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Old 12-03-2011, 09:51 AM
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Default NX13PL - Airplane!

One step closer to flight!

Yesterday, Ann Asberry showed up at our hangar with her trusty assistant Mel in tow. It is clear to me (second time with the Asberry’s doing a licensing inspection) who REALLY does the work in this pair. Ann stands back and makes meaningful observations while Mel pokes and prods – she even makes him do all the paperwork when it’s all over! Every once in awhile, she says things like “is that a drip of red I see on the brake bleeder?” Amazing how nothing slips past her. (one slight turn of the wrench, and the drip was gone). Mel did manage to find the one jam nut I left loose (mixture ball joint at the servo) just to test him, but overall, the airplane passed muster – here are the proud parents being presented with the birth certificate:

When all was said and done, we’d spent a couple of wonderful hours in the hangar with great people and good conversation, and RV-3 kit number 11425 is now a Dye-Hose RV-3, N13PL (jauntily sporting “NX13PL” on the tail …. because it can)! First flight is probably at least a week off due to scheduling constraints (dang work!), but the delay will serve well to force a careful transition between “building” and “flying” mindsets. I’ve been emphasizing forced landing and emergency operations in my recent daily flying just to get spun back up in flight test mode – you know what they say; if you are prepared, nothing bad will happen!

Here are a few additional shots from the day:

Ann and Louise running the inspection while Mel tries to figure out the plumbing:

In the spirit of the season, Mel is making a list, and checking it twice….(he does sort of remind you of someone, doesn't he?)

Here is Mel proving that he can lie down on the job in a smaller fuselage than Jay Pratt! (There is an advantage to being compact…)

Mel signs the pink slip, as Paul reviews the new ops Limitations…”what do you mean we're restricted to sub-sonic flight?!”

And the final step….Mel prepares the bill as Ann makes sure that the decimal point is in the right place!

Thanks again to Mel and Ann for their visit – and to all of the many folks that have wished us well along the way to this point on the RV-3 project. Most special thanks go to Louise for being a full partner in this build (she is WAY past "apprentice", and needs to start thinkign about being the lead on her next project). We have had a ball building it, and are looking forward (carefully) to the flight phase. Stay tuned!

Paul F. Dye
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RV-6 (By Marriage) - N164MS - "Mikey"
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Old 12-03-2011, 10:04 AM
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Great news Paul and Louise!!!!

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Old 12-03-2011, 10:08 AM
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And a new pic of that prop & spinner, for any excuse you can think of! I love the looks of it!

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Old 12-03-2011, 10:26 AM
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Great news!

DR, it is past time for your inspection!
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Old 12-03-2011, 10:44 AM
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Default Congratulations!

Yay! Can't wait to hear how she flies!
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Old 12-03-2011, 10:53 AM
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Default Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!

GREAT news,

So, when are you going to have the christening so that "Junior" can get his (her?) true name??
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Old 12-03-2011, 10:53 AM
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Question He or She

Originally Posted by TruTrakAndrew View Post
Yay! Can't wait to hear how she flies!
Funny, I always thought of Junior as a boy while reading this amazing build story Paul and Louise have narrated us these last months.
What do the parents say?
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Old 12-03-2011, 10:58 AM
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Default GREAT!!!

Congratulations on another Texas RV!! Can hardly wait for the test flight reports.
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Old 12-03-2011, 11:54 AM
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Originally Posted by FlyingArcher View Post
Funny, I always thought of Junior as a boy while reading this amazing build story Paul and Louise have narrated us these last months.
What do the parents say?
I hope Junior's a boy so that it's OK to ask what he weighs...

Oh yeah, and CONGRATULATIONS!! Can't wait for the flight report.
Katie Bosman
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Old 12-03-2011, 12:07 PM
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Red face The parents aren't sure

Originally Posted by FlyingArcher View Post
Funny, I always thought of Junior as a boy while reading this amazing build story Paul and Louise have narrated us these last months.
What do the parents say?
Based on the two antennae bumping out of Junior's chest and a dimunitive bump further back on the belly, I think it's a girl. But, like you, Paul said this morning that he's been thinking Junior is male. Maybe we'll figure out its sex after first flight.

As for the permanent name, we're planning to wait until we reveal the paint job next spring. The "N" number might even change at that time. So, more suspense!

Thanks for all the support, folks!
Louise Hose, Editor of The Homebuilder's Portal by KITPLANES
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