Finished static port installation

November 3, 2015 – Knowing I was getting ready to install the aft top skins, I wanted to finish the installation of the static port bracket.

There would be one rivet for the skins behind (outboard) this bracket, so I clecoed the left side of the aft skin in place on the longeron, then shot the one rivet. Then I got out the squeezer and installed the bracket for good.

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Finished static port mods

October 24, 2015 – I finally pulled my head out and took care of the mods for the static ports.

I made the bracket for the T-fitting for the tubing, and assembled everything in place. All I need to do is rivet the bracket to the bulkhead, but I’ll wait to see if I have access to the rivets for the top skin at that location.

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I ran the tubing across to connect the two ports. I got some nice 1/4″ nylon clamps to hold it all in place. A little more aircrafty than tie-wraps.

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Static port engineering

October 14, 2015 – Since I mis-drilled the locations for the static ports, I have to engineer a fix to route the tubing.

The static ports are supposed to be in front of the bulkhead; I drilled the holes behind. So the tube that runs forward needs to be routed past the bulkhead. I’m making an angle to hold the t-fitting, and drilled a hole through the bulkhead so the tubing has a straight run.

I think this setup will work fine. Note that this is not done yet; the pictures show a roughly cut bracket in place.

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Installed air vent scoops and static ports

October 14, 2015 – I had some sealant available, so I installed the air vent scoops and the static ports. These just get glued into place with sealant. Some people add some fasteners to these, but I didn’t see the need.

I figured out the specific location of the scoops, then marked them and taped around them to keep the sealant under control.

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The static ports just took a little bit of sealant and they went right in.

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Time: 1:30

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Started static ports

September 29, 2015 – I started to work on the static ports.

I’m using the SafeAir static port kit, which requires a 1/4″ hole in the skin on each side of the fuselage.

I carefully laid out the location of the hole on the right side. I needed to make sure that the hole was located so that the port would fit without interference next to the bulkhead.

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Those of you who have done this, you see anything wrong?

I drilled the hole on the right side, then made sure the port fit inside.

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Well, if you haven’t caught it, I drilled the hole aft of the bulkhead instead of forward like the plans call for. That was a time just to put everything down and walk away…

Well, I put a post on vansairforce.net, and got some response. I called Van’s during the builder support time. The gentleman I talked to was of the opinion that the few inches change would not make a difference.

So I will probably drill the other side the same; I just need to be creative when I route the forward run of the tubing. I’m thinking it will go through the bulkhead.

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