Comments: Don - everytime I read your blog I learn something new. Just read about your experience removing window scratches (of which I have a few of my own) and your recommendation. This is another piece of information that I will be applying to my build. Thanks for keeping such a great detailed build log!!!
Added: May 4, 2015
Submitted by Name: Paul Godfrey From: London, England E-mail: Contact
Comments: Thank you SO much for sharing your blog. I have been thinking of building a helicopter for a few years, but really need a 4 seater and the Velocity looks amazing. And 200mph? What more can you ask for?
What can I say. You are amazing. I am incredibly jealous. You have re-invigorated my passion to build an aircraft.
Admin reply: Thanks Paul!
There's no sense waiting. All that does is push back the finish date.
I would like to build a Rotorway. But that would be just for playing around.
Added: November 8, 2014
Submitted by Name: Russ S From: Enterprise, AL E-mail: Contact
Comments: So, you are in Panama City? I would love an opportunity to se your work. I am about 80 miles up the road.
Admin reply: Well, not yet. Should be arriving next week. But the Velocity is now in Sebastian, FL. I'm not sure how long until it's finished.
Added: August 31, 2014
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.