Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Ted's plane and 'the voice'

RV-building acquaintance Ted Chang had his first flight last week in the RV-10 he built.



Today, Ted reported on Facebook, he had an in-flight fire, four miles from the airport and had to make an emergency landing.


It's a testament to Ted's flying ability that he was able to land safety. But as a builder it sure gives me pause. Am I up to responding to a similar emergency? Am I building properly? Is that fuel line too close to something?

There's still a long way to go before my plane is finished, but there is a creeping doubt that is making its voice heard.

2 comments:

  1. "a creeping doubt" is not necessarily a bad thing. Having a healthy respect for what you are trying to accomplish and a cautious eye on each assembly step will help keep the pilot safe. While I feel bad for Ted, others have found a way to successfully complete and fly their project.

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  2. "A Creeping Doubt" should convince you to get as many other eyes on your project during the build as possible. Consider any and all suggestions. Is a complex undertaking and in the end is very rewarding.

    Very glad to see Ted flew the airplane and is OK.

    Fellow RV-10 builder.

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