Operation Prime

Yesterday I finished with simulator training for work and completed my checkride. I am now type rated on the Airbus 320. More importantly, being done with the sim means I get some time at home, and thus time in the Garaggio. Both Jon and Greg were able to come by and help today. It was 70Continue reading “Operation Prime”

Canopy Blues

Jon Myers had the day off, so he came over to help keep me motivated to sand. Which is kind of an oxymoron because if there is one thing he dislikes about this project, it is the sanding. We basically kept going where Greg and I left off yesterday. I continued on the cowl andContinue reading “Canopy Blues”

Thank you Followers!

Thank you to all of you who stop by here on a regular basis. Today the Garaggio hit 10,000 views. I think that is pretty cool. We have 35 subscribed viewers who get an email every time I make a post, and probably many more who just stop by from time to time. If youContinue reading “Thank you Followers!”

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”

Re-run

You know that feeling when you are all excited to watch your show on TV for the night. Then you realize it is a re-run. Not only is it a re-run, but it is a re-run of the least desirable episode. That was today in the Garaggio. You guessed it, yet more contour sanding ofContinue reading “Re-run”

Man-daide

Airplanes bite, and that’s a fact! Any builder who says otherwise either hasn’t taken delivery of their kit, or haven’t thumbed through the plans yet… paper cuts count too. I myself have been on the receiving end and gotten a few wounds to prove it. Today was one of those days. I was maybe a bit overzealous when IContinue reading “Man-daide”

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”

The day I look Forward to for NINE Months, and MVP

Winter in Minnesota lasts… well it lasts a long time. I have to keep the workshop doors closed after the temperature dips below about 70 degrees during the day. This is necessary to keep the epoxy and work surfaces/substrates warm enough that epoxy will wet out properly and layups will fully cure. Normally that meansContinue reading “The day I look Forward to for NINE Months, and MVP”

Less and Less time for the Garaggio…

More and more time studying and preparing to leave for a few weeks of Airbus training. I also had a bunch of things to do for the AirVenture Cup today, so I didn’t get to the Garaggio until Greg was able to come over in the afternoon. Having people come over to work with meContinue reading “Less and Less time for 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”