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  1. Farfle

    3 blade 64" Powerfin "B" blade -$ 650 shipped

    Lowering price on this to $500 shipped, still available as of 12/7.
  2. Farfle

    3 blade 64" Powerfin "B" blade -$ 650 shipped

    Hello all! I swapped motors, and the new one spins the wrong dang way! So, short of converting my Belite into a canard and fitting a rear-view mirror, I am selling this one to get the right (left?) one. This is a ground-adjustable 64" powerfin "B" blade three blade with hub. $650 shipped...
  3. Farfle

    Electric Belite!

    Big news all, the belite is going to the dark side... The Airframe is just not a good electric conversion candidate. Compared to Gabe's Gull, this takes almost 2x the power to cruise at the same speed. As an electric plane that means really short range, in this case only about 50 mins of flight...
  4. Farfle

    Electric Belite!

    It was inside while we had a big snowstorm, but about a week after the snow melted off the ground, I rolled it outside and at some point later in the day, ALL the snow decided to evacuate the roof and land on the wingtips while the wings were folded.
  5. Farfle

    Electric Belite!

    Heya all! Back at it! I finally got the courage, time and energy all lined up to open up the wing after the snow damage it sustained last winter. Looks like things aren't as broken as I thought, and it looks like its it's going to be a pretty easy fix.
  6. Farfle

    On the topic of commuting

    Its not been a thing as often as i would like... But thats what commercial is for.
  7. Farfle

    On the topic of commuting

    I should amend, if the whole valley is socked in, its a no-go for sure. My want to be able to do it in one hop is that the preferable half-way airports occasionally have bad weather that makes them unuseable. Whether that be wind, a low ceiling , TFR or another factor. Being able to avoid...
  8. Farfle

    On the topic of commuting

    Hello all, After the build of my first aircraft (Belite pt 103), and the completion of my pilots license and now ownership of a cessna 172M, I have found myself in an employment position where flying back and forth to work a few times a month is a very real possibility. The flight is from the...
  9. Farfle

    Electric Belite!

    Heya all! Quick update on the Electric Belite. The Flight report so far: Three hours and 27 landings in. This last flight, the squawk list had nothing on it to start the flight, and no new entries to add at the end of the flight. Now that the squawk list is clear, it is time to start filling...
  10. Farfle

    Electric Belite!

    After re-weighing the airplane with a set of automotive corner scales, I got an identical result to the scales that the EAA had. So I moved the rear battery 8" rearwards, and replaced the elevator pushrod with a slightly less bent :para: and slightly thicker walled tube that was slightly...
  11. Farfle

    Electric Belite!

    I put the belite on the scales and according to the real digital corner scales I am barely past the allowable forward CG envelope. The CG envelope is 34.5" to 39.1" and I am at 34" even. Weighing with the digital crane scale had the CG at 36.5, so that's a pretty big discrepancy, and I am not...
  12. Farfle

    Electric Belite!

    Yes, stick was against the stop rearward.
  13. Farfle

    Electric Belite!

    I have a digital angle guide that I can squeeze clamp to the door pillar! However stall testing hasn't been done yet, need to get the radio interference problem sorted first. The contactor drive is noisy enough (single digit Khz Square-wave PWM into a coil with the resultant kickback/freewheel...
  14. Farfle

    Electric Belite!

    I have a taller tailwheel/spring to match the circumference if the bigger tires, I think it is more nose high, but it feels like it should have more. A friend if mine has a set of scales I can use, so will be getting a more accurate CG measurement soon
  15. Farfle

    Electric Belite!

    Some onboard video of the Electric Belite! Not quite enough authority on the elevator to flare for a proper three-point landing. I have a list of fixes to apply: Move the CG rearwards by moving the rear pack to the rear of its tray. Adding some oratex to the elevator to act as a gap seal...
  16. Farfle

    Electric Belite!

    That is something that is messing with me. I have had EVs in my life forever, and am really good at estimating range. But aircraft are throwing me off. On a moto, half battery at halfway there means you are on the right track, but in an aircraft you burn so much power getting off the ground...
  17. Farfle

    Electric Belite!

    Heya all! Tossing up an official flight report here for the zero powered Belite. It's a bit of a saga, so hold on. After a day of slow taxi, a big teardown and inspection, a day of fast taxi and another inspection, finally yesterday 10-30-18 was the first flight at Madras airport from 16 in the...
  18. Farfle

    Electric Belite!

    And VB, I agree. The fast taxi is risky, but I wanted to get the ground handling solidly under control so that when I came in on first landing (maybe a little crossed up) that I can get it wrestled back to centerline and keep from ground looping at speed rather than just at barely tail-up...
  19. Farfle

    Electric Belite!

    Woot woot! Still downloading and an official flight review to come, but it did the flying thing, and it did it really well. https://youtu.be/pyBbXtBnoIQ
  20. Farfle

    Electric Belite!

    Making more progress! Fast taxi was a success, and first flight will be today! Headed out to the airfield now! https://youtu.be/wNtRn3qVxCw
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