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Old 12-31-2018, 12:18 PM
Stockmanreef Stockmanreef is offline
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Location: Midland, mi
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Default Wheel Fairing Question: Section 46A

Is there any reason that the wheel fairing section is after the engine mount section? I have done the wheel fairings for the main gear, but not the nose wheel. I would like to do the nose wheel fairing now before engine install.

I know that the front leg fairing might require waiting until after the cowling is fitted, but the wheel fairing should have nothing to do with the engine. True?

Ken Stockman
Midland, MI
EAA Chapter 1093 member

RV-14 (serial number 140073)
N73XP (at least that # reserved now)
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Old 12-31-2018, 12:50 PM
Jake14 Jake14 is offline
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Location: Seattle
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I installed the nose wheel fairing before the engine, and didn't run into any problems down the line. I think the main thing is to install the nose wheel fairing in the in-flight position to minimize drag. To do this, the airplane should be level with the wheel just off the ground and no play in the rubber donuts while you align the fairing.
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Old 12-31-2018, 02:21 PM
mturnerb mturnerb is offline
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I did the initial fitting with engine off since it's much easier to level the aircraft when it's lighter.
Turner Billingsley
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