Apparently, the chump next to me on the flight from Frankfurt to USA had covid. I thought that was over. To recap:

November to March I spent in CZ and UK getting the Vtwin installation fine-tuned and flown and flying the new Merlin Lite.

Then back to FL for a week of show prep and a week of SNF.

Then back to UK for more flight trials, then CZ, then AERO show in Germany. Then back to USA.

Then a week in bed sucking air with covid.

This Monday I felt better so drove 10 hours to NC to collect some wings and the trailer to return to FL.

Today back in the hangar for more work on the Merlin Lites. Some test flights plus getting the Merlin Lite on floats ready for sea trials on Lake Mango!

After that I will trailer a Merlin Lite to Dayton for delivery. And finish the 2 Merlins in the Dayton build program.

Then hopefully deliver one or both of those Merlins and then drive to AL to begin serious work on the Merlins in the build program there. Plus organize the parts and ship the Merlin builders have been waiting for.

Then back to FL to prepare the Merlin demo and the Merlin Lite for delivery.

And likely back to UK for more flight trials.

I have plenty of new video to edit and post whenever i can find the time.

I need to clone myself. Scary thought.


Here is a Merlin II demo I have available. Nice plane.


1 reply
  1. Joseph Wang
    Joseph Wang says:

    The Merlin II looks great, Chip. Amazing that you’re working on so many different/cool versions of the Merlin family as if you’re trying to establish a Merlin aircraft dynasty or something. =)

    Sorry to hear you got struck by Covid, hopefully you’re back to full health and over & done with that virus (and its many variants) for a long time.

    More details, please, on the Merlin II and especially the Electrolite(*). Better yet, find someone else who can (help) do it for you. Cloning yourself sounds good but remember how it turned out in the movie ‘Multiplicity’, lol.

    (*) Battery technology is getting better and better (with higher energy densities) each year, the Electrolite might be your best seller in a few years from now. Would appreciate more info about the differences in features and regulations between an Electrolite motor glider and regular ultralight. Thanks for feeding the small goldfish (us) of the general aviation world.

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