Project Update

Hey Guys,

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.

8 thoughts on “Project Update

  1. Hi there!

    I’ve been following your long-ez build for quite awhile now! congratulations for coming this far. I’m sure we’ll be able to see a new ez in the sky in the next 2 years. One day i’ll build my own ez too;) I’m still building small stuff like diy bikes, CNC and violins. Keep believing and finish strong!

    Sheng Chuan
    Singapore, National University of Singapore
    Faculty of architecture, Year 3 student

    • Hi Sheng!

      Thanks so much for your kind words. I’m sure you know that if you can do the small stuff, you can easily build an EZ. Let me know when you start!

      Good luck in school.

      Regards,
      Wade

  2. Hi Wade,
    Thanks very much for detailing and documenting your build experiences. I’ve bookmarked your site and will be poring over it in detail as I get geared up for my own project.
    I’ve got a bit of a way to go yet (as in, I think I should at least be on my way to getting my Recreational Pilot’s License 1st, before I commit to buying parts 🙂 ), and am still deciding on the best option (Long-EZ v. E-Racer v. Berkut (if that’s even remotely possible) v. Europa XS ). The heart is saying “canard” while the head says “Europa” will offer a little more utility (may need to use a grass strip) . I’m also keen to re-read and process your notes about the Feather Light Strake Leading Edge Kit (something I’m thinking I’m going to wish I had, and may lament the fact it’s no longer available) and vacuum bagging experience. Vacuum bagging was something I was thinking about to improve the quality of build, but it seems it might involve more effort and tears than you get in pay-off.
    Good luck with your build and keep that momentum up, my first flight lesson is this week!
    Regards,
    Peter
    Canberra, Australia

  3. Hmmmm I’m looking for the canard cover pages? Latest newsletter from David Orr has a Berkut style on a LE. The cover extends to the top of the IP. Great for access here which believe me is needed. Good look at the bus master lll be using to go with the efii stuff….

    Really good to see your progress!!! Keep up the great work!

    I’m just finishing off the aileron click bonds and wing completion is close. Please keep the pace up …l need your blog to remain ahead of my build 😉

    • Hey Dave!

      I guess we’re in a bit of a pickle because I intentionally slowed down so I could use YOUR blog to remain ahead of my build! haha!

      Canard cover is still a couple of months out. I have to catch up to you and get the spar/firewall mounted so I can then work on the canopy… at which point the canard cover will get completed.

      Good to see your progress too! Man, you’re crushing it!

      As always, ROCK ON!!

      Cheers,
      Wade

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