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Copyright Nick Pfannenstiel (303) 725-5439
It's structurally complete! Well, aside from the wingtip leading edges, but
close enough to celebrate with an update. The rest of the pre-bent leading edge
was simply wrapped by hand. It took a piece of wood and help from an employee to
get it started, but it was smooth sailing once a few clecos were in.
that we're on to the systems and the remainder of the covering, I'm hoping the
pace picks up a bit. We're scheduled to be flying in late April/early
As it is, the plane weighs 376 lbs, including the controls, fuel
tank, seat belts, upholstery, instruments, etc. This is putting us on track to
meet the weight goal of 745 lbs empty.
For those who haven't seen, we've
also gone through some numbers to fine-tune the gross weight. After a few
adjustments, the gros weight for sport pilots will be 1260 lbs and the gross
weight for private pilots will be up to 1320 lbs. The 1260 sport pilot
gross is based on stall speed requirements. This number is subject to
change after the test flights.
I’ve been very kindly reminded that it is probably a good time for an
Rest assured much progress has been made, sometimes 15 hours at
a time, 6 days a week. I see the light at the end of the tunnel! As
of now, the windshields and all the fairings on the plane are fitted, the wings
covered and days away from paint, and the cowl ready for construction at the
Pending timely delivery of the D-Motor LF-39 and cowl,
and assuming I don’t fall behind, we’re hoping for certification in late
May/early June. What this means is that there is a very real possibility
you’ll see 24NK arrive at Oshkosh under its own power. Fingers
crossed! We have our goals, but nothing good comes from rushing
aviation. Therefore, we must focus on the tasks at hand and not rush just
to make a self-imposed July deadline.
For those who have put down a
deposit to reserve their place in line: you’ll be getting an e-mail in the
coming weeks. We’ll be talking directly with each of you about upcoming
schedules and kit forms. We’ll be at our clean new shop starting this June
and want to make sure we’re starting things off smoothly with a focus on
personalized service. After all, a business is only as good as its
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