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WardC1020 01-08-2021 04:16 PM

Pick up at paint shop
On Monday January 11, our 52nd wedding anniversary I will pick up our RV 4 from the paint shop, after inspection and pre flight the plan is to fly 5 hrs home, two 2.5 hr legs. Depending on time, weather may go all the way or finish on Tuesday. As of now weather looks good. Looking for some advice, taxi, fast taxi, pre flight, check over like the first flight, except I had years to get ready for the first flight. No rush, I will take as long as needed to feel comfortable. Plane was delivered to paint shop on Sept 21, 2020, almost 4 months. I donít think itís sat this long since first flight April 5, 2012.

Any suggestions are welcome. Excited and cautious as well. Thank you

AV8ER 01-08-2021 06:38 PM

At a minimum I would suggest looking at all of the control surface bolts, jam nuts on the control rods, and rigging. Basically anything that they took off during their work. I have previously only had a spam can painted at a shop but that is what I looked for.

HAL Pilot 01-08-2021 07:06 PM

Check for Static ports being clear.

PaulvS 01-08-2021 07:08 PM

Congratulations, exciting! No rush as you say is key.
Apart from previous comments the elevator counter balance may need additional weight to compensate for the added paint. The RV-4 does have a counter balanced elevator I believe?
And then check that all masking and any rags have been removed from inside cowling, pitot, static etc. That's probably obvious! :D

wnplt 01-08-2021 08:06 PM

Really really good preflight...

azrv6 01-08-2021 08:24 PM

Check gas tank vent tubes.

rv8ch 01-08-2021 11:39 PM

I recommend a new W&B, if not already done by the paint shop.

Plummit 01-09-2021 12:07 PM

I strongly recommend taking and posting lots of pics - so we can all drool!


DRMA 01-09-2021 02:38 PM

Make sure on the first pre-flight to check that the control surfaces move in the correct direction with stick movement. It sounds obvious, but there are a number of accidents due to the controls having been reversed during maintenance with a resulting crash immediately after takeoff.

rv6n6r 01-09-2021 03:25 PM

Use your condition inspection checklist, probably minus compression test and that sort of thing.

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