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miamiair (netAirspace FAA) 26 Aug 13, 13:20Post
Some "after" photos of the inboard flap:
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Fumanchewd 26 Aug 13, 21:02Post
Wow, that looks great.

I have a feeling it will be better than new when completed.
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AndesSMF (Founding Member) 26 Aug 13, 21:28Post
Would anyone have a use for 3D printing with this type of project?
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miamiair (netAirspace FAA) 26 Aug 13, 22:09Post
Not really.
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miamiair (netAirspace FAA) 04 Sep 13, 10:33Post
After & Before...
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miamiair (netAirspace FAA) 27 Dec 13, 19:17Post
Info on LHT's web page:

Click here.
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miamiair (netAirspace FAA) 29 Jan 14, 12:03Post
Leading edges for the empennage verticals:
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miamiair (netAirspace FAA) 25 Feb 14, 22:19Post
What it is supposed to look like:
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ShanwickOceanic (netAirspace FAA) 25 Feb 14, 22:59Post
That's going to be gorgeous.

Back in August '12 you posted "expected completion date is August 2013". How far off does it look now, do you think?
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miamiair (netAirspace FAA) 25 Feb 14, 23:23Post
ShanwickOceanic wrote:That's going to be gorgeous.

Back in August '12 you posted "expected completion date is August 2013". How far off does it look now, do you think?


I don't know. There is no "official" date now. The devil is in the details and that is what we're getting down to. My guess would be this time next year. They did have 16 inches of snow on the ground last week, so maybe April would be better. We still have the four nacelles that we are starting to work on. We're doing the cowlings as well, but they have turned into black holes of labor.

I've been told that we're also getting about 700 piece parts for IRAN.
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miamiair (netAirspace FAA) 16 Jun 14, 17:42Post
Some pics of last week's visit:
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miamiair (netAirspace FAA) 24 Jun 14, 10:56Post
The main entry door is temporarily installed. This was done in Hamburg by LHT. The wings are almost done. The wings are being readied for a pressure check.

An interesting note regarding the wings, during manufacture, the wings are assembled "dry." They do not use any faying surface sealants (imagine buttering your toast, flipping it over and placing it face down on the plate, the butter would be the faying surface sealant). After assembly, all the edges are sealed. This simple fact made the dis-assembly of the wings relatively easy.

The wing leading edges will have all new hinge extrusions that cost an astronomical amount. Goodrich custom made the de-icing boots. The boots are applied bare, in other words, the skin is not primed.

The airplane will more than likely need an STC (Supplemental Type Certificate) to allow the use of 100LL AvGas. The Wright R-3350 988 TC18-EA-2 were designed to use 115/145 AvGas. It is still made in small batches for special events such as air races. The -988 TC18-EA-2s are oddball engines, that is why they are so scarce. The engines have all been overhauled in Idaho. The props have been overhauled.

Engines 1 and 4 each drive a turbo compressor that provides pressurization. The heat is provided by a Janitrol heater that uses avgas. {bugeye} {bugeye} {bugeye}

I thought they were just used in small general aviation aircraft...

The cowlings are 50% complete, then they are going to be polished to a mirror shine.

More pictures next week, headed back up to do some work.
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JLAmber (netAirspace ATC & Founding Member) 24 Jun 14, 11:09Post
miamiair wrote:The wing leading edges will have all new hinge extrusions that cost an astronomical amount.


I bet they did! I'm guessing the extrusion dimensions are totally outside of the standard ranges used today?

miamiair wrote:The boots are applied bare, in other words, the skin is not primed.


What sort of lifespan do they have?

I'd love to know the total cost of the project when it's complete. I'm betting it will go close to the cost of a used A320.
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miamiair (netAirspace FAA) 24 Jun 14, 11:17Post
JLAmber wrote:
miamiair wrote:The wing leading edges will have all new hinge extrusions that cost an astronomical amount.


I bet they did! I'm guessing the extrusion dimensions are totally outside of the standard ranges used today?


Similar to those found on the C-130 Hercules. I'll post a picture in a few.

JLAmber wrote:
miamiair wrote:The boots are applied bare, in other words, the skin is not primed.


What sort of lifespan do they have?


Don't know, but I am sure this airplane will be treated like a museum piece.

JLAmber wrote:I'd love to know the total cost of the project when it's complete. I'm betting it will go close to the cost of a used A320.


A low-time A320 will cost less than the what this project is costing.
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bhmbaglock 24 Jun 14, 13:23Post
miamiair wrote:Engines 1 and 4 each drive a turbo compressor that provides pressurization. The heat is provided by a Janitrol heater that uses avgas. {bugeye} {bugeye} {bugeye}


Very early model Porsche cars used gas furnaces for heat as well. Other than safety concerns, not a terrible idea for a rear engine air cooled vehicle. Heat in old VWs, Porsches, etc. never really works worth a damn.
captoveur 25 Jun 14, 09:50Post
I have been seeing online this is getting a glass cockpit similar to that of a C-130J
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miamiair (netAirspace FAA) 25 Jun 14, 09:55Post
captoveur wrote:I have been seeing online this is getting a glass cockpit similar to that of a C-130J


Got a link?

I'll be up there on Monday.
And let's get one thing straight. There's a big difference between a pilot and an aviator. One is a technician; the other is an artist in love with flight. — E. B. Jeppesen
Allstarflyer (Database Editor & Founding Member) 25 Jun 14, 12:06Post
Maybe this is what the captain is describing

A meeting between the CEOs of Honeywell and Lufthansa Technik determined the approach for the solution now implemented of a Honeywell avionics suite originally developed for the Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.
miamiair (netAirspace FAA) 25 Jun 14, 12:26Post
Thanks, I hadn't heard that.
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miamiair (netAirspace FAA) 25 Jun 14, 12:38Post
Leading Edge Hinges:
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miamiair (netAirspace FAA) 01 Jul 14, 11:40Post
captoveur wrote:I have been seeing online this is getting a glass cockpit similar to that of a C-130J


And that they are. Honeywell is donating the hardware. Although the wiring, will be a cast-iron bitch. I'll post a pic later of the engineer's panel. The structural end may be done, but as I've said, the devil is in the details and the wiring. The old style canon plugs are being superseded by modern canon plugs, which require having the pins crimped, and having the compatible receptacles.
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miamiair (netAirspace FAA) 03 Jul 14, 14:00Post
An update...

Details of the flight engineer's panel:

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And let's get one thing straight. There's a big difference between a pilot and an aviator. One is a technician; the other is an artist in love with flight. — E. B. Jeppesen
ANCFlyer (netAirspace ATC & Founding Member) 03 Jul 14, 15:05Post
Did I see a FB post - perhaps from you Vic - that said this thing would have a glass cockpit?
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captoveur 03 Jul 14, 16:07Post
ANCFlyer wrote:Did I see a FB post - perhaps from you Vic - that said this thing would have a glass cockpit?


Scroll up a few posts
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miamiair (netAirspace FAA) 30 Jul 14, 17:50Post
Polish work on some of the cowlings:
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