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    FAW+ Velomobile Build

    I ended up posting most of my build over on the bent rider forum. It’s getting close to finishing now and I’m glad I didn’t bite off an airplane. This project has taken me long enough. Here are a few photos from the build.
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    Why we are here

    I started on here while getting my degree in aeronautical engineering and have learned a lot from the folks here. I’ve been on and off the forum over the years. Off more than on lately as I realize the low probability of ever design/building or even building my own plane. In my time here, I’ve...
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    Can thrust vectoring enable use of flaps on pure delta wing?

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    Best Quotes

    I'll run my hand gently over the wing of a small airplane and say to him, "This plane can teach you more things and give you more gifts than I ever could. It won't get you a better job, a faster car, or a bigger house. But if you treat it with respect and keep your eyes open, it may remind you...
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    Mooney (MX-18) Mite Plans....worth??

    I still think an M-18XD LSA (take the homebuilt M-18X and give it the undercarriage of an M-20D) would be a pretty cool aircraft. My personal preference would be to convert it to sheet metal construction as well.
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    CriCri MC-15 in NZ

    It has been a few months since I last logged on here. Good to see you're still making progress. This is one of my favorite threads.
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    Viking Dragonfly MKII Project - $3,500 OBO

    Re: Viking Dragonfly MKII Project Looks like it could end up being a beautiful plane, but it's hard to be interested without a price being listed.
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    Composites as bearing surfaces

    Depebds what what you consider composites. There are PTFE impregnated fabric liner systems, carbon mixed with other materials is used as a bearing liner in certain applications, there are homogenous PTFE composites that used in self-lubricating bearing systems, and there are many other options...
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    Privateers first flight

    When I saw the title of this thread, the first thing I thought was, “isn’t that Bill’s design”. This place hasn’t been the same without him.
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    Roll Call

    I'm still here and frequently read the posts. Not much in the way of contributions though, except my FAW+ build thread. I'm hoping to start my plane once I finish that. It was going to be a CH-750, but I've got a year and the Verhees D2 is intriguing.
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    Verhees Delta plan review

    It would be interesting to know what route they went with the plan set for the kit. Did they make the plans complete enough to fabricate of parts from like the Zenith line of aircraft, or is it more of an assembly manual like the Quickie kits were shipped with.
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    Verhees Delta plan review

    It sounds like the baseline is retractable gear and fixed gear would be a off-plan modification. I have sent Bart an email asking about whether it would meet the US LSA requirements and the two things he mentioned were that as designed it has retractable gear and a constant speed prop. Both are...
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    FAW+ Velomobile Build

    A bit more progress and it's actually starting to look like something.
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    Verhees Delta plan review

    Very cool. It seems like the two seater may meet LSA requirements. If so, I may have to jump on this one. Stall speed: 85 km/hr (45.8 knots) Cruise: 240 km/hr (130 knots) Gross Weight: 600kg (1322 lbs)