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Steve & Nancy Riffe
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Date:  1-6-2014
Number of Hours:  1.00
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Brief Description:  Empennage Fairing-3

I put the empennage fairing in place and tried to determine the best method to drill holes thru the fairing into the existing holes. I tried a strap duplicator, but it didn’t let the fairing sit flat enough on the HS skin. I finally taped a small penlight just inside the flange of the HS skin. This lit up the hole so that it was clearly visible thru the fairing. I held the fairing in place and drilled a #40 hole thru the forward hole in the fairing-worked just fine. Removed the fairing, penlight and moved to the other side. Went thru this exercise several times—got the first 2 holes done on each. I believe the remaining holes should be easier—may be able to set a light inside the cavity behind the HS front spar and drill the rest of the holes, and then move to the VS.
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Small penlight taped inside flange

Small penlight taped inside flange

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2nd hole drilled-you can see the light thru the fairing

2nd hole drilled-you can see the light thru the fairing

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First 4 holes drilled in fairing

First 4 holes drilled in fairing

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