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Old 01-08-2021, 04:16 PM
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Default 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
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Old 01-08-2021, 06:38 PM
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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.
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Old 01-08-2021, 07:06 PM
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Check for Static ports being clear.
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Old 01-08-2021, 07:08 PM
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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!
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Old 01-08-2021, 08:06 PM
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Really really good preflight...
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Old 01-08-2021, 08:24 PM
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Check gas tank vent tubes.
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Old 01-08-2021, 11:39 PM
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I recommend a new W&B, if not already done by the paint shop.
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Old 01-09-2021, 12:07 PM
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I strongly recommend taking and posting lots of pics - so we can all drool!

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Old 01-09-2021, 02:38 PM
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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.
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Old 01-09-2021, 03:25 PM
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Use your condition inspection checklist, probably minus compression test and that sort of thing.
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