Barry Haley's Pelican

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My Ultravia Pelican PL was started back in the 1990s by Dick Randolph, a WWII P-47 fighter pilot who served with the 313th Fighter Squadron 50th Fighter group. As a First Lieutenant he was involved with battles at Ardennes and Rhineland in Central Europe. Dick may very well have flown missions over battlegrounds where my dad was fighting as a sniper with the Canadian Lincoln and Welland regiment. Continue reading "Barry Haley's Pelican"

AirVenture Whatsit?

It was this head-on view that first captured our attention in Homebuilt Camping. Thinking we might be looking at a 7/8 scale Navion we had to go take a look.

You're forgiven if you thought Homebuilt Camping at AirVenture was an RV fly-in. The Van Grunsven aluminum squad so out numbers all other designs that anything different--other than a Thorp T-18--really stands out. Continue reading "AirVenture Whatsit?"

Old Dog, New Trick

I've been working on airplanes for a long time, and some things I do a certain way because I have always done them a certain way. Deburring for instance - I can't begin to think of how many tens of thousands of holes I have deburred (both sides!) on countless airplanes. Drill, debur, repeat... the mantra of the metal airplane builder. I have almost always used a hand-crank deburring tool with two or three flutes for the job, and I can do it while watching TV or (probably) in my sleep. One and a half turns, then on to the next hole, endlessly. Continue reading "Old Dog, New Trick"