator|
Annual Day 2
Day two is under way as we roll into the shop just after 8am. The temps have really taken a dip today and the winds are blowing. I'm so thankful to be in a heated hangar getting this work done. We picked up with final inspections and sign offs. Inspection plates were reinstalled, interior returned to its correct locations and batteries serviced. It was time to bleed the brakes and check for a leak in a line located near the wing spar that runs out to the right main. The fittings were checked and tightened since there was some gummy fluid remains on the wing spar inspection panel. I hadn't lost any brake fluid so the leak wasn't out of control but it did need more investigation. The system to bleed the brakes dialed up almost 200psi and the shop went over every inch of line and fittings before they passed inspection. I was relieved to hear the request for the spar cover.
|Getting the wax on|
|Vince lining up a castle nut for the cotter pin install|
I did get a text from Mary that my cabin door seals are in. Yay! I'll get those installed tomorrow, with pictures and then write the check so I can fly 08Romeo home.
Annual Day 3
My body is sore from the waxing even though I think Vince did more of the hard work. It's 6:21 and I'm getting my day started with another hot shower since last nights shower didn't wash away the sore joints. My lunch is packed, the new door seals are ready to go and I managed to sneak some home made apple crisp Mary made for dessert last night, good stuff. Besides, the snack helps me take two Advil that should help the sore joints and torn tendon in the left foot.
|pilot side old door seal|
|copilot side old door seal removal|
|cleaned with MEK, awaiting adhesive|
- Annual 4 place aircraft $755
- Owner assist -$100
- Additional Labor 2.7 hours $183.60
- Parts $296.52
- Plug Gaskets
- Oil Analysis kit,(forgot one of my ten)
- Pneumatic filter and Regulator filter
- Weather strip seal - to secure glareshield and eliminate rattle
- Exhaust clamp
- ELT Battery
- Brackett Air Filter
- Brake cylinder seal
- Structural screws
- Consumables-shop supplies $45
Pre-flight and run up went fine. I launched for New Garden and road out the bumps in the windy conditions. I actually made my best landing to date getting home. The winds were crazy coming over the valley at the runway two-four approach but I was ready and went with the flow. I tucked 08Romeo away, heater plugged in, plane all clean and shiny just waiting for our next adventure.
Jean, thanks so much for the ride back to 58M-Elkton, you saved my bacon today!