Rough River 2016

Before departing . . .

MY seat! :)Prepping to go, from Chesapeake, VA

In the air . . .

Flying high! 10,500 ftFlying high! 10,500 ft

Flying high! 10,500 ftFlying high! 10,500 ft

Flying high! 10,500 ft

Flying high! 10,500 ft

Flying high! 10,500 ftFlying high! 10,500 ft

Flying high! 10,500 ft

Flying high! 10,500 ft

Flying high! 10,500 ftFlying high! 10,500 ft

Flying high! 10,500 ft

At RR . . . all parked.

On the ramp at RR!

Just a quick note about RR for me.  I love talking to all the folks and checking out the birds, but in general when I take pics I’m looking for the details of what different builders have done, either uniquely or just high quality that would be good to emulate.  There are a couple of pics of entire airplanes, but even with those I was probably capturing paint scheme ideas!

Checking out rudder lines . . .

Checking out ruddersChecking out rudders

Local scenery . . .

Falls of RoughFalls of Rough

Interesting tidbits

Neat trickGIB strake window

Cool checklist

Tie down

Vari-Ezes

Vari-EzeBill Jame's Vari-Eze

Long-Els

Long-EZ

Long-EZ

Long-EZ - Florida based

Long-EZ

Cozy MKIV

Cozy IVCozy IV

Marco’s Bird:

Marco's autopilot servoOil cooler

Marco giving Mike Beasley a ride!

Marco giving Mike Beasley a ride!

Jim Voss’s Long-EZ:

Nose Hatches……………………………Nose Hatches

…………………….Vent & oil check door

Very customized Long-EZ:

Clean EZ!

Nice baffling!

Nice rudder lines

Wheel Pants & Baggage Pods:

Jim Voss's wheel pants

Wheel pant & baggage pod

baggage pod

Baggage pods

Baggage pods

Baggage pods

Baggage pods……………………………Baggage pods

…………………….Baggage pods

Backend stuff:

Engine stuffProp stuff

Cozy nose Oil Heat:

Oil Heat

Oil Heat

Oil heat & hingesTire tube air gap filler

Saturday CSA Meeting
Marco, me & Chrissy Bush off to the right:

At RR Saturday CSA Meeting

Marco, me, Chrissy & Terry Schubert presenting:

At RR Saturday CSA Meeting

Mike Toomey gettin’ out of Dodge!

Mike Toomey heading home...

Me & Marco, back in the air & heading home (via Parkersburg, WV):

Homeward bound... 11,500 ft!Homeward bound... 11,500 ft!

Homeward bound... 11,500 ft!Homeward bound... 11,500 ft!

Backseat iPad with Foreflight, fed via Stratus ADS-B receiver… works great!

Homeward bound...

On the ramp at Parkersburg, WV:

On the ramp at Parkersburg, WV

Back in the air, heading home to KCPK – Chesapeake:

Homeward bound... 11,500 ft!Homeward bound... 11,500 ft!

Homeward bound... 11,500 ft!

Homeward bound... 11,500 ft!

Homeward bound... 11,500 ft!

Starting our decent into Hampton Roads area, just east of Richmond:

Homeward bound... 11,500 ft!Homeward bound... 11,500 ft!

Homeward bound... 11,500 ft!Homeward bound... 11,500 ft!

Entering the Hampton Roads area:

Homeward bound... descendingHomeward bound... descending

Homeward bound... descendingHomeward bound... descending

Homeward bound... descendingHomeward bound... descending

Homeward bound... descendingHomeward bound... that's Norfolk, VAHomeward bound... that's Norfolk, VA

Homeward bound... that's Norfolk, VAHampton Roads

Homeward bound... that's Norfolk, VAHampton Roads

Homeward bound... that's Norfolk, VAHomeward bound... that's Portsmouth, VA

Coming up on KCPK – Chesapeake:

Ahh, KCPKOn base to Chesapeake

Back at home base!

RR mission complete!

MC.

 

Recent Posts

Project Update

Hi Folks,

Well, Rough River 2017 is in the history books.  A great Rough River all the way around!  Marco’s new GRT Mini & GNRS480 avionics install went off without a hitch, providing an awesome proof of concept for my upcoming panel.  In addition, the myriad of builder tips that I got from Buly, Rick Hall, James Redmon, Terry Schubert, Mike Beasley, Bruce Sinclair, Bill James and countless others were gold in the bank for so many upcoming component decisions and configurations I need to make.

As I mentioned before, I’ve had to adjust my schedule a bit over the past 6 weeks, which of course impacts my goals.  Yes, I will continue to fight in my hope that this will be the final push to get the main assembly of the aircraft completed.   I do plan on having the main structure of the aircraft finished by year’s end.  An aggressive timeline to be sure, but I think it’s very doable.

I’m still working out the finer details of making everything fit inside the cockpit.  Since the vast majority of what I’m doing are all mods, these usually require a lot of in-house R&D, and then trial & error when finally at the install phase.  However, the curve is exponential in that as each component is designed and installed, it accelerates the build because besides just being in the “done” column, it is one less thing to design and build.  Moreover, it’s a variable that has been changed into a constant.

All this is just to say that even though things seem to be going slowly, there really is a momentum building for this project.  These pesky mini-tasks burn time, but as they are finished and systems are integrated, then when the final airframe components builds are finished, this plane will seriously be close to being done. Again, these mini-tasks are definitely time-consuming and a lot more slow going then planned.  But finishing them now allows me to work all this stuff while I can stand right next to the fuselage without having to deal with strakes, or nose, being in the way!  

I have to say that it’s much easier and more fun to build the big stuff that makes this project look like a plane, and I often feel my discipline waining to go build something “cool”.  So, although obviously not as sexy as seeing major aircraft components (i.e. nose, strakes, canopy) being completed, these mini-tasks are oh so necessary for quality of flying later on!  Moreover, these immediate tasks, in turn, will allow me to finalize the configuration of the nose components. At which point I will focus on the building the nose and the canopy.  . . while concurrently finalizing the wheel pants install (nope, haven’t forgot about those!).

Cheers!

 

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