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    Cart before the horse?

    I had a handful of different designs I was thinking of building when I was given a 1/2 VW. Since the Hummelbird was on my list and it uses a 1/2 VW, that's what I have been building. Had that not happened, I may have built something else, but would have definitely started later. I also have...
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    For the small plane A&Ps out there

    It's not a great bush plane because if a wing hits a bush, you're not flying out of there. Low wings need a much wider clear area than high wings. On a Cherokee, you need no bushes higher than your waist for it's entire 30'+ wingspan. For a 172, you only need about 12' with of no bushes...
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    For the small plane A&Ps out there

    Something similar to what you are requesting is the Light Sport Repairman certificate. It's a 15-day, 120 hour course restricted to one class of LSA aircraft (fixed wing, weight shift, etc.), but does allow you to work on planes and charge for your services. The LSA Repairman: Maintenance or...
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    Wanted Hovey Delta Bird Plans, does anyone have or know where to get?

    I did have a conversation with the plans owner in 2017, I used the email address skyguynca@yahoo.com . They were $100 for plans on CD of the Delta Bird and Delta Hawk.
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    Steve Henry's 2.5' take-off

    I was assuming a pilot who didn't have a death wish, but I guess you could take off in conditions like that.
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    Steve Henry's 2.5' take-off

    Apparantly, you responded before reading the last part of my post. There was no roll. You can't have negative roll unless you put reverse motors on the wheels.
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    Steve Henry's 2.5' take-off

    Look, I know you think highly of him, but there is no possible way for him to ever shave off .5 feet from his takeoff roll. It doesn't matter how much power he adds, any weight removed, airfoil changes, or what technique he uses, it's just not physically possible for him to reduce that takeoff...
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    Why don’t airports have scales?

    What you are trying to rationalize now was a very simplified answer to one of your early, overly defensive posts, when it was clear from your ideas and statements that you didn't understand the basic concepts of a center of gravity in relation to flight. It took 5 pages for you to realize some...
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    Why don’t airports have scales?

    Vertical cg is not taken into consideration when calculating a safe weight and balance the standard way. Dan Thomas's post explains why the vertical cg isn't something that needs to be calculated except in extreme circumstances (e.g. probably not a good idea to strap a deer on top of your...
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    Have to wonder

    In the last 10 years there have been 194 build threads started on this site, but only 41 completion threads. These numbers are likely a little off, I did discount 3 of the 4 identically titled build threads by the same member I noticed, as well as the 4 posts in completions that were someone...
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    Have to wonder

    In my case I just gave up on the post, not the plane itself. I think my last post I had the basic fuselage shape and had made the spars, at the moment the left outer wing, canopy, and firewall forward are the only main components left to build, and I've started on the canopy. It's coming along...
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    I went flying

    LiveATC website and/or app is a great way to get used to the ATC conversations. I think most airports are on there, there's a good chance you can put on your local class D in the background while doing something else just to get used to your group of local controller's accents/personalities. You...
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    Replica Placards

    In my quick look through the regulations, they specify which placards must be displayed, and do not mention ones that cannot be displayed or must be removed. As long as they don't contradict your actual required placards (e.g. a list of aerobatic maneuvers and speeds your plane can't do), sounds...
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    Why don’t airports have scales?

    No, we want a useful amount of accuracy. None of the methods proposed would get under 1" of accuracy in the cg calculation without an extensive initial weighing process to determine the cg height that would have to be re-done with any change in equipment, measuring and factoring in the...
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    Why don’t airports have scales?

    As long as that "you" is plural and means all pilots, airports, plane manufacturers and mechanics.
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