I felt it was time I stuck a picture of me up here so you can see who
it is you are reading about. You'll note that I am a sloooooow builder.
Between a family, with kids in high school (the oldest about to go college),
a job that keeps me very busy, and having a "Real Life (tm)",
I have to really work to carve out time to build on the plane.
However, I've long comforted myself with the realization that all I have
to do is not quit. If I simply don't quit, in the end I'll have a plane
that I built. That keeps me going, and enjoying the process along the way
I am a software engineer who has been in the industry for over 20 years. I
currently work at Cisco Systems in the Research Triangle Park in North
Carolina. I am an NC native (seemingly one of 4 natives left in the
Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area ... we should be labeled "endangered" and
given government grants at this point).
The picture of myself was taken by my trusty little Nikon Coolpix 2000. It
was taken at work by setting the camera on a filing cabinet, on a box,
and with the timer. It was a slow day (everyone away on holiday) and
fortunately nobody walked by in the middle of the exercise and thought
me totally insane.
I started collecting information about possible kit projects
here on-line ages ago. I did this more to collect the information
for myself rather than with any intent to share it with others.
I figured that if I ever did get started on a kit then
I could open this up to other builders. Well, some time around
August of 2001, the family and I decided it finally was
time to start. I began getting my garage/shop set up, collecting
tools, ordered the big tool-kit from Avery and ordered
my empennage kit from Van's. Wow.
Even with a supportive family, there is a lot of money time and
commitment involved in this effort, and that impacts everyone
in the family. Before I started, I wanted to feel sure I would
finish! I'm still not sure, but I am more sure than I was
before! I am grateful for having such a supportive family, and
know that I'll need their help along the way.
This site is divided into a number of areas, each of which can
be found by use of the navigation bar to the left of each page.
The pages are mostly
text and straight HTML. All pictures in the Logbook pages are
thumbnails. You may be able to click on a thumbnail to view
the full size image. If an image has a border, you can click
on it to view a full size version of the image. In general, all
"full size" images have also been reduced to only 650 pixels
wide and tend to be only about 30K to 60K in size.
I took this approach (using thumbnails and limiting the
full size picture resolution somewhat) so that for folks wanting
to read the log
they'll spend little time on downloading any images they are not
actually interested in seeing, yet permitting me to make large
full-page-sized images available to those who crave visual
detail. Let me know if this works for you, or if you have problems
with this presentation (and what those problems might be).
Just to round out the introduction, I am a software engineer with a major
network equipment supplier. I've flown off-and-on for the last decade, and
am currently an instrument rated private pilot. I live in the Raleigh, NC
area of the country and am a member
of EAA Chapter 1114.
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