August 26, 2005

Fiberglass Rudder




Measured the fiberglass piece that fits to the bottom of the rudder for fitting. There are witness lines molded in the piece for trimming but I know better than to just assume they are correct, i.e. avoid the "cut once, cry often" problem.

August 25, 2005

Ditch Day






Some days, when you can, there are better things to do than work on the airplane. Got out for a little climbing at whitehorse ledge at Conway NH with Shane Stewert and Mark Cave who are back from Iraq.

August 23, 2005

A Visitor




Today we received a visit from my EAA chapter's newsletter editor regarding Frank Brunot's Rans project. Frank's getting started on the covering process for this fabric-covered plane, so he's pretty far along, and lucky dog, he's got an engine for it also. Really nice shop. I'm strarting the initial trim work on the fiberglass parts that attach to the tips of the tail feathers.

August 22, 2005

Bareplane


Naked lady: We took the blue plastic wrap off to survey for nicks and scratches that need work before priming the surfaces. Finished some tweaking trimming on the flaps. Mainly surveying what details handle next. I may be able to order the crossbow sensor in a few more days so I can work this fall on some software development and testing for the flight display. Nice to have it at least look kinda sorta like an airplane, but the big ticket items are on the horizon.

August 21, 2005

Legal Beagle






Legal beagling has kept me busy for a few days, but other than that I've had a chance to sit in as editor for my local EAA chapter's newsletter, on a meeting with our state's Executive Councilor Ray Burton to review Lebanon Airport issues (It's a little appreciated gem in the north country).

Dino Vlahakis (second from right with glasses in the 12 o'oclock is key member of our eaa chapter and, an EAA tech councilor, retired Pan Am pilot, and is currently on the local airport advisory committee. Phil Weber my seat mate in the legislature in the mid 90's and a A&P came by for a visit and look-see on how things are going.

After what my friend, retired navy chief George Shadowens, calls an SRC (S... Reduction Campaign) I was able to re-organize the garage so I could put the airframe together so I can work on fitting all the fiberglass and little details like setting the aileron and rudder stops etc. I'll probably strip all the blue plastic protective wrap and prime the parts before she goes back into the house in late fall.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, we've orderd some slate so I can finish the back room before the fusalage goes back in there for winter.

August 11, 2005

Dolt Day




Okay, it's official: DOLT for a day! Where's my beanie!? Cathy will be in the validation mode: "See if you'd stop to ask directions once in a while...." After horsing around with the camera to get a nice shot of our aged cat "Woody."

I finally figured out what I have been doing wrong with regard to getting programs downloaded and running on my microprocessor I bought to investigate the analog device rate gyro's, accelerometers, and those tricky honneywell magnetometer chips: It's a guy thing: READ THE DIRECTIONS CLOSELY, i.e. as my high school english teacher would yammer on... It's reading comprehension, stupid!

After leaving the book open to the right page for couple of days and actually reading it a few times while working on something else I thought gee... Maybe if I push the little button (a) and hold it and push the little button (b) once and with a little effort at coordination move the mouse over and press the reset button on the software... Presto!

Now I get to get lost in assembler. It's been years since I did any, never was good at it, and boy can you lock up computers mucho pronto... Good thing the magic incantations were not in one of the files the vendor shipped, which were still in the original Thai language.