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  1. Hephaestus

    Aviation funnies

    Clearly I've been aviating wrong 😂
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    GA "AQP" movement

    Docs here: https://www.aviation101.com/aqpgrassroots Video gets you started down that series here: Youtube doing random things got me onto blancorilio (Juan brown) / Dan ryder talking AQP in GA. I really don't like the AQP term, but I really do see the content as probably something GA needs...
  3. Hephaestus

    Equatorial snowbird aviation life

    So, as it hits -30c again... thoughts turn to warmer climates again... 😂 Curious if some of you better traveled types have some thoughts on a more equatorial winter escape? Lower day to day cost of living, not super restrictive aviation rules... Beach access... being able to buy at an Airpark...
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    RIP Chuck Yeager

    https://www.12newsnow.com/article/news/nation-world/chuck-yeager-obit/507-3ea329c3-68b8-481b-9017-41f9db373e56 For those like me hiding from the news... This one's noteworthy. RIP Mr Yeager
  5. Hephaestus

    99lb/45kg primary glider

    Hangar beers discussion last night that got me curious. What we were discussing is an option to get back to "old school" glider training. Students spend a bunch of time waiting around between flights, most of the time getting "busy work". While primary gliders operating as hang gliders don't...
  6. Hephaestus

    That's how you ship a plane!

    Brand new ask-21 arrived in my neck of the woods. Gotta love Germans who know how to ship things across the world! Sorry it's not a 20' seacan :popcorn: about twice that.
  7. Hephaestus

    14dof (2x 7dof) foam cutter

    There's a new idea or two for you guys to mull over.
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    8months later... Medical resolved. Wx sucks.

    I have paper! I can go fly again! 20g30 at 70° to runway... Guess we wait some more... Why are the gods so cruel?
  9. Hephaestus

    Lazy bee derived LAR design

    Well maybe its time to move it out of the daydreamers thread as I continue to play with it. Based on the Clancy Lazy Bee - an 'older' RC design of the 70's that was made to look a lot like the old-timers. I know some of us RC geeks always keep one handy as they're a ton of fun. Low rates -...
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    EASA urgent AD rotax 912/915

    https://www.casa.gov.au/airworthiness-directives/ad-folder-name?field_ad_folder_name_tid=ROTAX Manufacturer(s): BRP-Rotax GmbH & Co KG, formerly BRP-Powertrain GmbH & Co. KG, Bombardier-Rotax GmbH & Co. KG, Bombardier-Rotax GmbH Applicability: Rotax 912 iSc2 Sport, 912 iSc3 Sport and Rotax 915...
  11. Hephaestus

    Offshore composites

    Mentioned in another thread... Figure I'll ask opinions. If you search a certain website - that sells everything known to man produced in a certain offshore economy that everyone loves to hate. You'll find some amazing prices on raw composite materials. I ordered some composite honeycomb...
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    I think I found my next paint/wrap

    Clickbait of course but I'm not rehosting all those pics. Yes I'm lazy. https://aviationhumor.net/kulula-a-south-african-airline-with-a-sense-of-humor/ And I've always liked that firetruck green color.
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    Book recommendations? Structural design?

    So, after a summer of sitting around with Raymers aircraft design, and largely verifying what others had worked out by trial and error (at its heart it is a known and proven conventional design) I have a design on paper and mostly in CAD I'd like to start turning into a buildable aircraft...
  14. Hephaestus

    For Sale Nvaero

    Crossed KRnet and the FB page - nvaero is the current keeper of the KR2. Figured someone here may be interested. Definitely needs a good home.
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    How's this look - sport touring kr1.5

    Still fighting the cockpit and canopy area, there's gotta be an easier way to model that. 30" wide KR2, stretched out as if I'd followed the 'new' normal of uncut 14' longerons. And may have borrowed a *Cough* few lines off Cory birds symmetry (scaled to 115% vertical). Like symmetry there's...
  16. Hephaestus

    Cool picture for the canard crowd

    Crossed FB feed Credit to https://www.facebook.com/HornetProductionsLtd/
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    Thrust vectoring & plank/

    So I was playing around with the facet opal (Opel?) Plank this morning in cad. An incorrect selection while trying to sketch in a prop ended up giving me a ducted fan. And I started looking at it... Looks a bit like the EADS Voltaire. Less the Vtail. This is the eurofighter typhoon...
  18. Hephaestus

    BASF 316L 3D printing

    https://www.basf.com/global/en/who-we-are/organization/locations/europe/german-companies/basf-3d-printing-solutions-gmbh/metal-solutions/Ultrafuse_316L.html https://www.fabbaloo.com/blog/2019/7/24/basf-launches-steel-filament-ultrafuse-316l Wonder what the sintering involves beyond a furnace...
  19. Hephaestus

    Roncz spreadsheets for canards?

    Does there exist such a modification to the roncz/etc spreadsheets? Just curious how some parts mixing and matching would affect performance of an aircraft. But it's a quickie base so - standard roncz doesn't work. Thanks in advance
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    Prop design software/books

    Well last thread was 2010, most of the links and software are gone. I want to grab Jack Norris's book. But I can't say as I even have cheques anymore. Guess I'll have to fork out for a USD money order that costs more than his book to get it. Any current good software options? I'd love...
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