Thursday October 13th, 2005|
Torqued Step Bolts; Mulling ELT Mount
Today I ordered a bunch of stuff from Van's, a pro-seal tube (for sealing around the gear legs, steps, etc), a low pressure fuel pump (I'm going with a carbuerated engine), and yes...a new right gear leg weldment. So today I decided to go ahead and work on other parts of the project.
I started out by removing the baggage floors and seat pans and then sucked all the metal shavings out with the shop vac.
Next I bolted and torqued the UHMW blocks for the steps. For whatever reason my step kit didn't come with the proper bolts and I had to order some more. Anyway, this stuff is done.
I also spent quite a while playing around with the ELT installation. One of the neat features of this ELT is that it has voice transmit capability so you can plug a headset into it and transmit information to anyone who may be listening on the frequency. I mean, you can't hear if they start talking back, but at least it gives you a backup in case your radios are hosed and you don't have a handheld. Because of this feature, many people mount this unit on top of the seat pans just forward of the flap torque tube you see above. This may work but I don't like the idea of tilting the ELT downward.
I also thought about mounting it where you see above, under the baggage floors. The only caveat to this location is that this would be a snug fit and I have concerns about the ELT vibrating on the bottom skin or the baggage floor. I'm thinking if I mount it here i may attach some thin foam to the bottom floor and some to the baggage floor. I think that would work.