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  1. Re: Have we reached the end of the Steam Gauge era?

    I've flown minimum steam and modern glass in the exact same airframe. I've posted on the matter before:...
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    Re: Toobuilder? You okay?

    IIRC he's not done installing the EFI system on his Rocket...
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    Re: Huge R/C Jet Structural Failure

    When these scale models cost tens of thousands of dollars, I guess one must describe or define...waste of money.[/QUOTE]

    Depends on your perspective. To me it's a waste because I could build a...
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    Re: Using Magnesium Tubes

    I was told magnesium engine blocks were a really impressive show when burning. I never had an opportunity to deal with one; regular car fires were enough. I wouldn't use a magnesium structure.
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    Re: GE/T406 Engine. What would you design / build?

    I'd be torn between something fighter-ish and something like a Cirrus jet. The latter would be easier to justify.
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    Re: 4130 to Aluminum

    I designed welded structures for test rigs for a while, and we used aluminum for a couple of reasons (primarily internal company politics...). We assumed O (annealed) material properties for areas...
  7. Re: Designing the fastest two place VW-powered airplane

    He said "one day", not "in one day" ;)

    The only way I think you could pull it off would be to do the airplane autoreply keeps hinting at--a relatively long-span pusher with laminar flow. Lots of...
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    Re: Beyond the SR-71

    That's what electric thrusters are for. Or, use an https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrodynamic_tether
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    Re: Beyond the SR-71

    When carbon nanotubes got to within ballpark of the strength needed to keep the cable from snapping under its own weight. Still not quite there yet, and nobody yet knows how to make them into a...
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    Re: Beyond the SR-71

    Not by much. At that point a few more miles of cable gives you the elevator.

    When did everyone stop laughing about the idea?
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    Re: 3rd Class Medical Reform still alive...

    There's one good thing about this rule, though... if it looks like you're not going to pass, you just don't fill out the form and send in the paperwork. The FAA's none the wiser. You aren't stuck...
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    Re: Homebuilt Fleet Sizes

    I want to believe you, but... source?
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    Re: Homebuilt Fleet Sizes

    :hammer:

    Lies, damn lies, and statistics...
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    Re: Homebuilt Fleet Sizes

    Are your totals just GA aircraft, or all aircraft? IIRC worldwide piston airplane production is only ~1000 airframes/year. I'd bet that number of "new adds" includes a few hundred airliners,...
  15. Thread: Communication

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    Re: Communication

    This is what ADS-B is supposed to help with. It's not a panacea, and it doesn't replace a visual scan--it complements it. Though I think the much bigger benefit is the weather datalink...

    Now,...
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    Re: Turbo Subaru RV8

    Very cool :)

    I'll bet he picks up a couple knots once he gets the gear faired...
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    Re: Beyond the SR-71

    The B-52, at least, soldiers on not because it's so great and wonderful that we can't match the engineering, but because nobody wants to cough up enough money at one time to replace them. Instead,...
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    Re: Aircraft VW reliability - What have we learned?

    Dad has an Ellison TBI on his Lycoming. Never had an issue with it. It's just like the carb on a .40 size RC two-cycle.
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    Re: Is This Legal (Or Ethical)?

    Picking locks came in handy as an undergrad, when the breaker for our room blew the Friday night before finals week and maintenance wouldn't come out to reset it till Monday morning. I picked the...
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    Re: Is This Legal (Or Ethical)?

    Those who know, aren't going to answer.
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    Re: Flying career for daughter

    For whatever it's worth, my dad flew off carriers in the Navy before getting out and joining on with a major airline.

    When I was 16 and looking at colleges and careers, I knew what my major was...
  22. Re: What's the easiest plans/kits built sheet metal plane for the massively inexperie

    You know, come to think of it... a guy up the road is selling an Ercoupe: http://savannah.craigslist.org/spo/5919256266.html

    Useful load's a little limited though.

    As Mr. Ferguson notes, a VW...
  23. Thread: Fire Sleeve

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    Re: Fire Sleeve

    I plan to use the conductive teflon lines with integral firesleeves for everything FWF. That's how we do all the hoses on the big airplanes within the fire zones.
  24. Re: What's the easiest plans/kits built sheet metal plane for the massively inexperie

    The Sonex family might suit you as well. You can plans-build an original Sonex (and I might even have a set of plans and parts I'm willing to sell ;) )

    I don't think you'll find many kits in...
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    Re: New Part 23 final rule released

    From an aircraft certification point of view I don't either. Check you private e-mail...[/QUOTE]

    I just want to see the ability to make aircraft/kits the same way we make S-LSA and E-LSA, but for...
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