The engine was returned from Lycoming in February and sat until we returned to Michigan in April. Reinstalling the engine and getting ready for the FAA airworthiness inspector took from April 22nd to May 17th.
Those weeks were occupied by:
- Ordering new gaskets, oil filters, cotter pins, etc
- Remounting the engine and reinstalling starter, crankcase breather, fuel servo, throttle and mixture cables, fuel flow sensor, spark plugs, exhaust pipes and temperature sensors, fuel and oil pressure lines, manifold pressure line. cabin heater scat tubing, Pmags, alternators, oil cooler and oil lines, engine fuel pump overflow line, Earthx battery and engine grounding wires, baffling and plenum cover, flywheel, propeller, spinner and 19.5 lb squash plate.
- Installing a quick drain oil plug on bottom front of oil sump.
- Redoing the weight and balance.
- Running a “sparking test” to verify correct wiring between Pmags and cylinders.
- Rerunning a failed fuel “bottle test” and sending the fuel servo spyder back to AVStar for diagnosis and repair. There was a manufacturing burr in the #4 cylinder spyder outlet. Ran the test again and it checked out OK.
- Checking out the tail wheel hoist built in Florida. Works Great!
- Permanently installed faring at lower horizontal stabilizer to fuselage joints.
- Fabricating a rudder control lock.
- Designing, fabricating and installing a canopy lock sensor.
- Installing HDPE canopy closing guides.
- Test running the engine.
Richard Anderson of the East Michigan FSDO signed the builder’s log and issued the Operations Limitations document on May 25th 2018.