Riveting: 3.2 hours

Continued riveting for skin and installed stainless screen at cut out for RV8a step.


Riveting: 6.6 hours

Tweaked aft fuselage wire positions, fabricated and installed transponder wire harness support. 

Cut ELT coax to length and installed connector. 

Riveted rudder cable exit fairings to fuselage. 

Began riveting upper aft skin to bulkheads.

ELT antenna installed aft of F-808. I did not want an external mount but this is a 406 unit and I wanted to be in compliance with TSO requirements. Plus the antenna is too long to place under empennage fairing. Ugly and more drag, oh well.

Workshop shrinkage

My workshop is officially too small. I have about two feet of wiggle room on all sides, just enough to get it done but I’m paranoid about denting the skins. This forces me to always have to take the long way around the shop. So I pay dearly when I forget a tool. Man do I miss being able to go direct! Have to make the best of it for now.