The airshow patrons are going to love the salvaged two stroke V8 diesel, with Schweizer body, inverted V tail, Christmas lights instrument panel, ducted fan powered electronics, Ballon tires on willow staffs, with one RV wing, & one Pietenpol.Assuming 2 wings, tailplane, undercarriage, fuse, cockpit, engine, and electrics - that's 8 major systems.
So 8 HBA members get picked out of a hat, and each gets 1/4 million to design their bit - which is also randomly chosen.
What could possibly go wrong?
Some of us offered our assistance free of charge but were rebuffed by Peter, saying that he knew better than people with decades of experience in various fields. We can only help those open to being helped...Mayday.... my compliments on a fair and honest assessment, versus the typical obnoxious, self righteous crap we unfortunately see on this forum (which I originally assumed to be designed to "assist" homebuilders... versus constant, never ending snarky efforts to criticize & demean his endeavors).
Jay W. Sample
I agree that some posts here serve little purpose. The alternate movie title ones recently, coming to mind. The people here who invested may have known what they were getting into though the one fellow I talked to at length, believed PM's sales pitch. If his $20K sum is returned, he'll be happy to have that back and learn a valuable lesson. Others who believed and put down $500 are disappointed with the outcome so far and may be angry but they should have been able to get their money back too.Now we have determined why people are so angry at PM...he simply does not listen to wise council...even the people he paid...
It's real hard to know what a face to face, concerned for someone's safety conversation is based on this virtual conversation we all have. Most of the in person decorum gets dropped when you are virtual and of course people who are engineer-ish get right to the point. People pop off with impunity and a forum like this just makes it easier. That said, I'm glad that PM made his plane for no other reason than all that I've learned here. People have a variety of input and we all benefit from it.Mayday and Jay, I have an aviation question for you.
Do you say something? Do you try to help the guy? Do you try to stop others from getting hurt? Do you have justification to talk to your friends about it?
That was what we thought. Then IIRC, PM told us when fixed the broken tip blade, enlarging it slightly, the airplane behaved better. Did he not also tell us he enlarged the other one too? Sounds like it *might* have been part PIO, part not enough vertical surface out there at the tip...The Dutch roll was unlikely because it is gone without modification. The cause was new pilot PIO. (see Marc Zeitlin comments)
Actually, a number of folks here have built airplanes up from scratch and flown them. A much higher fraction than 0.5%. Some of them regular contributors to this thread.Ok...start pounding on me...but the truth is...he did something that I...and 99.5 percent of the people who are pounding on him could NOT do...he BUILT AN AIRPLANE...FROM SCRATCH...and HE FLEW IT
I think he smoothed the left one and trimmed the right to match but can't recall for sure.That was what we thought. Then IIRC, PM told us when fixed the broken tip blade, enlarging it slightly, the airplane behaved better. Did he not also tell us he enlarged the other one too? Sounds like it *might* have been part PIO, part not enough vertical surface out there at the tip...
This is correct. I worked for Dave twice in my career. Once way back in the early days of Berkut and then again during the UAS phase. It was called Mobius and the prime was L3. You can google L3 Mobius and you will get pictures. That version was all carbon and optionally manned (it makes it easier to navigate national airspace). It was never armed but we installed a retractable MX15 IOR ball in the belly. Dave and the other partner essentially sold it to L3 and did pretty well. Last I saw Dave had made another Berkut and it was being flown out of Santa Monica doing augmented reality training. It is pretty interesting what they are doing. there was a video article about it not long ago.I believe that Dave R. and the Berkut group pivoted towards a UAV sub-contract or something as an unmanned sensor platform. If the Raptor gets "fixed" and can actually operate on Diesel fuel, then there may be some DOD or intelligence gathering niche market for it to haul around a sensor package that is too bulky for the other EZ derivatives. No idea whatsoever if this is even remotely feasible, but given that the cabin volume is higher than other EZ's... it's a potential move to try and demonstrate some "feature differentiator" for an investor to get behind.
Nope, it's called contempt, and it's his own contempt for others that merely gets reflected.The "others"...I am amazed at the level of "anger and hate"....
If I was at the factory now, I could take a picture of my growing scrap pile, designs and builds that I often end up throwing into the corner scrap pile, and STARTING AGAIN because I KNOW WHEN IT'S CRAP. ... and before I get too deep, and the losses too great.Ok...start pounding on me...but the truth is...he did something that I...and 99.5 percent of the people who are pounding on him could NOT do...he BUILT AN AIRPLANE...FROM SCRATCH...and HE FLEW IT