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    Re: ATC Privatization Proposed in White House Budget

    Well, by the operators because of their insurance policies. The insurance companies won't demand it themselves.

    I know full well jets can operate into non-towered fields. I see them all the...
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    Re: ATC Privatization Proposed in White House Budget

    Humm, that's not directly mentioned in the criteria: [/QUOTE]

    There's the FAA requirement for what is required for the FAA to build a tower, and then there's "why does this airport want a tower?" ...
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    Re: Circular runways

    I've seen the runway over a highway before (driven under and landed on this one):...
  4. Thread: New TAF decoder

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    New TAF decoder

    :gig:

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    Saw it on VAF last night and thought it was too funny not to crosspost...
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    Re: Continental O-200 EFI

    I suppose one could run a total-loss system, though I think you'd be looking at a pretty good-sized battery to run the whole thing and start. Probably falls in the "possible but impractical"...
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    Re: elevons or elevators and ailerons

    I have to ask, OP... why this configuration? What do you intend to gain from it vs. a more conventional configuration? It seems like you're trying to set yourself up for a whole lot of extra work...
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    Re: ATC Privatization Proposed in White House Budget

    You wouldn't know it, since things like NOTAMs and METARs are still dispensed in highly-abbreviated all caps...


    Not only would per-use fees shift costs, but they're a deterrent to other...
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    Re: Discussion: Design study: RV-7 tapered wing

    Pretty sure the RV-7 uses the same wings as the 8, so the outside of the hole is 7.86x1.5 inches. But that is how much room you have where the spar stubs go. Inside the rest of the tunnel there are...
  9. Poll: Re: Poll: Open, Sliding Canopy, or Side-Hinged Canopy

    This, with a good solid rollover bar.
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    Re: ATC Privatization Proposed in White House Budget

    :rolleyes:

    A pair of eyes and sufficient judgment will generally suffice. You don't need an instrument rating to look and see a thunderstorm coming, and say "yeah, not going that way" and either...
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    Re: ATC Privatization Proposed in White House Budget

    First, most of those light airplanes paying fuel taxes generally don't use ATC services at all. In 14.5 years of flying since I got my license, I've spoken to ATC twice. I fly exclusively from a...
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    Re: Is all 6061-T6 "Aircraft" quality?

    Unless you're looking at it from the perspective of a regulatory agency, where all too often what really matters is whether the paperwork is correct, not the end product.
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    Re: Point about three pointers.

    At least in my experience, the Wittman-style gear on an RV-6 won't put you "down firmly and for good" without at least a little forward stick, particularly if the tailwheel hits first. Those long...
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    Re: ATC Privatization Proposed in White House Budget

    My biggest concern with privatization is that it's turning a function that can easily lead to enforcement action over to a private company. We've seen that before--witness the companies contracted...
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    Re: Continental O-200 EFI

    If you're going for a certified product with special parts (as opposed to basic "everyone can fabricate this from stock" mods), you need to be thinking "certification" from day one, because the FAA's...
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    Re: Question 6061 vs 2024

    Yes, the Sonex spar caps are custom extrusions and last I remember Sonex is the only available source, unless you reverse-engineered them and got someone to custom extrude them for you. I think it's...
  17. Thread: MC-15 Cri Cri

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    [For Sale] Re: MC-15 Cri Cri

    The way the photos are shot it makes it look like a really good model, not a real airplane!
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    Re: John King medical issue

    The FAA was afraid that their scam was about to be blown wide open, and that everyone would see the Doctor had no clothes on.

    It's one thing to require an observation/waiting period after a...
  19. Re: LSA - any deviation allowed from single reciprocating piston engine?

    The ASTM/LSA standards should have gone further and covered up to at least RV-10 territory, because applying Part 21 production standards to aircraft up to that size is largely a waste. Saying "I...
  20. Re: LSA - any deviation allowed from single reciprocating piston engine?

    You're both thinking "because it's a jet, therefore it must be..."

    Assume for a moment I designed a jet aircraft that, in all respects other than the fact that it's a jet, meets the light sport...
  21. Re: FAA on ADSB and engine-driven electrical systems

    Yes, TIS-B displays traffic information about aircraft that don't have ADS-B Out. But TIS-B only broadcasts when it's triggered by an aircraft broadcasting ADS-B Out. If there aren't any around,...
  22. Re: FAA on ADSB and engine-driven electrical systems

    But what type of aircraft are you referring to, and where were they operating?

    I'm talking about aircraft with electrical systems that currently have a Mode C transponder. There are many, many...
  23. Re: LSA - any deviation allowed from single reciprocating piston engine?

    According to the FAA, any turbojet powered aircraft requires either a type rating, or a Letter of Authorization (which is basically the same thing, but issued for experimentals). Doesn't matter what...
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    The efficiency or cost of a given engine type shouldn't matter one bit. The only thing that should matter is operational complexity from the pilot's standpoint, and maintainability.
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    Because the FAA completely and utterly failed at figuring out what LSA should be. They truly, honestly, 100% believed and intended that the overwhelming majority of LSAs would look like this:
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