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    What did you do on your airplane project today?

    We finally assembled the wings on the aircraft: If you call the fitting of the wings the "marriage" of the aircraft (as some people do with initial fitting of glider wings), this aircrfat just had its third wedding with her second pair of wings :-) Soon the gear is mounted and tested, and...
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    10/23 Raptor Video

    I must protest to this interpretation of this thread. True experimental design get applauded here. We have worked on the Solar Impulse, a true experimental design, applauded by every aviation engineer. We have applauded Rutan for his Voyager. We applaude Spaceship One and the white knight. We...
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    10/23 Raptor Video

    Funny story to pick up on this: German Army Helicopter training uses EC-145 helicopters maintained by Airbus on a contract. The responsible guy said he calculated the necessary manpower for military maintenance of these helicopters. He would need at least three times the manpower for the same...
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    10/23 Raptor Video

    In general I would rather not be in mountainous areas with an aircraft with marginal performance and questionable soaring qualities. I reckon vertical winds in big mountains easily outperform the raptors ability to climb.
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    10/23 Raptor Video

    He could tow it to KFLD and then fly ballistic to KOSH... It might even look like a normal flight then, since he won't need much altitude anyway.
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    10/23 Raptor Video

    What unit do you use to quantify a velocity?
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    A solution looking for a problem

    You realise, you just did exactly that? It is more a question how exactly things are built and how high the mass penalty ist. FRP can be designed extremely light. On most aircraft not strength but buckling / stiffness is the main driver of mass with FRP, and, of course, process steps...
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    10/23 Raptor Video

    If ICON builds 40 aircraft per year with 200+ people and has one LSA "certified. Alexander Schleicher builds 100 aircraft with 100 people per year and has a current choice of 15 Models/Versions with 10 powered gliders among them, two of which are electric and 4 of the models having their first...
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    spec list of efficient light planes

    I think the Gramex Song is missing in your list. The engine is said to have 20 hp and the aircraft cruises with 110 km/h. SONG :: Ultralight airplane SONG
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    10/23 Raptor Video

    I am not an expert, but I'll give it a try anyway. So please correct me, if I am wrong. No way this is due to propwash or any other aerodynamic "shocks" to set the camera in motion this way. Take a look at the streamlines of propellers: You do not have a radial aerodynamic component...
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    spec list of efficient light planes

    There are also the Jodel D9 Bébé and the Druine D.31 Turbulent.
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    Pitot test / calibration tool (on a budget)

    Hi Folks, we all know that pitot-static testers are expensive pieces of test equipment. As explained in the "What did you do to save General Aviation" Thread, I am writing technical articles for AOPA Germany. In the issue 01/21, I discussed a pitot calibration and test tool with parts from...
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    10/23 Raptor Video

    Well, if Peter flies with that engine and delrin collar, he might get an emergency rate of 2 per airframe faster than he'll like.
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    replica's other than p-51 p-40

    In case you have missed it, Avions MArcel Jurca has a new website (updated some time last year I think). Home M. Jurca was famous not only for this Tempête (the poor mans fighter), but also for his plans for the P-51, FW-190 and Spitfire - in full scale and scaled down versions.
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    10/23 Raptor Video

    Perhaps, like on European microlights, the problem then is transferred from the manufacturer to the customer. If I compare the state of the Raptor to our already-well-prepared customers in certification and the amount of changes we still need to perform, I'd say that starting from scratch is...
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