Yesterday or taxi aspirations were realized, but we still had two important events left on the agenda before we would be ready to call this build complete. The first of the two was the airworthiness inspection. We had a designee of the FAA come to the factory to determine that the aircraft is truly readly to fly. We have already done our own inspection, but the DAR (Designated Airworthiness Representative) is required to do his own independent inspection before issuing the plane its airworthiness certificate.
The last thing the Glasair technicians had planned was a bit of a surprise. They were able to make advance preparations to actually fly the plane the same day as it received its airworthiness certificate! This was a first for the Two Weeks to Taxi Program: from beginning to flight in less than 12 days!
The taxi may be the capstone to the customer experience side of the Two Weeks to Taxi program, but really it is just the beginning of the next phase for the aircraft’s voyage to delivery. Next for the airplane will be a total of 4o hours of flight testing and engine break-in, fine tuning of the entire airplane, dissassembly for paint, and then reassembling the aircraft after it’s been painted.