Post by corsairarm on Dec 25, 2012 10:06:36 GMT 12
It is certainly worth listening to. It gives inspiration to any one of us that could find by chance any old airplane that is direlict somewhere, complete or just cockpit, to obtain and restore to say static display. It could be a type that is still common but one day soon it wont be.
The idea is to fit as much as possible myself and then when it goes to the LAME for final assembly it should be fairly straight forward. The skins attach to the tube frame via a rail which runs the length of the frame and is attached to the top longeron with alloy castings and U bolts. A lot of the skins are removable via Dzus fasteners. So the fitting of this rail needs to be precise or the panels wont fit correctly.
One variation from original will be the fitting of a second seat in place of the hopper. The seat will position just as it would have when a Wackett (remembering these aircraft were made from Wackett frames). I am hoping because this is essentially back engineering, certification shouldn't be too hard?
Nice Craig, I was out a Bankstown today but I couldn't see the old engineer at the AirAg hangar who used to work on these. Reading through your thread however it seems your contacts are probably more useful. That seat looks like a fun metalwork project for an apprentice looking for some practical experience. Good luck and great interview as well mate.
I have now been able to reserve the rego CTX. Big thanks to Julia Reed at CAA. She took the time to approach the party who had the rego on hold, explained the situation and they agreed to release it. Things are starting to fall into place.
Re: The rebuild of Cropmaster ZK-CTX The following comment is from a one-eyed Ag Aviator of 50 years in the industry. Removing a hopper from an Ag Aircraft is like removing your heart from your body. An aircraft without a hopper is an aircraft without a heart.
You (or whoever you are quoting) are entitled to your/their opinion. But the matter is irrelevant as the hopper was one of the parts missing. Do you think I should have just let it rot rather than restore it without a hopper!!!!!?