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    External Storage Pod

    You can always hinge the canopy at the front, open it a little bit and let your fishing rods out a la hatchback. Max.
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    External Storage Pod

    Why not two - one at each wingtip? Admitedly it reduces the size of child you can carry...
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    External Storage Pod

    I've seen a picture somewhere recently of a floatplane with a surfboard lashed to the float struts on one side. Seemed to be flying along just fine - asymmetry and all. Personally, I'd try carrying something small and gradually work up. Just in case. It was on some Canadian manufacturer's...
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    Hydrofoils

    Yes. One simple mechanism of controlling hydrofoil AOA is to deploy a ski ahead of the foil to sense the position of the surface of the water and adjust the AOA using a simple lever system. See the Hobie Trifoiler for an example of this. Having the Hobie system dangling from the bottom of an...
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    Hydrofoils

    By a tuck, do you mean pitching forward and burying the nose in the water? That which multihull sailors call undercutting? Orion mentioned the existence of "serious disadvantages" in using long slender hulls at high speed. Can you expand on that? In the sailing world I understand that...
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    Hydrofoils

    Is that speed for barracuda the fish or Barracuda the torpedo? The number I read for the torpedo was of the order of 800 km/h (roughly 530 mph), although the Diehl website itself only admits to "over 360 km/h", more in the ball park of the old Soviet Shkval. I haven't heard of a US version but...
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    Parachute brakes

    Landing in big waves is just about the only thing I'm interested in. Any statistics you have for aircraft and maximum wave height that they can come down in would be most appreciated. The best that I've seen so far for a small(ish) plane is the Centaur that can supposedly come down reliably...
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    Parachute brakes

    ultralight stall speed 24 knots or below - thanks - useful number. I've also started to find a few small float planes with fixed second foils below the trailing edge of the main foil. That is certainly an easy - to implement way of going about the problem. Regards, Max
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    Parachute brakes

    Exactly - but falling like a brick from three feet up and attaining a landing speed of 20 knots might be preferable to landing horizontally into the side of a wave at 40 knots. Maybe. Just an idea. I'd even be interested if it took me from 20 knots to 10. I know about water and it's that...
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    Parachute brakes

    The catchy thing about a chute ... is that (a) slowing down using air is surely a much more controlled way of doing it than slapping into a wave and (b) the bit about if you mount a chute high up and a long way back you have a pretty insuperable force pointing the aircraft in the right direction...
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    Parachute brakes

    Retrieving the soggy mess is easy - trip line attatched to the middle of the chute. Same as with parachute sea anchors - you mentioned the things first! I was more concerned with reloading the chute at the end of the tail without going for a swim. Keeping the thing out of the water is just...
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    Parachute brakes

    Dear All, Pursuing the theme of "landing is a tougher nut to crack than taking off" on the basis that you can choose whether to take off but once you're up you've got to come down sooner or later: Does anyone know of any research into using parachutes to slow down seaplanes coming in to...
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    Hydrofoils

    Abrupt change in attitude - I kind of expected something like that! I am under the impression that one of the biggest problems with a float plane is that necessarily there is quite a lot of drag low down in the form of hull, floats or similar, and the engine has to be kept high and well clear...
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    Hydrofoils

    Dear All, Is anyone aware of any seaplanes or amphibiamns that use hydeofoils to get them off the surface of the water? Reasons for using them or not using them would be most interesting. I am surprised that none of the designs I've seen so far use hydrofoils, whilst in the meantime...
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