It’s Week Two and Jeff Brown’s Two Weeks to Taxi project is well on its way. With the wings attached and the 210 hp IO-390 engine mounted, the structure is beginning to resemble the Sportsman aircraft it will be. Airworthy certification is just days away.

With wings on and the engine mounted, he future N317J begins to take shape.

With wings on and the engine mounted, the future N317J begins to take shape. Shaun Hunt stands above. Assembly manager Ryan Flickinger explains something inside the cockpit as the builder’s father, Kent Brown, looks on from a stool outside.

Jeff has a little flight time under his belt. Colonel Brown retired from the Air Force last December having flown C-130s through much of his career. He has enjoyed the building process so far and is struck by how much gets accomplished in so little time. His father finds the process “Interesting.” He hadn’t worked on an airplane before arriving at Glasair, but has several  rebuilt and restored Volvos to his credit.

Ryan and Jeff prepare to crimp flat cable as part of the rigging process for the Sportsman flaps.

Ryan and Jeff prepare to crimp flat cable as part of the rigging process for the Sportsman’s flaps.