Warming Up

ByJohn Bjornstad

Warming Up

Spring came early this year. The warm weather has allowed us to address the required fabric repairs on the trailing edge of the wings.

When the Kitfox was donated into the program this past year it was already covered. The original owner had completed the work in the early 90’s and since then there had been an Airworthiness Directive (AD) issued pertaining to the ribs on both wings. The AD stated that there have been reports of ribs cracking under above average side loading and that the inboard and outboard ribs needed to be modified. As a result the side loading on the ribs have increased from being able to withstand 12 G’s to 24 G’s. Anyway we completed the modification weeks ago, but the cold weather kept us from repairing the fabric we cut in order to access the ribs. Now that it warmed up this week, we began patching the wings and feel like we might only be weeks away from having an airworthy aircraft!

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