In March I was focused some on the engine & figuring out some of the components I needed. I had put an order in with Sam Tillman at Saber Manufacturing for an 8-inch prop extension. Sam of course does some amazingly high quality work. Very nice.
Another serendipitous find I made was a local manufacturer that makes certified parts for military aircraft simulators. I guess because it was the holiday season, and since my buddy Marco wanted one as well, I was able to talk them into doing a two-unit production of some F-16 throttle handles. Since instrument panel space is limited in a Long-EZ, I want to put a number of switches on my throttle handle along with my grip stick to attain the highest level of HOTAS (Hands-on-Throttle-and-Stick) as possible (I listed the throttle as Chapter 23 since it’s actually not covered in the Section I plans, but rather in the Section IIL plans which covers engine installation exclusively).