After completing the wing top skins in early February 2020, it was time to move onto Section 17 – the outboard leading edges. Also known as “the front of the wing”. The pieces will only end up being half of the forward wings, as the other half will look nearly the same, but will be the fuel tanks. Those will be chronicled in the next post.
This section was straightforward, but because they will house the landing and taxi lights it required to start thinking about which type of lights to install. Depending on the types of lights, the bracket to hold it will need to be matched to it.
Here’s an illustrative retelling of this part of the build:
It took 2 months to complete this section. I purchased custom lenses for the light housing from Big Sky Robotics that greatly simplifies the install and looks very professional.
I’ve paired them with a pair of FlyLed’s Landing/Taxi combo lights which will each put out a LOT of light (4800 lumens) and only draw 4 amps. These are made in Australia and such a great small company. I’ll install them later in the build, likely after I’ve done the wing wiring.
Some additional pics of the lights I purchased as I’m preparing them for future installation.
I captured most of the build by time elapsed video. Anna and Grace really helped with the riveting the completed leading edges to the main spars near the end of clip. We finished up the end of April 2020.