HP-24 Project

Update 14 July 2003: Who am I, what am I doing here?

Well, I'm back at work after flying at the 2003 Air Sailing Sports Class contest. It was a real hoot, and I had a great time every day. I didn't win, or even come close. But I did finish in the top half (barely). I got speed points every day, showed an occasional flash of competence, and had an occasional stroke of blind luck. I'll post a write-up of it elsewhere on my Web site.

I was expecting that when I got back, there would be some big cardboard boxes of foam cores for the HP-24 tail waiting on the doorstep. Specifically, for the rudder, vertical stabilizer, and the aft 6' of the tail boom. But they're not here yet. I guess I'd better call and see what's up.

Coming up in a couple of weeks, I'll be spending two weeks at the Standard Class National at Montague. There, I'll be ground crew for Doug Gray, who is flying DG-300 Delta Victor in the contest. That will be a good opportunity for me to hobnob with the rich and famous, and also measure their sailplanes.

And, a couple weeks beyond that, I'm on the schedule to speak at the Sailplane Homebuilder's Association western workshop at Tehachapi. I still don't know what exactly I'm going to talk about, except in the most general way. I think I'd like to take a few steps back from the HP-24 project, and explore some of the philosophical foundations of homebuilt sailplane development. Us liberal studies victims are great for stuff like that...

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