Brief Description: Main leg fairings; ELT g-switch test; Inital weigh
Estimated hours 7/5 & 7/6.
Most of 7/5 was spent routing out flox that squoze out from underneath the main gear leg fairing hinges. Fabricated a spade drill from SS hinge pin stock to clear flox from the eyes. One fairing's hinge pin goes in, the other still needs some work. Borrowed Chapter 663's scales from Bob Farnam after the monthly meeting on 7/5.
Before putting rear baggage bulkhead covers back on, took out the ELT and checked electronics and battery posts for corrosion--none found. Battery voltage 11.985 V, whatever that's worth knowing (Image 1). Armed the unit and gave it's g-switch a "snap" test while listening to 121.5. It activated and I turned off the switch. Reinstalled unit and will run the self-test (activated from the panel control) tomorrow. Ship's power is off for this test so I dug out the Icom AC-23 handheld. I don't think the NMH battery will take a charge after so many years; bought some AA alkalines for the alternate power pack.
Started to put nose gear fairing and wheel pants on prior to weighing. Drilled the 3/8 holes in the bracket of the rear pant to 25/64 to facilitate getting the 3/8-24 capscrews in. Still had a ton of cross-thread starts before getting the screws going fair. Best put in helicoils now, I think.
It was getting late, so I winched the plane up on the scales (Image 2). The no-gear fairings empty weight was--ta da--1070 lb (Image 3), but the fuse wasn't leveled so the per-wheel weights are bogus.