Written by Arthur D Piercy
Monday, 13 July 2009 09:53
Our aircraft should look similar to this one when it is finished. Isn't it the most beautiful aircraft you have ever seen? Well for me it is!
It was to everyone's excitement when the kit arrived. I did not expect the size of the container to be so big.
I'm not sure what I was expecting but somehow the calculations I had made that I could build this aircraft in my two car garage was WRONG!
Going back over the specs, I suddenly realized that the Seawind has a wing span that is 8' wider than the Mirage I had been flying.
Anyway it was here now and we were just going to have to make a go of it.
Not much space left in the garage and from now on my poor car will just have to sleep outside.
LET THE BUILDING BEGIN!
For the first year we worked every spare moment. Then I went back to full time employment and everything just faded a little. Then the new millennium arrived and we decided it must be finished.
Recently the aircraft has been moved from my garage to a hanger at Wonderboom Airport and with the help of Aerosud and Francois Jordaan we set the target date for the first flight - my birthday 7 June 2002.
By now you should have gathered that we never made that target date. Welcome to the world of "homebuilts".
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Extracts from a testimonial recieved from the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)
"I would like to thank Arthur Piercy for inspiring us. We need to always have driven and positive human beings like him, who don't constantly dwell on the ills of the past but on the possibilties of the future" (Zola)
"To me the important points that he made were that one's life is very important and it is that indiviual's responsibility to take care of it no matter what; and that determination can conquerany obstacle" (David)
"I was humbled by his humility, determination and passion for life. Nothing can and will stand in his way and I admire it about him. He just opened my eyes to the fact that if you want to you can, all you need is determination" (Ntombi)
"Indeed your response to a life changing circumstance certainly places you in a special class, somewhere above the rest of us. But your incredible sense of humour, your humaness - those form the bridge that allows ordinary human beings to rub shoulders with you and face their own, smaller situations, encouraged. Thank you for that." Nadia Coetzee : Director: Foreign Qualifications Evaluation and Advisory Services.