folks watching our next Tuesday night live
stream. Most of them were watching the week
before when we made the mistake.
RHENEY TO THE RESCUE
To our delight, the group didn’t beat us up for our
mistake. Some disagreed with our decision to
move forward with a slightly shorter spar, which I
understood since I was initially also in that camp.
But then the community did what they do
best: They began tossing out other ideas—great
ideas we hadn’t thought of. One person suggested
we simply make the fiberglass wingtips 1/2 inch
longer. Caleb and I looked to each other with
Then John Rheney, EAA 811253, offered the
best idea of all. He suggested we simply make the
fitting that attaches to the end of the spar 1/2
inch longer. It’s made out of the same material as
the spar, and this way we wouldn’t have to cut all
the other spars and ailerons shorter. Our wings
could still be the proper length.
Genius! Such a simple, obvious idea that none
of us had thought of.
Mistakes while building are as inevitable as
crosswinds while landing. Are they challenging?
You bet. But learning how to handle them is part
of being an aviator.
Some situations require a go-around, a start-
over—but not all of them. Being a good aviator is
knowing how to discern the difference.
I don’t want to be a pilot who always has to
land directly into the wind; I’d rather have the
skills needed to handle a crosswind. I also don’t
want to be a builder who has to start over at
every mistake; I’d rather have the skills needed to
improvise and repair.
Thanks to Tim, Chad, and John, I’ve once
again seen how the EAA community is by your
side not only when you hit a home run, but also
when you strike out. And that spirit is exactly
why I know our plane will one day fly, with or
without clipped wings.
Brady Lane, EAA 808095, a multimedia journalist for EAA
and a private pilot, is plans-building a Bearhawk with his
friend Caleb Ihrig. Visit www.SportAviation.org for a link to his
blog, where you can watch live video every Tuesday evening from
the shop. Contact Brady at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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