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    Naval Air Museum in Pensacola is a great museum also. We go down every year to spend a few days at the Navy Lodge directly across from museum. They have the fixtures and plaques from one of my favorite Navy officers clubs, Naval Air station Cubi Point, Philippines. I have spent many hours in...
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    Hangar building

    Clutton Fred We seem to have a lot of Mexican subs in our area. I have found and used three myself over the past few years. All did great jobs, showed up on time, and did the jobs the way I wanted them done. That has not always been the case with some of the local subs I have hired. One of the...
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    Hangar building

    Rhino I hear you. I live just down the the street in Moore county. I do everything possible myself and dread the thought of having to use a contractor for the reasons you mention. Christopher equipment has helped me avoid many contractors. To those who say you can be irresponsible and be a...
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    Fastest planes on the least amount of HP

    I think the 108hp is a perfect engine for the plane. If good installation doesn’t need oil cooler. You make up for any speed loss by not having to stop For fuel as often.
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    Fastest planes on the least amount of HP

    I get 160mph cruise in my 0235 108hp RV3. About 25mpg
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    Hello from The Gambia, West Africa.

    I think you are right about not tackling too big a project as your initial build. This is especially true considering your location. Take a look at the Legal Eagle. It uses a Volkswagen engine and gives experience in all types of light aircraft construction. Being a ultralight you may not need a...
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    What was the first airplane you flew in and how old ?

    First flew in 727 Cincinnati to San Antonio via Atlanta in Jan 1967 on way to Airforce Basic Training. About three years later got my private pilot license at Vandenberg AFB flying club in C150. Cost was $7 per hour wet plus $5 per hour for instructor.
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    Backside rivet removal?

    I would start drilling with small bit that will be about size of mandrel and increase drill size one number bigger for each step until you can push out rivet body.
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    Planning the adventure of a lifetime and hello from Germany!

    I wouldn’t worry about transponder and Adsb. My RV3 has neither and not worth it to me as I might guilt flying after 52 years in the not to distant future. As far as registration issues I would look at how Canadian lite aircraft are dealt with when flying in US.
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    Planning the adventure of a lifetime and hello from Germany!

    As I understand it you are buying a new plane in Florida and after your trip will be shipping it home. You could consider a big circular tour of the US east of the Mississippi or maybe slightly west of that. That will give you a few thousand miles of territory that has many many airports and...
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    Planning the adventure of a lifetime and hello from Germany!

    Wayne I would order sectional charts that cover your planned route or whole country. Look at the trip as an airport to airport event. Most of the east and Midwest has airports close together and you will find many people to help you at most of them for ground transportation, finding fuel etc...
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    Hello from an aspiring pilot and experienced DIYer

    Take a look at the legal eagle. I don’t know what rules you are dealing with but in US it’s a ultra lite so no license needed to fly. Uses 1/2VW and requires all types of aircraft construction methods. Wood, steel tube, sheet metal and fabric. A great first airplane for skill building and would...
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    Inexpensive solo cross-country machines?

    RV3 is a good choice. Mine has 0235 C1 108hp. 160mph cruise 30 gal fuel 6gal/hr.
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    New aspiring pilot.

    i am retired Navy. Check into Navy flying club if one available at your base. Where are you stationed? I got my license at a military flying club which is much cheaper than civilian training. Unless things have changed you have to have your private license to use the GI bill for flight training...
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    I just saw your post. We should get together sometime. I live near Lynchburg and have hangar 101 at Tullahoma for my RV3. My name is Jim Miller. Jimmy Has my cell number and email. I am a retired Dentist/ Navy Capt and been in area since 1985.