Originally Posted by PaulvS
I mentioned to the urologist that I'm building a plane, and he gave me a funny look, so I left it at that.
The cancer got picked up early when I got an annual PSA screening check, at the same time that the Doc did my basic med cert. So maybe flying helped save my life.
Well, you will find that funny looks when you tell someone who doesn't know that you are building
an airplane will be part of the building process.
That continues when you tell them you are flying
an airplane you built!
My cancer was found on my third class physical by my very astute flight surgeon. When I turned 50 he snapped on the glove which surprised me but it was part of his routine after 50. It was found on my subsequent exam. I owe John Ford III, MD my life and made sure he knew that! We were part-time friends anyway. I attribute flying to saving my life as well. My PSA was never abnorma
That said, I woke up this morning thinking about your dilemma. I am a little OCD which is a good thing when it comes to building airplanes. When I was figuring out my wiring for everything, I first plotted out my plans on drawings, done on my drafting board. This constantly changed as I discovered things in the process but also have drawings of the Final Wiring Plots. This was a really good idea for several reasons:
1) I had a visible plot of where everything
came from and where it was going. Made wiring much less of a chore as I was just following my plan, modifying it as the real process took place.
2) When it came time to modify things years later (taking out the Trimble GPS, the mEncoder and putting in a Dynon, installing/wiring the ADS-B in/out, helmet ANR hard wire, etc) pulling out my drawings and finding where the wires I needed to change were, turned out to be much less of a chore than a complicated 'spaghetti search'.
All my wires were labeled and neatly bundled which helped as well. SuzieQ was finished in 1997 and having those drawings to jog my memory was a VERY valuable asset! And they look pretty cool: colors for the different wire origins/destinations! And you can do that sitting at a desk or drawing board......