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cluttonfred

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From Flying the Evans VP (the Volksplane pilot's handbook) by Bill Beatty:

Probably one of the most useful pilot techniques developed during VP-1 testing was the "Mooney Mount" - the recommended procedure for entering the cockpit with minimum peril to the wing covering and adjacent structure.

The procedure starts from a position in front of the left wing. Place your left foot on top of the wheel and your hands on the forward wing strut, Stepping up on the wheel, swing your right foot over the wing leading edge and forward strut, and position it on the wing walk immediately adjacent to the cockpit. Shift your weight to your right foot, reposition your left hand to the roll bar and with your left foot, step into the cockpit and onto the seat cushion, step in with your right foot and turn to face forward. At this point, be very careful not to sit on the aft fairing - it is designed to be an aerodynamic fairing and it might crack if sat on. Bending your knees, reach down with your hands to the longerons and support your weight on your arms. Slip your feet off the seat and onto the cockpit floor. Straighten your knees and lower your body into the cockpit as you slide your feet forward to the rudder pedals. You should now be comfortably seated after a rather graceful entrance that appears to spectators that you are either putting on your wings or you are being swallowed by them.
 

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Usually the expression is, you don't get into it, you wear it." Typically small single seaters. A narrow fuselage is good for drag reduction.
 

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I wrote an article once about flying a VP-1. Getting in was exactly as described above but the pantomime that followed had to be seen to be believed, for getting the harness on and then putting on the helmet and headset and finding the portable radio and plugging the headset leads into it,after which one had to find a home for the chart (previously folded to the exact segment that you need),while the engine is blatting away, so all conversation is impossible. If you drop anything into the cockpit (like in a tank turret),forget it until you get out. You'll be sweating like a pig by then and eager to get going. You also invariably need a pee or you have forgotten a pitot cover or a tie-down, at which point you start to swear like a drunken sailor, if you havent already. People pay dominatrixes good money for this kind of stuff....
 

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That Hippiäinen aircraft 1/3 scale wing roots were used in the first prototype of my VAWT wind turbine project.

Below is the 3rd prototype.

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Hippiäinen featured ( the design ) very narrow fuselage like 42-44 cm..so that the rear end fits in..shoulders that are 52-55 cm generally wide are between the wings in an opening.

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That's why I favour a Vp-2 over a Vp-1; when used as a single seater,you sit in the centre and have lots of room for portable radio, straps, radio leads, charts, a sandwich and a bottle of water.
 

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That's why I favour a Vp-2 over a Vp-1; when used as a single seater,you sit in the centre and have lots of room for portable radio, straps, radio leads, charts, a sandwich and a bottle of water.

All those are nice...Hippiäinen was supposed to be legal to fly without a flying lisence.
 
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