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  1. Mike Stewart

    Flying Flea plans.

    I saw the real Flying Flea at SZP a couple years ago. They have "Open Hangar Day" there the first Sunday of every month. There's some real treasures to look at if you happen to hit a Sunday when everybody is there, or even if they aren't all there, there's still plenty to look at. Very neat...
  2. Mike Stewart

    Glimps of Steve Bennet

    Here's an early picture of Steve and his KR-1 named "Baby". Steve was tall and never did fit well inside normal KR's. My KR, built by Ken Cottle, another tall guy, was the only one he could comfortably fit in. With Ken's mods, bays were added both front and back which not only made room for...
  3. Mike Stewart

    Any Tailwind owners / pilots?

    Yes. Chapter 14.
  4. Mike Stewart

    Any Tailwind owners / pilots?

    Just for general Tailwind interest, bi-plane version built my Paul Hanson. Has a Jabiru 3300 that kept losing valve seats so Paul sold or gave the plane away in disgust (the engine annoyed him so much).
  5. Mike Stewart

    Oxygen concentrators

    I've been watching these for several years . . . since not long after I did my own DIY O2 set-up with an "E" bottle and pulse-dose regulator. Filled at a dive shop. Using it from takeoff to end of trip, I've crossed the country in a zig-zag way and come back to San Diego and still had O2...
  6. Mike Stewart

    Pictures of a recent military exercise show the Russians are flying one of our designs

    Lear 31 had them . . . I wonder what name they used when describing them. I think I would have called them strakes, on the 31 anyway.
  7. Mike Stewart

    Mitchell Wing

    Someone I know from the earliest days of TWITT told me recently that whoever is keeping the org together these days has moved operations to Texas. I'll see if I can find out more.
  8. Mike Stewart

    Crashes in the News - Thread

    If aircraft manufacturers would just stop making their aircraft out of thin and lightweight aluminum and composite materials, we wouldn't see such extensive damage resulting from simple collisions and impacts with the ground.
  9. Mike Stewart

    Dan Johnson on LSA Proposed Rule Changes - Latest Update

    Dan Johnson is a force of nature. I've been reading him since his early reviews and reports on hang gliders . . . this must be going back to the 70's. He's stayed on top of the HG's and everything that has come along since in the world of Experimental Aviation or LSA. He's current, accurate...
  10. Mike Stewart

    Glimps of Steve Bennet

    Here's a picture I took in April, 2016 at the Chapter 14 hangar. Shoestring hangs from the roof of the San Diego Aerospace Museum Annex at Gillespie (KSEE)
  11. Mike Stewart

    Glimps of Steve Bennet

    A few guys have set their KR-2's up with a single seat and called them KR 1½'s but as far as I know, Ken Cottle's modification (N335KC) of the KR-1 plans is the only true KR 1½ on the books. There's been a huge number of mods and variations on this idea of Ken Rand's, many of which haven't...
  12. Mike Stewart

    Glimps of Steve Bennet

    The thing has always had the look of a formula racer but everything being equal, power, weight (actually the Sonerai is usually a little lighter), a KR will out perform it in every aspect. Other than the facts that some people prefer to work with tube and fabric and also might like to pretend...
  13. Mike Stewart

    Still breathing!

    Grimes is a really, really good company in what they do. I once got a letter from the man himself regarding an improvement I had suggested in his logbook which made it more usable and useful. Not many of the corporate juggernauts would have bothered, much less have taken the time to make the...
  14. Mike Stewart

    Still breathing!

    This is about the most useful info on the subject that I've come across . . . not that I go looking. You can't get away from it. See what you think. Corona Video (Israeli)
  15. Mike Stewart

    Crashes in the News - Thread

    Didn't know him nor the plane but you have my empathy on this. It always leaves those who knew him and many who didn't with a strange sense of emptiness and loss, along with (usually) an acute interest in just how the thing happened. Hopefully you'll keep us updated with whatever news there is...
  16. Mike Stewart

    Valve Problem

    > "The exhaust valve is hotter than valve seat. Heat doesn't flow from the seat to the valve, it goes the other way." Of course. Not awake yet.
  17. Mike Stewart

    Valve Problem

    I think I can get my head around a smaller valve having a higher percentage of its radius giving more percentage surface available for heat transfer, but still . . . doesn't the larger valve have more actual seat surface? The more seat surface, the more heat is transferred from the head to the...
  18. Mike Stewart

    Yet another VW power argument. Again.

    I've read that many times and surely there's some truth to it, however the KR wing is stressed to a much high G level than the Taylor wing is. It's far stronger.
  19. Mike Stewart

    Valve Problem

    Yeah . . . that plug access through the valve cover has never been a good solution. Great Plains does a much nicer job of that. Re valves, I'll certainly bring it up when I have an opportunity but my thoughts on that issue are a bit different from yours. Since heat is the major bugaboo with...
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