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[January 7, 2006]


A few days ago I more or less freaked out. The realization that I am not a professional aircraft builder hit. What if my rivets are not driven enough? What about that one smiley? What if I am doing everything wrong? It has been 3 months since I took the RV builders class! I contacted Mike Rollison, president of EAA chapter 1384, to see if he could take a look. He offered to come down to my place in a week or two. For some reason that wasn't good enough for my freaked out state of mind. I offered to drive everything up to DMW, close to him, for him to take a look. He agreed to do it today.

The day after the freakout, I was much better. The worst thing I have to do is drill out a bunch of rivets - not the end of the world. This is pretty typical of me - to overreact and work to get something fixed/validated then calm down the next day. I think this is some psychological process - supposedly when you hear bad news you go through a lot of steps. Denial, acceptance, blah blah. No, I did not learn this from any psych class in college - those were used for sleep. I learned that from watching too much Cheers and Dr. Frasier Crane. Specifically, I think the episode where Lilith left Frasier to live in an eco-pod with her lover, Dr. Louis Pascal. I googled that last bit, I am not that sick!

Anyways, I drove up to DMW today and Mike was there. He took one look at my HS and said it looked awesome. I thought I had a bad rivet...his response "you call THAT a bad rivet?!?!". Then I pointed out my massive smiley....his response - "you call THAT a smiley?!?!". I asked him some other questions and he looked over everything and said that it looked great. Definitely a confidence boost. Now, he is not an EAA tech counsiler, but he does have a -6 that is flying around, so I take his word seriously.

I put the HS in the bed of my truck. Originally, I was planning on laying it down on its side and strapping it down, but I couldn't think of a good way to do this. What you see is what I ended up doing. IT WORKED GREAT. I drove over 150 miles with the HS in the truck and it never moved. I would say that the HS got about 4 hours on the hobbs with a 50-80 mph crosswind today. The VS stayed warm on my passenger seat leaned way back.


Another shot of my tie down

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