Way to go Jack! I admire your guntion, wonder if that's a real wordHayes Aero, the dealer who is assembling the kit that is becoming my plane, will be going to Florida for the Sun and Fun gathering. That’s an annual gathering of airplanes and airplane nuts. When he returns, I’ll work with him to assemble it. That will help me get better acquainted with the bird, and help repay him for a couple of extras he’s doing for me.
I the meantime, I’m laying out some routes to fly. First, I need to do a bunch of landings to get better at that skill set. Then some local flights. I plan to explore some square miles of local areas that were my stomping grounds while growing up. With more experience and (hopefully) more skill, I’ll fly further from the home field - for trips that last all day long. I like to fly along rivers, strings of lakes, and bike trails. Amazingly, these have air patches along the way where pancake breakfasts, coffee, etc are available. The summer air is calmer in early mornings and late afternoons. Noon to, say, 4:00pm is time to enjoy ground time at a nice field. Lunch, ice cream, and a nap. Siesta time. Then fly home.
Later, multi-day trips.
Tomorrow, we start installation of a sensor probe for the Reserve Lift Indicator (RLI) into the left wing of the WABbit Hunter. (Googleize: “Be vewwy vewwy quiet. I’m hunting WABbits!”)
I encourage other pilots to Googleize and read about the Reserve Lift Indicator, an instrument with red, white, and green range markings on the face
We’re also installing a utility power outlet, what looks like what used to have a cigarette lighter inside. This will have 2ea USB outlets to maintain charge in my iPad and cell phone.
I also have a small fire extinguisher. I’ll use a large hose clamp to hang a tin can on the frame, and set the fire extinguisher inside the tin can as a cradle. Low tech. Similarly, rather than an $85 Free Air Temperature (FAT) gauge, I have an $11 wall thermometer to duct tape to the frame, somewhere handy. Low tech.
The high tech is the iPad, using Wing-X to navigate. I encourage other pilots to take a look at Wing X.
Most other aspects of the WABbit Hunter are lawn mower simple. In fact, surprisingly so. The Ruptured Duck was a 1963 Cessna 172D. Only one instrument would have needed an explanation to either Amelia Earhart or Wiley Post. And that explanation wouldn’t take 5 minutes. IE: all its technology was straight from the 1930s.
Technology on the WABbit Hunter is from snow mobiles, small sail boats, and lawn carts. A torque wrench is needed only on the engine mount bolts, and cylinder head bolts.
The covering on wings and tail are made of Dacron sail cloth. There is no covering on the fuselage. The whole fuselage is open. LOTS of visibility. Lots of it.