Senior Tech Team
Join Date: Sep 1998
Location: Mustang, OK USA
I don't have more pictures, but some GOOD updates.
First, the plane is now PHYSICALLY CAPABLE OF WHEELS UP!!!!!!!!!!! But a few minor things have to be done------------the BIGGEST is getting all our documentation signed off by an IA (Inspection Authority). A person with an IA certification is someone who is authorized by the FAA to sign and confirm that the documentation accurately describes what has been done to the plane, how and when it was done (and we do have an IA person).
Yesterday, we permanently bolted down the last passenger seat in the bomb bay area, which is part of our Weight and Balance documentation-----------next week our IA will sign those documents.
Our electrician was finishing the wiring for the ADSB (Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast). ADSB is a surveillance technology in which an aircraft determines its position via satellite navigation and periodically broadcasts it, enabling it to be tracked. It will be REQUIRED for any aircraft that will be flying into Class B airspace (BIG commercial airports). The short version is that ADSB is a very sophisticated type of GPS. That has to be signed off by our IA next week. Without ADSB, we CANNOT fly into Class B airports for airshows!!!!!!
Last, well wouldn't you know it, the person who will be our pilot has to be re-certified (his expired) in an A26. He is the tall person (David) below (I'm on the far right, Zac is next to me) in the picture below. He was the sponsor and pilot on the black A26 below which I used to be part time crew member, but when he got out of it (another loooooong story) and turned it back over to the CAF, it had been too long since he flew an A26 and his certification expired. SOOOOOOOOOOOO, David has to go and fly an A26 (NOT ours) with a rated A26 pilot to get his updated rating.
BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT, bottom line---------------THE PLANE CAN NOW FLY!!!!
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