Hi there and welcome to kiwikr.co.nz. This site has been created as an on-line builders log to track the construction of my Rand Robinson KR2S aircraft. Navigating the site is hopefully fairly self explanatory, basically the three main tabs above, each contain sub tabs which link to pages with related content. To report any problems with the site or to make comments or suggestions please email me at gavin.magill@gmail.com. I hope you enjoy the site.

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Mark Langford
Sonex Aircraft
Auckland SAA
NZ Warbirds
20 October 2010

Build Progress Summary
Build progress has been steady over the last few weeks and I have made good progress on the Horizontal Stabiliser. I have drawn up the plans for the hinges I am getting made and given these and the aluminum channel to my machinist friend who is making them up for me. Hopefully these will be ready in a few weeks. In the meantime it is business as usual with the woodwork.

Goals For The Coming Week
- Continue with finishing up the woodwork on the HS.
- Order a 8' length of 3/16" rod to use to align the hinges.
- Order some Divinycell foam for the HS.

Recent News off the KRNet
There has been a lot of discussion on the relative sensitivity of the KR controls and how this pertains to new builders learning to fly their KR's. The general consensus from those already flying their KR's is that the aircraft is sensitive but that it is not difficult to learn to fly provided new builders get an introduction to flying responsive aircraft before attempting to fly the KR by themselves. Most current KR pilots indicated that new pilots should be able to figure out how to fly the KR within just a few minutes provided they are given some previous instruction.

Sonex JQP News
Sonex JQP has been getting a bit of airtime recently with Sandy Wilson, one of the syndicate members, getting rated on the aircraft a couple of weeks ago. Sandy has been down and flown it a couple of times since and is encouraging me to get my PPL renewal completed as quickly as possible so I can get into flying it myself. Can't wait.

My Flying
My PPL renewal training has been going well. I did an evaluation flight with the club CFI a couple of weeks ago and this went very well. He pointed out a couple of areas I need to focus on and encouraged me to continue on with working through the air exercises. I also completed the English Language compentency test which is a required part of getting a PPL in New Zealand and passed with flying colours. I am taking next week off from work to focus on knocking off the last of the air exercises I need to complete and hope to be in a position to sit my PPL flight test in early November. Hopefully the weather will cooperate.

Other Updates
I have added a couple of new links to the Aviation Articles page. There is quite an interesting article on the Sub-Sonex jet currently being tested by Sonex aircraft.

Previous Updates

20 Oct 2010
22 Sep 2010
29 Jul 2010
03 Feb 2010
27 Jan 2010
18 Jan 2010
15 Nov 2009
08 Nov 2009
18 Oct 2009
04 Oct 2009
22 Sep 2009
13 Sep 2009
06 Sep 2009