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Although I am still in Afghanistan, I ordered my rudder kit and reserved my rudder workshop space for the June session. A few months ago I order the rudder DVD from HomeBuiltHelp.com and have watched it numerous times at my base when I was off duty. I am eager to return to the United States, meet other Zenith owners, build my rudder at Zenith in June, spend a few more days at American Light Sport Aircrafters down the road from Zenith (maybe building the stabilizer or anything else), then driving home with the rest of my kit (or leaving it at American Light Sport Aircrafter's) and starting the journey that many of you have already started and many have finished!
An interesting anecdote, I was speaking with one of my Afghan interpreters and one of the Afghan Army soldiers and they could not understand why I would ever dare fly in one of the Zenith planes. (They love looking at it on the web)...they say that if you flew one of those planes in Afghanistan, you would be immediately shot down by a Taliban DIshka, which is a .50 cal machine gun.
I responded by telling them that is one of the wonderful things about living in America, we are free to buy, build and fly our own airplane without fear of a radical group shooting us down.
Another reason to be proud of being an American! The right to build and fly our own airplanes (without being shot at!)