Originally Posted by MS19087
I too have several of Allan’s products and am happy with what I have. Just want to understand a timeline for the -14 gust lock ...
….OK! I get it, and it appears its time for me to do some explaining about what
happened with the RV-14 "Ultimate Gust Lock". I didn't have a RV-14 at my
disposal to model the gust lock for some time, and this was the first draw back.
I finely gained access to one and acquired all necessary dimensions Etc. to draw
up one and created a prototype. We actually made some and low and behold,
when I tried them on another aircraft they did not fit. Then I found that nobody
uses the Van's original stick that I had made the gust locks for, so back to the
drawing board. I found a gentleman in Phoenix who was kind enough to let me
fly there and get all the information off his aircraft so we could continue. I also
got one of the new sticks from Tostin to facilitate making the new required part.
At this point I thought we were over the hump and could proceeded with a
working prototype and then begin to produce this product. I sent it out to the
shop and began to produce parts, but unfortunately after a considerable pile
of scrap was created we caught the mistake and needed to make some changes.
Now all of this fiasco took a lot of time, and we hade neglected our other
projects and obligations. I stopped work on the gust locks to get caught up with
full intentions of returning to the task at hand soon. We obviously missed the
boat on that plan as other things came up that took precedence and required
our attention. I am not trying to make excuses or justify why we dropped the
ball on this one, but rather explain it as it was. I made some promises that I
wasn't able to keep and I apologize for the delays. We are getting caught up
with some of the backlog and should be able to get this going again. I have
saved everyone's requests and e-mail so I will inform all when this is available.
Again, I apologize for any inconvenience I may have caused, and will do our
best to get these finished. Thanks, Allan...
P.S. I don't feel picked on or abused so no worries there!