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After many years of weighing the pros and cons of many different airplanes. (moose, bear hawk, one design, volmer, lohel p-40 ect ect) I have come to the conclusion that the Skybolt is the right airplane for me. I have a background in commercial aviation flying sea planes on the west coast of <?:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comffice:smarttags" /><st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1lace w:st="on">Canada</st1lace></st1:country-region> and have recently joined the Canadian air force as a pilot. I had my 1st taste of aerobatics flying the Grob 120A during primary flight training and was hooked.
After <st1:City w:st="on"><st1lace w:st="on">Oshkosh</st1lace></st1:City> this summer my fiancÃ© was convinced that a round engine biplane that could do some aerobatics would be exactly what we need. She initially wanted a <st1:City w:st="on"><st1lace w:st="on">Waco</st1lace></st1:City> but after the sticker shock she is quite happy with the skybolt.
I have worked on many airplanes in the past just helping out the <st1:City w:st="on"><st1lace w:st="on">AMEs</st1lace></st1:City> that I worked with. As far as airplane building skills, I am an avid wood worker and have tinkered with pretty much any thing I can. I have always had the attitude that if someone else did it so can I.
Having flown beavers, radial engines have a special place in my heart I am ordering the plans for a round engine skybolt with the intention of hanging an MP-14 on the front. Though the Jacobs seems like an excellent engine too. We will have to see what happens along the way.
I am glad to see such an active forum with lots of great information. I look forward to sharing the trials and triumphs that comes with building an airplane with the rest of you.
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