Project Patrol: Nate Mullins Long Ez

Long term Airbus training for work seems like it is taking eons to complete. Truth be told for a new-hire course it is actually fairly compact. However, even with the weekly two day sabbatical home, it seems like I have been out of the Garaggio for much too long. I am itching to get back toContinue reading “Project Patrol: Nate Mullins Long Ez”

Social time in the Garaggio

Yesterday was another one of those days. I am home from training and I was able to kill two birds with one stone. I was fortunate enough to have my good friend Michael in the shop an not only spend time with him, but make some progress. You may remember that I have had a partContinue reading “Social time in the Garaggio”

Study Breaks

Today’s early morning time in the Garaggio was spent doing some welding with Vic. He brought some keggle (brewing equipment) parts he wanted me to weld, so I obliged and burned some metal. Vic is still working on learning TIG welding so that he can build a brew sculpture. Basically this is a rig to make theContinue reading “Study Breaks”

A few baby steps

Not a lot to report from today’s Garaggio session. We spent a what seemed like a full in the workshop today and don’t seem to have a lot to show for it. Jon and I started by cleaning up yesterday’s layup. The layup turned out very well, and the canard actually fits better than it hasContinue reading “A few baby steps”

Wishin’ and Hopin’ and Tiggin’ and Stipplin’

Things are winding down here in the Garaggio for a while. I am about ready to start into an intense training program for a new company and new aircraft for work. I will be spending a lot of time away from home, studying, and learning which will severely limit my hobby time. While I’m hopin’Continue reading “Wishin’ and Hopin’ and Tiggin’ and Stipplin’”

N23X and Moving On

Today we started by working on Greg’s Long Ez, N23X. Greg put new wheels and brakes on, so we had to bleed the brakes. It was a simple procedure, but took a little bit for us to accomplish. The key was to level the airplane, not to bleed the system with the nose on theContinue reading “N23X and Moving On”

Finally, the Garaggio delivers its first part

The big news from the Garaggio for today is we delivered our first ‘OPP’ part. I promised Vic that I would have Deb’s hot tub part done  by the time we had our brew session today. So I prioritized working on that piece. After all, I have only had it laying on the bench forContinue reading “Finally, the Garaggio delivers its first part”

Just too nice of a day

Today I spent a little time working on a part for Vic. If you recall, about 5 months ago, Vic asked me to help fix a part for a friend’s hot tub. It seems as though when there are non-airplane projects they take longer than they should… or maybe I just get distracted by airplaneContinue reading “Just too nice of a day”

What a difference a week makes

Last week at this time, the long Ez looked like this. A week later, today it looks like this. Yesterday I was able to spend about 4 hours sanding. I switched to 80 grit for more finesse and to slow down the micro removal. I know the Cory Bird technique says you only need toContinue reading “What a difference a week makes”