Back Yard Looks Bad - This is What I Am Starting With
Suffolk, VA - 16 MAR 2013
The brunt of winter is over and it's still cool out and my backyard looks terrible. The soil that the builder put down last year is bad. They remove the good topsoil and sell it, build the house, and bring in poor soil. The backyard and sides of my house combine to a total of about 11,000 sq-ft
I'll need 34 cu-yds of topsoil to cover this are with only one-inch. That's a lot of topsoil and one inch isn't enough.
I'll have to fix this, but one step at a time. I'll aerate and add topsoil to selected areas to spend less money at one time.
Every time it rains a lot, the backyard would flood and then drain, leaving what you see in the photo.
Update: In hindsight, I should have thoroughly tilled it and killed everything, and then brought in the topsoil. But, I didn't due to laziness. A mistake due to lack of patience.
1984 Avtek 400. This unusual looking light twin turboprop (proof-of-concept) is constructed of DuPont Kevlar and Nomex aramid fiber. It has been parked at Camarillo for years.
The Avtek 400 was a prototype turboprop-powered business aircraft developed in the United States in the early 1980s. It was of unusual and distinctive configuration - a low-wing monoplane with two pusher engines mounted above the wings, and a large canard mounted atop the forward fuselage. The aircraft's sleek, futuristic design earned it a guest appearance on the Airwolf TV series as the X-400, the plane used by the villain Lou Stappleford in the episode Eagles. The Avtek's structure made extensive use of advanced composite materials throughout. In 1998, Avtek declared bankruptcy without the prototype having completed the testing required for US FAA type certification. The company's assets were purchased by AvtekAir, who as of 2004 were planning to revive the project under the designation AvtekAir 9000T.
Update: On 27 AUG 2012, the aircraft was de-registered and to the best of my knowledge, there are no further efforts to pursue marketing this aircraft design.