Spring fever

StanFoster

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Yesterday was the first day in 173 days that the temps were above 70 degrees. I went out early to my stairshop, epoxied some oak on my Montreal stairway.....then played hooky.

I changed the oil in the tail rotor gearbox, lubed everything, dropped my belly pan as the pictures show and inspected everything. Took my gascolator filter out, and thanks to biobor.....still not so much as a speck of anything in it.

I then drained my left and right sumps in my fuel tanks. I installed a drain in the lower triangle shaped bottom of both of my tanks as this makes a perfect sediment and water trap. I saw no water at all....but did see a few minor pieces of debris.

I took off my side shields......inspected real hard with a flashlight.....and found nothing out of order.

It just feels good to constantly keep this machine looked over, and it in return so far is giving me practically no trouble at all......still by far the least maintenance of anything I have owned that flies.

The second picture is my belly pan that was part of my streamlining project the last 2 years.

The next picture shows it is hinged at the front and drops down with the removal of two screws....for inspecting my cyclic mixer....gascolator, sump drains, etc. Should the screws fall out in flight.....unlikely....but nevertheless the wind will just keep the trap door closed....though it may flop some. My under the seat storage bins also simply lift out and I can get my eyes and hands inside the belly of my ship and inspect a lot of stuff.

The panels all go back on in minutes.....and I do this often.


Stan
 

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ibdhoot

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Hi Stan!
Do you have any other photos of your inspection panels and doors? How did you get around the belly seam bolt line? I am still building, but I like the thought of being able to inspect the under side without pulling the cabin off the air frame to do it!

Brian H. 6-31
 

StanFoster

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Brian- Go to post # 2284 in the "Helicycle Hatchery" thread....in the Helicyvle forum. You will see my storage bins on both sides of the seat . Simply lift out the boxes and you can look and reach inside the belly of the cabin. Very handy storage and an excellent inspection point of entry.


Stan
 

All_In

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Stan I really like the belly pan!

It even looks cool down, not sure why... sort of looks like a secret entry way!
 

das

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Hey Stan,
I too have spring fever, but it is so frustrating to have such lackluster factory response at production run 'next'. Many of us were ready to build pushing what seems like 2 years, and still really nothing happening.
I'm beginning to wonder if I'll live long enough to experience what you love and enjoy so much...
das
 

StanFoster

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Das- Hang in there. The wait is frustrating, but Blake means well, and the components he ships are 1st class.

Been flying 3.5 years now and haven't even considered wanting any other type of flying, I am that satisfied. Considered selling it twice for a group of reasons, but it sure wasn't because I didn't love flying it.



Stan
 
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