A Stitts Skycoupe Restoration Project

The Stitts Skycoupe is also known as Stitts SA7 D

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Work Session 3/2/2013

Terry, Andy, Kent and Steve Johnson met for breakfast at Al's Diner at 0800 then worked from 0900-1300 on a variety of projects including riveting the seats, the airbox and (after Konrad came a bit later) the brakes.   Terry gave Steve a good lesson in setting rivets in the seat bottoms and backs, something Steve mastered in a few minutes.  Andy and Kent used the panel mockup to look into what will be needed to mount it offset from the frame to provide clearance for instruments.   We found that the panel can be much shorter than originally expected, leaving more leg room than expected.   We'll also not need a lower central extension to the panel.   The panel mockup will now be modified and we'll look at the best means to mount it in a way that makes removal simple for assembly and maintenance.

We need someone to take 'ownership' of the completion and assembly of the ailerons.  Who can help?

Steve Johnson shows off one of the seat pans, nicely riveted.

Terry and Steve set rivets on the seat back.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Instrument panel mockup

Skycoupe instrument panel mockup 2/22/2013

Yes, a few BCAC members have been making progress this winter.  For instance, at Noel Falwell's suggestion, Kent created this mockup of a new instrument panel with full-scale images of instruments tentatively planned for the airplane.  Following is a list of instruments being considered or already purchased:

Stits SA-7D Skycoupe Instrument List

  1. GPS/Moving Map - iFly 700 GPS gimbal mount + antenna
      • http://ifly.adventurepilot.com/HOME.aspx
      • Dimensions: 7 1/4" X 4 1/2" X 3/4"
  2. MGL Flight-2 Primary Flight Instrument (MGL Velocity Single)
      • http://www.mglavionics.co.za/
      • Dimensions: 3.346" X 3.346" X 2.047"
  3. MGL E1 Universal Engine Monitor
      • http://www.mglavionics.co.za/
      • Dimensions: 3.346" X 3.346" X 2.047"
  4. Radios
    1. Garmin Apollo Slimline SL-30 NAV/COMM
      • http://www8.garmin.com/products/sl30/
      • Dimensions: 1.3"H x 6.25" W x 10.5" D
    1. Garmin Apollo Slimline SL-40 COMM
      • http://www8.garmin.com/products/sl40/
      • Dimensions: 1.3"H x 6.25" W x 10.5" D
    1. MGL V-6 w/Intercom
      • http://www.mglavionics.com/html/radios.html
      • Dimensions: 2.40"H x 2.40" W x 4.2" D
  1. Intercom
    1. Flightcom 403mc (donated by Michael Crowder)
      • http://www.flightcom.net/general-aviation/intercoms-ga/403mc/
      • Dimensions: 2.375″ W x 1″ H x 2.625" D
    1. MGL V-6 COMM w/Intercom (see above)

  1. Transponder
    1. Garmin GTX-327 $1200
      • http://www8.garmin.com/products/gtx327/index.html
      • Dimensions: 6.25"H x 1.65" W x 8.73" D
  1. Fuel/Air Mixture gauge = Innovate MTX-L AFR
      • http://www.innovatemotorsports.com/products/MTXL.php
      • Dimensions: 2.0625"H x 2.0625" W x ~3.0" D
  1. Inclinometer
      • http://aircraftproducts.wicksaircraft.com/item/aircraft-instruments/inclinometer/1576s?
      • Dimensions: 3.5"H x 1.5" W (surface mount)
  1. Throttle Dia. 1.5" ?
  2. Mixture Dia. 1.5" ?
  3. Primer (?)
  4. Magnetic compass
      • http://aircraftproducts.wicksaircraft.com/item/falcon-gauges/falcon-gauge-magnetic-compasses/mcdn-2?&plpver=10&origin=keyword&by=prod&filter=0
      • Dimensions: 2.0" Dia.
  1. Switches Left - Contura-2, Carling
    1. Master On/Off
    2. L-Mag On/Off
    3. R-Mag On/Off
    4. Starter - momentary switch
  2. Switches Right - Contura-2, Carling
    1. Future use
  3. Fuse panel - Bussman
  4. Headset sockets right/left
  5. Map box