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designer and dreamer for Timber Tiger Aircraft, Inc., has been obsessed with
aviation since a very early age. Like many others, the obsession started
with model airplanes, both of the static display and radio control types.
Model kits were fun, but the journey to designing airplanes began at age 14. The
discovery of the "X-Plane" flight simulator, along with "Plane Maker", fueled
the desire to create new things, try new ideas, and begin drawing up
Along the way, many engineering books were purchased and many
nights were spent researching. The study of aerodynamics led to the study
At the age of 16, Nick got his foot in the door at an
airplane maintenance shop at Jefferson County Airport in Colorado (now Rocky
Mountain Metropolitain Airport). Scrubbing toilets and floors wasn't the
most glamorous job in the world, but helping the shop's mechanics helped earn a
job as the parts department manager and eventually a pilot's license at the age
Everything was of interest. No airplane was anything less
than beautiful to Nick, at least in some way. But his main areas of
interest were homebuilts and vintage aviation. Over 40 sets of airplane
blueprints were collected and studied between the ages of 14 and 33.
Assemblies for four airplane projects (a Pietenpol Air Camper fuselage, Hatz
Bantam tail feathers, and two Timber Tiger STOL fuselages) were started before
settling on the Ryan ST as the ideal first plane for a new company.
airport parts department job went well for several years. Many friends
were made. One such friend perished in a plane crash and everything
changed soon after. Aviation was no longer a desirable place to be.
This would change for the better years later.
In October of 2006, Nick
created the award-winning Flatliner Rod Shop, Inc. He ran the business for
nearly 13 years, grew with it, learned fine-detail work, learned management and
people skills, and found the time to begin dreaming of planes once
With the support of his wife, Nick began the actual design phase
of the 95% scale Ryan ST in June of 2015. Construction began in early
2016. Though not a professional engineer, the loss of pilot friends and
other life experiences prompted Nick to design the airplane to the best of his
abilities, calculations being checked over and over, professional engineers
being consulted as required. Many parts were built several times as
manufacturing processes were fine-tuned. Every part of the plane was
re-drawn no less than three times, sometimes as much as 12 times.
"X-Plane" was a valuable tool in confidence-building.
That leaves us in
the present. Interest in the ST-L kit is overwhelming and the next designs
are already in the works.