Long time Blakesburg attendees will surely remember the Hill Hatz (8032Y), and Ray and Dorothy Hill of Baxter IA. During the '70s Ray served on the APM board and Dorothy ran the museum gift shop while they were building "Eve", one of the first Hatz' to fly from the plans (S/N6) in 1981.
Since coming West with me to Denver in 1995, Eve has criss-crossed the country, flown over 400 kids, and now knows the way to Blakesburg by heart. We were fortunate that Ron Sieck of Grinnell IA, builder of the award winning Hatz Classic "Rainman", offered to restore her as a tribute to his friends Ray and Dorothy.
Ask Ron about the restoration project, as he says that working on Eve was kind of like aviation archeology. Ron could see the evolution of homebuilding from when Ray was originally building her during the 70's to when Ray was Ron’s Tech Counselor "supervising” him as he built his Oshkosh winning Hatz during the 2000s.
Oct 2013, Eve returned to the skies of Grinnell. Ron's workmanship is gorgeous and she flies as nicely as she looks - "hands off" on the first flight!
Now back home in Denver, Eve and I are both looking forward to returning to Blakesburg this fall.