Entries by Chip

News from the Czech Republic

I took a two-week trip from 25 November and it is now going on 3 months and will be well into February before I finish here. Czech version of Gilligan’s Island except it’s freezing cold with snow and rain here. I know I will be back to the New World soon. Sun-n-Fun is the end […]

New Merlin Lite Flys!

Another ’bout time comment coming. I have been in the Czech Republic over a month now getting important stuff done. First priority was flying the Vtwin-power Merlin which was a big success. I have 3 hours of video to edit for an upcoming YouTube on that effort. Next was to finish and fly the Merlin […]

Merlin with Vtwin Flys!

How to choose a title for this blog: Big news from Czech! ’bout fkng time! Great success after 2 years of work! Even better than expected! Never a doubt! What took so long? Pick one.  Anyone. They all work. And I know, it has been a while since the last post but I (we) are […]

Back to Work

OK, dodged that bullet. Hurricane Ian turned south of Tampa and wiped-out Fort Myers area. Had it remained on track to hit Tampa I might be writing a different blog today. Instead, I watched a good bit of the blow outdoors in my hot tub. The biggest damaged I had was the wind blew my […]

Hurricane Ian

I flew to Dayton last week to finish up a couple Merlin Vtwin builds. Good news is I did get 3 days work in. More on that later. Over those 3 days the spaghetti model of the hurricane trackers pretty much had one thing in common: They all crossed about dead center over my home […]

Big Blog From Prague

OK, a lot to report so I will get right on it and save the dribble for last for those still reading….. This trip to Tech Pro Aviation in Olomouc, Czech Republic, was maybe trip 4 in the last 1-1/2 years or so. I should not have to go over there so often but if […]

Post Oshkosh Report

#42 Oshkosh shows in a row for me. Thats a lot of Oshkosh’s. I have seen a lot. Many companies have come and gone. A lot with big promises and promotions. I am quite sure that there is an inverse relationship between their initial marketing budget and their chance of long-term success. Even Icon with […]

Updates before OSHKOSH

In no particular order: This is how the fuel and cooling plumbing will look. Blue is cooling. Green is high pressure fuel. Red is low pressure fuel return line. All these hoses are custom molded to our 3D shapes and dimensions. Super easy to install. No other fittings besides a handful of clamps. This makes […]

Alabama Build Center on-Line!

Ok so which is hotter? Ohio, Florida or Alabama? 3 pizza ovens come to mind. 10-hour workdays in this heat are truly exhausting. But the builds must go on. Here are your news flashes: Work continues in Ohio on the Vtwin installation. Now the fuel system us getting fine-tuned. Green hoses are high-pressure and red […]

News from around the World

Last week the Merlin Vtwin in our Dayton workshop was nearly finished. The top cowl needed a bigger bubble and will be out of the composites and paint shop by the end of next week. So, I flew back to Florida to take an entire day off (yeah right, means I am answering e-mails, packing […]