First, I met a gentleman who works for the FAA and does air worthiness inspections on amateur built airplanes. He says he doesn't do them much anymore but if I needed one he would be willing to do it. He gave me his number which I thought was very nice of him.
However, the grand act for today was spectacular. There is a gentleman in our chapter that has an RV-9A very similar to the one that I am building and he was flying kids all day long. Beautiful airplane and really nice guy. Well I asked if he would take me for a ride in it someday and he offered to do it today. I jumped all over that opportunity but it gets even better....he let me fly left seat!!! That means I did the flying instead of being just a passenger!! Holy cow that is an awesome airplane! Three take-offs and three landings with some steep turns and slow flight really gave me an idea of what it will be like to fly my airplane when it is ready. I may not sleep for the next month for want of finishing my airplane. Ok, I am excited now but I know I'm not going to rush things just to get it in the air because I want make sure I build the airplane I want and I want it to be safe....but WOW that was fun! Here are a few pics from today.
|This is Harry's 150 that we use for the "ground school" portion of the experience. The kids all get a quick ground lesson on what makes and airplane fly and what the instruments do.|
|This was one of the more unusual airplanes used during the event. Its a Ercoupe...at least I think thats how it's spelled. These are interesting because they have no rudder pedals.|
|Here is one of the larger airplanes flying today. I apologize because I don't know what model this is, but it has a huge radial engine and sounds awesome!|
|This is the panel of the airplane I got to fly today. Doesn't that look great! Carbon fiber, all glass, and look at those master cylinders (red things on the pedals).|
|This is the outside of the same plane (the one I flew). Thats Doug at the controls as he prepares to leave with one of the kids.|