Sunday Funday

We got a ton done yesterday. The biggest win was getting all the control surfaces balanced. we did the layup on the new balance weights on the ailerons. So those are locked in place with 2 plies of BID. We checked the balance, and they positively balance now. The balance is past the half wayContinue reading “Sunday Funday”

Garaggio Welcomes…

Nate Mullins. Nate is a Long Ez builder who lives in San Antonio and last November got his Long EZ flying. He was able to get his going from acquiring the project to first flight in 3 years. He has done some really neat things to his airplane including developing the installation for the ULContinue reading “Garaggio Welcomes…”

“Those Days”

Today was one of, “those days.” I got home late enough last night that it really was this morning. I didn’t get out to the shop as early as I would have liked because not only did I need the sleep, but I had to play plumber. The water heater decided to start leaking yesterdayContinue reading ““Those Days””

Building Season is Here

In the homebuilt airplane world, there are two seasons of the year, flying season and building season. I suppose that stems from the fact that there are more nice flying-weather days in summer than winter. Plus it really isn’t that much fun pulling your airplane out of the hanger onto an ice covered ramp inContinue reading “Building Season is Here”

Bonus day in the Garaggio

I didn’t have to go back to Phoenix today, so that means bonus day in the Garaggio. I really need to send a Starbucks card to crew scheduling, because that couldn’t have been a better trip to be assigned. ­čÖé This morning started with getting a coat of primer on the control surfaces, which isContinue reading “Bonus day in the Garaggio”

Wake Up Call

Those of you who know me know that I am not really a morning person. The different time zones I work in, plus the fact that I rarely can go to bed before midnight are not conducive to early mornings. The hustle and bustle of this week also compounded the desire to sleep in.┬á IContinue reading “Wake Up Call”

Learning has occurred

I learned from last nights mistakes and didn’t push it today. I had┬átime constraints, so I decided I wasn’t going to push an end of day priming session, and either screw it up or be late. Good news is, Jon and Greg were able to come over to help today, so we still got aContinue reading “Learning has occurred”

Haste makes…. Lesson learned.

Short post for what seems like an eternity of sanding today. Started with sanding the primer on the canard. As expected, there were a few places that spot putty was required. However, many fewer places than the wings. I attribute that to the hours spent on the contour of the canard. Then I went toContinue reading “Haste makes…. Lesson learned.”

A Bite of the Elephant…. Ear

Today’s workshop session was cut short. Kevin and I┬áhad plans to go to the, “Great Minnesota Get Together,” aka the Minnesota State Fair. Well known for its food selection, you can pretty much get anything you want to eat. Most novelty foods come on a stick. One of the foods there is the Elephant Ear.Continue reading “A Bite of the Elephant…. Ear”