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    What aviation news, blogs or e-mail newsletters do you actively read?

    Printed documents - Kitplanes, EAA Sport Aviation Forums - HBA, Lancair Owners, Vans Air Force, EAA forums, Recreationalflying.com (Australian oriented) Youtube - Raptor videos, Mike Patey videos, Mojogrip (Mile Ojo), Wasabi (Elliott and Justin), DarkAero Facebook - Lightning Bug experimental...
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    Anniversary of Orion's death yesterday

    Gone, but not forgotten. I thoroughly enjoyed my interaction with Bill and had he still been with us, a project that we were collaborating on at the time could have been flying by now. Here is Gumbo, his Reno racer. I know it was being parted out a while back but I hope someone gets it flying.
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    VH-SRS 170 knot Sonerai II

    Robin has been through a validated world speed record setting process with his other Sonerai. He knows how to accurately determine his true air speed. As he says, his target is 173ktas but he is only achieving 168ktas with this variant (with tweaking to go). I do not know whether his current...
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    VH-SRS 170 knot Sonerai II

    He has an identically painted earlier one which is VH-SGS rather than SRS. SGS is the one that he achieved his world speed records in. There are plenty of online photos of that one.
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    VH-SRS 170 knot Sonerai II

    I am starting a thread about a "Super Sonerai II" that has been developed in Australia by world record setter Robin Austin. His new Sonerai II is registered in Australia as VH-SRS. It is fitted with a stock Rotax 912ULS and has a cruise speed of around 170ktas with 2 on board. I am...
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    Corby Starlet Plans Wanted

    The original Starlet and many of the early ones were built with a VW derivative. A lot of the more recent ones, in Australia at least, are using the Jabiru 2200 which seems to be a good match for the airframe. For those that do not want to build out of wood, an all metal version has been...
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    Corby Starlet Plans Wanted

    Yes it is.
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    Raptor Composite Aircraft

    From what I understand, that 92 knots "rotate speed" is where it was calculated that with no elevator input, the nose-wheel would fly off by itself and the aircraft would "self-rotate". It has been shown in his videos that this is not the case and it does not self-rotate at 92 knots with the...
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    Raptor Composite Aircraft

    There’s a spec sheet for the engine on their website which quotes 800lbs/363kgs dry weight for their 500hp engine. They do not define “dry”.
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    Raptor Composite Aircraft

    On another thread, Autoreply attached an Excel spreadsheet calculator for flat plate area which includes a second tab listing the (claimed/verified) flat plate areas for some common aircraft. I am attaching that calculator to this post for interested folks to view. In the list of aircraft are...
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    2SI 690 Geatbox

    PS, engine and gearbox are in Louisiana, not Australia!
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    2SI 690 Geatbox

    I’ve got an AMW808 which I think is the forerunner of 2si. If it uses the same gearbox as the 690, I‘ve got a gearbox that will suit. PM me if interested.
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    Raptor Composite Aircraft

    From Peter's post on his YouTube Community, it appears that he may utilise a local DAR/Test Pilot for his program moving ahead. The following is a transcript of his note to his community: Hey All, just a quick message before the next video update mainly for all those concerned about the...
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