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    Emergency Egress: Improvements to the bubble canopy?

    The Zvezda SKS-94 does this with a little explosive cartridge assist - considerably less than a standard ejection seat. I've seen them called "extraction" seats. You want the push; there are some situations where you can't count on the canopy to pull you out...
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    Sadler Vampire

    Aha - I imagine the shipping/crating charges would equal the cost of the airframe! I have no idea - how much is it to ship a 20' container down under? anyone know? Yes, it will fit in a 20' container without disassembly. It's a little bugger.
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    Sadler Vampire

    Isn't that an Australian site? This is a pretty US-specific model. Designed in the US, flown in the US, used in a US weapons test program - it and its descendants never made it to Australia. AFAIK, it has no parts in common with the Australian SV models. It's a one-off. Here's how I...
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    Sadler Vampire

    Hi guys, Been gone for a while. Doing annoying things like trying to make money (to pay for more planes) and buying another plane (certified, a C206 - not sexy, but o so useful.) Anyway, I happen to be the owner of a Sadler Vampire that hasn't been mentioned in this thread - EXP 001, the...
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    Hombebuilt B-29/Stratocruiser

    Sheesh, don't do that. If we shut down every thread when it diverged, we wouldn't have a forum left. :gig: Can you imagine hangar flying at the local strip and having to stop talking every time someone said "Hey, that reminds me..." :roll:
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    Hombebuilt B-29/Stratocruiser

    Why the complex hinge mechanism? it weighs more....
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    RC-Type retractable landing gear

    It's a good question, but I'm going to stick with my original answer. The KR gear is barely 12" off the ground and supports a gross of only 750lbs - most planes require much more clearance, and the suspension & strength of the gear just aren't there at larger sizes. A quote from this thread on...
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    Quiet Flight

    Very interesting. I don't suppose you had any way to test power output? Can you record mp3 files? I'm curious to hear the sound characteristics.
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    RC-Type retractable landing gear

    I'm going to guess weight. By them time you scale it up to the strength required for human-carrying aircraft, it's much heavier than more complex alternatives. Those two side plates would have to be pretty massive chunks of steel to carry the loads.
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    Quiet Flight

    I don't really think the presence or absence of rockwool or fiberglass will influence my decisions to breath from the tailpipe.. :)
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    Hombebuilt B-29/Stratocruiser

    Getting waaay off topic... Really? Didn't know that. Also didn't know the number of seats mattered more than the number of engines. Didn't one of the EAA magazines run an article recently about getting required special pilot certification for turbine aircraft? Or was it Kitplanes? I don't...
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    Crashworthiness

    Can I get those guys to just follow me around? Especially when I'm NOT in my plane. He was still extracting himself from the cockpit when he looked up and saw the divers "like fish..."....WOW.
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    Hombebuilt B-29/Stratocruiser

    If by "light airplane" you're referring to the proposed design, I disagree. "Light airplane" and "120 lb carbon airplane capable of handling a 100lb 35 hp engine" are two completely different categories. First, it's a challenge to DESIGN a 120lb carbon airframe - using any tools you want...
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    What is worth a few pounds?

    One thing that hasn't been mentioned, and makes you much safer in a crash, is pilot weight. Before I go any further - I'll say that I have a few pounds to drop myself. Want to save 10 lbs in a 1000 lb plane? Skip the expensive carbon cowling and hit the gym. Being fitter and carrying less...
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    Crashworthiness

    Using a simplistic theory of deceleration=>constant is the only way to go for these types of calculations for amateurs. If I were in the business of crash protection, I wouldn't use the simplification. A collapsing metal structure will probably peak early and then yield more easily as it...
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