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    Buddy of mine has been modifying Lancair Legacies for Reno racing. In between working on race planes he designed and built this little guy from the ground up. He's planing on selling it in some kind of kit form down the road. It's 90% carbon fiber with an empty weight of just under 500 lbs including oil. It went for it's first flight last weekend, I made the trip out to the desert to shoot some photos and videos of the occasion.

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    First Flight Debrief:


    he's also got a website going for it now... he'll be adding more information as he expands the flight envelope.

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    Nice, thanks for sharing this!

    Question though, I notice that the airplane is painted something that isn't white, yet it's composite - what sort of paint/epoxy did he use? Just curious.

    But yea, congrats to him!

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    Re: Aerochia LT-1 First Flight Video

    literally just spray paint primer right now... once they get a little further through the initial flight testing they'll get it painted properly, though I'm not sure exactly what that consists of... I do know they're not limited to white though.

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    Ah, alright, thank you. By the way, compliments on the camera work - definitely lends a more professional touch than the typical low-res camcorder stuff you usually get with homebuilt flight tests.

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    Re: Aerochia LT-1 First Flight Video

    Too bad he left off the inverted gull wings...could be a mini F4U...

    ...is there an HKS air race circuit yet??? Should start one...

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    Re: Aerochia LT-1 First Flight Video

    Very cute little aeroplane!
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    Yes, extremely cute. But why is it so heavy? The SD-1 Spacek for example weighs only 245lbs empty. That's about half the weight of the Aerochia. Their engine weigts don't account for it (SD-1 = B&S 23hp - about 85lbs if I remember correctly. The HKS700e on the Aerochia weighs 121lbs).

    Somewhat confused.

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    Re: Aerochia LT-1 First Flight Video

    Quote Originally Posted by rtfm View Post
    Yes, extremely cute. But why is it so heavy? The SD-1 Spacek for example weighs only 245lbs empty. That's about half the weight of the Aerochia. Their engine weigts don't account for it (SD-1 = B&S 23hp - about 85lbs if I remember correctly. The HKS700e on the Aerochia weighs 121lbs).

    Somewhat confused.

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    Thats why Spacek has 155 km/h and Aerochia 285 km/h for the cruising speed!
    Speed -> Loads -> Mass

    Spacek +4/-2G only.... this is in the category of ultralights, so some fast&sharp turns could break it.
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    Re: Aerochia LT-1 First Flight Video

    Hi,
    OK, I understand that... I didn't see any specs for the plane - are they available? 285kph is 154kt. Cruise? Mmmm sounds a little quick?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rtfm View Post
    Hi,
    OK, I understand that... I didn't see any specs for the plane - are they available? 285kph is 154kt. Cruise? Mmmm sounds a little quick?

    Duncan
    They're working on putting together a more comprehensive spec sheet as they open up the envelope of the aircraft... however they're expecting a 150kt cruise with the HKS.

    The wing should take 8g positive and negative, though it wasn't tested to the point of failure. It was tested to 6g positive and negative, and the max gross weight will be set for those g loads. It's definitely over built, as he intends it to fly acrobatically, thus it's heavier. As I understand it, he used the same bid schedule on the vertical and horizontal stabilizers that are used on his Lancair Legacies which are creeping up on 400mph at Reno.

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    Re: Aerochia LT-1 First Flight Video

    What is the latest on this project?

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