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

Hey Guys,

So this is still it!  And yes, I continue to fight in my hope that this will be the final push –from now until Rough River– to get the main assembly of the aircraft completed.  That’s my goal.  An aggressive timeline to be sure!  After Rough River, I then expect the next few months to be finalizing any leftover punch list items and the finishing & painting! 

As you probably know, starting a few months back I had planned on knocking out a good dozen electrical related items so that I could close up the nose.  I got a bunch of those completed, but kept finding myself not being able to really close out wire runs, confirm install spacing configurations such as the pitch trim unit, etc. because I couldn’t sit in the airplane and confirm what I had dimensionally without the actual pilot’s seat in place.  I couldn’t get the pilot’s seat area done without contending with the fuel lines, driving me to complete the thigh support fuel sump.

So the immediate order of battle right now is to finish the major components in the back seat (GIB) area, primarily the oil heat system with requisite ducts, before then moving forward again to the pilot’s seat area. These mini-tasks are definitely time-consuming and a lot more slow going then planned.  But they allow me to work all this stuff while I can stand right next to the fuselage without having to deal with strakes being in the way!  

Plus, anything that I install now is just one less item that will need to be installed at some point in the future.  Obviously not as sexy as seeing major aircraft components (i.e. nose, strakes, canopy) being completed, but Oh so necessary for quality of flying later on!  Moreover, these completed 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 while concurrently finalizing the wheel pants install (nope, haven’t forgot about those!). Then the canopy install will be after that.

The struggle is REAL folks, as it continues to be busy all up in here!!

Cheers!

 

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