<February 23, 2008>

Project Update

If you haven't noticed, construction has slowed a bit. Why? Well, I'll tell you.

When I started the project roughly three years ago, I looked at my available time and estimated that the project would take me 5 to 6 years to complete. Flash forward three years, and my how things have changed. In summary, we moved into a new house and started a family. These changes have had a significant effect on both the time and the money I am able to devote to the project, and the 5 to 6 years to completion I had originally estimated is now looking like it will be substantially longer, which brings with it other issues.

When I decided to take on the project of building my own airplane, I knew that my flying would be substantially affected. Both the time and money I spent flying would for the most part be devoted to construction, and I was cool with that because I knew in 5 or so years I would have a fantastic airplane to fly. I originally thought that the 5-10 hours a month I had been flying would drop to about 1-3. The reality is that it has dropped to almost 0, and as time has passed I have found myself growing increasingly uncomfortable with that number. Now that construction has slowed somewhat, and the timeline looks to be getting longer, my discomfort has increased substantially.

With all this in mind, I've decided that I really need to get back into the cockpit. I simply can't let my training and skills go to waste while I build for another X years. If I sound impatient, I'm not, I'm just adjusting my priorities.

Not wanting to go another day without logging some flight time, I recently got set-up with a local flight school where I am first going to get my BFR (which is 2 years overdue), get checked out to rent something solo, and then it is on to instrument training. This is a significant change in my priorities and it will undoubtedly have an impact on the time I am able to devote the RV. Actually, it already has, as much of my free time in the past month has been devoted to research and reading to help me get back into the pilot state of mind. While it pains me to say this, the RV will be taking a bit of a back seat as I start flying again. I am certainly not giving up on it, and I am definitely not selling it, but I don't think I will be putting in the 5-10 hours a week I have been for many months and years.

I am actually very excited to be getting back into the cockpit, and I hope you are excited for me. After all, flying is one of the main reasons I am building my own airplane. While I am going to do my best to both fly and build, don't be surprised if you see my 2-4 log entries a week drop to 1-2.

For you internet junkies (like me) you can track my flying progress on my new blog… http://pilotbrad.com. For some time, I've thought about starting a blog to talk about aviation related subjects, and getting back into the cockpit seemed like the perfect place to start.

Until next time... Clear skies!