Day 23 - April 19, 2014

With the tailcone completed last session, the majority of the students began construction of the empennage. Preparation and assembly included components of the anti-servo tab, vertical stabilizer, and the stabilator (a piece which combines the functions of both the elevator and horizontal stabilizer into one unit).

 Work resumed on the canopy with a couple of students helping position and fit the frame. Great effort was required to force the fixture flush with the fuselage sides, so when it came time for canopy skirt attachment, minimal dents and impressions would show. The baggage bulkhead and aft windows were temporarily installed on the fuselage to assist with the canopy bubble fitting. Some adjustments needed to be made, i.e. sanding the edges, in order to create a proper fit. The bubble will be positioned and ready for attachment drilling next session.

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