Originally Posted by WSBuilder
I just noticed that you installed your pitot on the right hand side and wondered your reason?
Bill, to answer your question....ignorance! I did realise before I finished, but by then the hole was drilled and I had planned to use the left wing for the magnetometer and had run the conduits appropriately. Yes its unconventional but not an issue.
I weighed it
today and it has weighed in at 974lbs, but since I have included the canopy cover and 2 headsets which will always be with me, that is 970lbs without.
For comparison it is complete with paint etc. Its an O-320, 2-blade c/s MT prop, oversize tyres which weigh a little extra
, Odyssey battery on the firewall, and the heavier grade empenage skins
I have no lights, day/VFR only in the UK, except for a strobe on the fin. Becki Orndorf supplied her very comfortable RV4 seats and I added VANS 5pt belts back and front.
is reasonably simple, though the ACS3400 does everything, and I probably saved quite a bit of weight here.
The canopy is (hopefully) held on with Sikaflex. that probably weighs rather more than the rivets it replaced.
Finally, I have worked with the PFA (now LAA) to allow me to use dual P-mags. This will be the first Lycoming type engine in the UK approved for the use of dual electronc ignition, even though it is old hat elsewhere. This will have saved me a little more weight.
So far my inspector has signed his name to this project 51 times though he has a few to go yet! (And you thought it was the flow of air over a cambered surface that keeps planes in the air. The LAA and CAA know otherwise....its signatures. I bet BA038 was short of one! Fortunately the LAA dont ask you to carry the signatures on board.)
All in all I am pretty happy with the result. I had set my heart on getting below 990 and I have a 20lbs margin. You can see my ramblings re weight
It will allow me, my other half, full fuel, 50 lbs of luggage and still be inside the 1500 lbs design limit.
PS The CofG is at 68.1"