On a sunny day, June 2003, at a fly-in
with my daughter Cassie.

My interest in aviation has always been for personal enjoyment, not a vocation, therefore I don't have any advanced ratings. I do have a Glider rating however and truly love soaring (see below).

Long a "do-it-yourselfer" and mechanically inclined, building airplanes has turned out to be a good fit for me and I expect I'll be at it for many years.

I'm active in the EAA, local Chapter 105, and am an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor. Below I've included some information on other aircraft I've owned and some of my other interests.



Previous aircraft

1979 Citabria 7GCAA
This was my first airplane. I found it on the typical small airport bulletin board. Don't you love those things? If you're like me you can't go to an airport without checking the bulletin board, there's all sorts of interesting stuff there! I still miss this airplane even though I sold it in 1992. I bought it from the original owner who was a retiring Northwest Airlines 747 captain. He bought it new in 1979, taught both of his sons to fly in it, and then sold it to me after about 1,100 hours and still in very cherry condition. It turned heads on the ramp wherever it went.

During the time I owned it I upgraded the panel and avionics fairly significantly. This was partly forced on me by a voltage regulator and and over-volt relay which BOTH failed thus toasting the old Edo-Aire nav/com that was in there. Oh well, it was a bit of a boat anchor anyway. In the end I sold this airplane for exactly what I paid for it plus the improvements. This happens with general aviation aircraft frequently so don't forget this phenomena when rationalizing an aircraft purchase to your spouse.

This is the plane I learned how to fly taildraggers in. It's kind of cheating because it's a pretty easy plane to fly. In 50 hours of flying it I have no taildragger horror stories to tell (now 757 wake turbulence is another story - that I could tell you a story about). Just keep your feet working the rudder pedals, and don't forget that it's not done flying until it's tied down — anyone can do it. Here I'm landing at Ocean Shores, Washington (W04) in a pretty stiff left crosswind. Note the rudder and elevator positions... all set up for a two-point (left main and tailwheel) landing. My instructor would be proud.

To this day I still miss this airplane and have a bit of a soft spot for Citabrias. Cruising along eastbound here on a spectacularly sunny Northwest day with snowcapped mountains to my 10:00, the Pacific Ocean behind me, and the O-320 purring like a kitten.


1969 Cessna 150J
N60825 was purchased from Screaming Eagle in Santa Paula, California in 1996. A modest bird, but a cherry one for sure. It afforded me flying on the cheap, and any flying is better than no flying in my book.

I kept N60825 at Pearson Airpark (VUO), Scappoose was a quick five minute flight. I could usually find someone I knew there so it was a good place to hang out.

Every pilot's focal point... the panel. N60825 underwent a fairly extensive panel update during my ownership. Moving map GPS, new comm, and post lighting are just a few of the goodies that made life better.I also completely re-did the interior, here are the new seats and harnesses. Being a 1969 vintage it didn't have shoulder harnesses before. Fortunately there were nutplates in the header beam to anchor them.

N60825 was sold in the early spring of 1998 to generate money for my RV-8. She went to a good home with a pilot who really appreciates her and is now based out of BFI.

2001 Van's RV-8
My first homebuilt aircraft, an RV-8. I started construction on this plane in 1997, first flew it in 2001, and sold it in 2004 to start another project after flying it 368 very enjoyable hours. The RV-8 project, and lots of information on RV-8s is documented on another site

1992 Schleicher ASW-24E
Purchased in fall of 2002, I spent the winter refurbishing this self-launching glider, flew it during the 2003 season, then sold it that fall. Cross country soaring is simply a fabulous aviation experience, but it is just not as accessible as powered flying — the weather must be right, the location must be right, and ship must be transported and set up.

2007 Van's RV-3B
Technically it's not an aircraft yet since it hasn't even been finished much less received its Airworthiness Certificate. But N223RL (number reserved) will be the next one in line.




Other interests - Soaring

I spent a week at Estrella, Arizona in 1992 getting my glider rating and flying their ships once my rating was in hand. Here I am getting my checkout in a Grob 103 by instructor Scott Spencer. What a treat! Fall of 2002 found me getting back into soaring, see pics below. By the way, Scott went on to be an RV builder as well, he did an extensive rebuild on an RV-4.

In fall of 2002 I got back into soaring by purchasing an ASW-24E self-powered sailplane. I joined a local soaring club, the Willamette Valley Soaring Club and have met many great people through it. In addition to having two local soaring sites, North Plains and Hood River, the club takes "safaris" to various places out west. My daughter crewed for me on my on my first safari which was to Ephrata in Eastern Washing in May of 2003, she was 16 at the time.

Soaring is absolutely the most exhilirating kind of flying I've done and I plan to do more some day.



Other interests - Motorcycling

I've loved motorcycles and motorcycling since I was a kid. For fun one day I put up a little site chronicaling my affliction over the years...