It's time to tie up loose ends and get ready to close the plane up for winter. Ollie repaired the starboard jump door latch so it will now stay closed and secure.
He also added wheels to the rear legs of our stairs, making it much easier to move them around.
The tall pole in this photo contains our power line where it enters the aircraft. Note the copper ground rod to it's left, in case of lightning strikes.
Kevin has been working steadily on recovering the second rudder. He is almost done with it.
The major effort this Fall was the installation of new flight deck windows. Ollie first measured and cut out the material, and in the case of the roof windows, heated and bent them to conform to the curvature of the roof.
After each window was cut it's edges were filed and smoothed.
It took a lot of help and many hands to install the new windows. Herb Entz was one of those who helped.
With Jim McGurn on the inside, Paul Nothnagle inserted new stainless screws to secure the aluminum strips that hold the windows in place.
Herb had to hold the new windows and strips while Paul fastened them to the aircraft.
Jim was one of two people putting on the nuts as new screws were inserted.
Kevin also helped out on the inside.
Joe Shemsky was in town that day so he got to work too.
Paul puts in one more of the 700 screws that hold all the flight deck windows in place. Big job!
All work was supervised by the Great Pumpkin.
Don't let the rough look of the cockpit scare you. Work has already started on flight deck repairs and improvements. Kevin has removed the side curtains and is looking into getting new custom ones built. The frame work will be cleaned and painted next year when the warm weather returns.