Here’s a quick update via iPhone.
So I finished the assembly today. Got the controls rigged and safetied. The rear tank in and canopy on. Roland from chapter 92, a retired A&P helped with a duplicate for me then I put the remainder of the interior in.I will meet with Joe from the FAA on Tuesday. Throughout the day we had a lot of visits from some neat people with interesting stories to tell. Frank Holbert came in with a couple of friends with a familiar accent.
So many names they are a bit of a blur but Warren and Sally, from Aussie, came in. Warren is a Qantas 747 skipper with a Thorpe T18 in the Melbourne area. They were fun to talk to. Great people, I could have spent all day with the three of them quite easily. Frank, in case I forgot in a previous blog, is a great guy who owns a Bellanca Super Viking.
He has an excellent website http://www.160knots.com with all of his aviation escapades in it along with a lot of video. It’s worth a look, especially if you are looking for somewhere to visit.
Thom came in again. It was nice to see him again. He was very helpful when I first got there. He says he’s now considering going to Oshkosh too now so who knows, I might have a wing man. Vince, Roland and John were in building an RV7. I get the impression that if let loose they would make a funny group of scallywags. ( that’s probably an expression they might need to research!)Had a great chat with Sven from the hangar next door. A really nice guy and very interesting. We have similar life principles. He’s a really clever guy. He has an awesome GT500.
He made his own wheels and everything. Among other things he makes all the window moulds for Boeing. He’s done all the 787 moulds and just last week he did some new ones for an Apache helicopter. There is some very clever metalwork going on in his hangar. I feel sad now as I have to see Vicki leave to go back home. It won’t be nearly as much fun without her, she’s been fantastic help and support. I’m really going to miss her heaps.
The reassemble video.