a passion for aviation
and the projects that keep us flying!
The Garaggio Ez, and namesake of this website was Joe’s first homebuilt airplane project. Now with over 200 hours of flight time, the airplane continues to provide fun economical flying.
Acquired in July of 2020, this airplane project was started by the late Brian Martinez. Follow along as Joe completes the build and gets Brian’s Defiant flying.
Ramp Rat’s Ride, a Lancair Legacy is what Joe races at Reno. Like all homebuilt airplanes, they are never done and Joe continues to modify his go-fast airplane for more speed.
Latest Blog Posts
On short notice, I took a week off of working on the Defiant project. A friend of mine was coming to Phoenix to do a commercial glider add-on, so I invited myself along on the adventure. It was about a week of really fun flying. I highly recommend it. After my soaring sabbatical, it wasContinue reading “Soaring Break and Greg’s in the Garaggio”
The lower cowl geometry doesn’t lend itself well to making it a single piece mold. The centerline scoop/tunnel/boat tail has geometry that would “capture” the plug, and subsequent parts, in the mold if it was laid up as a single piece. You can still do a single piece mold, but there are some draw backs.Continue reading “Lower Cowl Mold, times two”
Vacuum bagging is a skill I have yet to master, as was proven when we attempted bagging the old design upper tool cowl. so why not take it one step further and try to learn vacuum bagging and vacuum resin infusion all at the same time? I like to take big bites of the elephant,Continue reading “Learning a New Technique”
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