Although builder Jeff Brown arrived last week, it’s still early days in the latest Two Weeks to Taxi event taking place at Glasair Aviation. Jeff’s build did not begin until this past Monday, and, as is always the case, the important initial tasks aren’t all that showy. Soon, however, once work on the firewall is finalized, the engine will be set in place, and not long thereafter the wings. That’s when the project begins to feel real and the component parts take on the appearance of an honest airplane in the making. Exciting days ahead for Jeff and his father Kent.

Jeff Brown concentrates on the tail of his Sportsman in-the-making before its rudder is incorporated.

Jeff Brown concentrates on the tail of his Sportsman in-the-making before its rudder is incorporated.

Riveting wing covers is an exciting, if noisy, procedure for first-time builders. Sportsman wings enter the TWTT program already partially assembled.

Riveting wing covers is an exciting, if noisy, procedure for first-time builders and requires concentration and teamwork . A Glasair technician (unseen here) on the far side of the wing presses a bucking bar against the backside of the rivet and signals the builder to operate the rivet gun with a “Hit it!” The pounding of the rivet gun vibrates the bucking bar, smashing the backside of the rivet flat. Sportsman wings enter the TWTT program partially assembled.

Jeff's father Kent has joined him for the TWTT build. (It's always a good idea to have backup help along.) Here he studies portions of the seat rail assembly before drilling matching holes.

Jeff’s father Kent has joined him for the TWTT build. (It’s always a good idea to have backup help along.) Here he studies portions of the seat rail assembly before drilling matching holes.