Over the last year Jenn, Justin and I have been very fortunate to help Andy Chiavetta of Aerochia Aircraft Performance and Racing with the testing on some of the Super Legacies. We recently published the report on one of these aircraft, N357AW, on which we did the phase one test program during the summer of 2014. That report is available here (link), there is a brief and inaccurate summary of my knowledge of Andy's career below.
Airplanes are cool,
Andy Chiavetta has built more than 20 airplanes, 8 of which are the Super Legacies that he is most known for, he has also built several hundred skim boards, is part owner in a skim board company (Exile), and has appeared in several skim movies (Exile Bearded). To me Andy is first a master of composite manufacturing, who's technical skill has consistently put him around some of the smartest people in the business. The result is that Andy's depth of knowledge, especially with airplanes, extends far beyond the physical building of things with composites.
|Andy and Darryl in Race 33, Photo Andy Chiavetta|
|Andy Skimming, Photo Matt Adams|
|Darryl and Andy with Race 33, Photo Andy Chiavetta|
|Andy and 3 of the Super Legacies, Photo Andy Chiavetta|
Lastly Andy's enthusiasm and willingness to push through the problem to a solution with shear will has made him the guy to go to for so many different types of airplane problems. As a result Andy has worked with and is well respected by the best in the business. It is fantastic to see good things happen to good natured and hard working people and Andy is one of those.
|Andy performs a hasty mid week repair to Strega, Reno 2013|