Europa #435 G-RODO - Milestones


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1993-10 First become aware of the Europa by reading a flight test in Pilot magazine. Aeroplane home-building: background
1995-08 Visit Europa factory.
Have demonstration flight in G-KITS (tri-gear) with Ivan Shaw.
Aeroplane home-building - the move
1996-03 With Wilma’s agreement, take early retirement from BT Labs to make time for aeroplane building. Aeroplane home-building - the move
1997-06 Move to a house in Cheltenham with a bigger garage. Aeroplane home-building - the move
1997-07 House suffers subsidence movement.
The investigation and remedial work disrupt our lives and plans intermittently for several years.
Aeroplane home-building - the move
1999-06 Order a Europa kit and register it with PFA (now LAA) as Project 247-13482 and with CAA as G-ROWI. Aeroplane home-building - making a start
1999-10 Attend weekend workshop including demonstration flight in monowheel G-GBXS with Andy Draper.
Collect tail kit.
Aeroplane home-building - making a start
1999-11 Collect part-built covered trailer from Roger Huttlestone. Journal November 1999
2000-09 Wilma suffers a heart attack.
This affects many things in our lives besides the aeroplane project.
Journal September 2000
2001-03 Workshop approved by inspector Martin Carolan (inspection #1). Journal March 2001
2001-05 Start first layup on the rudder. Journal May 2001
2001-06 Basic rudder structure completed. Journal June 2001
2001-09 Tow completed trailer to Yorkshire.
Collect fuselage and wing kits from the factory and have a demo flight in tri-gear G-KITZ with Mark Waite.
Journal September 2001
2002-01 LAA Mod 10672 (improved retention of TP5/TP6) completed. Journal January 2002
2002-02 Chock & TP outboard rib inspections (#2 & #4) completed. Journal February 2002
2002-05 Factory Mod 58 (TP16 tailplane tab drive pins) incorporated. Journal May 2002
2002-07 Factory Mod 62 (Tailplane torque tube 3/8 inch drive pins) incorporated. Journal July 2002
2002-08 Tailplanes built. Journal August 2002
2002-08 Rudder hinges fitted. Journal August 2002
2002-10 Port flap built. Journal October 2002
2002-11 Starboard flap built. Journal November 2002
2003-06 Starboard aileron built. Journal June 2003
2003-09 LAA Mod 10661 (Outrigger pivot) incorporated. Journal September 2003
2003-10 Port aileron built. Journal October 2003
2003-11 Rudder control horn fitted. Journal November 2003
2003-12 Foam-built parts inspections (inspections #3, #5, #6, #10, #11 & #12) completed and parts post-cured. Journal December 2003
2007-08 Rudder filled and painted. Journal August 2007
2007-09 Starboard wing pre-close inspections (#13, #14, #15 & #16) completed. Journal September 2007
2007-12 Starboard wing built. Journal December 2007
2008-03 Port wing pre-close inspections (#13, #14, #15 & #16) completed. Journal March 2008
2008-05 Port wing built. Journal May 2008
2008-10 Factory Mod 72 (U/C frame strengthening) incorporated. Journal October 2008
2009-01 Wilma dies quite suddenly after a short illness. My whole world is turned upside-down, but I keep hearing her often-repeated advice:
“Stop getting distracted — finish the aeroplane!”
so I am pressing on with the build, and working helps to distract from my sadness that she is no longer here with me.
Journal January 2009
2009-06 Both wings test-rigged to cockpit module. Journal June 2009
2009-06 Aileron and flying controls inspections (#7, #8, #9 & #23) completed. Journal June 2009
2009-06 Fuselage pre-build inspection (#20) signed off. Journal June 2009
2009-11 Firewall-forward kit delivered. Journal November 2009
2009-12 Rotax 912ULS engine delivered. Journal December 2009
2010-05 Cockpit module bonded in. Journal May 2010
2010-06 Another big (happy) life-change event: marry Dorothy Colwill. This has a few knock-on effects on the aeroplane project — but not all of them negative! Journal June 2010
2010-07 Woodcomp SR3000/3W propeller delivered. Journal July 2010
2011-03 Re-register the aircraft with the CAA from G-ROWI to G-RODO. Journal March 2011
2011-11 Loctite applied to tailplane torque tube in accordance with Service Bulletin 15. Journal November 2011
2011-12 First rigging of tailplanes on fuselage. Journal December 2011
2013-04 Set deadline of June 2015 (my 70th birthday) for aircraft to be completed and flying. Journal April 2013
2013-05 Collect new-shape cowls from Neville Eyre. Journal May 2013
2013-07 First trial fit of upper fuselage moulding. Journal July 2013
2013-09 Full wiring diagrams completed and combined into a wirebook. Journal September 2013
2014-05 Factory Mod 70 (new mass-balance arm) completed. Journal May 2014
2014-07 Full fuel system drawing and parts list completed. Journal July 2014
2014-07 Fuselage inspections prior to bonding on the top (#21, #22 & #24) completed by Steve Evans. Journal July 2014
2014-07 Full vacuum system drawing and parts list completed. Journal July 2014
2014-08 Fuselage top bonded on. Journal August 2014
2014-10 Factory Mod 51 (retract lever support strut) completed. Journal October 2014
2014-10 Full pitot-static system drawing and parts list completed. Journal October 2014
2014-10 First successful rigging of wings to fuselage. Journal October 2014
2014-12 Wing pin sockets aligned and bonded to fuselage. Journal December 2014
2015-01 Aileron quick-connect bellcrank pads fitted and ailerons operating from the sticks. Journal January 2015
2015-04 Flap control system fitted and flaps operating over correct range. Journal April 2015
2015-04 Rudder fitted, tailwheel connected and both operating over the correct range of deflection from the pedals. Journal April 2015
2015-09 Undercarriage retract system and flaps both operating over correct range. Journal September 2015
2016-03 Engine first mounted on fuselage. Journal March 2016
2016-03 Carb heater blocks fitted for LAA Mod SM10427. Journal March 2016
2016-07 Cowl first mounted on fuselage. Journal July 2016
2016-07 Propeller first mounted on engine. Journal July 2016
2016-10 Silencer first mounted on engine. Journal October 2016
2017-02 Shoot bolt guides bonded in to doors. Journal February 2017
2017-03 Doors hinged. Journal March 2017
2017-03 Door latches fitted and working. Journal March 2017
2017-05 Wings delivered to Roger Targett for filling and painting. Journal May 2017
2017-05 Complete fuselage winched into trailer for first time. Journal May 2017
2017-05 Flaps delivered to Roger Targett for profiling and painting. Journal May 2017
2017-06 Ailerons delivered to Roger Targett for profiling and painting. Journal June 2017
2017-06 Finished and painted wings collected from Roger Targett. Journal June 2017
2017-07 Finished and painted flaps and ailerons collected from Roger Targett. Journal July 2017
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