W6TRW General Meeting
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 5:30 pm
4330 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance
Building an Airplane – the Early Bird Jenny
The Early Bird Jenny is a homebuilt aircraft, using modern construction materials and techniques. It is made to look like a 2/3 scale Curtiss Jenny, a common WWI trainer. In 2002, Rhon joined a local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association.
Beginning with his plans, KJ6IRJ acquired the materials and skills needed to build a flying airplane.
His Jenny first flew on Dec. 30, 2015 at Chino Airport.
Rhon grew up in Ohio and attended the University of Illinois, receiving his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. KJ6IRJ then moved to California in 1978 and joined TRW where he worked in computer network and communications programs and retired from Northrop Grumman as a Program Manager in 2011.
He is a part time flight instructor with a commercial pilot license, rated to fly single and multiengine airplanes, gliders, and helicopters. Rhon and his wife, Vicki Ruch N6SKY, enjoyed many flying vacations, which included northwest to Banff, northeast to New Jersey, southeast to Bahamas, and southwest to Cabo San Lucas. He is now co-owner of a Cirrus SR-22.