Saw this at the boat show recently. I really like the idea of the "closed cooling"- yeah traditional radiator is "closed cooling"- maybe should read "compact"
Too bad its not cheap...
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Skid plates or no I think it's lousy way to demonstrate the skills of the pilot. I believe it sends a poor message to the younger folks in the crowd that may not understand that this is contrived.
There are better ways than being Foster Brooks with Piper Cub.
My humble opinion.
Tape up the static port(s) and pitot. I used a simple enzymatic soap (laundry soap) or Dawn and warm (ish) water and a soft bristle brush (marine supply store or HD).
Get a good hand held squeegee to remove the bulk of the water then towel dry. Don't use paper towels on the windows they scratch...
A more practical and available solution that I like is the Zaon Flight Systems - Home PCAS system. Gives plenty of notice if PIC is awake and you can have stand alone MRX or XRX, or XRX can display on most glass panel stuff or GPSs.
Is it perfect, show me anything that is...
As an A&P (me) be careful of using "his" mechanics. I've seen kick backs and the like, rarely, but buyer beware. Picking a mechanic is has hard as picking an airplane.
That said for what you want you are doing the right thing and since this is a "Home Built" arena, I'm sorry that folks may have...
I'd have to think the Vans RV-12 ranks right up there. I know dedicated RV builders that could knock one out 3-4 months (or less).
I really think the question has to pretty subjective since most folks don't have the depth of experience in the many different brands/types so YMMV.
Auto-"I had a bit of a laugh at that, given all our prejudices about all Americans, walking around with a .50 if they go shopping ;)"
Considering your screen name (or my shortening of it) I would think you would be sympathetic;)>
An M1911 .45 does nicely (I'm a big guy and it hides well)