I think I'm slightly out of phase or maybe I am from another planet. A lot of things and people don't make sense to me. So I guess I must be from Another Time and Another Place
But even with it's problems, it's still the best place on this planet
Just in case anyone thinks I'm just a whiner...
I still think that this is the best country on the planet and not only that, that it is the best country that has ever been on the planet.
(With Oz a close second)
There's just a couple things that need to be fixed (imho)
When I wrote back and told her the FAA was making outlaws out of ultralight fliers. She wanted to know what airport I flew out of and what kind of plane I flew. Why do you suppose she wanted to know that?
I felt like asking if I should just paint a big target on my chest.
Anyway it worked....I...
It helps a lot if you shop for them. I recently bought plugs (XMD-15) that were $15 some places, for less than $7 (delivered) at NAPA (they had to order them). If you give them enough info, they can probably find them
The question I keep asking myself is "Why the resistance to a weight increase"? Most people I know or have talked to are 300-325 lbs.
What would an increase to that hurt? (I don't buy into the "slippery slope theory")
Does anyone know how the arbitrary 254 lbs was arrived at?
I heard an FAA guy...
Ok the blood pressure is down a bit now.
I'll refer to another situation which gets it back up again
"When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns"
The FAA is making (almost) 100% of ultralight fliers "outlaws"
So be it !
I have no doubt that the FAA does do good (either by design or by accident). It's just that it really rubs me the wrong way when an employee essentially tells me to be happy with the bones they throw me from their table or they will fire me. It makes me think there is a definite need for an...
I see those statements from the FAA as threats, and aren't they supposed to work FOR us? Who made them undisputed gods of the skies? How bout if we fire the creeps? (I don't do well with threats)
I think the EAA needs more wolves and less sheep running things.
Many attempts have been made in the past for weight increases to FAR
103. The FAA has denied all of them and said that before they would
make changes to FAR 103, they would eliminate that rule from the FAR's.
FAR 103 is by far the least restricted type of flying allowed in the US...
I wrote to the EAA just a day or two ago (right after I got my renewal notice) and asked them what they are doing for fixed wing ultralights and if they were doing anything to get the weight limited upped. Of the 3 emails I sent I got one response which stated that the FAA said they would never...
Speaking of rubber mounts
The Lord Mounts I am familiar with look like the one in the lower right corner of this pic....
But they seem to be using a different type now, like the ones in the above illustration by WileEZ.
Why is that?
The problem with this group of engines is that they are very experimental and all the experimenters are trying all sorts of different things to get max HP out of them. One experiment was to lessen the pitch so that max RPMs could be attained and therefore max HP. That experiment turned out to...
The 4A084 is a military surplus engine.
84 CI around 40 hp @ 3600
Direct drive 54x28 props are used with good results I am told
This is not mine, but a good example after it has been cleaned up and aviationized
This will be going on a 4 cylinder 4 cycle engine. Guys are using 54-55" props. Tuning the prop for best power output is what I hope to achieve. This is a 4A084 engine that generates about 40-45 hp depending on who you talk to. I'll look at the Powerfin line.
Do you think a 2 blade...