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,

Months ago I made a goal to try my best to get this bird done before the Rough River fly-in.  Yes, a crazy goal… but I knew it would keep me working on the plane full bore.  So much of these builds are like running a marathon… mental motivation.  As in staying motivated.  

When it was clearly obvious that I wasn’t going to make Rough River, I took a break for almost a week to head back up to the DC area to simply relax and visit friends.  Upon my return I’ve been getting some personal things done and am really just getting back into the build.

With the fuselage still inverted I’ve knocked out nearly all of the “micro” (West 410 + micro) finishing on the bottom surfaces of the airplane and the subsequent epoxy wipes ala the Corey Bird finishing method.

Within days I expect to be be diving into knocking out the main gear leg-to-fuselage interface fairings as well.

Concurrent with completing the gear fairings I plan on doing a fair amount of priming and painting on the bottom side of the bird as well.

Yep, I expect this bird to be inverted for another 2-3 weeks (ha!) before it gets flipped back upright to close out the strakes with the top skin install.

After the top strakes it will be on to the winglet/rudder install (Chapter 20).  Then engine and top cowling install, topside finish and prime/paint.

 

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