Today was the day. Tail number applied. Log books signed. Fluids and systems checked. Run-up passed. Three touch and goes without incident. This was the first time NX11018 has flown since July 2, 2016,... read more
Using NX and Tail Number Sizes
Unless I’ve forgotten something, tail number decals should be all that remain in order to go flying (aside from log book entries). I have no intention of flying internationally nor in excess of... read more
Installing the Cowl and Spinner
This part has been a long time coming. I started this rebuild project on January 21, over ten months ago. Ten looong months and I don’t know how many hours. To see what my Tailwind looks like... read more
Whirlwind GA-200CN Ground Adjustable Propeller
A new propeller has been on my list of upgrades for a long time and after a lot of research and a fair bit of input from the Tailwind Group, I decided to go with a Whirlwind ground adjustable. They... read more
LED Strobe Anticollision Lights
N11018 was never outfitted with strobe lights, only navigation lights. The FAA does publish strobe light specifications in 14 CFR § 25.1401 – Anticollision Light Systems which... read more
Lift Strut Fairings
When I bought N11018 in August 2011, it also included a box of miscellaneous stuff and in that box were some fiberglass fairings that “clean up” the area where the lift strut attaches to... read more
Installing the Rudder
It’s self-explanatory, but here are some pix that may assist you in your Tailwind build.
It’s Starting to Look Like an Airplane!
I spent the past month installing the wings and rigging the flaps and ailerons, installing some RV gear leg stiffeners, and installing ultralight wheel pants.
Finishing the Air Intake / Lower Cowl Section
Look carefully and you can see how the two bottom panels fit into the sides.