Optional Aluminum Panel

Here is the inside view of the panel.

Here is the inside view of the panel.

I had a surprise morning off from work due to some cancellations, so I spent a couple of hours working on a trailing edge support for the optional aluminum panel that goes under the door. I like the idea of using this panel for two main reasons. One is to make for a place to attach the lower strut fairing. The other is to protect the fabric in a high-traffic area. I didn’t really think of a good way to mount the aluminum angle support that the avipro manual describes. Some other builders have been able to figure out good ways to do it, so I picked up some 3/4″ angle and started working on making a piece.

Here is a mark so that I can trim the panel to match the other one next time I have it off.

Here is a mark so that I can trim the panel to match the other one next time I have it off.



Here I am working on it again.

Here I am working on it again.




The aluminum piece turned out nice enough, but I still wasn’t able to come up with a method of attachment that I liked.

Here is the end of the Aluminum angle.  I tapered it some to try and limit the bulge on the longeron.  The current shape still needs one more cut to allow the floorboard to be removed later.

Here is the end of the Aluminum angle. I tapered it some to try and limit the bulge on the longeron. The current shape still needs one more cut to allow the floorboard to be removed later.



Here is the angle rear support stuck in place.  I sort of missed when I cut the slot for the tube.  I don't really like it.

Here is the angle rear support stuck in place. I sort of missed when I cut the slot for the tube. I don't really like it.



This is a view looking up from the bottom.  The tunnel is on the left, and the aluminum belly piece is on the right.  I'd like to bend the aluminum piece a little bit differently so that it lines up with the tunnel at the trailing edge.

This is a view looking up from the bottom. The tunnel is on the left, and the aluminum belly piece is on the right. I'd like to bend the aluminum piece a little bit differently so that it lines up with the tunnel at the trailing edge.

Here is a shot of the panel that I was talking about earlier that I would like to rebuild.