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Project Log
Aircraft Construction - Pitts 14 Prototype

Summer 2004 Status Update
Pitts 14 Prototype
Created: 04/05/2005
Updated: 11/18/2005
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Article by Mike Whaley
 
We are now moving into the "details" stage of development. The "big stuff" is mostly done - the basic structure of the wings and fuselage and hanging the engine on the mount. Now we are focusing on the myriad of detailed parts - instrument panels, linkages, adjustable seats, etc. These are obviously just as important to the project, but they often aren't as eye-catching as the big assemblies. These details need to be developed with great care, since they are items that the pilot will use often... if they aren't right, then they will become ongoing annoyances. Being a prototype aircraft, this is the proper time and place to develop these systems. We refuse to offer any product that's not up to the highest standards of quality, even if that means it will take longer to develop. In the end, every hour of development we spend now will save each future builder many more hours, dollars, and headaches later, so it's wise to invest as much time now as necessary.

Continue on to the following entries to see the progress!


Other entries in this series:
     Construction Begins    May 2003
     Fuselage Basic Structure    June 2003
     Fuselage Basic Structure Completed, Engine Arrives, Steve Culp Helps Out    July 2003
     Pitts Model 14 Introduced at Oshkosh    4th week of July 2003
     Curtis Visits to Continue the Design, Wing Construction Begins    August 2003
     Wing Construction Underway    September 2003
     Lower Wing Basic Construction    October 2003
     Lower Wing Details and First Fuselage Formers    November 2003
     Fuselage Formers, Skin and Wing Details    December 2003
     Fuselage Side Panels and Upper Wing Construction    January 2004
     Wing-Root Fairings, Fuselage Skin Panels, and Upper Wing    February 2004
     Fuselage Side Panels, Wing Rigging, Engine Arrives    March 2004
     Sun N 'Fun 2004    April 2004
      » Summer 2004 Status Update    May 2004
     Aluminum Turtledeck    1st week of June 2004
     Sheet Metal Work, AirVenture    4th week of June 2004
     Adjustable Seats, Part 1    August 2004
     Adjustable Seats, Part 2    December 2004
     Wings    December 2004
     Throttle Quadrant    December 2004
     Spring 2005    March 2005

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