|Mar 28, 2009, 11:25 AM|
The EGE is Back, Repaired and Improved
After a looong layoff (about 8 months?), I've finally repaired my EGE and kind of have it back flying. I say "kind of" because it's not flying great and/or I'm not flying it great. However, I was already starting to do a bit better by the end of today's flying session (my third, including the first day [actually night, out at the soccer field] of only test tosses to set the trims and check repair integrity; and then a brief second day which I ended quickly as things were a bit sketchy).
Why the long layoff? Well, I just got really, really frustrated with this plane. When my servo control horn broke on my last flight, on what was a decent landing, I got so frustrated it's unbelievable. I ordered some servo fairings, but then I couldn't get my servo out and ... it just sat. Lately I've been thinking of getting a Radian, but I'd have to import it [at some expense] -- and the exchange rate [for me] absolutely sucks these days. I kept thinking, "I have that damn EZGE just sitting there, only a few steps away from being repaired. I have to at least try to get it flying one more time before investing in the Radian..."
So, I got the servo out, fixed, and then back in. I covered the aileron servos and pushrods with the fairings I'd ordered. I put black tape on the bottom in a pattern that should aid visibility and orientation (something I'd kept meaning to do, but had never done [for various reasons]). Likewise, I had put off something I consider pretty essential -- taping the wings' leading edges with strapping tape. Repeated wing damage has been one of my big frustrations with this plane in the past. Anyway, I got the leading edges taped. Finally, I had been meaning to paint the right wingtip flourescent green and the left flourescent pink, as another orientation aid. I got that done too. Oh yeah, and I discovered a hairline tear in the aileron hing (of the aileron that had been damaged), and I think I've repaired that (we'll see how it holds up).
And then on to the test tosses. And finally flying it around and even getting some decent landings in today.