have you done any carpc work in the last 2 month, i really miss your update in this thread
both of you will probably finish before I start, I have the truck now but need to finish some projects around the house first.... damnit
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It's been a long time since I posted. Looks like I'll finally get some carPC work in so I can call this completed.
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Update: I don't have much progress to report. I've fooled around with the CarPC a little bit, but the system remains in that misty territory among designations of installed (sort of), installed (almost), and installed (but needing fixes).
The real reason isn't a loss of interest, but that we have a much larger project going, and this is taking a back seat to it. When we got the shop completed, we took a look at our projects and decided we were capable of something more. That "something more" space has been filled up by an airplane. Actually, it isn't an airplane, yet. It's a boxes and bags of parts that we're building into an airplane. Some pictures are below.
The plane is a Just Aircraft "Highlander", a 2-seat "bush" plane that gets into and out of small strips pretty handily. Since we live in the Georgia mountains, that will be useful. If you want specifications, check out the company's website at www.justaircraft.com. To see the plane's capabilities, click here, or go to Youtube and search for Steve Henry's "deadstick takeoff" videos. He can make the plane dance, I swear. He flies to out-of-the-way places in the western USA, and plays with the terrain to see what unusual stuff he can do. He has over 8000 landings in the Highlander you see in the videos. In the first video on Youtube, he parks on a mountaintop, leaves the engine off, rolls down the hill, takes off, glides two miles to a riverbank, and lands. Then he starts the engine and flies back up to show where it all started. Impressive stuff.
The plane comes as a kit, although it's far from complete. It does include fully-welded fuselage and partly-assembled wings. The choice of engine, prop, instruments and paint is up to us. We'll probably be building for a year or so, because I have some changes I want to make, and because I'm pretty meticulous about the way I build (meticulous = slow). So far, she's turning out great, and the company has been terrific to deal with. So have other builders; as with MP3Car, it's almost as if we got another family.
Our color scheme will be pretty much similar to the all-black one shown first, but some of our top panels will be silver-colored to reduce the amount of heat she absorbs. Our instrument panel will probably be three gauges (oil pressure, oil temperature and angle of attack) and a pair of iPads that will display engine data, aircraft condition/attitude data, and navigation/communication data. We'll probably carry a spare iPad just in case one of the primary ones fails.
So far, this ranks as the most fun project I've ever done. I can hardly wait to get into the shop each day.
I know this post is a bit off-topic, but I figured I owed some explanation for my silence. The bad news is that there will likely be a lot of silence, because work on the carPC will continue only sporadically. It's on the back burner right now while we get ready to go flying.
Well, it's good to know you haven't fallen off the face of the earth! I was beginning to wonder... Hope you have fun building that plane. Looks like it'll be quite the experience.
I have bad luck with vehicles...
I guess I should have noted that I got my pilot's license about 40 years ago, but -- until May of 2011 -- hadn't flown as pilot in command in about 25 years. Josh is still a student pilot. We'll probably license this as a Light Sport Aircraft. That's a relatively new designation for planes. While some training is necessary to become a Light Sport pilot, it's less than for the Private Pilot license, and no medical -- other than a regular automotive driver's license -- is required. The lower cost of operating (and acquiring) Light Sport aircraft, added to the reduced training and license requirements, make flying accessible to a much wider group of people. It doesn't mean anyone can just jump in an airplane and make it do amazing things, but it does mean that the entry costs are a whole bunch lower.
Some of the skills I developed while working on the carPC have helped a lot in building the plane. For instance, the experience I developed in sheet metal work made shaping floor panels and some small parts a breeze. I'm thinking a later addition to the plane will be some sheet metal boxes made to fit the oddly-shaped area beneath the seats -- a good place to store things we need only occasionally. We'll build a custom instrument panel, too. Both projects will take some fancy sheet metal work I wouldn't have attempted without the carPC experience.
Wiring is another area in which I'm a whole lot more comfortable because I built the carPC. Now, installing switches and relays and the various instruments simply isn't a major challenge.
Realistically, I'm more concerned about refreshing my piloting skills than my airplane-building skills.
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