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    Epoxy Wipe composite finishing technique!!

    I can assume these pages have been listed here, but if not, here are some pages describing the "epoxy wipe" technique: http://curedcomposites.com/finish.html https://samhoskins.blogspot.com/2008/08/doing-epoxy-wipe.html And the video to supplement the above link... I am using the same...
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    Why Gas Engines Are Far From Dead - Biggest EV Problems

    I wasn't attacking you. I was only clarifying. You were correct to bring the money matter to the equation! Yes, aviation is expensive. It is not easy. And no, electric is not, and never will be the unicorn to make it "cheap". I wish it was. However, it will point our community to more...
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    Workshops and wings: How big is too big?

    I have always felt that 50 x 50 would be good, because it is not just the aircraft you need space for. There are tools, materials, worktables, etc. But believe it or not, airplanes have been built in very small spaces...like an apartment!
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    What did you do on your airplane project today?

    Always seems to be like that, doesn't it? Building matters aside, great glass work!!
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    Why Gas Engines Are Far From Dead - Biggest EV Problems

    Just because this is aviation doesn't necessarily mean that we can absorb any high cost... A new, electric light GA bird must, at an absolute minimum, match the capability, performance and utility of either a Cessna 172, Piper PA28, Cirrus SR22 or equivalent...AND be less expensive to purchase...
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    Any one else watching the SpaceX launch?

    At one point in life, in a galaxy far, far away, I learned the whole riga marole of a thing called "aviation human factors"... As a flight engineer, FTE & pilot, I flew with both the HGU-34 & HGU-56 helmets, but in the development of our flight test programs here at my company, I wanted to try...
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    For the small plane A&Ps out there

    That abbreviated course I did a few years back pretty much covered the "everyday tasks"; subjects like aviation life support, seats, pressurization, oxygen systems were not covered. The DME went hardcore into woods and fabrics, and he tended to do that with us military folk...knowing we had zero...
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    Why Gas Engines Are Far From Dead - Biggest EV Problems

    I can absolutely agree with your perspective. I should have made mention of the 2 cycle community, so I apologize! In all honesty, my dream would be to electrify my 2-seat design...or at least hybridize it! My all wing bird has a 'cavernous' area in the centerbody on both sides of the cockpit...
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    Why Gas Engines Are Far From Dead - Biggest EV Problems

    Brushless electric motor and controller technology and performance are certainly up to the task of the light GA mission set. But the state of the art in battery/energy storage simply is not there. Not yet...at least not for sustained operations (ie 1 to 3 hours endurance). The day will come...
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    For the small plane A&Ps out there

    Your initial post...you said it. So you do not want to get acquainted with the facts? If that is the case, quit wasting our time...and I say this with respect. Being an A&P requires a basic skillset that requires knowledge and proficiency to several standards. If the aviation authorities...
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    RoofTop Scale testing

    26kg seems alot, even by dynamic scaling math. What density altitude/gross weight are you trying to simulate? We are doing a 2.5m model of our design, and our weights are going nowhere near 26kg...maybe 19...if we are wanting to simulate a 10000 foot density altitude at our max gross design...
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    For the small plane A&Ps out there

    Let's call it an A&P mechanic. Rules, regulations, policies and standards are there for a reason. Get acquainted with the facts: https://www.faa.gov/mechanics/become/ https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=954b7cf21d5cb94dc1826e1fb5ed5796&mc=true&node=pt14.2.65&rgn=div5#sp14.2.65.d Don't...
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    For the small plane A&Ps out there

    The concept of saving time and aviation maintenance are not always good to mix. Think safety. A&P schools have their course lengths the way they are to ensure that an applicant can perform any given task to standard. I attended a 2 week course for my certificates, but I already had 10 years of...
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    Flight Plan Requirements

    Spent 3 years in Germany. Recently. Flight plan required for all flights! User fees existed also!
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    What did you do on your airplane project today?

    I started finishing on my dynamically scaled test model earlier today. Sanded for three hours straight...only a couple low spots remaining!!
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