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D9 transport assembly

By Old Koreelah, 24/08/19
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Transporting and assembling my Jodel D9 ready for flight

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When you built the trailer did you have to get it inspected 4 times by a L4 before you were permitted to register and use it? Did you supply RAAus with photos of all warning placards? Looks like just as hard to build as the D9. Ken

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Nope and nope, Ken. And yes, building the carrier was a big project. 

 

It took many sleepless nights to design the mechanisms for carrying the fuselage forward, separating it from the wing and then rotating it around over the wing for travel. After using it regularly for a few years I totally redesigned it, so it now uses a very different mechanism. I reckon I could have designed and built two aeroplanes for less trouble.

 

I'm currently making (hopefully) final refinements to the aircraft before giving it a decent paint job, in preparation for my trip to Clifton next month. Maybe one day I'll read-shoot the video and post it on You Tube.

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Old K, that thing's just amazing, and the nearest thing I've seen to an aircraft carrier on wheels. All you need now, is to fit a complete set of hydraulics, and end up with a single-lever, automated operation! :thumb up:

 

How do you get the Jodel back on, do you fly it on?? :cheezy grin:

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Thanks for your kind words, 1T. The bluddy carrier isn't getting any more of my time! I have a dozen other projects on the go and a wife who wants me to finish building the house...

 

Taxi up to the ramp and shut down. Attach winch cable to strong point on top of firewall. Winch plane onto carrier. Fold seat up and secure with harness. Remove 5 wing bolts and joystick axle bolt. Insert bolt to secure wing to carrier. Winch fuselage forward clear of wing. Rotate 90 degrees and stow over wing. Fold up ramp and insert 6 lynch pins. 

Drive home and reverse it into shipping container.

 

I sometimes leave it in our hanger for a few weeks during flying season, but at home in the container is more secure and cheaper.

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What a build sir, that demout/remount took a hell of a lot of skill and brain work to get it so right for purpose. Do you have a specific proceedural checklist made for the assembled preflight condition, as i imagine like myself you will be at most times solo in the process. My own enclosed transporter is designed for single unit hagarage of my GT500 and I have been pondering the problem of not always having a second pilot to cross check the reassembly available.    Again very impressive work sir.  Cheers  Mick

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Thanks Hargraves. Good point about a checklist; I made one up, but never followed it. That has occasionally led to problems when I've skipped an important step, and have had to take the plurry thing off and start again!

Like all things with aviation, clear focus and an unhurried approach is necessary. 

I agree about working solo; it's usually unavoidable, but nice to have help when people are around.

None of my controls need to be disconnected for trailering, so that's a safety bonus.

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Having to not disconect controls is a very desirable feature for certain and is really at the center of my own 500 dismount/remount concerns old K.         I know of no folding wing design in our catagory whose structural integrity I would trust on our roads during a serious tour of Aus, even when custom building the trailer for it, to include a quad braked and shock absorber fitted load sharing axle group,   This of course dictates fully dismounting the wings onto full length foam lined deep alloy

channels that are stowed on mains gear brackets and a fabricated alloy cross bean off the aft fuze main tube for one man single unit autonomus loading/unloading capability. I,m thinking a colour coded id tag system for control conections, as a backup to a post assembly check list may be another way to self cross check when solo, and i,m very interested to here of any other ideas to facilitate or verify the safety of the reassembly. I would love to see your system up close and would endeavor to be at clifton to meet up if your going to be their sir, cheers Mick

 

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