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Colleen Keller

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Aug 18, 2006
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Hi, All (hi, Beej) -

I'm a Firebolt (Skybolt derivative) builder located in San Diego CA and I've been bugging Beej for a couple months now with beginner's questions. I've never built a plane before but I am three years into a Community College A&P program and I hope to be a certified mechanic in the fall of 2007. I'm also a 1600-hour commercial and instrument rated pilot with very little tailwheel and acrobatic time (my certified ride is a 1971 Cardinal RG).

I've lucked into a Firebolt project that is partially completed - the fuselage is welded and on the gear, the main fuel tank is in place, the canopy is mounted, the turtledeck is on, and the wing ribs are all cut out and labeled. My initial foray into this project will be to build one of the ailerons...how hard can that be ;-)

I saw a couple Skybolts at Oshkosh this summer and do not regret my decision to get into this one iota - they are beautiful! I am actively searching southern CA for other builders or completed projects, to have a local contact I can go to (also, to get a ride!).

Beej, thanks for setting this up; this will really be helpful to me.

Colleen Keller
San Diego CA

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