Last Updated 7/12/2013
Thanks as always to everyone for some nice comments! Well I have not posted anything on here for some time but the latest update is that Loyd Woodward is suing me. He told me to not say much online or it would make future negotiations more difficult, but he went and sued me anyway. The suit states money but it's clear he wants the entire LP1 program, prototype aircraft, tooling and all. If he wins this lawsuit I will end up with nothing to show for my 20 years of work but the $9.61 per hour I ended up making while Woodward was involved with me. For certain the LP1 will never fly nor will anyone ever get a kit if he is successful. I have little to fight the lawsuit with, so dozens of kind people online donated to the Woodward lawsuit defense fund here Woodward lawsuit defense fund Added a pic of the nose gear steer damper installed, this is a hydraulic rotary damper using silicone fluid. Started work on changes to the gearbox to handle the LS7 torque input. Changing the prop control system. Changing to a single airframe controller from the network double system it has now, and with more inputs and outputs. Moved into a larger shop, double the size at 3600 sq ft. I had needed to do that for awhile now and things fell into place so it went ahead. Can now have the LP1 fully assembled at the shop and also have room to work on more parts and pieces, this was almost impossible before. Reworked the flap logic to simplify their function. Have worked on the landing gear and the engine ECU programming quite a bit. Moved the mains back 4.6", this gets it to the correct angle from the tyre contact patch to the CG from before. Changed the nosegear from a zero castor/ trail type to a 5 degree castor/ zero trail setup. Changed the hated polyurethane nosewheel to a pneumatic tyre. Have had issues with the MAP sensor giving false readings. Am impressed with how complex and tuneable the GM ECU is, have had to learn a lot for that to be able to tune it. Working on the mid spar fuel cells as well. I did the initial CG check. Was right in the middle of the range with just me sitting in it, not bad, but I need it to move about 2" forward in that condition so I moved the batteries from the aft cockpit and put one on the seatback and the other in a space I had reserved on the lower left firewall. The gear doors aren't fully finished but we are working on them. Be sure to see all of the pages at this site and I will answer all inquiries received.
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We are currently working on the LP-1 project. You will find links to the left that will lead you to more information on the project NOTE: The discussion/ support group on Yahoo is now viewable for anyone, you can read some interesting topics as well as see more pics there. The link is:
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