Some bad news and some better news:

1. The engineer I have been working with at AEC for more than two years, Paul Higgins, died very unexpectedly early this month of severe cancer, at age 51.

2. I am now in contact with the President of AEC (also an engineer), and it looks like he will be my future collaborator on BAC parts projects.

3. The first production-run donuts are being installed on an aircraft this coming Wednesday. Assuming no more surprises, they will go up on the AEC website for sale the following week.

4. AEC is still working on the lock issues with the new handles. I have proposed a solution based on my new lock cylinders, in hopes of keeping things moving, but I don't yet know whether my new contact there will be interested. I will keep the groups posted.

5. I still need some samples of shimmy dampers in order to make progress on that front. While I heard a couple of responses to my previous request, I have not yet received any samples from anyone.

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, August 17, 2005 11:31 PM
Subject: [musketeermail] donuts

Hi there,
Any news lately on the maingear donuts from the other company yet. I did a
search and the last e-mail from the company was some time ago. I have the mains
off so I thought I may as well replace them if they look bad.

Ron Van Hoosen
1963 23 m-369
Goldsby OK
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