Why a Harmon Rocket?
Admittedly, an HR-II is a big step up from an RV-9A, which I
built in 2006. I love flying the RV-9A which is an excellent
x-country machine. I have found, however, that more than 50%
of my flight hours are in formation and I don't go long distances
x-country. This puts me squarely into the "fly for fun,
not for transportation" category. So the HR-II is for even
more fun! As a tandem, it will be better for formation work
and the extra horsepower can't hurt.
But let's get serious. There
is no justification for having an expensive, fuel guzzling airplane.
I'm using it as a mule for several avionics devices I am developing, but that's
just an excuse to build another airplane. I like to build, I
like to fly and I like to design avionics stuff. I'm already
planning my third aircraft project.
I bought the HR-II as a work in progress from a gentleman who had
10 years into it. He took it to the stage where some important
customization decisions had to be made, then stopped. This was
perfect for me. I had no desire to put 10 years into a project
to get it to the quickbuild stage, and the F1 Rocket (QB only) was
out of production. Ironically, I searched the entire world for
a kit like this. I ended up finding it less than a mile from
my house! Karma, me thinks.
- November 11, 2008.
Purchased HR-II kit. Project is at quickbuild state and inspected by
MD-RA. Builder lived less than a mile from my home, and after
scouring the world for a project in this state of completion, I
found it nearby. So far, so good.