Monday, February 17, 2014

Vans Aircraft RV-12 Airplane Build, Section 37: Fuel Tank (part 8); new fuel tank gauge; new tank vent kit

Reference: pages 37B-03, 37-06, Service Bulletin 13-12-19; 2.25 hours

Step 19: Reinstall the Sender Plate with fuel tank sealant using the hardware called out and two new lock washers that are supplied by Van's Aircraft. Use a 1/16 inch thick layer of sealant between the plate and tank bulkhead. Tighten screws just enough to cause sealant to bulge evenly from underneath the perimeter of the plate.

Rechecked the continuity of the sender unit using a Ohm meter and everything worked within tolerances.

Reference: page 37-07

Step 5 - 8: Installed the nutplates that hold the fuel filler neck to the fuselage skin per Van's Aircrafts instructions.

So the RV-12 fuel tank is assembled and I'm going to let it sit a few weeks before pressure testing it. But there are plenty of other projects to work on in the meantime. The plan is to install the empennage onto the RV-12 airplane kit and then finish rigging the aircraft controls.