First Flight of Chapter Waiex Build

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FritzW

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I don't throw dancing bananas around lightly but Saturday was certainly a triple banana day.

The first flight of our chapter Waiex went off without a hitch:ban::ban::ban:


The test pilot was Mike Singleton (a good friend of our chapter) from the Houston area. This was his 13th. Sonex/Waiex "maiden flight". Mike was as cool as a cucumber but my knees were shaking 'like a hound dog pooping a peach pit'. ...it's like putting your daughter on the school bus for the first time :gig:


555b.jpg The straight tails in the back belong to Mike and his friend Robert. They flew all the way here just to test fly the Waiex (great guys!).
 

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How does the Chapter build work? (donations? Leadership? Schedule? etc.)
I'm sure every chapter build is different. In our case we started with a set of (free) Waiex wings that EAA national gave us under the "Give Flight" program. The wings were built by attendees at Oshkosh, mostly little kids judging by the hundreds of signatures on the wings (I'll take some pictures)

The deal was: our chapter would buy the rest of the kit needed to finish the airplane and fly it to Airventure 2017. We obviously didn't make it but the HBA's very own Wayne did with his CH-750 build.

We paid for the kit with proceeds from our monthly pancake breakfast and the hangar rent we charge to members to park their airplanes in the chapter hangar.

4 of us showed up for 4 or 5 hours day, five days a week to get it built. I was the "coordinator", my job was/is to make sure everyone has what they need then get out of the way. We just divvied up the build and built it.
 
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