After many weeks of wiring around the firewall, we finally got to a point where we could hang the engine. Between the avionics and the power plant wiring harnesses, there were quite a few sensors that had to be hooked up prior to engine installation (or else one would have to make up some pretty interesting arm gymnastics to fish the wires around behind the engine). But after lunch, a few of the mentors lifted the engine off the table, carried it across the room, and a couple of us plunked the fasteners into place on the mount. (It wasn't quite that easy, but...)
We mostly finished up with the avionics including the installation of the ADAHRS (Air Data/Attitude/Heading Reference System) in the tailcone. It hooks up the the EFIS and feeds it all its information regarding your airspeed, attitude, heading, altitude, outside air temperature, etc...
We began installing the landing gear modification kit to satisfy the service bulletin Vans Aircraft published regarding the landing gear.
Our cowling pieces are getting really smooth. We spread a thin coat of microballoon filler over almost the entire surface of the lower cowling half to fill some of the larger pinholes. And then sanded it off again.
More next week!