ClipAway Facelift

Process to replace the middle third of ClipAway

Envelope bag with full envelope 12/14/2009

My fingers flying, ripping stitches, with a lot more to go

A picture of the 6 panels removed from one of 8 gores

02/19/2010 New fabric .... getting ready for the cutting process

Ken Leota and Joanie Padelt aligning the pattern

Panel for one row are cut out, now putting on alignment marks

Envelope laid out and ready to start fabric removal

Removing leftover broken stitches from load tape

This section is approx 24 feet by 24 feet

Bert Padelt getting up close and personal, with alignment marks

Bert using a razor knife to cut out the panels

Ready for the next phase, each bundle is a full row (8 panels)

Starting the tedious task of ripping stitches (4 rows of stitches, and break a stitch in each row, approx every 1/2 inch)

12/15/2009 Finally ... all fabric removed from middle third

Envelope packed back in the bag, minus the middle third

Laying 8 layers of fabric out for the panels in one row

Ken removing the cutting scraps

Bert and Joanie reviewing some figures

---- The sewing phase was done without my help.

(sorry, no pictures during the sewing phase)

Here she is ... very first inflation/flight after the rebuild, taken after Bert and I landed March 17,2010