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  1. Victor Bravo

    10/23 Raptor Video

    The correct term is "Brochuremanship". Closely related to Bedeology, which is the study of brochuremanship when used in aerofinancial fraud. >edit<
  2. Victor Bravo

    Yamaha Apex internal gear reduction.

    My first car was a late 70's Buick Skyhawk. What a disappointment in the performance department....
  3. Victor Bravo

    10/23 Raptor Video

    I enjoy all the speculation and sharp-tongued comments as much as the next guy, but this post above from Pops is the CORE ISSUE of this incident, everything else aside. Was this an inflight oil loss, or was this a takeoff with insufficient oil from the start? Everything else is of less...
  4. Victor Bravo

    Full scale Pitcheron control Sailplane.

    I hate to rain on anyone's parade, but to make the wingeron system work you will have a heavy tubular spar which is not as structurally efficient as an I beam or C channel. So for that reason alone (even if you solve all the other bending load issues and other wonky loads) you will have a...
  5. Victor Bravo

    What did you do on your airplane project today?

    I have three questions for bifft: 1) Which model RV do you have? 2) Is it fair to say you would really like to have your CHT's 30-40 degrees cooler? 3) Where exactly does the main cylinder cooling airflow exit your engine cowling?
  6. Victor Bravo

    The AFB (Amazing FleaBike)

    I just love it when cleverness wins out over spending !
  7. Victor Bravo

    Name that tiny airplane

    It's NOT a Comper Swift???
  8. Victor Bravo

    10/23 Raptor Video

    Yes, but I wish I had invested money into something called Led Zeppelin in its early days... :)
  9. Victor Bravo

    Narfi's Scratch Built Zenith 750 Super Duty

    Inspection access to see cracks in the bracket on a pre-flight ???
  10. Victor Bravo

    Any good sites or tools to find hangar or shaded storage?

    I apologize to the moderators or anyone who (rightfully) thinks my comments were bordering on inappropriate. I was not trying to delve into any verboten topics, and for the record my personal politics are "Far Center". I just happen to know the folks out at that airport fairly well, I have seen...
  11. Victor Bravo

    Any good sites or tools to find hangar or shaded storage?

    Contact my friend Bill Reid (702) 581 toozerotootoo and tell him Bill from Whiteman Airport gave you the number. Tell him that you need to find some hangar space "out at the ranch" for a low and slow experimental, and see if he can find you some. "The Ranch" is AZ50, Triangle Airpark, about 30...
  12. Victor Bravo

    Sun n Fun 2021

    The reason for that IMHO dates back to the original design waaay back when. Homer Kolb used a very short landing gear and a very long tailboom, so that it was a very easy to fly taildragger. The short main gear created a very low "deck angle", which would have required a long takeoff run. So...
  13. Victor Bravo

    Sun n Fun 2021

    The big problem is that several of the more experienced (and vocal) Kolb owners strongly advocate just living with the high aileron control force. The problem is obvious and is able to be fixed with a simple change to different aileron hinges.
  14. Victor Bravo

    Sun n Fun 2021

    Out of rig in roll is pretty hard to fix in a Kolb, so it's very common for people to try and fix it with something that is easy (a rudder tab). The rear wing attach is a U-joint, and there's no easy place to shim the trailing edge up or down. The front wing attach is the main spar, and once...
  15. Victor Bravo

    Flaps or flaperons

    IMHO, both sides are right. There are a lot of times where simple and reduced parts count are the goal. Avid Flyer et ses derives, Zenith 700 series, etc. Those are all very successful airplanes, and the simplicity has paid off despite the loss in max. control authority, performance, low-speed...
  16. Victor Bravo

    Sun n Fun 2021

    Neither. It is an exercise in ninja zen discipline, where you have to force yourself to stop asking why the elevator and rudder feel right, but the ailerons feel like you left the control lock on. I would definitely like to have another Kolb in the future, it has some unique things that I like...
  17. Victor Bravo

    10/23 Raptor Video

    Am I the only one who watched the altitude go from 240 feet to 340 feet and then back to 240, all while the aircraft was rolling on the ground? Did I hear him say he put the static port on the belly of the airplane???? He has a flight test prototype without a pitot-static-alpha boom, or a...
  18. Victor Bravo

    Sun n Fun 2021

    Would you be running back to a $15/hr job if unemployment and/or some pandemic bailout deal was paying you that much or more to stay home? I'm guessing that the Kolb factory can arrange their work stations six feet apart, have lots of ventilation, and make everyone wear PPE. They might be able...
  19. Victor Bravo

    What Did You Do To Save General Aviation Today?

    With the help of a chapter member, we finalized our display banner for the youth aircraft build project. The sample below is not the final version, but it's the only low-res version I have to upload to HBA. The final photos of kids building are a little different. This banner will be printed out...
  20. Victor Bravo

    Flaps or flaperons

    Paolo Iscold has done just that: https://www.flyingmag.com/nixus-fly-by-wire-glider-takes-flight/
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