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September 29, 2010

One thing I am not, is patient.  So I’ll go over some of the stuff I’ve been doing to amuse myself until I can start building my plane.

The first things I’ve done is sat down with myself and had a long talk about paying for this.  You can check out the financing page and see my convoluted, irrational and circular logic path I took.  Basically I am going to pay for the airframe through saving money and I’m going to pay for the motor and avionics with a loan. But that is a long time away and I’m not going to worry about it now.  In the imortal words of Scarlet O’Hara in Gone With the Wind “I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.”

So here I sit, watching the stock market languish with the rest of humanity.  Picture me as King John in Disney’s Robin Hood.  I’m sitting in my counting house counting my money and knowing I need more (though the movie never really goes into why he wants more).  I have amassed a sizable war chest, but not the amount I need to get going to need to get this rolling.   I shall decree that taxes will be raised.  The children don’t need winter coats or hockey.  My wife can do without satellite TV and World of Warcraft.  I’ll cancel gas service until it gets really cold.  Where is the Sheriff of Nottingham when I need him.

A question remained in my mind about the adjust-ability of the rudder pedals on the RV7A.  When I took my flight in the -9A in Oregon the rudder pedals were a really long way away.  I could just manipulate them with my toes.  I didnt like the answer I was given by the guy at Van’s, which was “You can adjust them.”  So I put a call out on  I was traveling to Dallas (I do that a lot) and I needed to see if anyone with a -7/-7A had time to meet up with me and let me peer under the panel.  Walt Aronow was quick to respond with a kind offer to meet him at 52F, Northwest Regional Airport.  I met him and was able to discuss the issues and have a look at the way the adjustment works.  The preview plans just didn’t do it justice, so I had to see it in person.  Now I am confident that I can adjust things as necessary.  After we poked around under the panel for a bit, he said “You want to go up?”.   I wasn’t expecting a ride, but since he offered I was going to take him up on it.  I’m really glad I did.  I had no experience with a tip up canopy and I was blown away.  I’m doing a tip-up, for sure.  The visibility is tremendous.  You feel as if your head a shoulders are hanging out of the top of the plane and some invisible bubble is keeping the wind from buffeting you.  Thanks for the ride Walt and letting me look around.  BTW his -7A is in immaculate condition and is about 5 years old.

Idle hands are the Devils playthings, we are told early in our lives and we all know it is true.  Temptation beckons me to go buy one thing or another, lumber for some tables, more shelves etc…  Every time this happens I have to remind myself that the money I would spend today would be that much less going toward the tools and empanage.

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