Plane Has a New Home

After three and a half years in the garage. I finally moved the plane to its new home in my hangar!

There was probably a lot more work I could have done before moving it, but there were some circumstances that dictated I needed to move to the airport.

It started by first getting a giant truck with a lift gate. Once I got that to the house I had my friend Mike over to help me out. We removed the canopy and rear window (which I just had sitting on the plane temporarily…need to finish this) and then rolled the plane out into the driveway.

I know it doesn’t look like much, but seeing the plane in the driveway is one of the coolest things.

After doing some measurements and planning over the last couple months, I realized that the wheels were too wide for the lift gate. Luckily Mike had a 4×8 sheet of plywood that we laid on top of the lift gate.

We rolled the plane forward and lined it up. If it wasn’t for the plywood, this would have been a very precarious balancing issue (Thanks Mike!).

We chocked the wheels once we made sure the engine wouldn’t hit the floor of the truck when lifting, and then raised the plane up and pushed it into the truck. My girlfriend Britney did an awesome job holding the whole airplane in the air!

Once the plane was in. we loaded up the rest of the few remaining items and secured everything down. It felt a little nerve wracking having all this in the back of a truck, but it all went off without a hitch.

I managed to drive the truck (slowly) down to the airport in San Martin and we basically did the reverse, and there were no issues. Luckily the rain held off the whole time we were moving.

We rolled the plane in and it felt like a huge accomplishment. I immediately wanted to start mounting the tail and wings and everything on the plane, but the wings will have to wait for another time.

I loosely fit the horizontal and vertical stabilizers using some clamps. This is probably the coolest thing ever (so far)!

All in all, it was a very successful and satisfying day. I couldn’t have done it without the help of Mike and Britney and of course my mom, who brought us all some lunch and helped with the moving of everything! (Garage can now be used for her car again)!

Plane Has a New Home

Engine work

Today I spent a few hours cleaning the shop and installing some fittings on the engine. My goal is to hang the engine next weekend. 

I started by rotating the prop governor and installed the cable bracket. 

I cut the safety wire on the six screws holding the governor so that I could rotate the lever arm. I then installed the cable bracket in white and reinstalled the screws and re-safety wired them. 

I needed to install the oil cooler fittings, but that requires removing the right p-mag. Once off I could easily screw the fitting in. 

This is the fitting installed and with tape over it to keep moisture out. You can see how tight it is to get a wrench on there. 

The other oil fitting is much easier. 

The fitting (with tape over it) is right above the left p-mag and just under the oil breather tube (with the red cap). 

I also installed the fuel pump outlet and fitting for the fuel pressure. 

Fuel will come out the bottom port and go to the fuel servo near the front of the engine. 

I also installed the oil pressure fitting

And the manifold pressure fitting from the number 3 cylinder. 

You can see it here wrapped in tape just above the oil return line. 

I finally installed the fuel overflow fitting to the fuel pump. 

There are a few more things to install, but that can be done after the engine is hung. There are a few more holes I need to drill in the firewall for cables and wires, but that’s no more than an hour of work, and I’m hoping to get it done some time this week. 

Engine work

Finished (95%) the workshop and Vans Practice Toolbox kit

It’s been a few weeks of cleaning the garage and organizing everything onto some new shelves we got so that I can finally finish setting up the workshop.

I also got my Isham Toolkit delivery last weekend and spent a little while checking out all the tools that come with it. But today I put those tools to good use and finished the Vans RV training Toolkit.

It’s a small toolbox that demonstrates some of the building techniques used in building their planes. It took me about 3 hours to knock it out, I had to take my time with the first few rivets, but once I got the hang of it it went pretty quick.

Using the pneumatic squeezer really helped. I got consistent and straight rivets, both flush and the button head rivets.

Even though it’s just a toolbox, it’s still the first step in building my plane, and I think it was a nice preview into how much work this will really be. I look forward to every minute of it!

Pretty soon there will be a plane in here! (Hopefully)

Next time I post I will be doing the more difficult practice kit for the control surfaces. That will definitely be a fun one.

Finished (95%) the workshop and Vans Practice Toolbox kit

About me

Hello! My name is George Fahmy and I’m building a Van’s Aircraft RV-7  and I’ll be documenting my build on this website! Its going to definitely be a big project, but I think I should be able to handle it. 

My callsign N890GF is a combination of my birth month/year/initials. I spent a long time debating what I wanted as my callsign, and after repeating this out loud over and over again, it just rolls of the tongue and thats when I reserved it with the FAA!

Ever since I was a young boy I knew I was going to be an engineer, I was drawn to taking things apart and putting them back together. I started flying remote control planes early on in life and when I got to college I began studying Aerospace Engineering. I also continued flying remote control planes and they kept getting bigger and bigger. When I graduated college and got my first job, I decided to pursue my pilots license and on March 16th 2016 I passed my checkride and became a Private Pilot! My dream of flying has become a reality, now I am trying to fulfill the other half of that dream which is to fly a plane I built myself. 

I can’t wait to get to that point, but until then I’m glad to share my progress and this experience with everyone! 


About me