Monday, April 8, 2013

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Out of Gas

Don and I stopped by the hangar while prepping for a musical performance at Starbucks.  We got the compressor fired up and filled the flat tires on the Bearhawk, and on the compressor itself.  We also topped off Don's bike tire.

This is the sad state of what passes for working on the Bearhawk these days.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Program Review: Flunking Grade for Bearhawk

Just got back from two week vacation, during which I got to try my hand at float flying, in a Cessna 172 on floats.  Very fun, very inspiring, very galvanizing, but upon returning to Hangar 2789M, reality set in and I had to conclude that the Bearhawk is very discouragingly far away from completion given our abysmal rate of progress over the last few months.  So I conducted a full review of the Bearhawk program.  This time I spared the rest of the team so I could do my project management thing, and really got into the nuts and bolts.  Bottom line: we get an "F."  Immediate and dramatic improvement is needed or this project is likely to be terminated.

The good news is I  have identified a number of ways to move the project forward, and I am in a surprisingly good position to execute.  It's part of my nature to rise to the challenge of a desperate last stand, so let's see what happens.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Welder Assessment

Mike McClusky looked over our project, gave us prep instructions, and very informally quoted about a hundred bucks to do the job.

Wing on fixture

Friday, April 13, 2012

Calling in the Hired Gun (Torch)

Mike McClusky, of McClusky Limited is going to come to the hangar tomorrow at 11:00 AM to check out the welding work needed for the Bearhawk wing strut attachment.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A Welding Project

Thinking about how to reweld this little cluster.