Submitted by Name: Todd Reynolds From: Dripping Springs, Texas E-mail: Contact
Comments: I just read your story to date and am impressed. Frankly I think one could build the aircraft from right here. I am planning to get involved myself soon and only just getting started. I have never flown and have no training so am researching at this point. However this is my newest goal and I am really looking forward to it. Will be returning here for updates. Bondo? I loved it! I see a lot of what appears to be wood glassed over. Is that correct? Would it be feasible to use aluminum where possible?
Added: March 25, 2014
Submitted by Name: Bart Verhaegen From: Ghent, Belgium E-mail: Contact
you just do not talk about it, you build it. Congratulations. I continue to follow your blog.
Admin reply: Thank you. I appreciate the kind thoughts.
Added: December 8, 2013
Submitted by Name: Luis Luciano From: Newport, RI E-mail: Contact
Comments: I've been reviewing your builder's log since we met this summer and gaining very valuable information for my built... keep up the great work!
Added: November 6, 2013
Submitted by Name: TGDF From: 1949-2010 Chicago, 10-13 MN, 2013-xx Bremerton WA E-mail: Contact
Comments: Looks good. When you're finished, please post pics of exterior, panel, interior controls & seating.
Whatever happened to the 500hr overhaul on the Cessna? Ever find out what was failing?
I'll probably never get around to a build, but it's fun to watch guys like you having fun. The best I can hope for is R/C and simulators. Of course that way I get to fly PBY Catalinas, and 747s. As the commander of the Kwai River prison camp said, "Be happy in your labors."
Admin reply: I will definitely post pictures.
The 500 hour surprise overhaul was the result of the cam and lifters. I was told that there was a bunch of lifters with "bad metallurgy" which deteriorate and end up taking out the camshaft. The cam had been in the engine for a while but the lifters were replaced at the last overhaul. Because I was outside the overhaul warranty, I had to pay for the repair.
But on the good side, the cam must have been right at the limits when the engine was overhauled because after the new camshaft and lifters were installed, I picked up about 10-15 knots!
Added: September 18, 2013
Submitted by Name: George Beeler From: Hampton, VA E-mail: Contact
Comments: Thanks for sharing your journey with us. I for one appreciate getting a feel for the amount of work to get your dream to fly. It also seems like you are getting to that part of the build where it's hard not to get in a hurry. Keep being careful and you will get there in one piece! Thanks again and I look forward to seeing you get to a safe flying plane!
Added: August 8, 2013
Submitted by Name: Enrique Carrasco Henry From: Jupiter fl.
Comments: ah the airplane looks great all the work looks great now i have to go do more work to catch up to you keep up the good work
Added: July 4, 2013
Submitted by Name: Ann From: Chicago E-mail: Contact
Comments: 90% done, 50% to go - hah! That seems about right. Amazing progress, but still a lot to do.
Added: April 22, 2013
Submitted by Name: James Conaway From: Phoenix ,AZ E-mail: Contact
Comments: I appreciate the sharing you are doing with this blog, I have been following it for months, since I took a training class with you and you shared your passion. Looking forward to the post where you show the picture of it in the air.
Admin reply: Updates have been slow of late. More time building that posting. I've got a backlog of pictures to get through and then there will be a bunch of posts.
Added: April 4, 2013
Submitted by Name: Randy Muri From: Missoula, Montana E-mail: Contact
Comments: Don, Great job of posting your build. You lend those of us that have yet to start the inspiration to continue the quest. Great choice with the HXr. As integrated as they are two with a pad for frequency changes and autopilot control is the direction I hope to go. Thanks, Randy
Added: August 28, 2012
Submitted by Name: Phil Hooper From: Yorba Linda, California E-mail: Contact
Comments: Don, sure appreciate your work on this blog, and the way you have it layed out. We're building the same plane with the same engine. So before we take the next step, it's really helpful to read your experience. My dad was from Chicago and I have a cousin who lives there. Might be fun to stop by and say hello. We have converted our two car garage into a hangar with a complete workshop, by blowing out one side and installing an enclosed area on the side. Can do it all at home. Blessings.