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    Short movie of Otto Lilenthal - the first man to fly

    A very clever animation created from a sequence of all the original photographs of Otto Lilienthal's historic flights that took place between 1893 and 1896. It's only two minutes long and well worth a look -
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    What's happened to Carlson Aircraft - Anyone?

    For ages I've been planning to buy my strut extrusions from Carlson Aircraft ( ) but now I'm ready to order them their website doesn't show up anymore. Does anyone know what's happened to them? They used to build the kits for the Sparrow, Criquet and...
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    Purpose of HS L/E notch?

    Can anyone explain the purpose of the l/e notch on the HS of the Storch please? I'm guessing it has to do with generating a vortex over the outboard section of the control surface at high alpha. But generally you would think that the underside would be more in need of flow-attachment...
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    Aircar's contact details

    When Aircar's site ban was being discussed a number of people asked me for his contact details. I said I'd check that he was happy for me to give them out. I've been very busy and only just got back in touch with him about that, a phone chat with Ross can often require a whole morning being...
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    Pt103 - does anyone know the definitive history?

    I'm trying to work out the chicken or the egg as far as the development of ultralight regulations in the USA happened i.e. why did the Pt103 Regulation get written in the way that it did. As far as I know the first Ratified legislation permitting unlicenced flying of ultralight aircraft was in...
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    DooMaw - discussion thread

    To keep my build log cleaner this is a thread for general discussion about my new project - the DooMaw
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    DooMaw - build log

    Here we go again ... I ran into a mental block with AussieMozzie. Among other things I had one problem after another with perceived engine cooling issues. The external plumbing for the liquid cooled heads on the R912 creates a real headache for making plenums or ducting to get air to flow...
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    Season's Greetings All - and Christmas for Engineers ...

    Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy and Prosperous New Year - and best success with your Resolutions to get the next plane built in 2015! Ripped from a post on the the Aussie site, here's an Engineer's take on Christmas, hope it brings you a smile -
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    The World according to John Cleese

    With no apologies for any tender sensibilities it might offend ... another from the Aussie site - posted there by Phil Perry, our humourist pommie (English) member - A look at world events byJohn Cleese - British writer, actor, ex- python and very tall person The English are feeling the...
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    British Tax Return

    Another from the Aussie site - Just in case of anyone having objection to my posting this, on the basis that it's not aviation related - would those good folk please keep in mind there's a very nice aerodrome at Stansted ... British tax return This example shows the importance of...
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    John Lear

    Apologies if this has been posted previously. I just came across it on the Aussie Recreationalflying site and it's a great read for anyone who hasn't seen it before - John Lear gave this talk on July 9th, 2004 to a group of fellow pilots in Las Vegas a 15 minute talk on his career. John...
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    Old School vs New School

    Yes, there's something about flying in it too ... SCHOOL - 1950s v 2014 Scenario : Johnny and Mark get into a fight after school. 1950s - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up best friends. 2014 - Police called, and they arrest Johnny and Mark &...
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    Another chuckle lifted from the Aussie Recflying forum - After having dug to a depth of 10 feet last year, British scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 200 years and came to the conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 150 years ago. Not to be...
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    Anger Management

    I saw this on the Aussie Recflying site and it struck a chord, some folks here might like it too - When you occasionally have a really bad day, and you just need to take it out on someone, don't take it out on someone you know, take it out on someone you don't know. I was sitting at my...
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    Danielle's Dakota Hawk

    I was really pleased the other day when someone posted about their new project, and that it was a Dakota Hawk. They mentioned that Danielle had completed hers and it was now flying and I was delighted to hear it. I'd always thought it was such a shame that Danielle suddenly stopped posting on...
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    VALE - Barry Hughes (Australia)

    Barry Frank Hughes, 26th September 1936 - 22nd December 2013 It is with a very heavy heart that I must advise of the passing of my best man, best 'mate' and long-time flying buddy Barry Hughes. Baz was a remarkable man of many achievements. Born in 1936 and the son of a RAAF officer he was...
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    My wife - the pilot

    A friend sent me this, he's been going through a bit of strife I hear - My wife started taking flying lessons about the time of our divorce and she got her licence shortly before our divorce was final, later that same year. Yesterday afternoon, she narrowly escaped injury in the aircraft...
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    Mindblowing quadcopters

    I don't think this has been seen here before, definitely new technology that will change the future, and it makes you wonder where it's all going - I'm amazed, don't miss it!
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    In a flap about ornithopters

    Apologies if this has already been discussed but I only just came across it. It seems that mechanical mastery of flapping geometry is upon us, it can only get more interesting as their flight becomes more and more natural. It might not be long before a mechanical bird looks as good in the air as...
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    B-1B bomber makes wheels-up landing...oops!

    Ouch! Wonder what became of the pilot?! Landing on runway 31 at Diego Garcia, skidding 7,500 feet down the runway. Theaircraft and crew were landing at the end of an 11 hour ferry missionthat started at Andersen AFB , Guam . During the landing, the B-1Bcaught fire and emergency crews...