Lakeland was a large kick
in the motivational butt this year. We're ready to get back to
pounding those rivets! All in all, it was pretty different from
last year, which was the first time I had
gone and when I was just starting off this whole airplane-building hobby.
This year, my dad and I both went with a checklist of things to investigate
with the eventual goal of attaching some of the investigated things to
the parts in the garage that will eventually become a RV-7A.
Because it's Sun-n-Fun, after all (which is a pretty dorky name,
when you get right down to it), checklists for people with short
attention spans (an esteemed club of which we are both card-carrying
members, if we can remember where we put the cards) is an exercise in
hilarity, as self-interruption occurs multiple times - sort of like this
sentence seems to be turning out, really.
There are so many interesting distracting things worth
investigating that by the end of the day sometimes you've actually
gotten to the very first thing on the list. In rare instances,
you've actually completed it.
Unlike last year, where all the pictures were taken by me (Garrett),
this year, my dad and I have both been snapping them, so all pictures
on this page were taken by one of us . . . it's a toss up as to which
Okay, here are the picture albums already:
- RVs on the Flightline - there were lots of these,
but if pictures that I've seen from earlier in the show are any indication,
we missed a whole bunch of these - lots of folks had left by the time we got
there Friday afternoon.
- Assorted Van's Stuff - booth, demonstrator
airplanes, and the RV banquet. I managed to miss all of the forums this
year. Oh well. If they're anything like they were last year, it's more along
the lines of basic information for potential future RV builders.
- Team RV Formations -
pictures taken of
Team RV on Saturday, 16 April.
- Ride Back - in David Edgemon's RV-9A.
There really was some non-RV stuff at the show, too:
- Stuff in the air - warplanes in the air, and maybe an
ultralight or two also somehow found its way in here.
- Warbirds - pictures of the P-38 (Glacier Girl)
and other warbirds.
- Other Airplanes -
all of the non-RV (and non-military) airplanes that we took pictures of.
- Booths and Displays
- avionics and stuff that doesn't easily fit into any
- Random Stuff - sometimes you see stuff that
makes you say "Wow . . . only at a fly-in." These are some of those things.
P-38, F-16, P-51, and F-4 in formation.
RVs on the Flight Line . . . and two guys that apparently just wanted
to be in this picture.
What I Learned
Gosh, where to start? I have no idea. Mostly it was pretty
nitpicky stuff - things like "oh, you can do that to make
sure the rudder stops fit," that don't really translate well into
bullet points. We'll give it a shot anyway:
The back of your knees is a kind of stupid place to get sunburned.
However, if you forget to put sunscreen there, you will get sunburned
there, no matter how stupid it seems.
The Mattituck guys pretty much just rock. We spent a really long
period of time bugging their tech guys, and
finally ordered a TMX-0360
with a carb, two magnetos, and set up for a constant-speed prop.
A P-38 sounds really really cool when it flies.
Grand Rapids has a really
darn impressive product (that I seemed to have overlooked until
now) for a price point that's much lower than most
of their competitors. I am not getting a GRT display (it's still more
money than I can put into an EFIS, and I've already ordered a
Dynon), but these are still really really cool. They way they've
got the software set up makes it very difficult to crash (the software
. . . but hopefully the plane, too), which is good
for IFR applications.
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