Damon Brantley
  • Mcloud, OK
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Damon Brantley's Discussions

Project Management Software

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carl Orton Jul 8. 9 Replies

I was wondering if anyone has evaluated any project management software for planning and tracking progress in building a homebuilt. Being a software developer, I routinely deal with Jira and…Continue

650 Side Skin Diagonal Stiffener Placement

Started this discussion. Last reply by Damon Brantley Apr 4, 2016. 2 Replies

I am trying to figure out the rivet hole placement for the diagonal L-angles on the side skins.The diagonal that is between the horizontal tail frames is well specified. However the placement of the…Continue

Scratchbuilding firewall tips?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Damon Brantley Nov 18, 2015. 4 Replies

I am trying to form my firewall. I have made the form according to the plans. However it looks like the forming process is going to be a little different than that of forming the ribs.From what I…Continue

 

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Damon Brantley posted a blog post

Using Jira for Managing My Aircraft Build

One of the problems I have run into in the course of this project is being able get an idea of how muchis left for me to do on my plane and what needs to be done next.I have various notes and spreadsheets scattered around, but nothing has ever seemed to really pull everything together for me into a coherent whole.In my day job as a programmer I use a project management software package called Jira. I have found Jira to be a pretty flexible software package, so I decided to see if I could use it…See More
Aug 23
Damon Brantley posted a discussion

Project Management Software

I was wondering if anyone has evaluated any project management software for planning and tracking progress in building a homebuilt. Being a software developer, I routinely deal with Jira and occasionally  Microsoft Project. I know there are builders logs out there, but I think they just track what you did and not what you will be doing.See More
Jul 1
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Main and Center Spar Layout, Alignment and Drilling

I finally drill out the holes to final size for attaching the main and center spars together.The video below describes the process I went through. Hopefully other scratch builderswill find a few useful tidbits of information when they get to a similar point.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7O-31YmQzhgOn to assembling some airplane sized parts!See More
Jun 25
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Compact Drill Guide

Below is a link to a video of a small drill guide I constructed to help ensure I drill the wing bolt holes perpendicular.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfXiJ0Kga6YSee More
May 28
Damon Brantley posted a blog post

Preparations for joining main spar to center spar

The joining of the main spar to the center spar is something that I have thought often about over the time that I have been working on this project.I am finally to that point. There is also very little information describing how others have tackled this important step.In the video below I describe some of the preparations and setup I am doing for maximizing the chances of getting this important step correct. Hopefully the information presented will be usefulThere will be one or two additional…See More
Apr 1
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Making Angle Gages

While making the bends for the front and rear center spar uprights, I had a problem trying to take measurements with any of the numerous protractors I had. The angles I was trying too measure were to acute for any of my protractors to fit. So I decided to make a set of simple angle gages.The gages were made using .025 aluminum scraps that I had laying around. The key to setting up the angle is to use a machinist tool called a sine bar. Referring to the picture below, the sine bar is the bar…See More
Oct 29, 2017

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Aircraft Model
Zenith CH 650
Project Status
Less than half
Building From
Plans-only
Engine installed (or plan to install)
Corvair
Building Experience
No Experience
Flying Experience
Private Pilot

Damon Brantley's Blog

Using Jira for Managing My Aircraft Build

Posted on August 23, 2018 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

One of the problems I have run into in the course of this project is being able get an idea of how much

is left for me to do on my plane and what needs to be done next.I have various notes and spreadsheets scattered around, but nothing has ever seemed to really pull everything together for me into a coherent whole.

In my day job as a programmer I use a project management software package called Jira. I have found Jira to be a pretty flexible software package, so I…

Continue

Main and Center Spar Layout, Alignment and Drilling

Posted on June 25, 2018 at 6:17am 0 Comments

I finally drill out the holes to final size for attaching the main and center spars together.

The video below describes the process I went through. Hopefully other scratch builders

will find a few useful tidbits of information when they get to a similar point.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7O-31YmQzhg

On to assembling some airplane sized parts!

Compact Drill Guide

Posted on May 28, 2018 at 11:25pm 4 Comments

Below is a link to a video of a small drill guide I constructed to help ensure I drill the wing bolt holes perpendicular.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfXiJ0Kga6Y

Preparations for joining main spar to center spar

Posted on April 1, 2018 at 9:23am 0 Comments

The joining of the main spar to the center spar is something that I have thought often about over the time that I have been working on this project.I am finally to that point. There is also very little information describing how others have tackled this important step.

In the video below I describe some of the preparations and setup I am doing for maximizing the chances of getting this important step correct. Hopefully the information presented will be useful

There will…

Continue

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At 3:15pm on July 31, 2016, Normand Lambert said…

Hi Damon,

I just bought a used 8 feet Sheet metal brake - condition like NEW ! Used to borrow someone else. I got mine and it works great. When I saw the plans for the trim tab I was not sure I could bend it in one shot. But I did a trail run with scrap aluminum and then did it for real.

One shot did the trick.

Regards,

Norm

 
 
 

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