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  1. K

    Engine failure turn back.

    I have done the exact same test in my RV-6. Exact same results - 300' was adequate if I was prepared. Reaction time and the like make more altitude desirable in the real world. The mitigating factor is you *don't* have to land back on the runway. In a true engine failure, it is still a "win"...
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    10/23 Raptor Video

    The thing flies a few minutes, maybe an hour or two a week. I don't see a threat to transient traffic. OTOH, certain airports have barred test flying because of construction density near the airport. KVLD probably isn't a candidate for banning Peter's efforts based on those criteria.
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    Sun n Fun 2021

    here in Georgia, federal plus state money for Covid related layoffs has totaled about $900/wk. That’s available even if you just don’t feel safe going to work.
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    Correct glue for Lexan windshield

    I would absolutely put something between the lexan and the rivets - flat washers, an aluminum strip, etc. Also, best practice is to oversize the holes in the lexan so thermal expansion doesn't put as much stress on the holes/fasteners. One adhesive that is widely available is Lexel which is a...
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    Sun n Fun 2021

    I'm bagging it for this year. Looks like the weather tomorrow precludes flying, and the weather through Sunday is dodgy. My home field is closed (preliminary repaving work) from 7P-7A, so I've lost a lot of flexibility on my ability to make it home. Certainly wouldn't be viable after the show...
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    10/23 Raptor Video

    I set a 20 hour over/under on another board. I took the under and “won” a beer at SOS brothers later this year.
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    10/23 Raptor Video

    I think he'd be better off if it was driving the engine. It would spin more slowly, and possibly stall. Letting it spin up would be bad, I think. I relate this to helicopter autorotations. Faster blade rotation produces more lift (drag in that world) than a slow rotation.
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    New Optional Task-based Phase 1 Flight Test Program for E-AB

    I know Vic very well. He was in my EAA chapter until he moved South of Atlanta. Super guy and yes, jamb nuts are his white whale. No doubt there are a thousand things that people can screw up, but I was thinking more along the lines that performance characteristics might not vary between...
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    New Optional Task-based Phase 1 Flight Test Program for E-AB

    You really think so? I'd opine that with matched hole construction and a stock engine/prop, the 3,053rd iteration of the RV-7 might be more uniform to the type than most factory built aircraft, which aren't self-jigging during construction. I'm not arguing that you shouldn't fully test and be...
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    AVWEB article on the Future of E-AB

    You mean low RVP, which is what you'd want for any situation where vapor lock is a real possibility. Low RVP is better for pollution control too. As far as people using fuel with ethanol goes, there are plenty of anecdotes on both sides. I struggle with "Works fine in airplanes, but killed my...
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    AVWEB article on the Future of E-AB

    Last time I read up on the issue (and it has been 20 years or more), the FAA required airports to allow it, but the airports could require the owners/pilots to take "reasonable precautions" or WTTE. And then people got to debate/litigate what was reasonable.
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    AVWEB article on the Future of E-AB

    Free yourself. Transport your own UL fuel to the airport. Hostage situation resolved.
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    10/23 Raptor Video

    He's the one who's sought attention by posting dozens of videos on Youtube. But he only wants the *good* attention. Got it.
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    What do you say...?

    That’s what I did after doing the mental calculation around how long it would take to ‘splain the scope of an airplane project.
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    What do you say...?

    My thoughts were more around the effort involved. Most kit cars advertise a build time that’s about 20% of the advertised build time for most airplanes.
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