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At 8:09am on September 18, 2012, Dr. Edward L. Olds III said…

Doesn't look like I"ll make Open Hangar day. I am close to flying and want to spend both days working.

At 4:35pm on November 2, 2010, Sebastien Heintz said…
Clay, thanks for posting the updates from Ghana! I look forward to seeing their photos and hearing more details about their adventure!
At 6:18pm on June 25, 2010, Dr. Edward L. Olds III said…
Glad to hear from you. No, not flying, I went back to work at the beginning of May to help out the first school district I ever served as supt. It is about 9 miles south of here and was always my favorite job. They had a problem and lost their supt. and asked that I finish the year and find them a replacement. I've enjoyed being there, lots of old friends, etc. I'm picking up my last kit parts on July 1st! I'll just miss you. One of my flying buddies just got back from a year in Iraq and he and his wife and my wife and I have rented a house on Lake Winnebago for the Oshkosh show and I'm looking forward to buying an engine and some avionics.
At 11:35pm on March 3, 2010, Adel Alyahya said…
It helps me to locate tools easily..

Thanks for the comment.
At 7:01pm on March 2, 2010, Dr. Edward L. Olds III said…
Glad to see that you got the rudder done and I'm sure you will have a great time doing the rest. I was out to the hangar this afternoon after being gone for 10 days and will be starting the wings tonight.
At 10:09am on March 1, 2010, Troy McCarthy said…
We could have done worse.
At 7:11pm on February 27, 2010, Clay E Hollenback said…
Got back from the rudder workshop Friday night and had a GREAT time. It was a fantastic experience. The guys, Sebastien, Roger and Caleb, are a lot of fun to work with and they are brimming with helpful tips. Well worth the 4 hours drive to and from the shop. They made the build about as easy as it could have possible been and I learned a lot.
At 3:03pm on February 12, 2010, Jock Struthers said…
Hi Clay,

Thanks for the "invite"

I see you are just starting - I am at the other end of the "mission" and looking forward to getting airborne sometime this year - depending on how much uninterrupted time I can get at home this year.

The new 750 kits look great - much more complete and pre-drilled, should be much quicker to build than the 701 kit I purchased (ex Czech Airworks) over four years ago. I am not a fast worker - its all new to me, and I go away a lot and find that it takes me a while to get my mind back on the job fully when I am back (after catching up on the other chores that usually seem to take precedence).

I was thinking it would now be much easier to send it all into the paint shop and then get an engineer to get the engine going etc and I could be up and away in a couple of months - but then it wouldn't be entirely "home built" would it!

Good luck

Jock Struthers
At 9:53pm on January 29, 2010, Dr. Edward L. Olds III said…
My only week in Feb. is the 13th and 14th! You are most welcome then, or on any Friday night. I have a granddaughter being baptized on the 6th and we are off to Myrtle Beach for golf on the 18th and not back until March 1. Retirement is hell. Of course, any weekday night is fine and we are only about a hour and a half from Wilton.
At 3:02pm on January 28, 2010, Dr. Edward L. Olds III said…
You are most welcome to visit, just call ahead to make sure I'm here working. As for OSH and a tower visit, I'd be in like a porch climber! I usually go for the first few days because of camping being an issue if you get there late.

As for the Scotch Brite wheels, I have not found a source outside of OSH, but am going to Davenport this weekend to look at Harbor Freight. I don't believe these have any metal in them that would be an issue for corrosion. I've seen no signs.

At 11:51am on January 27, 2010, Dr. Edward L. Olds III said…
Thanks for the update and I can't wait to try out that airstrip. Ours is 2200 feet, so I'll be able to T/O and land 3 or 4 times on one pass! We did not get the gig in Iowa City, but we still get there often enough. I'm working on slats today. Let me know if I can help you. My biggest advice is buy lots of clecos and get some Scotch Brite wheels to debur edges. Oshkosh and the tent sales are great for tools and my Dremel tool has been the best friend I have.
At 10:33pm on January 26, 2010, Dr. Edward L. Olds III said…
Welcome to the group and nice to have someone close by to talk to about 750's. I was just in Iowa City last week on business! I am thinking of painting my plane in Hawkeye colors since I sent 2 kids there and paid for 3 degrees!
At 8:50am on January 25, 2010, Mike Schlichtman said…
I thought I gave their number, but here it is again..
Audrain Upholstery is located at 214 E Liberty St Mexico, MO. Phone: 573-581-3006
They had my seats done in a couple weeks. I paid freight going and he paid back to me. As I said, I had to send them back because they made a mistake on the first try, but they made good with very fast turn around. Mine was the only set he had done since Roger's, so they should have the hang of it now.
At 1:50pm on January 22, 2010, Mike Schlichtman said…
Clay...the seats were around $320 and the stitching was I think $100. I provided my own bottom seat cushion from an older plane I had. Not sure if that influanced the price.
At 11:34am on January 11, 2010, Bob McDonald said…
Building the rudder is the start of an incredible journey...."building your own aircraft".
Caution - terribly addicting and way too much fun.

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