Work Day 13th October 2018

T86 Radar
Following the refurbishment of all the chiller and air conditioner covers they were refitted to the cabin. A time consuming and not a straight forward task for Pete M and Pete J. The standard of work carried out on the covers can be seen in these two photos, first the chiller then the air conditioner.

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T86 AC Covers Refit wm.jpg

Neil rewired the refurbished roof switch and replaced its cover so apart from anti slip tape being applied to the top of the roof switch that task is complete. This photo shows the roof switch in position behind the roof access ladder, complete with fitted Castel key.

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Neil also tested the functionality of the roof switch as it is an integral part of aerial brake operation. Here a photo shows the front cabin wall after work was completed on the roof switch and the refitting of the air conditioner covers.

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Some tasks are simply time consuming and a good example is painting of the new wooden decking for the  cabin roof. The decking had previously been primed so it was time for a top coat. Ian tackled this job and while he spent all day on it, it will take several more days of effort to complete. The top of the decking will receive an anti-slip coating. The decking is looking smart even though it is only partly painted so far.

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Trailer light brackets were refitted. The challenge here was to work out which were front and which were rear as they are different! A quick reference to original photos sorted that problem out and as can be seen they look the part now.

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Another one of these ‘smaller’ tasks was the refitting of the disperser bars to two of the launcher stalk aerial illumination waveguide horns, again after refurbishment in the following photo.

T86 WG Horn Disperser wm.jpg

This is what the stalk aerial on the launcher looks like.

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When possible fittings are removed for refurbishment off site. An example was Neil removing the securing clips for the RF receiver cover on the aerial system. Duly removed the clips will now be refurbished. An accompanying photo shows an example of what takes place off site, in this case the removal of corrosion from a trailer light lens fitting.

T86 Trailer Lamp Fittings wm.jpg

Launch Control Post
The simulator was run up without any problems but did start creating errors during use. Reseating and cleaning edge connectors on several Argus 700 cards did the trick. The environment in the hangar does not help condensation on all metal surfaces was severe this Saturday.

 

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