Welcome to my website! Here I share some adventures, interests, and other things I find important. There are handy links to some of my other websites and other useful information (to me anyway.) If you have common interests and find it useful, by all means browse and enjoy!
This site features a lot of fun stuff I do, but also some very serious stuff we should all think about. You may not agree with my view points on the serious stuff, but I hope to at least make you think about it!
Use the menu on the right to get around, and hope you enjoy!
First of all, God is the most important thing in my life and you'll find links and discussion here.
Second is my wife and family and the time we spend together. This is a place where we share memories we have made with friends and family. The photo albums and personal items are security protected but if you are a friend, or family, just shoot me an email and I send you the password to get full access.
As you look around my site, you'll see that I love machines and mechanical things. Anything that rides, glides, flies, or floats. Its all good!
I love the sea. It has always intrigued me. It commands respect, and keeps me humble. It is a place where poor decisions can lead to your death very quickly. Boating, fishing, enjoying the beach,and hanging out with other people that share that same passion is what I love to do.
Airplanes and flying are another. I learned to fly when I was young and had a couple of small single engine airplanes. Both were very old, fabric covered airplanes but they were lots of fun. Flying float planes (planes on pontoons) in the back country was my favorite. Not actively flying anymore, but my company works on some of the highest tech aircraft hardware there is. but I still love flying machines.
Motorcycles are another passion. I just love the sense of freedom you feel winding down a country road, wind in your hair, smelling the roses and taking in the unobstructed views that you just can't get sitting in an car.
Through flying, I met another great friend, Danny. He also bought a vintage fabric airplane which needed a restoration. Below picture of the plane before he started, being towed home to begin the project.
He stripped off the fabric and disassembled everything. He sandblasted tubing, did weld repairs to the metal framework, and epoxy coated the whole thing before putting a new fabric skin on it. Here's a shot of the project when it was at my garage in Bristol. Doesn't look like much of a flying machine at this stage. You can see it was a thorough restoration, and not just a cover up.
The metalized wings were removed and restored to the original fabric condition. Here one of the wings in the paint booth after it was re-fabriced.
A couple of years, and many, many hours of labor later, here she is ready to fly at Meriden Markham Airport.
Learning to Fly
My friend Bob with our PA-22 Tripacer. This was the airplane I learned to fly with. Had some great times with this plane, taking up friends and making trips to New Hampshire and Maine while our seaplane was being built.
We contracted with Jim Allen of Allen aviation in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, to put our project together. Bob knew what he wanted and designed a great bush plane based on the PA-12 airframe. Jim took care of the mods and approvals, and did an outstanding job of finishing the aircraft. We purchased a set of EDO 2000 floats from the Twitchell's at Turner Aviation, and flew the plane up there to have them fitted to the plane. Below is a picture of the modified PA-12 back at East Haddam CT, on our launch trailer.
Some of the giveaways that this is no ordinary PA-12 are the wing booster tips, PA-18 flaps on the wings & counter balanced elevators, rear access door to the long fishing rod storage compartment, skylight over the pilot seat (awesome views when looping the plane). A trained eye would see PA-18 engine cowlings installed for the O320 engine conversion, and the oversize "Borer" prop. Much more laid under the surface. This was an amazing and fun airplane that let us fly into tiny ponds to fish where no one else could go.
Below is a picture I took flying our TriPacer, while Bob flew the PA-12. I got my seaplane rating in this plane and had some very memorable time with this machine.