Again here’s more on Scott Alperin’s Sportsman build in his own words and photos:
Today was another rewarding and exciting day. There were wires, cables, lines, and people crowded in to the cabin most of the day. All of the wires pictured [on Day 9] will actually be below the floorboards and seats and hidden in other panels.
There was a midday break for a special luncheon sponsored by Glasair to thank me for choosing this project and to thank all of the behind the scenes employees that make this process possible. This is the only TWO WEEK TO TAXI program in the world. There are about 40 people working here fabricating parts, manufacturing of some of the structure, and supporting all of the other customers that have Glasair products.This is is a very wonderful organization and I am pleased and honored to be part of the Glasair Aviation community. [Ed.’s note: We are 44 strong.]
We received word today that the propeller may be arriving tomorrow. If it arrives early enough we might be able to mount it and taxi with my own prop.
Day 11 – Taxi Day!
Early this morning we decided not to expect my propeller to arrive and made plans to use a loaner from Glasair. We proceeded through a checklist to get everything prepared for an avionics power-up and check, followed pre-oiling the engine, cleaning and flushing all of the fuel lines, and organizing the mass of wires into neat bundles. We were short a few of the guys, so the remainder of us were working very hard and fast. Temporary seats and windows were inserted for the taxi. The final will be placed after paint and finalization of all of the other items.
The avionics power-up and checks went great thanks to Aerotronics. All of the engine checks also went well. At about 4:30 PDT we pulled the plane out of the hangar and into the sunshine. It has been raining for the last 2 weeks and the sun was a good omen. We did our checks and at the first try the Lycoming 390 engine came alive without any hesitation. After a brief run and check I started the engine for the second time without hesitation and was able to taxi the plane for a few minutes as advertised. The plane is now back in the hangar, and durng the next 3 months it will be painted, the required test flying will be accomplished, and all details finalized. The most difficult thing for me now is the waiting to bring this fabulous aircraft home.
Thanks to Glasair and all of their employees for making this past 2 weeks so memorable!