Friday, June 29, 2012

No fly-in for me this year...

I just realized that this weekend is the annual ultralight fly-in at Mark Smith's Posey Patch in southwest Indiana!  I'm a bit bummed that I won't be able to go this year.  I thought about it earlier this month and decided not to go, but now that the day is here, I wish I had chosen differently.

I have been busy doing other things, like milling some lumber for my hardwood floor with my brand new TimberKing 1400 bandsaw mill.  It's a lot of work, but it's really cool.  The sawing isn't the hard part, it's the cutting of the logs into sections, getting them on the mill and stacking them to dry that will work you to death!  At age 50, I'm in good shape, but I have some issues with my back an shoulders and the work required causes me some pain, but still, it's a good way to stay in shape and have a useful product when it's all said and done!

All-in-all, I'd rather be flying more than anything else.  Believe it or not, the sawmill is all part of the flying "plan" so to speak.  I'll be cutting the pine near my chosen airstrip site and milling it for lumber to build more of my house, to mill siding and interior wall covering, and to build... get this... a hangar!  Once all the trees are cut I can call in the earthmoving equipment to cut and fill in the required places and I think I'll be able to get 400-500 feet in length to be able to fly from my property!  Sadly, this is a couple years down the road as I have other things to deal with first.  Still, it's a dream and a plan!  We can't really live well without them, can we?


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