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It looks almost finished, but there’s still much to do before the jet is ready to fly.
Loki got back in the air again today, the first time in just over two months. Back in the first week of November, an engine problem came up that required the motor to be shipped back to the factory near Prague (Czech Republic), and with the cooperation of everyone at PBS, they turned it around […]
In the classic J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy Lord of the Rings, a small band of intrepid adventurers are sent on a near-impossible mission—to save the world they know from evil and to set civilization back on a path toward goodness. This fellowship seems, at first, to be horribly ill-conceived. Its members include a couple of small, […]
A long time ago, in a city far, far away (OK, it’s St. Paul, Minnesota…), there was an Aviation Explorer Post that had rebuilt a J-3 Cub. The Explorer Post was sponsored by an FBO and the 3M aviation club, and because it was part of the Boy Scouts program, they were invited to display […]
The systems are simple but space is tight, so plan ahead.
There’s an old engineer’s quote that says “Perfection in design comes not when there is nothing left to add, but rather, when there is nothing left to take away.” Another interpretation of good engineering practice is to “make things as simple as you can – but no simpler.” I try to follow these dictums in […]
I often talk about how complicated failures can be traced back to some tiny, seemingly insignificant detail – and here’s a recent example from our own stable of airplanes. Our RV-6 was an early testbed for the Garmin G3X Touch EFIS, which we installed using early units when they were first shipped. A few months […]
The day the beautiful wooden box arrives from the Czech Republic is a day no SubSonex builder will ever forget. I tracked mine through the FedEx system all the way from Prague and had to work the phones between FedEx, Sonex, and Customs to make sure that it arrived safely and on time—there is something […]
With winter on the way and all of the current airplanes inspected, maintained, and generally in flying condition, we’re once again finding time to spend some quality time in the shop – building once again on the Xenos motor glider that has frequently been pushed aside for “other projects” in the past few years. Sitting […]
Always design for maintenance.