The holiday’s are now past us and we are going full steam ahead on the Zenith 750. The plan to work in one session over the holidays was thwarted by a snow event that wasn’t in the forecast and kept us out of the hangar, so we did lose one work day. However, coming back strong after the new year last night, we worked on the root skins and the wingtip supports on the right wing.
Getting the root skins to fit was a challenge, but the team did a fantastic job of getting it to fit properly after making several adjustments to get the oil canning tendency removed.
The leading edge root skin is rolled around from the bottom, so the wing had to be moved slightly off center from the table to get access for clecoing and drilling.
Lucas Hartwig, EAA’s SportAir Workshop Logistics Coordinator, drills out holes in the root skins. If you’re reading this thinking “I should take one of those workshops”, I have a link for you! SportAir Workshops 2013 kickoff is right here in Oshkosh, and there are slots open in a few classes. The full schedule for 2013 is nearly complete, so take a look at a destination near you, and sign up!
With the root end drilled out to full size, the tip end needed the wingtip supports drilled to the front and rear spars.
And with that, the right wing is to a point where it was time to move it for storage. We plan to get the left wing brought up to this point when we can deburr both sets of skins, and then begin wiring and fuel system installations simultaneously.
The storage location is next door in EAA’s Marks Hangar, and the team gently moved the wing across the icy snow-packed ramp….
…up the stairs inside…
…and on to the awaiting table for storage.
Back over at the work station, the left wing came off the storage rack and set back on the table where we will begin skinning it over the weekend.
We’ve seen this picture before, haven’t we???