|Nelson's RV 7 project.
|Ray, Nelson and Ernie
CURRENT MEMBERSHIP LIST AS OF JULY 18TH, 2005
John McDonald 1530 NE 153 St. N. Miami Beach, Fl, 33162, tel: Home: 305 940 8757. Work: 305 652 6460 e-mail: JMCDOFS@aol.com
Jim Smith 7930 Biscayne Pt. Circ, Miami Beach, Fl., 33141. Home phone: 305 868 5746 e-mail: email@example.com
Nelson Tower. Is building an RV7, 6701 SW 84 Ave., Miami, Fl., 33143 tel: 305 598 6278. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Risto Martila, 1530 NE 118 St., Apt. A, Miami, Fl. 33161 building an amphibian of his own design, from scratch tel: 305
Ralph Mirabal, 3502 NW 194 Terr, Miami, Fl., 33056, tel: 305 986 1989 e-mail: email@example.com Ralph is building
a Zenair Zodiak 601 and is a very meticulous worker.
Ray Auxillou, 2471 NW 152 Terr. Miami Gardens, Fl., 33054 tel: 305 685 9752. He is building a Pietenpol from scratch.
He's a rough and ready builder, not into quality finishing, but more for functional use. He's an ex-sea captain.
Marcos Menendez, 1530 NE 118 St., Miami, Fl. 33161
Bert Garcia, 770 W. 71 Pl., Hialeah, Fl., 33014, tel: 305 557 0785. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Bert has a Cessna 150.
William Bond, 10300 SW 116 Ave., Miami, Fl. 33176.
Ernie Santana, 11045 SW 42 Terr, Miami, Fl., 33165. tel: 305 554 5112 work phone: 305 796 0396 e-mail: email@example.com.
Ernie has almost finished his BARRACUDA after 8 years of building.
Dave Williams, 456 Bahia Ave., Key Largo, Fl. 33037, tel: 305 451 5936 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ricardo Sotolongo has a Piper Tomahawk and has owned a number of planes and his son is flying a freight plane of some
kind around the Caribbean.
Dick Nafe up Homestead Way. In his 80's and has two or three plane building projects going at any given time.
Eddy Sanchez tel: 786 356 9993
|Risto our tech counsellor
|Risto is critiquing the work of Nelson. Ernie in background.
|Ralph Mirable in foreground
|He is building a Zenair Zodiak 601, a kit plane.
BULL SESSIONS AND HANGER TALK
We've had some good bull sessions at recent meetings, but due to a preponderance of hurricanes and very hot weather,
not much work being done on homebuilt projects. Then on Oct 21st. Risto showed up with some neat fiberglass wing ribs and
aluminum caps, a fuel tank he had built. Looks to be about 6 gallons? John took some photos and in due course we will post
them. The wing ribs made of three layers of 7 ounce fiberglass cloth. Risto made a wood form, then made a fiberglass mold,
using paint instead of gelcoat and is busy laying up wing ribs. They look good, certainly strong and light. Very interesting.
Risto is a Finnish American. His struggle for vocabulary makes him hard to follow, but Risto is also an Aviation Engineer
for big jet maintainance as an Inspector. He loves mathematical formulas and calculating strengths of different pieces of
the amphibian he is building. He spends more time doing written and mathematical stress analysis for each piece of his plane,
than most people do building. To each his own.! We had a very interesting evening listening to him expound on the mathematical
strengths required, the calculations used and practical considerations. It takes him about 12 hours labor to make one wing
rib. But hey, if it makes him happy? ( grin! )
On the other hand, my 1929 Pietenpol is essentially a wooden egg crate slung under a barn door and will eventually have
a Corvair engine out front. Different strokes for different folks.