Thought I’d provide a 2019 thus far update:
2019 has not started off with quite the productive bang I had been hoping for… as I’ve said before: schedules have a way of slipping to the right . . .
Coming off my back injury, I had decided not to do any heavy lifting until around mid-January, so I coincided my holiday travels & visits with that timeframe in mind. I returned home from my holiday travels after my last stop, Marco & Gina’s, and was just gearing up to start flying a bunch of instrument flight lessons that I had scheduled when I got word that my mom was having a major health issue.
So, I cancelled all my flying lessons and headed out to Portland, OR for a week. While there, I received word that the airport down in Beaufort, NC had a hangar for me, causing me to then spend nearly the next week compiling the required paperwork and insurance docs to acquire a rather nice, roomy end-unit hangar.
Upon returning back to the east coast, and due to only a short reported window of good WX, I quickly hauled a load down to NC and then spent the next few days getting the majority of my Long-EZ assemblies, parts and pieces transferred into the hangar from my multiple storage units.
Upon returning –once again– back up to the DC area, I continued to work out details and plan for my eventual lathe & milling machine CNC conversions. I also threw myself headlong into learning Fusion 360 CAD software as I awaited good WX for more instrument training flights…. then –BAM!– I caught the flu bug that’s been going around (with a vengeance!). This isn’t your garden variety 3-4 day bug, but a reported multi-week fun-fest that I am now into week 3 of–slowly getting better, but clearly something that puts a damper on prepping my house for sale or flying instrument training flight sorties.
Yes, acquiring my long-term hangar home for my Long-EZ is big news, as is having gotten fairly adept in Fusion 360 and learning how to sketch out various aircraft components in CAD. Last but not least: designing, planning and deciding on my CNC-machining capabilities… as well as acquiring a bunch of the required components and material to do so is fairly significant as well.
So while 2019 hasn’t gone anywhere near as planned, there has been some significant milestones and progress made in regards to the aircraft build.