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Teacher-retired in 2004.
Developed and managed a 30.6 MW windfarm for last 4 years.
Our RV-10 is finished, flies great and is very fast...about 150 kts at 63%cruise.
Have trained two people on float flying with the CH701 this summer.
Brad, just checking in. About 6 months ago, I finally began building a 750 STOL kit. It's been a bit of a slow start, but I'm having fun. Not as much fun as flying around the Yarmouth Basin, though. Love the pictures. Hope all is well.
Thanks for the invitation, I will examine my vacation opportunities for later this year but before it gets cold. I should know how my work assignments will go after I finish my Montana job in early to mid may... Happy flying.
Brad, sorry for the late response, I'm now in far northwest Washington state near The Canadian border for a work project. My Acadian family name was Aucoin and there are a lot of Cajun families with English last names through marriage, some however were simply anglicized as in your example "king-roi." The king family has been in south Louisiana since the 1800's. yes I love some lobster but don't get to eat enough of it. I have been to Quebec before but have always wanted to see Nova Scotia and that whole area, perhaps my wife and I could make that happen, plan a trip up. I would love to see that plane and meet you in person. I particularly like that cabin of yours.
I won't be able to attend due to work. I work shutdowns in refineries around the country in the spring and fall, but I also have alot of time off. I have the tail section and 95% of the fuse done. I'm hoping to finish wings by December. I've never been to any of the big shows like Oshkosh or sun n fun, I plan to change that. I would like to meet you and see your plane one of these days. I bet everyone will have one eye on the clouds this year at the event, that was terrible. I'll keep in touch.
Thanks for the reply Brad. I live just across lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans (northshore), my ancestors were part of the expulsion from your area, Acadia, but went to France for a few years, then settled around Lafayette, La (St. Martinville) . On building, I cant believe how fun it is to build this plane, my first attempt was a Biplane in the early nineties, not so much fun, very labor intensive, I did not finish it due to life getting in the way. Your photography is spectacular. I like the views of the float planes sitting on the smooth water. I am putting the viking engine in my plane and depending on finances, could possibly finish by the end of the year. Maybe I'll eventually put on floats?? As you know, we have plenty of water around here.
I'm still in the building process of my CH750. The picture that you see on my profile is a Photoshop mock-up that I made to give me an idea of what a 750 on floats would look like with a Radial engine.It's a Rotec radial 7 cylinder 110hp with LOTS of torque -:) 3 blades/68" diameter. The engine with all acessories is 220lbs, similar to the Continental O-200. I will have to install it closer to the firewall an dthe empty weight should be close to what the O-200's are. I could also use their 9 cylinders 150HP and 270lbs install weight but that is not necessary really.
I am scratch building my 750 and I'm on the wings right now. Slow process as work keeps getting in the way...lol
The interesting part will be to design and fabricate the round cowling. Nothing an english wheel couldn't do. I need to practice and learn new techniques.
I've been to the sherbrooke fly-in as well this year. Pointe-Claire is a suburb west of Montreal and 1.5 hrs from Sherbrooke.
I love all of your pictures...I can't wait to take some of my own plane on lakes and rivers...LOL
Thanks. Any guidance you have for negotiating all the sites and information would be welcome. I'm feeling both eager and anxious. It's a little like driving in Times Square at night. There are 10,000 lights blinking all at once. 50 of them are important, and 10 are critical. The rest are attractive, but.... I guess I'll wander around a bit, keeping my eyes open. I have two years to go to retirement, so I have time to enjoy the planning and set-up phase first. Please keep me posted.
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