Here's our short list of items to be done to get the Skyhawk ready to fly. They're not in any order, but need to be accomplished prior to first flight.
1. Open Access panels
2. Inspect for FO (birds nests)
3. Apply electrical power
4. Op's check electrical systems
5. Apply hydraulic pressure to identify leaks and system function
6. Drain hydraulic systems/change filters
7. Remove tail section
8. Remove engine to access component removal: remove fuel control, oil pump, fuel pump, hydraulic pumps, magneto generator, fuel distributer blocks for bench check/overhaul
9. Change and/or clean engine oil filter
10. Jack aircraft
11. Remove and reseal nose landing gear shock absorber
12. Open wing fuel panels, inspect fuel tank
13. Remove and replace R/H brake
14. Remove and reseal L/H brake
15. Perform normal and emergency gear swings
16. Remove canopy/replace canopy actuator
17. Remove ejection seat for inspection
18. Install new tires and tubes
19. Remove drop tanks
20. Perform pitot static/altimeter checks
21. Op's check radio and Nav equipment
22. Perform hydraulic flight control checks
23. Purge engine oil system
24. Pre-oil engine prior to engine runs
25. Service engine with fresh oil
26. Start engine, perform leak/operational checks
27. Perform power engine runs.
28. Fix misc squawks.
Now for some pictures of what we've managed to get done so far: Opening acess panels for inspection
First time with electrical power in 15 years.
First birds nest found in the tail, several more found in and around the slats.
First time with hydraulic power in more than 15 years. We have about half a dozen leaks we'll need to address.
View looking between flaps at bottom of the engine and flap actuator. Flaps worked fine with no leaks.
Aircraft on jacks with main wheels removed, brakes removed and nose landing gear shock absorber removed.
We're making good progress, but still have a ways to go.