Did you ever wonder what it's like to run a maintenance shop for experimental aircraft?
I'm Robert Harris, Owner of The Jet Guys in Covington, TN
Here is a recap of the month of June, just to give you an idea:
First project was a two seat AgCat. Owner requested that we correct some nagging problems that the owner wanted us to resolve/repair:
#1 no pitch trim to front seat.
#2 throttle quadrant in front seat mounted to far aft
#3 power levers binding
#4 install ground power plug
#5 install wheel pants with strut fairing
We don’t work on jets all of the time, so the above work makes for a nice change of pace. And yes... we have all of the varying equipment, skills, and knowledge to resolve all of that list.
Next we had the good fortune to help a customer purchase a nice Long Eze. He made the deal and left the Eze with us for a condition inspection. With this Eze being unknown to us, we do what we would call a first flight inspection:
#1 check flight controls for balance and rigging
#2 remove prop and check condition of mating surface, lug condition and any sign of fretting. Prop bolts had bottomed out in drive lugs, with very little compression on prop.
#3 prop repair and new prop extension
The rest of the inspection was uneventful.
Then I squeezed in a five day trip to Florida and Alabama to provide some consulting to Canard owners/builders.
Back at the shop and we install a new battery system for the jet, & perform flight test.
Next Up - some maintenance on the Rutan Aircraft Flying Experience speed canard.
And one final thing... somewhere in this busy month I got to Fly my LongEze.
Note to self, start prep for Oshkosh!
The Team and some June Project Pictures: