Despite working solo, I was able to make reasonable progress on fitting the wing extensions. The purpose of the wing extensions is to improve performance by adding wing area and increasing lift (you can read more on the WING-X web site). I also prepared to install wing spar reinforcements that strengthen the wing and increase the max gross weight of the airplane. Here are a few photos from this week. If you're interested in the technical aspects of the project, make sure you read the captions.
|The Cessna 182 we're working on has several other modifications, including a composite propeller, larger tires, a Sportsman STOL (short takeoff and landing) kit, and vortex generators.
|Wiring modifications and rivet replacement, in preparation for wing extensions.
|Fitting the wing tip (darker gray) to the wing extension (lighter gray). The wing extension has to be custom-fit for this installation. I'm not sure where the horoscope cushion came from, but it worked well to prevent scuffing the wing tip!
|Using a straightedge to get the wing extension aligned with the rest of the wing.
|Several flush rivets had to be drilled out so the spar reinforcements can be installed. The rivet centers can be challenging to locate due to being covered with paint. They are easier to see if a light is placed at the correct angle.